Clippers’ Blake Griffin almost ready to return to the lineup

Prior to Friday night’s match-up with the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers fielded questions about the eventual return of all-star forward Blake Griffin to the Clippers starting line-up.

 Griffin’s been out since partially tearing his left quadricep tendon in a Christmas Day win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Griffin was expected back sooner until he added fractured right hand a month later punching a Clippers assistant equipment manager outside of a Toronto restaurant.

Since first being sidelined, the Clippers have posted an impressive 26 and 14 record without Griffin. That’s great for a bench that’s gotten extended playing time because of the adjustments being made without Griffin.

The team’s efficiency on both sides of the ball without Griffin has it in the top ten in the league based on 100 possessions per game.

The Clippers rank seventh in the league in offensive efficiency scoring 108 points per game, fifth in the league in defensive efficiency holding opponents to 102.2 points per game.

That puts the Clippers at an impressive fifth overall in the league at plus 5.8 points per game versus the rest of the league.

Including Friday’s game with the Trail Blazers, the Clippers have 12 regular season games remaining and are, at this point, locked in as the fourth overall seed in the Western Conference with home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs basically assured.

So, when is Griffin coming back? The hand is healed so the quad is still what’s keeping him out.

He still has to sit out a four game suspension handed down by the league for the altercation in Toronto which means if he’s to get some playing time to get acclimated to the team and vice versa before the playoffs, it seems imperative he gets back in the lineup in the next ten days.

Rivers answers questions involving Blake’s health and imminent return in the video provided which also shows Griffin working out prior to the Portland game with one of Doc’s assistants, Dave Severns.

Clippers hold off pesky Celtics. Los Angeles beats Boston, 111-105

Clippers' Blake Griffin battles for a rebound with the Celtics Kris Humphries. Thanx: nbcsports.com
Clippers’ Blake Griffin battles for a rebound with the Celtics Kris Humphries.
Thanx: nbcsports.com

In his pregame press conference, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was asked how he was going to have his team approach his former one – the Boston Celtics.

 “We have to approach our team.” Said Rivers. “That’s how we approach the Celtics. With all the injuries and thing’s we’re dealing with, we can’t afford to look at anything but our team every night.”

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L.A. Clippers go for season sweep of Boston Celtics tonight at Staples Center

Chris Paul tumbles to the floor separating his right shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks. Thanx: USATODAYSI
Chris Paul tumbles to the floor separating his right shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks.
Thanx: USATODAYSI

The Los Angeles Clippers enter their third game without all-star point guard Chris Paul tonight when they host the Boston Celtics at Staples Center.

Paul went down with a separated right shoulder last week in Dallas against the Mavericks that’ll keep him out of the lineup for six weeks.

To read the rest of the story and view the video on Chris Paul’s injury, click here.

L.A. Clippers ring in 2014 with a 112-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats

Blake Griffin had 31 points and 12 rebounds in the Clippers' 112-85 win over Charlotte. Thanx: foxsports.com
Blake Griffin had 31 points and 12 rebounds in the Clippers’ 112-85 win over Charlotte.
Thanx: foxsports.com

Now that’s more like it.

While 2013 ended with a 107-88 thud for the Los Angeles Clippers at the hands of the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers rang in 2014 with a loud bang declawing the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center, 112-85.

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Lights out for Los Angeles. Phoenix Suns soar over the Clippers, 107-88

SUNS VS CLIPPERSIt was more like a “throwback night” at Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers.

And if you remember those old Clipper teams that drifted aimlessly in NBA oblivion, this isn’t what a sellout crowd of 19,278 was hoping for to end 2013.

To read the rest of this story and to see the postgame video report, click here.

Clippers host surprising Phoenix Suns in clash of top two pacific division teams

Former Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe leads the surprising Phoenix Suns against the Clippers tonight at Staples Center. Thanx: cbssports.com
Former Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe leads the surprising Phoenix Suns against the Clippers tonight at Staples Center.
Thanx: cbssports.com

The Los Angeles Clippers (21-11) take on the surprising Phoenix Suns (18-11) tonight at Staples Center in a clash of the top-two teams in the NBA’s Pacific Division. Clippers forward Blake Griffin is on a tear averaging 30 points in the last five games including a 40 point, 10 rebound performance in the Clippers 98-90 win over the Utah Jazz Saturday night at Staples Center.

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