The Los Angeles Clippers have confirmed that Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the postseason, while Chris Paul has undergone surgery to repair a broken hand.
Griffin aggravated the left quadriceps injury he had suffered in December during the Clippers’ 98-84 Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
The 27-year-old underwent an MRI scan, but it showed no further structural damage, meaning that Griffin will be ready for the start of the Clippers’ training camp.
Paul, meanwhile, broke his right hand during the third quarter on Monday night and underwent surgery on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks, which means that he could return if the Clippers make it to the Western Conference finals or NBA Finals for the first time in history.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers admitted that Griffin and Paul’s respective injuries are a big blow, but he has called on his side to step up in their absence and try to make it make it as far into the postseason as possible.
“Yeah, it’s not the best luck,” Rivers told reporters on Tuesday. “I mean, it’s the worst that I’ve seen. There’s storms and every storm, it stops raining at some point. We’ve just got to figure it out.
“We can’t look at the future other than tomorrow. That’s all we’ve got to do. We’ve got to focus on tomorrow. That’s what our team has to do. We can’t control the noise outside of our team.
“Obviously, if you take [Kevin] Durant and [Russell] Westbrook away [from Oklahoma City], if you take [Stephen] Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond Green [away from Golden State], it changes your team. And we know that.
“But we don’t have to be the best team, we just have to be the best team tomorrow. And that’s all we have to figure out, how can we be the best team tomorrow and then figure it out one more time.”
The Clippers and Trail Blazers are currently tied at 2-2 and Game 5 will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday.