Los Angeles Clippers Jordan, Griffin, and Billups watch their team lose to Memphis Grizzlies during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

Blake Griffin sidelined with bone bruise to his left knee


The Clippers have high aspirations this season, thanks to bolstering their star lineup with some key offseason acquisitions, as well as landing a tenured and well-respected, defensive-minded head coach with a championship on his resume.

But they’ll only get as far as the team’s collective health will take them, and early in the preseason, there are a few guys who are dealing with some minor injuries.

Matt Barnes (calf) and J.J. Redick (thigh) missed Wednesday’s scrimmage and Thursday’s practice with what are believed to be short-term ailments.

Blake Griffin participated in Wednesday’s event, but suffered a bone bruise to his left knee that kept him out of the following day’s practice.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

An MRI on Grffin’s knee showed no structural damage, and coach Doc Rivers said there’s no timetable for his return.

“It’s nothing bad,” Rivers said. “But he tweaked it.”

Griffin was injured on the final play of the scrimmage when he attempted a dunk over Lou Amundson.

It’s likely (and hopefully) just a small setback, but the Clippers don’t just need a healthy version of Griffin — they’ll need a more developed one if they are to reach new heights this season.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.