Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday said there is a possibility Blake Griffin could be back for Sunday’s game at Golden State, which walloped the Clippers by 17 points (121-104) – it was worse than that – on Nov. 5 at Oracle Arena. Griffin was seen shooting left-handed Friday before practice began at the team’s facility in Playa Vista. He had a splint on his surgically repaired right elbow.
“I don’t know yet, we’ll see,” Rivers said Friday of the availability of Griffin on Sunday; he has missed the past 11 games. “We have two days of practice, so we’ll know more.”
Rivers was queried as to whether Griffin would practice Friday.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I really don’t. I don’t think so, would be my guess. But if he does, that’s obviously a good sign.”
Rivers scoffed at the notion that Griffin might come back a bit early because of Golden State, which leads the Western Conference with a 47-12 record.
“No, no,” Rivers said. “Blake’s going to come back when he’s healthy. We’re not going to throw a guy out there because it’s Golden State.”
The Clippers (40-22) are 7-4 without Griffin.