Kermit the Frog introduces Clippers, including Blake Griffin (video)


Blake Griffin returned to the Clippers lineup Sunday, and he had a very special introduction – from Kermit the Frog:

Here’s the best visual of Kermit introducing Griffin:

And the best audio of Kermit introducing Griffin:

Kermit and other Muppets hung around for much more of the Clippers-Rockets game:

Matt Barnes takes down James Harden (video)


Blake Griffin and Corey Brewer weren’t the only players to get overly aggressive in the Rockets’ win over the Clippers yesterday.

Matt Barnes also yanked down James Harden, earning a flagrant foul – and possibly a fine.

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Corey Brewer dunks on Blake Griffin, lots of posturing ensues (VIDEO)


Corey Brewer has been the second scorer the Rockets have needed lately. He scored 17 straight points for the Rockets late in a close loss to the Blazers earlier in the week, when Portland’s defense had taken James Harden out of his game.

Sunday, he dunked all over Blake Griffin.

Credit Griffin for coming in and going for the block, but Brewer got up and made the play.

After the play, Brewer gave a little “get off me” push to Griffin, who retaliated with a push of his own, which Brewer tried to sell flopping back into the stanchion. The referees called a double technical, which is the right thing to call if you were going to call anything in this situation. (Although, I thought the refs let the game get away from them and get very chippy late. Questionable calls both ways. That said I agreed with the Griffin charge call at the end.)

Blake Griffin to return from 15-game absence Sunday against Rockets


Some good news for the Clippers: after a 15-game absence, Blake Griffin will be in the lineup without a minutes limit on Sunday afternoon when they host the Rockets.

Griffin underwent surgery on February 9 to remove a staph infection in his right elbow and has missed the Clippers’ last 15 games recovering. The Clippers have gone 9-6 without him and currently sit at 42-24, fifth place in the Western Conference.

It’s a good sign that Griffin will have no limitations in his return. That means the recovery from staph infections, which can be tricky, went through without a hitch. And that the Clippers will have to play Spencer Hawes, Hedo Turkolgu and Glen Davis fewer minutes.

Report: Blake Griffin expected to return Sunday or Tuesday for Clippers


From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to return to the team on Sunday or Tuesday, multiple sources told

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.