Griffin (knee), who's already been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Hawks, will likely play on Tuesday against the 76ers, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
Griffin is reportedly at full strength following a 17-game absence because of right knee injury. There's a chance he could have played Monday against the Hawks after getting in a few full contact practices, but considering the Clippers are going into a back-to-back set, coach Doc Rivers likely didn't want to have him take on too big of a workload after such a lengthy absence. The Clippers are slated to go with a three-guard lineup Monday, which pushes Marreese Speights to the bench, but Griffin's absence Monday should still mean added time for Speights, Luc Mbah a Moute and Brandon Bass.
With coach Doc Rivers indicating Saturday that Griffin is close to 100 percent healthy, it appears the big man will return at some point this week, but he'll at least be confined to the sideline Monday. He was listed as doubtful heading into the day, so his ongoing absence isn't surprising. Marreese Speights is expected to log another start at power forward in Griffin's place Monday, but Griffin seems like a decent bet to be back on the court for the second half of the back-to-back set Tuesday against the 76ers, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Since the Clippers won't hold a morning shootaround prior to Tuesday's game, an official decision on Griffin's availability may not arrive until closer to game time. With that in mind, it's probably best for fantasy owners not to activate Griffin this week, as he'd only play in two games at most, with Saturday's matchup with the Warriors representing the lone other game on the Clippers' schedule.
Griffin (knee) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Hawks, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
Griffin has yet to return to full practices, so the Clippers likely don't feel comfortable putting him out there this early, although it's encouraging that he's yet to be ruled out entirely. He's considered doubtful for Monday, with his next opportunity to take the court on Tuesday against the 76ers. That said, it seems more realistic that Griffin makes his highly anticipated return to the starting lineup on Saturday against the Warriors. We should see his status updated again in the next 24 hours, but for now, Griffin appears to be trending towards remaining sidelined for the next few contests.
Griffin (knee) will remain out Saturday, but coach Doc Rivers said he's nearing 100 percent health, Dan Woike of the OC Register reports.
Griffin continues to trend in the right direction as he works back from an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. The forward is still believed to be a week or so away from returning to game action, and he's yet to participate in full-contact sessions, though he has gone through full-speed, non-contact workouts in recent days. After Saturday's matchup with Denver, the Clippers play at Atlanta on Monday and at Philadelphia on Tuesday, followed by three consecutive off days. Given that information, it seems realistic that Griffin could make his return next Saturday against Golden State, but more clarity should be shed on the situation in the coming days.
Griffin made some progress in his recovery earlier this week, taking part in some non-contact workouts that coach Doc Rivers felt were encouraging. However, Rivers said Wednesday that Griffin could be another week or two away, which puts his return at the back end of his original four-to-six week timetable. He'll continue to ramp up his activity moving forward and once he's cleared for full-contact practices, Griffin can then be considered on the brink of a return. The Clippers are expected to be without Chris Paul for the next six-to-eight weeks, so Griffin will have to take on a sizable role offensively to make up for Paul's production.
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