Clippers' Griffin injures hand in team altercation: reports

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Posted: Jan 26, 2016 2:34 PM

(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will miss a few more weeks of action after injuring his hand in an altercation with one of the team's equipment managers, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

The five-time NBA All-Star, who has missed the past month with a torn left quadriceps tendon, suffered the latest injury while hitting an equipment staffer outside a Toronto restaurant over the weekend, according to the Orange County Register.

When contacted by Reuters on Tuesday, the Clippers said that a statement would be issued sometime before head coach Doc Rivers addresses the media ahead of Tuesday's game against the host Indiana Pacers.

Griffin, 26, is averaging 23.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season but has not played since Christmas Day because of a partially torn left quadriceps tendon.

He was hoping to return to action during his team's current five-game road trip, which ends Wednesday in Atlanta, but that plan was abandoned when he returned to Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Clippers have gone 11-3 in his absence, though most of their wins have been recorded against teams with losing records.

"With Blake out, we've had this mode of trying to win every game and that's how we have to continue to play," Rivers said.

Last October, Griffin was allegedly involved in another physical altercation in Las Vegas where he was accused of snatching a man's cellphone in a scuffle after the man had tried to take pictures of several Clippers players at a nightclub.

However, the misdemeanor battery case was later dropped after prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)