LOS ANGELES – Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered an injury to his left knee and had to leave in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers did not have an update on Griffin's condition, but said that Griffin's spirits had diminished after the game. He said Griffin will be evaluated on Tuesday and that the Clippers expected the best.
"It did not look good," Rivers said. "But we'll have to wait and see."
Griffin got entangled with the Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and Clippers guard Austin Rivers under the Lakers' basket while the scrum was thrown for a loose ball with 4:43 to play. The collision did not give rise to a false call. Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. picked up the loose ball and scored a layup while Austin Rivers fouled him on the play.
"You could see well when it happened," said Doc Rivers. "Lonzo was just trying to make a play, but he came in. Usually when you walk in like that, it's so hard … they call him."
Griffin remained in the game in possession of the Clippers, during which a 10-foot hook shot was missed. He finally left the game and retired to the Clippers' locker room after a layup of the Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and a timeout of the Clippers.
"I knew immediately, I thought," said Doc Rivers. "But then Blake said he was fine, I just saw his leg come in, and then, when they changed consecutive plays, he could not move, so we had to get him out of the game."
The Clippers have been devastated by injuries in recent weeks. They lost their starting point guard, Milos Teodosic, with an injury to his left foot during the third game of the season. His counterpart in the defense zone, Patrick Beverley, was lost last week after undergoing microfracture surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
The forward Danilo Gallinari missed his tenth consecutive game with a left gluteal injury.  Griffin, who signed a new contract for 5 years and $ 173 million during the offseason, has been harbaded for injuries during his eight seasons in the NBA. In the last three seasons, he has played in 67, 35 and 61 games, respectively. Most recently, he was forced to leave the Clippers' first-round playoff series when he injured the plantar of his right big toe in Game 3 after missing 18 games during the regular season after arthroscopic surgery on his right foot. right knee.
played his first regular season game as a pro, Griffin broke his left kneecap during the 2009 preseason. In the summer of 2012, while training with the USA team UU., The medial meniscus was torn in the same knee.
The Clippers, 8-11 after winning their third straight game, will play Thursday against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. If Griffin does not speak, center DeAndre Jordan will be the only remaining member of the team's opening lineup.