Clippers News: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul To Miss Rest Of Playoffs
The Los Angeles Clippers won’t be challenging the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs or Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA championship. Not this season, at least.Advertisement
A day after injuries forced Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to leave the court during their Game 4 defeat to Portland Trailblazers, the Clippers’ worst fears came true Tuesday as both superstars were ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs.
While Griffin aggravated a left quadriceps injury, Paul underwent surgery Tuesday morning to fix a fracture in his right hand. According to team sources, Paul’s recovery time is projected to be four to six weeks, meaning the Clippers would have to advance to the NBA finals for their leader to return.
Though Griffin’s MRI report revealed no structural damage, the team announced that the power forward will need at least a month to return to basketball activities. With the series tied at 2 wins apiece, Clippers host Trailblazers for Game 5 on Wednesday night without their all-stars.
Clippers and their bad luck…
Doc Rivers, the Clippers coach, realizes that his team has been plagued with bad luck. “Yeah, it’s not the best luck. I mean, it’s the worst that I’ve seen. There’s storms and every storm, it stops raining at some point. We’ve just got to figure it out. We can’t look at the future other than tomorrow. That’s all we’ve got to do. We’ve got to focus on tomorrow. That’s what our team has to do. We can’t control the noise outside of our team,” Rivers lamented Tuesday after a team shootaround.
Rivers admitted that his team would find it tough to overcome the losses. “Obviously, if you take (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook away (from OKC), if you take (Stephen) Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond Green (from Warriors), it changes your team. And we know that. But we don’t have to be the best team, we just have to be the best team tomorrow. And that’s all we have to figure out, how can we be the best team tomorrow and then figure it out one more time.”
It’s expected that Doc’s son, Austin, will take Paul’s place as the starting point guard. Cole Aldrich, who did admirably well to replace Griffin earlier in the regular season, is expected to become the new starting power forward. The Clippers will need a lot of luck to advance to the next round.