Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered some sort of injury to his hands that will keep him out for several weeks, but the big news is that the injury happened during an undisclosed team function, according to NBC Sports.
This would have been a non issue if the Los Angeles Clippers had said that the Blake Griffin injury took place during practice, but since they are refusing to reveal the exact details, it has led fans and the media to speculate as to how Griffin actually hurt himself.
Some may be inclined to believe that Blake Griffin injured his hand while fighting with a teammate away from the basketball court, but nothing remotely close to that story has been confirmed by any credible sources, so it should just be considered pure speculation for the time being.
The only thing known right now is that the Los Angeles Clippers are going to have to figure out how to keep winning games without Blake Griffin, as the team was able to go 12-3 while their 6’10”, 250 pound star forward recovered from a torn quadriceps muscle.
In regards to the starting lineup, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has decided to pair up Luc Richard Mbah a Moute with Paul Pierce, who isn’t allowed to play too many minutes i norder to preserve his body and ability to make clutch shots in the final minutes of a game for the NBA Playoffs.
The Los Angeles Clippers are currently sitting on a 28-16 record, so if they do not want to risk moving out of the top four spots in the Western Conference, Doc Rivers, who also holds the title of president of basketball operations, might need to call around the NBA to see if they can acquire another big man.
Veteran forward Josh Smith, who was once considered to be the franchise player for the Detroit Pistons, was recently traded away to the Houston Rockets for virtually nothing because he had grown to become a malcontent who was incapable of being reliable enough on the court to be in the rotation.
Badly needing depth in the front court, the Los Angeles Clippers signed Jeff Ayres, who had been playing in the D-League for the Idaho Stampede, to a ten-0day contract, but there is no telling if the 6’9″, 250 pound forward can become a reliable and regular part of the playing rotation.
The NBA trade deadline is on February 18, and a lot of NBA contenders, such as the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks, are going to be calling other general managers to see if they can add a final piece or two to their roster before they have to lock things down during the playoffs.
The New York Knicks are looking for a back court upgrade to pair up with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, and they have a plethora of quality players in the front court, which was something that team president Phil Jackson focused on during the off season, so the Los Angeles Clippers could make a good trade partner.
If Doc Rivers can convince Phil Jackson that a change of scenery can turn Lance Stephenson into the dynamic and versatile guard that he used to be, then the New York Knicks might be inclined to send Derrick Williams, the second overall draft pick in the 2011 NBA Draft who has now found his niche as a sixth man, over to the Los Angeles Clippers.
If the Los Angeles Clippers cannot find some front court help, then the Blake Griffin injuries will definitely prevent them from being able to compete with the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs for a chance to play in the NBA Finals.
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