Blake Griffin tempers return excitement with quad injury admission

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The Los Angeles Clippers are set to have a different look about them when they line up for Sunday night's game against the Washington Wizards.

That's after Clippers head coach Doc Rivers confirmed this weekend that Blake Griffin will likely start his first game since December 25, 2015.

Griffin initially missed time with a quad injury before breaking his hand in an altercation with a Clippers staff member in January. The latter incident also landed him a four-game suspension which, having been cleared for full practice last weekend, came to an end on Thursday.

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Although Rivers' update is positive news for the Los Angeles franchise ahead of what is sure to be an ultra-competitive postseason in the Western Conference, Griffin himself tempered excitement by acknowledging that the tear in his left quadriceps tendon remains.

"It just wasn't being allowed to heal," Griffin said, via ESPN. "So, the tear's still there. It's just about managing the pain and getting through this.

"It's not like a new tear or re-tearing my [quad] in different places. It wasn't allowing the initial injury to completely heal."

The 27-year-old also noted that the issue could have been solved a lot quicker than three months had he and the Clippers medical staff not gone about the healing process in the wrong way initially.

"We weren't addressing the initial problem - the main problem..."So, everything I was doing was putting more stress on my [quad].

"A small tear became a three-month thing because I wasn't doing the right thing until we figured it out."

Griffin had been enjoying a near-career year before his prolonged layoff, averaging 23.2 points and 8.7 rebounds in 30 games.

He and the Clippers will be hoping it doesn't take too long for him to regain that form moving forward. That process starts tonight against the Wizards.

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