Los Angeles was able to rally without Griffin in Game 3, thanks to the play of Chris Paul. You just hate for dumb stuff like this to happen when you know how hard somebody works. "Had an opportunity to get two, but it is what it is". For somebody who's as dedicated to the process and the training and the working out and all that stuff like that, for something to happen, you hate to see it.
The Clippers trailed by as many as 14 in the game, but had cut the lead to four points when Griffin left the game and headed to the locker room for X-rays.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates a basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis. His injury came just minutes after point guard Chris Paul left the same game with a broken finger. The title: Gordon Hayward, Jazz in Driver's Seat After Game 3 Win.
Coach Doc Rivers said he did not try to sugarcoat the news of Griffin's injury when he spoke to the team after Friday's game, while Griffin underwent an MRI that confirmed the team's worst fears. The former No. 1 pick will remain in Salt Lake City, wearing a walking boot and will return with the team after Game 4 on Sunday. Last year, Los Angeles was eliminated in the first-round after Griffin suffered an injured quad in Game 4.
The only guarantee is that the team will have to win their playoff games without him.
Neuer to miss rest of Bayer Munich's season
Of course, the game was not without controversy as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick pushed Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich. Tellingly, Madrid's run of seven semi-finals have come in the eight seasons since Ronaldo joined from Manchester United.
"Iso Joe" has become a major problem for the Los Angeles Clippers. "It's not often you find a guy that has that combination of skill, as far as his ability to handle the ball and make plays". It's not something where they say 'hey, they're going to see how he is three days from now.' No, they're looking at him every day. "He just has to weather this storm". "We were getting into the teeth of the defense, whether we had layups, dunks or kick-outs for 3s, thought we did a good job of making the right decision".
Paul added, It has to be by committee.
"We can't let this have too much of an emotional toll on us and distract us from our goal". Speights' three-point shooting has made those lineups very effective offensively, but his defensive limitations only make the pairing tenable against certain match-ups.
This marks the second straight season the Clippers will attempt to win a championship without Griffin. "It could cause for the Clippers to be a unsafe team without him". The second, a knee sprain, didn't have a clear timetable for how quickly he could return, and suddenly the Clippers - who would have played Golden State in the semifinals if both teams advanced - suddenly appeared to have an injury go in their favor for once.