Clippers’ Blake Griffin (quad) out for remainder of playoffs
Clippers forward Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the postseason after re-injuring his left quad tendon in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.
The Clippers announced the news on Tuesday. Griffin underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage. The injury kept Griffin sidelined for much of the regular season, and the team will keep him out for the postseason with an eye toward preserving his health for 2016-17. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Griffin, who has been averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 assists and 8.8 rebounds per game during the playoffs, played in just 30 games this season before injuring the quad, then missed additional time with a broken hand and an ensuing suspension following an incident in Toronto involving a team equipment manager.
The recurrence of Griffin’s injury is an additional blow to the Clippers as they try to break the 2–2 tie with the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers also announced that All-Star point guard Chris Paul is out indefinitely with a broken hand.
Game 5 between the Clippers and Blazers tips off at the Staples Center on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.