LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been ruled out of Saturday's matinee with the Golden State Warriors after taking an inadvertent elbow in the first quarter. Griffin drove into the lane and, as he began to stumble, took an elbow to the head from JaVale McGee.
Regardless of the reason, the Warriors opened slow-footed against a Clippers team that had won four of its previous five games. Stephen Curry has been back for three games, but now Kevin Durant will miss his second straight with a calf strain.
Griffin sat out for 14 games because of a sprained left knee suffered during the Clippers' victory November 27 over the Lakers.
Griffin collapsed to the Staples Center floor and grabbed his head while shaking in pain. He was alert and able to move on his own, though, and left the court with some help from staff.
Playing just his 4th game since returning from that injury, Griffin was averaging 23.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists coming into the contest.
"We had 90 points of offense sitting in street clothes", Rivers said of his depleted squad, but he acknowledged that the Warriors "offensive assault" affected his players.