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Clippers coach Doc Rivers: Don’t expect Blake Griffin to return anytime soon

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 10: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers walks off of the court after being ejected from a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Clippers 83-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Clippers announced Blake Griffin would miss at least two weeks with a partially torn left quad tendon.

Nineteen days later, how is Griffin doing?

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, via Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

“He’s running, which is nice and he looked great yesterday just moving around the gym,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before tipoff against the Heat. “But I think this thing is going to take time, if you want me to be honest. And I don’t know what that actually means.

“But I don’t think we should look for him any time soon.”

The Clippers have gone 10-0 since Griffin suffered the injury, including the game he hurt himself (and played 36 minutes). Their offense is humming with Paul Pierce starting and providing additional spacing, and they’ve kicked up their defense a notch.

This success has given Griffin the luxury of taking time with his return, ensuring he’s fully healthy.

The Clippers are still better with Griffin, one of the NBA’s best players. But this period could be instrumental in finding additional lineups that work after the rotation looked so top-heavy earlier in the season.