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MRI shows no structural damage to Griffin’s knee; Paul, Griffin game-time calls

May 11, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

Clippers guard Paul and forward Griffin return to the court following an injury to Griffin against the Grizzlies during the second half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA playoffs in Memphis Reuters

I’d be surprised if both are not out on the floor for a crucial Game 6, but officially both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are game-time decisions due to their injuries suffered in Game 5 Wednesday.

Griffin had an MRI on his sprained left knee but it found no structural damage, tweeted Ramona Shelburne of That’s good news for the Clippers as it is the same knee where surgery caused him to sit out a year after the draft.

Chris Paul suffered a strained groin (they are officially call it a hip flexor) and he also will test it out before the game and see if he can go.

Again, I’d be shocked if both are not suited up and in the starting lineup.

But if they are slowed by these injuries and cannot perform at their best — remember CP3 sizing up his defender in the fourth quarter of Game 5 then passing off because he hurt to much to make a move? — then it could impact the outcome of the game. And for the Clippers this needs to be their Game 7 because having to go back and win the actual Game 7 in Memphis will be a very tall order.

  1. jeffw - May 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    It was inevitable. No matter what has happened in the season so far, the ghosts of Clippers past were going to show up and remind the Clippers… that they are the CLIPPERS!
    Memphis wins both game 6 & 7 and moves on.

  2. abchome - May 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Butler is playing with a fractured bone in his hand, Paul/Griffin will definitely play without structural demage. Pain/swelling is not difficult to due with knowing that there is nothing broken.

    • ocgunslinger - May 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      A little naive there abc. Swelling and pain can be played through I agree but it doesn’t take much to alter a players ability and in these games a little edge (or disadvantage) can go a long way.

      • abchome - May 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        I said they will play. I didn’t say they will be as effective.

  3. mat9844 - May 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    CP3 is better on a bad day than most players are on a good day; let’s hope the dynamic duo both play tonight and put on a clinic on how to win a game! Go Clips!

  4. rosesacl - May 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    blake has to stay healthy…. his legs fly around underneath him like nobody else in the league and viewers at home can tell that this is unorthodox and unsafe.

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