Saturday morning the Clippers announced that Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the season due to a toe injury. Griffin hurt his toe in Friday night game verse the Jazz during the first half and did not return to the game. To make matters worst he will be missing the remainder of the post season, for however long that lasts. Griffin plans to visit a foot and ankle specialist in his return to Los Angeles.
Without Griffin who knows what this means for this Clippers team. Well I think I know what it means: If Chris Paul (the best point guard in the NBA *cough cough) can put the team on his back (I almost mean this as much literally as I do figuratively) than the Clippers have a chance of making it out the first round. Paul showed he has this ability Friday night by finishing with a season high 34 points and making some unbelievable plays. It also doesn't hurt that Rudy Gobert got hurt on the first play of the series.
This is a real buzz kill for the a talented Clippers team who seems to never make it out the western conference semifinals. And with Griffin out it just seems to make it that much harder. But this isn't the first time Griffin has been injured this season. Earlier this season he was forced to miss 18 games due to a knee injury (clearly this didn't affect his jumping ability).
Blake Griffin out for the rest of the season with an injury. In other predictable news, the sun rose this morning, and water is still wet.
The Clippers are currently leading the series 2-1 over the Utah Jazz and must go into game 4 looking for a different strategy. We will have to see more guard play out of this Clippers team, and need J.J. Redick and Deandre Jordan to step it up.
If the Clippers make it out of this round alive, it is highly unlikely they will make it out the next, as they will more than likely be playing a tough Warriors team. And not to mention, every super hero has its kryptonite, and Chris Paul's just happens to be Steph Curry, as painful as that is to say.
The fate of the Clippers relies on Paul's shoulders and I'm sure he is going to do whatever he can the keep trudging along.
P.S. It wouldn't hurt if Deandre Jordan could hit a free throw every now and then either.
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