On Sunday the Los Angeles Clippers announced that forward Blake Griffin has been “medically cleared for all basketball activities” so he began serving his four-game, team-imposed suspension yesterday March 27, when the Clippers played the Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers won the game, 105-90, clinching a spot in the playoffs. DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Los Angeles to its 45th win of the season. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford each had 14 points, while Jeff Green and Wesley Johnson each had 13. J.J. Redick finished with 12.
After his suspension is over Griffin will have missed 45 games, 41 of those due to injuries; a partially torn left quad tendon and right hand fracture, the latter occurring when he punched assistant equipment manager Matias Testi when the team was in Toronto in January.
Griffin is set to return to action Sunday, April 3 against the Washington Wizards. In his 30 games this season, Griffin is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 34.9 minutes per game.
The Clippers are the fourth Western Conference team to clinch a Playoff berth. The other three teams are the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
All photos by Claudia Gestro
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