The Los Angeles Clippers are going to have to continue without Blake Griffin for longer than first anticipated, according to reports today.
That's after ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported on Tuesday that the forward, who hasn't played since December 26 due to a quad injury, has now suffered a "suspected broken hand."
Griffin had been travelling with the team on their current road trip in the hope of returning before the five-game stretch was over. Now, though, he is believed to have returned home early due to the latest injury setback.
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As he and Shelburne note, however, it does look likely to extend the 26-year-old's absence from the Clippers lineup by a couple of weeks.
According to ABC 7, the Western Conference franchise are expected to update the situation later today once a further evaluation has been completed.
Having been unable to call upon Griffin since the Christmas Day game against the Los Angeles Lakers due to the player's quadriceps issue, the Clippers have managed to go 11-3 in his absence.
They are 1-2 on this current five-game road trip, however, and will have to complete games against the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks without Griffin around the team.
When he has been on the court this season, the former first overall draft pick has averaged 23.2 points 8.7 total rebounds and five assists per game.