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Clippers’ Blake Griffin suffers concussion in first quarter vs. Warriors

By in Press Enterprise on January 6, 2018

By Elliott Teaford

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin, the Clippers’ leading scorer, suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center and it wasn’t immediately known when he might be sound enough to return to the already injury-depleted team.

Griffin was injured when his head collided with the elbow of the Warriors’ JaVale McGee on a drive to the basket in the first quarter. Griffin fell to the floor and did not appear to moving as he lay in the paint and play continued at the other end of the court.

After a whistle, Clippers’ athletic trainer Jasen Powell and members of the coaching staff ran to attended to Griffin as the crowd hushed. After several minutes, Griffin rose to a sitting position and then walked to the locker room under his own power.

Griffin sat out for 14 games because of a sprained left knee suffered during the Clippers’ victory Nov. 27 over the Lakers. He returned to the lineup for the Clippers’ victory Dec. 29 over the Lakers and led them to wins in four of five games before Saturday.

He averaged 23.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists before Saturday’s game.

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