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Report: Clippers’ Blake Griffin Set to Return Next Week

Report: Clippers’ Blake Griffin Set to Return Next Week NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- As the Los Angeles Clippers begin to climb the standings in the Western Conference, they're bracing for the return of forward Blake Griffin. According to ESPN's Arash Markazi, Griffin is expected back as soon as next week. Griffin has missed the last ten games after undergoing surgery to treat a staph infection in his right elbow. Despite his absence, the Clippers have gone 7-3. The timeline for Griffin's return was initially in the 4-6 week range. He last played on Feb. 6. Markazi also reports that Griffin's conditioning and cardio is back to normal and he's expected to start shooting this week. Even though DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have been carrying the Clippers the last month, Griffin is still one of the team's best players. Now in his fifth NBA season, the 25-year-old is averaging 22.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Entering Tuesday, the Clippers sit at 40-21, fifth in the Western Conference. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Lob City will be without a little bit of its glamour. Clippers forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery Monday to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.  The injury is expected to sideline him through the All-Star Break. Griffin had fluid drained from his elbow on February 2, while the team was in New York. This is not atypical for Griffin as he has dealt with bursitis for most of his career that required fluid to be drained.  When the team arrived in Oklahoma City Saturday, team trainer Jasen Powel noticed something was wrong and ordered Griffin to the Hospital "You could tell when something is infected. You can just look at it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "With a bursa sac, it could just be that too, but it just didn't look right." The timetable for recovery is currently up in the air. "It could be serious. It shouldn't be, but you have to be very careful with that injury," Rivers said. "It's the unknown. With a sprained ankle, you know 10 days. But with infections, they're infections, and you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with it." Spencer Hawes is expected to get the start in Griffin's place. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

L.A. Clippers Defeat Trail Blazers, 106-102 Behind Redick’s 30 Points

L.A. Clippers Defeat Trail Blazers, 106-102 Behind Redick’s 30 Points Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(LOS ANGELES) -- The Clippers had four players score 20 or more points as Los Angeles (3-3) clipped the Portland Trail Blazers (4-2) on Saturday, 106-102. Shooting guard J.J. Redick led the way for the Clippers with 30 points while power forward Blake Griffin contributed 23 points. L.A. also received offensive contributions from point guard Chris Paul who had 22 points and 11 assists while guard Jamal Crawford poured in 20 points. Center DeAndre Jordan was a force on the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds. The Trail Blazers came back from a nine point deficit, to pull within two at 104-102 with just over 30 seconds remaining in the game, but Crawford hit two clutch free throws to seal the win for L.A. Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had a team-high 25 points. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calf.) -- Kevin Durant made just one of his first seven shots but turned in another MVP performance to lift Oklahoma City past Los Angeles, 104-98, to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Durant had 39 points and 16 rebounds in Game Six to finish out the series with the Clippers while Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 12 assists. The Thunder had to mount another double-digit comeback, trailing by sixteen early in the second quarter. Durant would connect on three straight 3-point shots to bring Oklahoma City to within five 41-36 with 4:27 remaining in the first half before trailing by eight heading into the locker room. The league's Most Valuable Player finished the game going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. At the beginning of the third, Los Angeles seemed to have the edge and kept the Thunder at arm's length. A J.J. Redick basket gave the Clippers a 62-54 advantage with under six minutes to play in the frame, but Oklahoma City went on another run behind strong defense and better shooting. Nick Collison's three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 72-72 heading into the fourth. Both teams trading buckets to open the period with Chris Paul knotting the game at 80 apiece four minutes in. However, the next two minutes belonged to Oklahoma City as the Thunder scored 10 straight points to seize control. Los Angeles got as close as six the rest of the way, but Oklahoma City hit their free throws down the stretch to ensure the win. The Thunder were 29-of-33 (87.9%) from the charity stripe while Los Angeles was just 12-for-20 (60%). Meanwhile, Oklahoma City's defense held the hot-shooting Clippers to just 6-of-21 from downtown. Paul had 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers to pace the offense. Teammate Blake Griffin fouled out after scoring 22 points and picking up eight rebounds to go along with eight assists.  Los Angeles must now face a difficult offseason following the racist comments from owner Donald Sterling, as well as two epic collapses in their final two games of the season. Oklahoma City will move on to face San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals beginning Monday night in Texas. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers erased a 16-point fourth quarter lead to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to even up the best-of-seven series at two. Darren Collison had 12 of his 18 points in the fou...

