Clippers say Blake Griffin’s ankle injury isn’t serious

By Lisa Dillman
Los Angeles Times

October 17, 2010

Last preseason: Blake Griffin injured.

This preseason: Griffin injured.

That’s where the similarities end. Just in case Griffin’s ankle injury and absence from Sunday’s exhibition game seem alarming for Clippers fans, it should be remembered, of course, that not all injuries are created equal

With Griffin’s knee injury last season, it became fairly clear within a day that it was a serious one and ended up season-ending. This injury, a sprained left ankle, was more of a tweak, and Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said it was not serious. He thought Griffin would try to practice Monday and would play Tuesday.

“To be honest with you, I was kind of thinking about giving him the night off anyway,” said Del Negro before the Clippers’ 108-104 loss to the Nuggets. “It made my decision much easier. He kind of turned his ankle a little bit yesterday [against the Jazz] in the game. He’s fine.

“He did it at the beginning of the game and he played the whole game. He’s actually a lot better right now. If it was regular season, he’d play. Just want to be smart and use the time to fix it.”

Odds and ends

Another day, another 100-plus points given up. The Clippers, now 1-6, keep giving up 100 or more points, which has happened in all but one game in the preseason. Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, among others, did not play for the Nuggets.

The Clippers had 19 turnovers, all but two coming from the heavily played bench. Eric Gordon was rested and limited to just under five minutes, and the only starter with 20-plus minutes was Baron Davis.

Former Laker Brian Cook, one of three free agents signed in the summer, had a game-high 28 points, and another free-agent signee, Randy Foye, had 19 points and four turnovers. Rookie Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Said Del Negro: “It’s hard to take anything from this game just because there’s so many guys out.”

Etc.

Davis spoke about one of the ills ailing the Clippers