Clippers’ Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

first_imgCanadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes, and the team said at the time the injury was a bruised toe. X-rays at the arena were negative, but he was re-evaluated after the game.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury actually happened on the play before the layup and added Griffin knew immediately that it was bad. The former No. 1 pick will remain in Salt Lake City, wearing a walking boot and will return with the team after Game 4 on Sunday. Rivers said surgery is a possibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHis injury marks another playoff blow to a franchise that has dealt with a series of bad luck and internal turmoil in recent years.Griffin and point guard Chris Paul were lost to injuries last year, and the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against Houston in 2015. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte In this Friday, April 21, 2017, photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) looks on after driving to the basket during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz. The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the NBA playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz.The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. Griffin left Game 3 with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a transition layup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town During the 2014 playoffs, voice recordings of then-owner Donald Sterling making racist comments surfaced, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who forced the sale of the team.The Clippers were up 2-0 in 2013 before losing to Memphis in six games after Griffin stepped on teammate Lamar Odom and injured his ankle.Rivers said he believes in the karmic-like presence of the “basketball gods,” but not in any kind of Clippers curse.“You make your own luck at the end of the day,” Rivers said. “Like I told Blake last night … right now he’s probably thinking, ‘Why me?’ He’s too good of a guy for this to continue to happen. There’s going to be some kind of sunshine for him at some point. You’ve just got to weather this storm.”The Clippers run much of their offense through Griffin and he’s one of the best passers on the team. Rivers said they’ll play both big — with Marreese Speights and DeAndre Jordan — and small for stretches. He doesn’t want to put too much of a load on Paul to make up the difference.ADVERTISEMENT Paul added, “It has to be by committee. Blake’s too much to our team. Offensively, defensively, his presence. … We don’t have one person over there that we’re like, ‘Oh, Blake’s out, put him in.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img

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