Clippers in 'wait and see' mode after Blake Griffin injures left knee

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers initially blamed Lakers' guard Lonzo Ball for causing the injury, although video shows it was Rivers that ran into Griffin's left knee.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin sprained the medial collateral ligament of his left knee in a collision in Monday night's game at Staples Center.

It was the 11th consecutive "home" victory for the Clippers over the Lakers, while the Clippers have also won 20 of the last 22 games in the matchup.

A former No. 1 overall pick and five-time All-Star, Griffin is averaging 23.6 points and 7.9 rebounds this season for the Clippers (8-11).

"It didn't look good", Doc Rivers said. His counterpart in the backcourt, Patrick Beverley, was lost for the season last week after undergoing microfracture surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee. With just Griffin on the court, the Clippers are getting beat by 5.9 points per 100 possessions. They're now barely more than $100,000 below the tax, meaning adding a 15th player for the remainder of the season would take the Clippers over the tax line.

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It was his third 40-plus point game and the first time a Clipper had scored at least that much since Griffin had 43 on February 26 at Charlotte.

Griffin immediately grabbed the same left knee that he's had multiple surgeries on in the past.

Any additional time Griffin misses only adds to the Clippers' hole, and we're counting on them staying healthy after they get Griffin back - not realistic given their injury history.

The Clippers have not had good luck with injuries this season. We'll find out more after he undergoes tests Tuesday.

Griffin has been dogged by injuries throughout his eight-year National Basketball Association career, having played in 67, 35 and 61 games the past three seasons.