Injured Clippers forward Blake Griffin is being held out because of his lingering quad injury, not his recently broken hand, reports Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Woike reports that the quad injury that has sidelined Griffin since Dec. 26 is the primary reason he has not been cleared to take the court. Griffin broke his right hand in a fight with assistant equipment manager Matias Testi on Jan. 23, but the hand injury is “not serious enough” to keep him out of practice.
Griffin’s timetable for a return is now late March, and he will serve a four-game suspension once medically cleared to play.
Griffin was averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 30 games before his injury. The Clippers remain bound for the playoffs, at 42–22 and in fourth place in the West entering Saturday.