Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a left knee injury Monday that coach Doc Rivers said “didn’t look good” but would be evaluated further Tuesday.
Griffin suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of a 120-115 victory over the Lakers when he became entangled with Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and Clippers guard Austin Rivers.
Austin Rivers landed on Blake Griffin’s leg, he was able to limp off but left the game pic.twitter.com/8qsh1qnZs6
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 28, 2017
“It didn’t look good obviously, but we just have to wait and see,” Doc Rivers said (via the Los Angeles Times). “Lonzo was just trying to make a play. Lonzo knocked somebody into Blake. And there was a trigger effect. What can you say?”
No foul was called on the collision during a scrum for a loose ball with 4:43 to play.
“You could see right when it happened,” Doc Rivers said. “Lonzo was just trying to make a play, but he went in. Usually when you go in like that, that hard … they call it.”
Griffin remained in the game for one possession, missing a shot, then checked out and headed to the locker room.
After the game, he left without speaking to reporters but wasn’t on crutches, according to multiple reports.
Clippers’ Blake Griffin (left knee) exited arena walking under his own power, no crutches or brace. Didn’t take questions from media.
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) November 28, 2017
Now, he and his team wait to see the extent of any damage to the knee.
“He’s not in high spirits. He’s down,” Doc Rivers said. “Right now he’s where we are at, hoping it was just a bang and that it hurt and that he’ll be all right.”
Griffin has been dogged by injuries throughout his eight-year NBA career, having played in 67, 35 and 61 games the past three seasons. Yet the Clippers signed him to a new five-year, $173 million contract during this offseason.
The Clippers’ next game is Thursday against the Jazz in L.A.