Clippers’ Blake Griffin leaves game with nasty looking knee injury


The Basketball gods have thrown a lot of injuries the Clippers’ way this season — Patrick Beverley is out for the season with microfracture surgery on his knee, Danilo Gallinari is out with a glute injury and there is no timetable, and Milos Teodosic is out until after Christmas with a plantar fascia injury.

However, the injury to Blake Griffin suffered Monday could end up the most devastating of all.

In the fourth quarter against the Lakers Monday, Griffin was reaching for a loose ball knocked away from Lonzo Ball when Austin Rivers went crashing into Griffin’s knee and bent it at a very awkward angle. It looked nasty. (After the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said there should have been a foul on Ball for knocking Rivers into Griffin, but the video doesn’t show that, Rivers crashed into Griffin all on his own.)

We don’t yet know the severity of the injury, Griffin will undergo more tests Tuesday, with Doc Rivers saying it was too soon to tell. There is some reason for hope.

Griffin signed a five-year, $173 million contract to stay with the Clippers last summer. This season they have leaned on him for playmaking as well as scoring, plus floor spacing and defense. Griffin started the season strong, but as the injuries around him put more and more on his plate, he has struggled to be as efficient.

Without him, the Clippers will be lost. If this injury is serious, it could have ramifications for Los Angeles’ future, such as what to do with DeAndre Jordan at the trade deadline (teams are already calling about him).

Hopefully, Griffin was not seriously injured and will be back soon, allowing the Clippers to put off those questions for at least a few weeks.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.


After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.


Spurs’ pick Chimezie Metu to miss time with fractured wrist

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Chimezie Metu showed some promise in the Summer League games he played for San Antonio, scoring 12.5 points a game on 55 percent shooting in Las Vegas, and 10.7 per game on 54 percent shooting in Salt Lake City. The second round pick of the Spurs (No. 49 overall) is raw and needs a lot of development, but he can get buckets. The potential is there.

That development is going to be on hold a while, as what was thought to be a sprained wrist has turned out to be a fracture.

From Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

After an examination Saturday, the Spurs medical staff downgraded second-round pick Chimezie Metu’s left wrist injury from a sprain to a fracture, a league source said Saturday.

Metu was injured late in the Spurs’ 95-90 win over Washington on July 8 at the Las Vegas Summer League, when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch a lob pass at the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man finished the game but was sidelined for the remainder of the schedule.

After undergoing X-rays at the Thomas & Mack Center, Metu was diagnosed with a sprain. But Spurs’ team doctors suspected a possible fracture, which was confirmed after Metu returned to San Antonio on Saturday.

Metu should be good to go by training camp. Metu is hoping his summer and training camp play will earn him a roster spot, although the Spurs tend not to sign second-round picks the year they were drafted (they tend to let them spend a year or two in the G-League or in Europe). A lot of his chances on making the roster depend on any other moves the Spurs make this summer and what their roster looks like come the fall.