Doc Rivers Blames Lonzo Ball, Not Son Austin Rivers, For Blake Griffin’s Knee Injury

Bryan Brandom
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Thanks to a long-term knee injury to Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers are pretty screwed. The early scapegoat for Griffin’s and the Clippers’ early demise? Resident punchline Austin Rivers, the teammate who fell on Griffin’s knee.

The incident caused an MCL strain, and the All-Star power forward is expected to miss roughly two months.

But head coach Doc Rivers, who just happens to be Austin’s son, instead placed the blame on the offspring of another loud, bald head: Lonzo Ball.

In fact, Doc didn’t even remember the name of the guy who’d eventually landed on Griffin (again, it was his son).

“I was yelling right away, because I thought, you know—and Lonzo was just trying to make a play—but, he went in and usually when you go in like that, that hard, and Blake has—they call it,” Doc said after his team’s 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. “But I think Lonzo knocked somebody into Blake, and bam, it was like a trigger effect.”

The new-look Clippers got off to a 4-0 start this year, but a rash of injuries have contributed to a slip to 8-11.

The team was reportedly already looking into a trade of center DeAndre Jordan, so Griffin’s injury could signal the beginning of a team-wide teardown and selling off of parts.

Doc will probably still be stuck with Austin, though.