Clippers Fend Off Warriors to Advance

Clippers Fend Off Warriors to AdvanceAlex Stone/ABC News Radio(LOS ANGELES)  -- The Los Angeles Clippers had a night of celebration after a week of distraction. The Clippers, which have dealt this week with their owner receiving a lifetime ban from the NBA after a recording of him ma...

Warriors Rout Clippers, 118-97, Los Angeles Protest

Warriors Rout Clippers, 118-97, Los Angeles ProtestNBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Clippers made a silent protest against owner Donald Sterling before Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles players got rid of their warm-up jerseys and wore red shi...

Warriors Stun Clippers 109-105, Take 1-0 Series Lead

Warriors Stun Clippers 109-105, Take 1-0 Series Lead FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  Klay Thompson and Blake Griffin combined to score 42 points as the Golden State Warriors stunned the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 in their playoff series opener. Stephen Curry added 14 points fo...

Clippers’ Blake Griffin Advocates Medical Marijuana in the NBA

Clippers’ Blake Griffin Advocates Medical Marijuana in the NBANBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- He may not be the first one to do it, but Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin may be the biggest NBA star to endorse the use of medical marijuana in the NBA. Griffen feels marijuana should be legalized n...

Clippers Get Past Thunder, 125-117

Clippers Get Past Thunder, 125-117Jeff Gross/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A game between a couple of the best teams in the Western Conference did not disappoint on Sunday. The Los Angeles Clippers came up with a big road win as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-117. The st...

Eastern Conference Ends Three-Game Losing Streak Against West

Eastern Conference Ends Three-Game Losing Streak Against WestChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and Carmelo Anthony hit an All-Star record eight 3-pointers to help the Eastern Conference beat the West 163-155 Sunday, ending a three-game losing streak. Irving...

Clippers Rock 76ers in Chris Paul’s Return

Clippers Rock 76ers in Chris Paul’s ReturnNBA via Los Angeles Clippers (LOS ANGELES) --  Chris Paul returned to the lineup on Sunday for the Los Angeles Clippers, but they only needed him on the court for 23 minutes. Paul scored seven points and dished out eight assists as the Clippers ro...

Heat Outlast Clippers 116-112

Heat Outlast Clippers 116-112Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  The Miami Heat certainly began their six-game road trip on the right foot. LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds as the champs outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112 on Wednesday ...

Warriors Outlast Clippers 105-103 in Thriller

Warriors Outlast Clippers 105-103 in ThrillerGolden State Warriors/NBA(OAKLAND, Calif.) --  Raise your hand if you want to see a playoff series between these two teams. Klay Thompson blocked Chris Paul's shot attempt at the buzzer, and the Golden State Warriors held on for a thrilling 105-10...

Durant, Thunder Zap Clippers 105-91

Durant, Thunder Zap Clippers 105-91Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) --  Kevin Durant scored 28 points and handed out eight assists as the hot-shooting Oklahoma City Thunder zapped the Los Angeles Clippers 105-91 on Thursday night. The Thunder (8-3) have won their first five...

Clippers Top Rockets 111-103

Clippers Top Rockets 111-103Jeff Gross/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  Blake Griffin had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-103 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Griffin was also involved in a first-half scuffle which resulted in two ...

Blake Griffin: No More ‘Lob City’

Blake Griffin: No More ‘Lob City’NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(LOS ANGELES) -- Ever since Chris Paul and Blake Griffin teamed up, the Los Angeles Clippers have entertained thousands of fans with their flashy style of play affectionately called "Lob City." According to Griffin, Lob City...

Blake Griffin Focused on Improving

Blake Griffin Focused on ImprovingJeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If the Los Angeles Clippers are going to make any noise in the Western Conference, they'll need both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to come up big night after night. Griffin recently said he feels the pressure is on h...

Kobe Bryant Predicts Howard, Paul Will Both Stay in Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant Predicts Howard, Paul Will Both Stay in Los AngelesDoug Pensinger/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) --  The NBA is expected to have a crazy summer once free agency opens on July 1, but there's one respected NBA star that believes it may be a quiet one. It's no secret that Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight...

Chauncey Billups Says Blake Griffin Needs to Play Tough

Chauncey Billups Says Blake Griffin Needs to Play ToughAndy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent point guard Chauncey Billups says Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is too much of a Mr. Nice Guy.Billups spent this past season with the Clippers, and while appearing on ESPN's First Take, ...
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