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Blake Griffin gets advice from his brother on the rehab process

Taylor Griffin, a rookie with the Suns, says Blake was 'pretty down,' but he's dealing with it

October 29, 2009|Lisa Dillman and Mark Medina

The person perhaps best able to understand Blake Griffin's frustration at being sidelined up to six weeks because of a stress fracture in his left kneecap is another player in NBA.

That would also be his older brother.

"I think he's at the point now where he's realizing that he has to deal with it and move on," Phoenix Suns rookie forward Taylor Griffin said before the game against the Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center.

"Of course, he was pretty down the first few days. It stinks, but it's an occupational hazard."

Taylor arrived in town in time to grab lunch with Blake and their mom, Gail. The Clippers gave Gail Griffin a specially created jersey, combining the elements of the Clippers and the Suns, and Gail wore it during the game.

Though Taylor and Blake haven't seen each other in 2 1/2 months, they have frequently kept in touch about their rookie seasons over the phone.

"He'll always want to be out there," Taylor Griffin said. "He'll always want to be working out and practicing. He knows what he's got to do. He's coming to the realization that he's just going to have to take his time and chill."

Treatment update

While it sounds somewhat futuristic, platelet rich plasma therapy is becoming more commonplace, gaining more prominence when the Pittsburgh Steelers' Hines Ward had it before the Super Bowl.

Blake Griffin will have his first treatment this morning. It involves the injection of one's blood cells into the injured area to help speed the healing process.

The Clippers' Mardy Collins and Ricky Davis had the procedure in the summer. Davis had two injections to treat tendinitis in his left knee.

"It helped a lot," Davis said. "You can't do anything, like running and stuff, for about three weeks after.

"It's not like a miracle but it helped the healing process. Just takes out all that old bad blood."


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