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Blake Griffin on ankle sprain: 'I've never had one this bad before'

May 01, 2013|By Melissa Rohlin
  • Blake Griffin played in less than half of Game 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Blake Griffin played in less than half of Game 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies. (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

Blake Griffin has a sprain of his right ankle and is listed as day-to-day for Friday's Game 6 in the Clippers' playoff series against Memphis.

Griffin, who sustained the injury during Monday's practice after landing on Lamar Odom's foot while attempting a pass, said it's the worst sprain he's ever suffered.

"I've never had one this bad before," he said. 

Griffin had four points and five rebounds in Tuesday's 103-93 Game 5 loss to the Grizzlies at Staples Center. He played only 19 minutes and 34 seconds and sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Griffin said he entered Tuesday's game unsure about whether he could play.

"I came to the arena and I've literally been getting treatment for the last 24 hours," he said. "... I couldn't really feel much being on painkillers and all that, and I guess it just kind of wore off."

When asked in what ways his injury limited him on the court, Griffin said, "Pick one."

After leaving Tuesday's game with 5 minutes and 39 seconds left in the third quarter, Griffin went to the locker room and watched the rest of the game on television as he iced his ankle.

"When I feel like I can't really do what I need to do to help our team, I don't want to put our team at risk and make it worse," he said.

As for his chances of playing Friday, Griffin said that he's "just got to wait and see" if he's ready.

"Hopefully with two days of rest and two days of treatment, it will be," he said.

The Grizzlies have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.

"Obviously it's not ideal timing but everybody goes through injuries," Griffin said. "... Our team is capable, and we have to rely on our depth and rely on everybody else."


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