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.
Of course Austin Rivers hurt Blake Griffin. pic.twitter.com/RdylBWO41e
— Justin Spears (@JustinESports) November 28, 2017
Austin Rivers getting Blake hurt a few months after running CP3 out of town is some next level “I’m the captain now”
— Darryn Albert (@DarrynAlbert) November 28, 2017
Doc Rivers watching Austin Rivers injure Blake Griffin… pic.twitter.com/IekaODiIvS
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) November 28, 2017
Austin Rivers made CP3 leave. Then took out Blake.. he tryna be the man on that Team #Clippers 😭😭😭
— X _________. (@Fre5HJeff) November 28, 2017
Austin Rivers lands on Blake Griffin and I’m going to have a meltdown pic.twitter.com/LtNVqT8wU6
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) November 28, 2017
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.”
Clippers HC Doc Rivers blames Lonzo Ball for Blake Griffin’s knee injury, but not Austin Rivers.pic.twitter.com/cVhDHPaVya
— MyNBAUpdate (@MyNBAUpdate) November 28, 2017
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.