After missing the last 45 games, the Los Angeles Clippers cleared Blake Griffin to head back to practice yesterday [Saturday, March 26].
Originally injuring himself while playing the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, he was geared to join the Clippers by the end of December. As fate would have it, his infamous incident with the team’s assistant equipment manager January 23 sidelined him an extra two months.
The five-time All-Star has yet to be activated for games and must still serve a four-game suspension once he does return to the active roster. The earliest Griffin can be activated is for Sunday’s matinee against the Denver Nuggets, although Rivers was reticent to commit to any date.
“I don’t know yet. We’ll see. I doubt it, but I will see,” Rivers said Saturday. “I don’t know if one practice is enough to — I think we got to activate him when we think he’s ready to play.
Griffin has also been cleared to begin serving his four game suspension today [Sunday, March 27]. Griffin is unable to return to the action until April 3. This is beneficial for the Clippers, as playoff time is quickly approaching.
Via Bleacher Report:
Griffin, 27, will be eligible to return for April 3’s game against the Washington Wizards. He has missed the team’s last 41 contests with a torn left quad and right hand fracture. The hand fracture was suffered during a January fight with a team employee in Toronto, which resulted in the suspension.