Griffin Says He Will Play, Spurs Have Respect For Clippers
Although the sprained left knee from Blake Griffin was not worse on Monday, it was certainly no better either, and the player knows that rest is the only thing that can help him recover in full. The doctors are saying that if this was the regular season, Griffin would probably miss at least 2 weeks, but the 23 year-old power forward knows that his contribution will be much needed at game one against the Spurs, and he is looking forward to play.
But even though Griffin is willing to get in the court to face San Antonio, LA’s coach Vinny Del Negro is the man with the last word, and concerning the situation, he said that “I don’t know yet. I’ll make that decision on Tuesday after shootaround, after I talk to the trainer.”
But in despite the comments from the Clippers’ head coach, Griffin insisted on his decision, and said that there is no doubt about him being available for the first game of the Western Conference semifinals. Although there are other key players who are not at their 100%, Blake’s situation is the one that concerns the team the most, as Chris Paul’s right hip is fine and Caron Butler seems ready despite an injury in his left hand.
The Spurs have respect for the Clippers and expect tough series
The first game of the series will certainly not be an easy one for the Clippers as they haven’t had much time to rest, which is a different situation than the one from the Spurs, whom have been waiting for their next opponent for a whole week.
But the Clippers are a team that is making history, and that is probably what is driven their desire to continue to win, and if Griffin plays and the rest of the team performs as expected, then the Spurs will have a tough rival that is much different than the Jazz, the team they just eliminated at the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The players from San Antonio have a great deal of respect for the other team from Los Angeles, with guys like Many Ginobili calling the Clippers “a complete team”, referring to Chris Paul as “a point guard who creates for everybody” and mentioning that “They are a team that plays hard. After watching the Memphis series you really can tell that.”
This will be a series between a team full of veterans and one with a poor postseason background, so there are definitely no favorites here just yet.
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