INDIANAPOLIS — Blake Griffin has apologized for a weekend occurrence that has left a Los Angeles Clippers though their star brazen for an additional 4 to 6 weeks.
Hours after a group reliable that Griffin pennyless a bone in his right palm while throwing a punch in Toronto, Griffin voiced bewail for his actions in a Twitter post Tuesday night.
Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 27, 2016
Sources formerly told ESPN’s Michael Eaves that Griffin strike Matias Testi, a Clippers’ partner apparatus manager, on Saturday night in Toronto.
The Clippers were in Toronto as partial of a five-game highway trip. They played a Raptors a day after a incident, losing 112-94.
Sources told Eaves that Griffin and Testi were during a grill when they traded insults and got into an argument. Griffin strike Testi, who afterwards left a grill and went outside. Griffin followed him outward and strike him again. Testi had manifest injuries to his face, sources told Eaves.
Both Griffin and Testi were sent home from a highway outing after a incident. The dual are good friends and had vacationed together, sources said.
Meeting with reporters progressing Tuesday, Clippers manager Doc Rivers called a occurrence “frustrating” and a “distraction” for a group that has clawed a approach behind in a rival Western Conference.
Pelton: Clippers improved without Blake Griffin?
The Clippers are rolling though Blake Griffin, who is approaching to skip another 4 to 6 weeks after violation his hand. But does losing a long-lived All-Star make L.A. better?
“You don’t wish it to occur to anyone, and we apparently don’t wish it to occur during a deteriorate or even when a deteriorate is not going on,” he said. “This form of things shouldn’t happen, though it did, and it’s genuine life, and we have to understanding with genuine life infrequently in a yarn world.”
In a statement, a Clippers pronounced a control “has no place in a classification and this occurrence does not paint who we are as a team.” They pronounced an review is ongoing and being finished with assistance from a NBA.
The Clippers pronounced Griffin had X-rays on a palm Monday in Los Angeles and underwent a procession to correct “a spin detonate of a fourth metacarpal” Tuesday. The procession was achieved by Dr. Steve Shin.
“I’m not confident with anything,” Rivers said. “I’m articulate about a non-basketball emanate right now. No, I’m not confident with anything right now. … For them, we have a shortcoming once we confirm to play in this joining to control ourselves in a certain way, and that’s something we talked to them about (Monday). We paint a Clippers, and we have to continue to do that. Everything that happens, obviously, we try to spin into a training doctrine for your players.”
Griffin has been out with a quadriceps injury, that he suffered in a Clippers’ Christmas Day win over a Los Angeles Lakers, though he had hoped to lapse to a lineup during this highway trip. Rivers pronounced he believes a additional four-to-six-week calendar for a palm damage is unrealistic.
Indiana in fourth place in a Western Conference. A 91-89 win over a Pacers creates them 12-3 in Griffin’s absence.
“We have to figure it out (in Griffin’s absence) since we’re in a tough conference, and we’ve kind of clawed a approach adult to a mark that we’re during now, and now we have to keep clawing,” Rivers pronounced before a game.
Griffin’s teammates also pronounced he will be missed on a court, though they avoided directly addressing a punch and surrounding circumstances.
“It’s tough; we don’t know most about it,” ensure Chris Paul pronounced after Tuesday’s win. “For me, we have to lead this team.
“We’re all like family. That’s how we’re going to understanding with this, like family. At a finish of a day, we control what we can control. We still have a pursuit to do.”
Guard J.J. Redick concurred.
“We wish him behind on a court, though in terms of a situation, we have no take on it,” Redick said. “He’s a really critical partial to what we do here.”
Griffin’s latest damage means he will skip a All-Star Game on Feb. 14 in Toronto, where he could have been picked as a reserve.
In Nov 2014, Griffin was charged with one count of misconduct battery after allegedly removing into an rumpus with a male during a Las Vegas nightclub. According to reports during a time of a incident, Griffin was dissapoint by camera flashes in his face and grabbed a man’s phone. Prosecutors forsaken a box in Mar of final year, observant they couldn’t infer a allegations.