The more details revealed following an off the court incident between Blake Griffin and a member of the Clippers equipment staff, the worse the situation looks for everyone involved.
After missing 14-straight games with a strained left quadricep muscle, Los Angeles expects his return to the court to be delayed at least another four weeks after Griffin suffered a broken hand.
The injury didn’t occur while he was rehabilitating, practicing or even during a household accident, instead, he needed to undergo surgery to repair a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal, suffered after punching Matias Testi, the Clippers’ assistant equipment manager, while dining out in Toronto.
The Clippers were in the midst of a five game road trip and the two were eating together at a restaurant and according to multiple reports, the two exchanged insults before a fight broke out.
Griffin punched Testi multiple times, resulting in a swollen face for Testi and an embarrassing hand injury for Griffin.
Earlier in the week, Griffin took to Twitter to apologize for his actions.
“A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about,” Griffin said in the post. “I want to apologize to the Clippers organization, my teammates and the fans for creating a distraction. I am working with the team on a resolution and getting back in the game as soon as possible.”
In his absence, the Clippers have posted a 13-3 record, but even thought the team has managed to play well without their All-Star power forward, the team hasn’t cracked into the top-3 in the Western Conference.
The NBA will reveal the reserves for the 2016 All-Star game Thursday night, but with Griffin injured, he will likely not make the team.
Los Angeles sits 12 games behind Golden State, nine back of San Antonio and Oklahoma City holds a four game advantage.
Only the incident between Griffin and Testi isn’t going to be buried anytime soon.
NBA officials are expected to interview both Griffin and Testi soon. Doc Rivers said yesterday that both men will be welcomed back to the team.