Griffin (toe) has been ruled out for the remainder of the postseason due to an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. Through the first two games of the Clippers' Round 1 series against the Jazz, Griffin provided a combined 50 points, five assists and 12 rebounds, but he was limited to just 18 minutes in Saturday's Game 3. The 28-year-old left the game after putting up 11 points and six rebounds, and a subsequent MRI on Saturday morning revealed the plantar plate issue. The loss of Griffin is obviously a crushing blow for the Clippers, who have dealt with a number of injuries to key players over the past several years, both during the regular season and the playoffs. In Griffin's absence, expect Marreese Speights to be the primary beneficiary.
Griffin (toe) underwent an MRI following Friday's Game 3 win over the Jazz, but his status for Sunday's Game 4 has yet to be determined, the Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner reports. For the second time in as many postseasons, Griffin has been bitten by the injury bug, as he was forced to depart Game 3 with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter due to a bruised right big toe. Fortunately for the Clippers, X-rays conducted on Griffin's toe during halftime revealed no structural damage, but he was still held out of the remainder of the contest. More information on Griffin's status for the first-round series should be known when the results of the MRI are revealed Saturday, but for now, the big man should be viewed as day-to-day. If Griffin is forced out of Game 4, Luc Mbah a Moute would likely be the biggest beneficiary after turning in a career postseason-high 15 points in 37 minutes Friday.
Griffin (toe) won't return to Friday's Game 3 against the Jazz, Clippers television sideline reporter Kristina Pink reports. Fortunately for the Clippers, X-rays on Griffin's right big toe came back negative, but he's still dealing with a painful bruise, which will prevent him from returning to the contest following his exit in the second quarter. He was on his way to productive night and will finish with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes. The team will likely reevaluate Griffin after the game to determine the extent of the injury, but look for Luc Mbah a Moute, Paul Pierce and Marresse Speights to see increased run in the frontcourt for at least the remainder of Friday's contest.
Griffin is questionable to return to Friday's Game 3 against the Jazz after sustaining a right big toe injury in the second quarter, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Griffin exited the contest with a little over three minutes remaining in the half, tallying 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes before departing. He's currently undergoing X-rays on the toe, but the Clippers should have an update on his status after halftime. If Griffin ends up being forced out for the evening, Luc Mbah a Moute and Paul Pierce could be pressed into more minutes at power forward.
Griffin managed 26 points (9-21 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal over 43 minutes during Saturday's 97-95 loss to the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs. Griffin logged game-high scoring and minutes totals, while also pacing all players in turnovers. The 28-year-old big man's point tally snapped the streak of three consecutive sub-20-point performances that he'd wrapped up the regular season with. Griffin averaged a modest 15.0 points on an average of 13.3 shot attempts in the postseason a year ago, but if Saturday's usage is any indication, he could be in for a much more aggressive role this year.
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