Doc Rivers: 4 to 6 weeks for Griffin’s broken hand to heal ‘unrealistic’

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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.

Doc Rivers doesn’t think alcohol involved in Blake Griffin incident

Blake Griffin

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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.

Clippers hang on to beat host Pacers 91-89 on emotional night

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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.

League source says ESPN.com report that Blake Griffin punched equipment man is accurate

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Clippers forward Blake Griffin might have suffered a broken hand that could sideline him for several weeks after allegedly getting into a fight with a member of the team’s equipment staff, according to a report Tuesday.

ESPN’s Michael Eaves reported Griffin and the equipment staffer argued in a restaurant in Toronto, where Griffin hit the man. The staffer allegedly left the restaurant and Griffin followed him outside and hit him again.

The reported fight comes hours after ESPN.com reported Griffin is suspected to have suffered a fracture in his right hand.

According to a league source close to the situation, the report is for the most part accurate.

Griffin has missed 14 consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon. He had been expected to rejoin the Clippers on their current five-game road trip.

However, Griffin was sent home Monday ahead of the Clippers’ game Tuesday at Indiana after team spokesman Seth Burton said Griffin was “not game ready.” The team said there was no setback with Griffin’s quad injury.

The Clippers (28-16) have gone 11-3 in Griffin’s absence, the three losses coming over the past five games.

They finish their road trip Wednesday at Atlanta before returning home to face the Lakers on Friday at Staples Center.

Griffin, who has not played since Dec. 25, was having an MVP-caliber season, averaging 23.2 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting to go with 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

REPORT: Blake Griffin, out since Christmas, has hand injury

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Although a Clippers team spokesman told this newspaper Monday that Blake Griffin was flying back home to Los Angeles because he was “just not game ready,” ESPN.com is reporting that Griffin was actually sent home because he sustained a hand injury that could keep him out several more weeks.

Griffin has missed the past 14 games with a partially torn left quad tendon. Coach Doc Rivers had said before the Clippers embarked on their current five-game East Coast swing that Griffin would likely return on the trip.

The last time Griffin played was Christmas night against the Lakers.

The Clippers play Tuesday at Indiana and finish their trip Wednesday at Altanta. The Clippers (28-16) are 1-2 on the trip.