The Clippers have kept right on winning without Blake Griffin, but they are not going to be the same threat in the playoffs without him. The question is how many games he would have back before the end of the season for the team to readjust to him in the lineup.
No date is set, but Dan Woike of the Orange Country Register reports it is getting closer.
Remember, once medically cleared to return Griffin has to sit out a four-game suspension for the league from the incident where he broke his hand punching a Clipper employee during a dinner in Toronto.
The rumored target is to have him back in time for a rough five-game road trip that starts March 15 in San Antonio (the game on March 13 has the Clippers hosting Cleveland). If he returns for that game, he would play in 17 games before the end of the season, certainly enough time to shake off the rust and get his wind back.
Just something to watch as we move forward. The Clippers are not in a huge rush as they have not lost consecutive games since his injury.