In­jured Grif­fin breaks his hand

Clip­pers for­ward had al­ter­ca­tion with staff mem­ber on road trip

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Blake Grif­fin frac­tured a bone in his right hand while throw­ing a punch in an al­ter­ca­tion with a mem­ber of the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers’ staff on the road and will be out at least a month.

The team said Grif­fin un­der­went a pro­ce­dure on his hand Tues­day af­ter be­ing sent back to Los An­ge­les from the Clip­pers’ five-game road trip.

They were in In­di­anapo­lis to play the Pac­ers on Tues­day night.

In a joint state­ment, Clip­pers owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers, who is also pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions, said Grif­fin threw the punch Satur­day in Toronto.

They said Grif­fin has a spiral frac­ture of the fourth metacarpal in his hand.

“This con­duct has no place in our or­ga­ni­za­tion and this in­ci­dent does not rep­re­sent who we are as a team,” the state­ment said. “We are con­duct­ing a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion with as­sis­tance from the NBA. At the con­clu­sion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion will be taken.”

Grif­fin had X-rays on Mon­day that re­vealed the in­jury. His re­cov­ery time is ex­pected to be four-to-six weeks, mean­ing he will miss the All-Star game on Feb. 14 in Toronto, where he could have been picked as a re­serve.

The al­ter­ca­tion oc­curred just as Grif­fin was near­ing a re­turn from an­other in­jury.

He has been out since Dec. 26 with a par­tially torn left quadri­ceps ten­don.

Last fall, Grif­fin was in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion at a Las Ve­gas night­club.

A man ac­cused the All-Star for­ward of tak­ing his cell­phone and grab­bing him af­ter the man pho­tographed Clip­pers play­ers in­side the club.

The mis­de­meanour bat­tery case later was dropped af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

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