Rivers: Griffin still not fully fit

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has admitted that superstar Blake Griffin will not return this week as he has not fully recovered from a quadriceps injury. 

Griffin partially tore his left quadricep tendon during his side’s 94-84 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

The 26-year-old was initially expected to miss two weeks, but due to a slow recovery process, he has missed his team’s last 11 games. However, the Clippers have fared extremely well during Griffin’s absence as they have won 10 out of those 11 games.

Griffin’s streak on the sidelines will continue as he will not feature in Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Friday’s clash with the New York Knicks.

“If you could play [Friday], you could probably play [Thursday],” Rivers told reporters.

However, Rivers admitted that Griffin could make his comeback when the Clippers travel to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

The Clippers will be hoping to have Griffin back as soon as possible as he has been averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game this season.