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Blake Griffin day-to-day with ankle sprain; Chris Paul has bruised thumb but will play Game 6

May 1, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

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Containing Zach Randolph proved a problem for a fully healthy Blake Griffin, Z-Bo dominated that match-up in games 3 and 4.

Then in a practice before Game 5 Griffin jumped and came down on the foot of Lamar Odom, twisting and spraining Griffin’s ankle. He tried to give it a go in Game 5 but after a decent start you could see the pain growing, and by the third quarter he had to step out. Randolph scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds (five on the offensive glass) in the Memphis win (Memphis leads the series 3-2).

The Clippers might be without Griffin again.

X-Rays confirmed a high ankle sprain for Griffin and he is officially day-to-day, reports Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Other word out of the Clippers’ locker room is  there is a lot of swelling (we’re talking an ankle the size of a grapefruit) and even if Griffin can go in a do-or-die Game 6 for Los Angeles on Friday night he will not be the same player.

Chris Paul will play in Game 6 but he has a bruised left thumb, Markazi reports. Paul had 35 points for the Clippers on Tuesday and played his usual strong game, but he didn’t get a lot of help. Los Angeles can’t afford anything less than the

Vinny Del Negro has been accused of being slow making adjustments in this series. That is true, but it’s also a matter of DeAndre Jordan not executing and Blake Griffin not physically able to execute (due to his ankle) any plans that might exist to slow the bruising Memphis front line of Randolph and Marc Gasol.

Del Negro called out Jordan for his play, and came off as a frustrated and nervous coach. And he should be if the Clips get bounced in the first round.

  1. supremekingz - May 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Vinny was right about DeAndre. What’s the point of being physically gifted, but soft? Their bigs are raping the Clippers. DeAndre MUST step up now because Blake has one of the most limiting, painful injuries to play through. He won’t be able to jump as high and he will feel it.

  2. 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Did Del Negro pull a Mark Jackson and complain about the physicality of Lamar Odom at the post-practice presser?

  3. thestudiokida - May 1, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Vinny Del Negro is getting out-coached. Clippers don’t stand a chance in Game 6 unless he comes up with some great adjustments.

  4. spthegr8 - May 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I just checked the Grizzles injury report & no need too worry. The FORK they plan on sticking into the Clippers is doing just fine!! Cuz they are DONE!!!!!!

  5. waynegretsky77 - May 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    griffin is not only injury prone, but cant do anyhting but dunk. he gets too much hype cause he plays for la. mike conley is a better player but doesnt get hype cause he plays for a small market.

  6. 13arod - May 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    it is going to be hard for griffen to score but hopefully he plays stronger then ever

  7. kavika6 - May 2, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    As much as I hate Randoph and the Grizzlies I think they’re the only team in the west that will give the Spurs a run for their money. Parker is much better than Conley and Duncan definitely outclasses Randolph but their good health and general thuggery will give them a couple of home games in the WCF.

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