The Los Angeles Clippers may miss the services of their All-star power forward, Blake Griffin, until April. Griffin though, is working out hard to stage an early come back.
“He’s really close,” said a person familiar with his rehab, according to the Real GM. Once he becomes match-fit, Griffin will have to serve a four match suspension. The Clippers’ All-star is recovering from partially torn quadriceps and fractured arm he sustained on December 26.
The Clippers have posted 25-11 without Griffin. But the Los Angeles team has started to feel his absence. They have lost four out of their last six outings.
Currently, the Clippers are the fourth seed in the Western Conference, which sets them up against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the post season, according to the Fox Sports. If that’s going to be cake-walk for them with or without Griffin, they might be up against the mighty Golden State Warriors in the next round. And to survive against the reigning champions, they require the services of the 27-year-old power forward.
“It’s almost like a repeat of last year,” head coach Doc Rivers told CBS Sports about the Clippers’ current situation. Last season the star studded Clippers, once again, fell short in the post season. After beating the reigning champions, the Spurs in a thrilling seven game series, Doc Rivers’ men were knocked out by the Houston Rockets in the second round.
The Clippers are just 2-11 against the teams which have a 600 plus winning percentage. And there they desperately need Blake Griffin. “We don’t look at the big picture right now because we’re not good enough to do that without Griffin,” Rivers told reporters after the recent loss to the Spurs.