The Clippers can't seem to get out of their own way.
Despite the teams exciting and stellar play over the past couple of years, they can't seem to get over the hump. Last year they lost a 3 game lead in the playoff series against the Rockets.
This year they focused on adding veteran leadership via free agency in Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson. The new players have helped to an extent, but the old nucleus still seem to be up to the same nonsense.
The Clippers announced Tuesday that Griffin will be sidelined four to six weeks because of a broken hand, which the team confirmed occurred when he threw a punch Saturday in Toronto.
Sources told ESPN that Griffin hit Matias Testi, the Clippers' assistant equipment manager.
"It's frustrating," Rivers said. "You don't want it to happen to anyone, and you obviously don't want it to happen during the season or even when the season is not going on. This type of stuff shouldn't happen, but it did, and it's real life, and you have to deal with real life sometimes in our make-believe world."
Sources told Eaves that Griffin and Testi were at a restaurant Saturday night when they traded insults and got into an argument. Griffin hit Testi, who then left the restaurant and went outside. Griffin followed him outside and hit him again. Testi had visible injuries to his face, sources told Eaves.
At the moment, Griffin was already out with a quad injury, but will have to miss additional time with this hand injury. At the moment, the Clippers are 28-16, which is good for fourth in the West.
Blake may be a headache, but he was producing at a HIGH level before the injury, averaging 23 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Lebron James is the only player in the last decade to post those numbers in an entire season.
The Clippers do have a nice core, but if they don't make a championship push in the next couple of years it could be over. While they have a couple guys in their prime, it could be time to make a move. The most sensible options would be either Chris Paul or Blake Griffin.
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