Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin could return from an elbow injury against the Houston Rockets on Sunday, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles. If Griffin doesn’t return against the Rockets, he should be back against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
Griffin went through a full workout on Friday in Los Angeles without any limitations. For now, the only reason he may not return Sunday is if the Clippers want to see him go through a practice and shootaround with the team first. Los Angeles has an early game against Houston and won’t hold a practice or shootaround Saturday or Sunday before the game.
Griffin has missed the last 15 games after undergoing surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow. The Clippers have done well without Griffin, going 9-6 in his absence, with some solid wins during that span.
However, things got ugly in a 129-99 loss at Dallas on Friday, and Los Angeles will certainly welcome back its star with open arms. The Clippers are 42-24 and hold the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, but a fall to the No. 7 seed isn’t out of the question.
Prior to getting hurt, Griffin averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 50.1 percent from the field.