The Los Angeles Clippers power forward and improv leader Blake Griffin was injured during warmup on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Griffin, who has been playing through a sore left ankle and elbow issues, went through the Clippers warmups but returned to the locker room just before the game started.
Madelyn Burke, the Clippers reporter, tweeted that Griffin strained his left hamstring and was a late scratch from the lineup just before game time. Although Griffin did provide what could have been either glares encouragement or disapproval throughout the entire Clippers loss to the Washington Wizards.
Griffin had started in 197 consecutive games before Monday when he took a seat next to Chris Paul, who has been sitting out with a bone bruise on his knee for the last eight consecutive games. Griffin is listed as day-to-day, and sat out his entire rookie year due to a season ending left knee injury. He hasn’t missed a game since that season. The forward is the Clippers’ leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 18.5 points and 8.6 rebound, and is slated to start the NBA All-Star game later this month.
The Clippers are seeded third place in the Western Conference, but they’re currently in the middle of a tough east coast road trip which has resulted in losses to the Wizards, Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics, cutting away a little bit of the momentum the team worked so hard to build.
However, L.A.’s closest competitor, Memphis Grizzlies just traded away a huge contributor to their success in Rudy Gay due to financial issues.