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Blake Griffin had his elbow drained Sunday night


Last season, Blake Griffin had to get his elbow drained, it was an issue that bothered him into the postseason.

This season, less than 20 games into it, he has had to have the same thing, it happened Sunday after the Clippers beat the Bulls, reports Broderick Turner at the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s still a little big,” Griffin said Tuesday. “But they put some anti-inflammatory fluid in there. It should go down in the next couple of days.”

Griffin said he was told that it wouldn’t be a good idea to have surgery on the bursa sac right now. “If you do, there’s an increased chance of arthritis,” Griffin said.

The bursa sac is natural fluid that helps provide cushion in the elbow. When the elbow swells it’s because too much fluid gets in there.

As our own D.J. Foster has detailed before, Griffin is playing better this season than his critics give him credit for. First off, he gets a higher percentage post touches and scores at a rate higher than or close to Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMarcus Cousins. Griffin’s midrange game is improving — especially if he gets to his spots on the floor. From the left side of the floor below the free throw line, from 8 feet to the arc, he is shooting 55.5 percent this season. And honestly, why are you complaining about a guy who gets efficient dunks anyway?

But a bad elbow could slow him some. Just something to watch as the season moves on and we head into games that start to matter more.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.