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.
Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Under the circumstances, it was understandable that coach Doc Rivers was asked before Tuesday’s 91-89 victory at Indiana if the fight over the weekend in Toronto involving Blake Griffin and the team’s assistant equipment manager – Matias Testi – involved alcohol.
Rivers said it did not, at least not as far as he knew.
“I don’t know,” he said. “They’re grown men. “They’re at the legal age that they can have a drink. But I don’t think, honestly, alcohol had anything to do with it.”
Griffin sustained a fracture in his right hand in the row. He is expected to be out four to six more weeks. He has already been out a month with a partially torn left quad tendon, from which he was on the brink of returning before this happened.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Playing on a night when it was revealed Blake Griffin sustained a fractured right hand over the weekend in Toronto when he punched the team’s assistant equipment manager – Matias Testi – the Clippers on Tuesday defeated the host Indiana Pacers 91-89 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Chris Paul led the Clippers (29-16) with 26 points and seven assists, J.J. Redick scored 19, Wesley Johnson had 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Jamal Crawford scored nine point, but he shot just 1 of 9 from the field.
The Clippers shot 41 percent, 40.5 percent (15 of 37) from 3-point range.
The Clippers are now 2-2 on this East Coast swing and finish the trip Wednesday at Atlanta.
Paul George led the Pacers 31 points and 11 rebounds, Myles Turner scored 16 off the bench and had 15 points.
Indiana (23-22), which has lost six of its past seven games, shot 42.2 percent overall, 31.3 percent (5 of 16) from beyond the arc.
The Clippers are now 12-3 without Griffin, who has not played since Christmas because of a partially torn left quad tendon. He actually might have returned in this game had he not broken his hand during the aforementioned altercation. He is now expected to miss four to six more weeks.
Here’s a sample of the reaction to today’s news on Blake Griffin breaking his hand punching a team staff member: