Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin is slated to be honored as Sportsman of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council on Feb. 25 in Beverly Hills.
That may, or may not, still happen.
Griffin on Saturday allegedly punched out Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi at a restaurant in Toronto.
Mark Meyers, a spokesman for the L.A. Sports Council, told this newspaper Thursday that council president David Simon has been speaking to the board about whether to revoke the award.
“There really is no decision at this moment, but we should know more in the next few days,” Meyers said.
Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, left, battles with the Clippers’ Wesley Johnson for a loose ball during the second half of the Clippers’ 85-83 victory Wednesday at Atlanta/AP photo by John Bazemore
Count Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks among those who were impressed by the Clippers on Wednesday night after they defeated the host Hawks 85-83 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Afterward, Bazemore was asked about the Clippers’ effort.
“You shake their hand,” said Bazemore, who started at small forward and scored 12 points for the Hawks (27-20). “They played well, especially coming off a back-to-back. They played hard. They’re a tough team. They’re playing really well right now. With Blake Griffin out, they’re a totally different team. They came in here and took care of business.”
The Clippers (30-16) are 13-3 since Griffin went down with a partially torn left quad tendon; he has not played since Christmas. He would have likely been back on this just-concluded five-game road trip, but he fractured his right hand punching the Clippers’ assistant equipment manager at a restaurant Saturday in Toronto. Griffin could return sometime around the beginning of March.
Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers had a really lousy night shooting the ball Wednesday at Atlanta. They made only 38.8 percent of their shots overall, just 18.5 percent (5 of 27) from 3-point range. Yet they found a win to beat the Hawks 85-83.
The victory sealed a 3-2 record on the East Coast swing. The victory Tuesday at Indiana and Wednesday’s were played with the Clippers (30-16) knowing the world had found out about Blake Griffin punching out assistant equipment manager Matias Testi on Saturday in Toronto, the day before the Clippers were beaten by the Raptors there.
A victory like Wednesday’s told a lot about the team, Jamal Crawford said.
“I think adversity not only builds character, it reveals it,” said Crawford, who rebounded from two very poor shooting games by making 9 of 16 from the field to lead the team with 21 points. “For us, we’ll not only continue to grow and have each other’s back, we’ll continue to move forward.”
Chris Paul goes up for two of his 26 points in Tuesday’s 91-89 victory at Indiana/AP photo by Michael Conroy
Yes, Indiana is now just 23-22 and has lost six of its past seven games. But to Clippers guard J.J. Redick, the Clippers’ 91-89 victory Tuesday at Indiana was a good one, considering the circumstances of the day. It was Tuesday morning when the world found out that Blake Griffin would miss several more weeks because he fractured his right hand punching out team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi on Saturday in Toronto.
“Any time you face adversity, whether it’s wins and losses or guys getting hurt, it can galvanize you, it can bring you together,” said Redick, whose team will complete its five-game East Coast swing Wednesday evening at Atlanta. “(It) was a good feeling to walk off the court and gut that one out.”
Griffin has missed the past 15 games with a partially torn left quad tendon, though he may have been back for the Indiana game had Saturday’s incident not occurred. He is expected to miss four to six more weeks with the hand injury, giving him a possible return of no sooner than the beginning of March.
Cole Aldrich, left, of the Clippers goes up for a shot while being defended by Indiana’s Myles Turner (33) and Jordan Hill (27)/AP photo by Michael Conroy
– Kudos to the Clippers for this victory. They could have gone into it really bummed out about the news regarding Blake Griffin, who will now miss four to six more weeks with a fractured right hand after punching out the team’s assistant equipment manager on Saturday in Toronto. The Clippers are now 12-3 without Griffin since Christmas.
– The Clippers actually made fewer field goals than Indiana. They made 32, the Pacers 35. But the Clippers won this game at the 3-point line, where they made 15 of 37 for 40.5 percent. Indiana made just 5 of 16 for 31.3 percent.
– Jamal Crawford continued his up-and-down shooting season by making just 1 of 9 from the field, 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Crawford has now shot 2 of 15 over his past two games, 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. Crawford is shooting 38.7 overall, 32.2 percent from long-distance. His career percentages over 15-plus years are 41.0 and 34.9, respectively.
– DeAndre Jordan scored only nine points. But he blocked three shots and pulled down a whopping 19 rebounds in a spirited effort. Jordan is now averaging 13.5 rebounds, second in the league to Andre Drummond (15.2) of Detroit.
– After some recent slippage, Doc Rivers and his players were pleased with the defense they played in this one. The Pacers shot 42.2 percent overall and committed 17 turnovers.
Blake Griffin/Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
The prognosis on Blake Griffin’s fractured right hand is that it will cause him to miss four to six more weeks. He had already missed a month with a partially torn left quad tendon, but would have returned on this road trip had he not punched out the team’s assistant equipment manager at a Toronto restaurant on Saturday, injuring the hand in the process.
Doc Rivers isn’t so sure about the four to six weeks part of this.
“I always say four to six weeks with a broken hand is unrealistic, I’ll tell you that,” Rivers said before Tuesday’s victory at Indiana. “That’s my opinion.”
One thing’s certain, Rivers will not even talk about the injured Griffin while he’s out.
“We don’t talk about injuries or guys that aren’t playing, we just don’t,” he said. “That’s a policy of mine. We talk about the guys who are going to play and so we have to figure it out. We are in a tough conference. We have kind of clawed our way up to the spot we’re in right now and now we’ve gotta keep clawing.”
The Clippers are 29-16, 12-3 without Griffin since Christmas. The Clippers are fourth in the Western Conference standings, four games behind third-place Oklahoma City (34-13) and 3 1/2 games ahead of fifth-place Memphis (26-20) ahead of Wednesday’s slate of games.