Blake Griffin Says He'll Play In Game 1 Against Spurs
Despite being officially listed as a “game-time” decision, Los Angeles Clippers power-forward Blake Griffin says that he will play tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, according to NBA.com.
“Yeah, no doubt. I’ll be playing tomorrow,” Griffin said yesterday after Clippers’ practice.
“I’m not 100 (percent). It’s tough to say. Hopefully by tomorrow night, 75 to 80. Hopefully, more than that. But realistically, probably not much more than that.
“Playing Friday night and then Sunday at noon was less rest than I normally get and that might have made it a little worse. But my knee (structurally) hasn’t gotten worse. That’s the encouraging thing. It’s one of those things where it needs time and we don’t have much of that.”
Griffin initially injured his knee in Game 5 of the club’s previous series against the Memphis Grizzlies. The 23-year-old buckled his knee during a drive to the basket in the third quarter of that contest, and was seen limping periodically throughout the remainder of the series. In Game 7, he had just eight points and four rebounds in 28 minutes. San Antonio swept the Utah Jazz in their first round match-up.