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Blake Griffin could reportedly return this week after knee injury

Blake Griffin could reportedly return this week after knee injury

Additionally, Griffin joined the team during shootaround on Tuesday, working on pick-and-roll drills and apparently showing the same explosiveness that everyone is accustomed to seeing from him. Will he play the next game?

Before the Clippers practiced Thursday, Blake Griffin announced that "it's a good day".

Coach Doc Rivers said the All-Star power forward "actually could" play Friday against the Lakers, completing a remarkable recovery from an injury that, when combined with several other injuries to key players, threatened to send the Clippers to the bottom of the National Basketball Association standings.

"I haven't felt any pain or anything from any of the challenges or goals they have set for me at any point through this whole rehab process", he said in his first public comments since he was injured. On Tuesday, an encouraging statement was made to that end, as head coach Doc Rivers indicated Griffin is close to taking the floor, including a potential return date of Friday, Dec. 29.

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Wesley Johnson also missed his second straight game on Wednesday due to soreness in his left foot. "Blake wants to play, and if you could see him work in the gym, everyone would understand that".

This year, Griffin is averaging 23.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the 14-19 Clippers. After fearing the worst, the Clippers were relieved to find out that Griffin sprained his knee and avoided any major damage. He initially injured his knee against the Lakers on November 27 after he was tangled up with teammate Austin Rivers after going after a loose ball.

Griffin has a history of significant injuries, including a cracked left kneecap that required surgery and forced him to miss the 2009-10 season. I haven't really put a lot of thought into anything else.

As far as his career is concerned, the Los Angeles Clippers are now 14-19 with a slew of injuries, but mostly to do with the team trading away Chris Paul during the offseason.