Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to return to the team on Sunday or Tuesday, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Griffin went through a full workout in Los Angeles without any limitations Friday during the Clippers’ 129-99 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. The plan is for him to return Sunday against the Houston Rockets, but there is a chance the Clippers will want to see him go through a practice and a shootaround with the team first, pushing his return to Tuesday against the Hornets.
Griffin has missed the last 15 games for the Clippers, after undergoing surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow.
L.A. managed to survive admirably without him, going 9-6 during that stretch thanks largely to the improved play of DeAndre Jordan and some MVP-level performances from Chris Paul.
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The timing is good for Griffin to return; with 16 games left in the season, that should be plenty of time for him to get back into game shape and get re-integrated into the L.A. offense.