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Clippers vow to keep fighting with Blake Griffin sidelined by knee injury

By in Press Enterprise on November 29, 2017

By Elliott Teaford

PLAYA VISTA — Now what? What do the Clippers do without All-Star power forward Blake Griffin for the next two months? How do they regroup and move ahead with their leading scorer and best all-around player sidelined by a sprained left knee? How will they survive without three other injured starters?

Doc Rivers took the first step by laughing Wednesday.

What else could he do? Crying was simply wasted energy.

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There was no talk of the Clippers Curse. That wasn’t worth his time or effort either.

Rivers dismissed wide-spread speculation that his job could be in jeopardy or that the Clippers would begin an immediate re-building of the franchise. After all, the Clippers underwent an offseason makeover when they traded Chris Paul and took away Rivers’ management duties.

“The day I start answering the internet people is the day I’m an internet person,” Rivers said, laughing. “That’s not going to happen. I don’t listen to that stuff. We’re going to do what’s best for the franchise. Always. That’s what we’re going to keep doing.”

What’s next?

“We’ve just got to try to piece it together the best we can,” he said. “There’s not much you can do about it, but you can’t lay down, I can tell you that. You have to play. You have to teach. I’ve been in this situation before. You’ll find your joy in this, as well, as a coach and as players.”

The Clippers haven’t been the Clippers since Milos Teodosic suffered a plantar fascia injury in his left foot in the first half of the second game of the season Oct. 21. They took another hit when Danilo Gallinari was sidelined by a strained oblique Nov. 5.

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