According to the Los Angeles Times, the LA Clippers announced on March 27, 2016, that their all-star forward, Blake Griffin, will return after missing 41 games this season. Griffin missed those games after suffering from a right-hand fracture and a partially torn tendon in his left quadricep.
Griffin attended and participated in a team practice on Saturday, March 26. This was his first practice since December. According to the Clippers head coach, Doc Rivers, he was playing “phenomenally.” Despite his medical clearance, though, Griffin will not return to play in a game until April 3, when the Clippers will face the Washington Wizards. The Clippers will host the Wizards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The Clippers’ forward was suspended in January due to an altercation between him and Matias Testi, the team’s assistant equipment manager. Griffin punched him at a Toronto restaurant, which was also the cause for his fractured right hand. This altercation caused Griffin to serve a four-game suspension that will begin on March 27. The Clippers (44-27) will play the Denver Nuggets (31-42) at the Staples Center.
By Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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