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Report: Quad injury keeping Blake Griffin from returning

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots a jumper against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on November 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Before a recent Clippers game, Doc Rivers said that Blake Griffin was looking closer to being ready to return from the right hand injury he suffered in a fight with a team equipment manager. It turns out that his hand isn’t what’s keeping him from returning — it’s the quad injury he suffered originally, that he was already rehabbing from when the fight occurred.

From Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

Griffin’s injured quad, which kept him out since Dec. 26, is the main reason he’s yet to be cleared to return, not his surgically repaired right hand.

The hand injury isn’t serious enough to keep Griffin from practicing. But his injured quad hasn’t responded to an increase in workout intensity.

Griffin’s timetable to return has been pushed slightly back to late March.

While Griffin hasn’t suffered a specific setback, he hasn’t progressed in a way that matched Doc Rivers’ optimism earlier this month.

Remember, once Griffin is medically cleared to play, he still has to serve a four-game suspension as punishment for the incident. So if he won’t be medically cleared until late March, that might only give him a couple weeks to get acclimated again before the playoffs start.