Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin must adjust to being himself again

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Blake Griffin has played in five games since returning April 3 after missing 45 consecutive games. He’s not there yet, but he is rounding into form. At this point, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, it’s all about Griffin trying to get back to being himself, rather than the team re-acclimating to his return.

“I would say that it’s probably more Blake just trying to adjust to being Blake again, more than us trying to figure him out,” Rivers said. “We know how he plays, he knows how the team plays and it’s just him just working.

“You don’t miss the amount of games that (he missed) and just be back to the perfect fit for yourself, not the team. So I just think he’ll get better and better as the playoffs go on.”

The Clippers will tangle with the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Game 1 will be Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.