The Los Angeles Clippers have announced that forward Blake Griffin will miss at least two weeks after suffering a partially torn quadricep tendon against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day. Reportedly sustaining the setback in the first quarter despite finishing the contest, Griffin will be re-evaluated following a two-week stint on the sideline.
The Clippers defeated the Lakers by the score of 94-84 Friday to snap a three-game losing streak.
ICYMI, Clips announced within last half-hour that @blakegriffin32 partially tore left quad tendon Friday vs. LAL. Re-evaluated in 2 weeks.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) December 26, 2015
Griffin will not even travel on the team’s five-game road trip that will begin Saturday night in Utah. The 26-year-old continues to be one of the Clippers’ best players as he is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game over 23.84 minutes this season.
He is also one of four players around the league averaging at least 20 points per game while shooting at least 50 percent from the field (Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, Thunder’s Kevin Durant).
With the Clippers currently sitting at fourth in the Western Conference behind a 17-13 record, veterans Paul Pierce and Josh Smith must fill the void left by Griffin by taking on the majority of the workload at power forward. However, using a tandem to replace Griffin will significantly shorten head coach Doc Rivers’ bench going forward.