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Clippers' Blake Griffin out for Friday's game with sore ankle

The player sustained a sprained right ankle during Saturday's exhibition against Utah. He's expected to play Saturday against Denver.

October 16, 2013|By Broderick Turner

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Blake Griffin can't seem to avoid injuries during training camp.

Griffin suffered what the Clippers are calling a sore right ankle, something that leaves his playing status uncertain, according to Coach Doc Rivers. Griffin also injured his left knee last week.

The Clippers said Griffin had sustained a sprained right ankle in the first half against the Utah Jazz during an exhibition Saturday night, but he continued to play in the second half. However, Griffin didn't play in the last two games, against Sacramento on Monday or against Phoenix on Tuesday.

Rivers said Griffin probably won't play Friday night, when the Clippers host their first home exhibition of the season at Staples Center, against Portland. The Clippers then travel to Las Vegas to play the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

"He probably will play Saturday night," Rivers said. "But if he's not 100%, no, he won't play. I'm not going to play him unless he's 100%."

Griffin suffered a bone bruise in his left knee during Oct. 9's intrasquad scrimmage. An MRI showed there was no structural damage to the knee. But Griffin missed one day of practice before returning.

Now the Clippers All-Star power forward has the ankle injury to deal with as well.

Rivers wants to be cautious with Griffin with four exhibitions left before the regular-season opener Oct. 29 at the Lakers.

"It's just precautionary. No big deal," Rivers said. "He sprained his ankle and there's no reason to take a chance now. I want him to start the season healthy."

Rivers feeling fine

Rivers said he was feeling fine Wednesday after he was unable to coach the second half of Tuesday night's game against the Suns because of sickness.

Rivers stayed in the locker room and handed the duties over to associate head coach Alvin Gentry, who last season was fired as coach of the Phoenix Suns.

"I'm good. I just wanted Alvin to get a chance just in case something ever happens," said Rivers, who attended the Clippers' Charity Golf Classic on Wednesday at Trump National Golf Course. "But I'm good."

Injury update

Point guard Maalik Wayns tore the cartilage in his left knee Monday night against the Kings and will have to have surgery. No date has been set for the surgery.

Wayns had been competing for a spot on the Clippers' roster.

"That's just a tough injury," Rivers said. "He was playing pretty well. Obviously with all the guards, to make our team is going to be tough. But he's hanging in there. He's a great kid, so you just want whatever is best for him."

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