Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin has confirmed that he will make his return on Sunday, but will be playing with a torn left quadriceps tendon.
Griffin has been out of action for three months due to injuries and a four-game absence, but will make his long-awaited comeback against the Washington Wizards.
Griffin revealed that he wasn’t given enough time for his quadriceps injury to heal completely and will now play through the pain.
“It just wasn’t being allowed to heal,” Griffin told reporters. “So, the tear’s still there. It’s just about managing the pain and getting through this. … It’s not like a new tear or re-tearing my [quad] in different places. It wasn’t allowing the initial injury to completely heal.
“I don’t want to say misdiagnosed, but it wasn’t doing the right things, I guess? We weren’t addressing the initial problem — the main problem. So, everything I was doing was putting more stress on my [quad]. A small tear became a three-month thing because I wasn’t doing the right thing until we figured it out.”
Griffin suffered his quadriceps injury while playing against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day and just when he was set to return, he broke his hand after punching the team’s assistant equipment manager Matias Testi in Toronto in January.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers revealed that Griffin is likely to start against the Wizards on Sunday, but was unsure as to how long the 27-year-old will be on the court for.
“I don’t know if it’ll be a [minutes limit] or just a limit because you haven’t played in three months and so you just have to watch,” Rivers said. “I don’t care if you’re healthy and 100 percent. You just got to be careful. You don’t want to throw a guy out there and let him get injured because you’re overplaying him. So we just have to be very careful.”
Meanwhile, Griffin was uncertain if he would be able to play through the injury for the remainder of the season and during the playoffs.
“Honestly, I won’t know really until I get out there,” Griffin said. “I mean, I’ve done drills — simulated drills — for this week. I practiced for the first time last Saturday. So, I don’t have a really good feel for in-game conditioning and endurance. That’ll kind of be a thing we figure out as we go along.”