GRIFFIN, WAYNS OUT IN PHOENIX
PHOENIX – Blake Griffin will be sidelined Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns with a sore right ankle.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers suggested he may rest Griffin beyond Tuesday. But the injury is not considered serious.
“I’m not playing Blake,” Rivers said during his pregame media session at U.S. Airways Center. “He twisted his ankle in that game the other day. I’ll probably sit him out until, who knows, maybe Saturday.”
The Clippers (2-1) play their preseason home opener on Friday night against the Trail Blazers.
Griffin, along with Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, sat out Monday in Sacramento. He “tweaked” his right ankle in the opening minutes of Saturday’s 106-74 win at Utah after landing awkwardly on a jump hook, but returned to the game in the second quarter. He finished with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Through two preseason games, Griffin has averaged 13.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.
It was the second minor injury scare in the last week for the Clippers’ superstar. He sustained a bone bruise to his left knee in the team’s open scrimmage at USC’s Galen Center, but was back on the practice floor two days later.
Reserve point guard Maalik Wayns (torn left meniscus), Matt Barnes (sore left calf), Reggie Bullock (sore right knee) and J.J. Redick (left quad contusion) are also out. Wayns, who hurt his knee in the first half at Sacramento, is expected to undergo surgery to repair his meniscus in the near future.
Asked about how things have been going in his first preseason with the Clippers, Rivers cited the mounting injuries as somewhat of a setback.
“We’ve had some injuries in preseason that I wish we didn’t have because it sets us back a little bit,” Rivers said. “Not having Matt Barnes out there on the floor or J.J. out on the floor and now Blake is going to miss 2-3 games, that’s hurts us. Obviously, if we’d been together for three or four years it wouldn’t be an issue. But when you’re new you want guys to be together so you can kind of put it together and we really haven’t been able to do that.”