Blake Griffin could be back in the Los Angeles Clippers' lineup before the end of December. After fearing the worst, the Clippers were relieved to find out that Griffin sprained his knee and avoided any major damage. Assuming Wednesday's session goes well, Griffin will likely enter Friday as a game-time call, with his status set to be updated following shootaround.
"Will he play tonight? No". Will he play next game? "He actually could. So he's that close".
Before their victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, coach Doc Rivers made a stunning declaration about Griffin's progress. Griffin may not return on Friday but the plain thought of that possibility should infuse some energy to the Clippers and that is a lot of fun to consider.
After the win, Rivers added: "I just know his work ethic has to have something to do with it". "He gets a lot of heat for getting injured, but no one gives him credit for getting healthy". And he works his butt off, I'm telling you, like no one I've ever seen since I've been here. Blake wants to play.
Griffin was initially expected to miss up to eight weeks when he suffered the injury on November 27. He signed a five-year, $173 million extension during the offseason that's projected to keep him with Los Angeles until at least 2021.
Prior to his injury, Griffin was averaging 23.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent on threes.