Clippers' Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

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The L.A. Clippers announced that forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe suffered during the Clippers' 111-106 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round Playoff series. Griffin averaged 21.6 points on 49.3 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 61 games this season, and he's averaged over 20 points per game in six of his seven National Basketball Association seasons.

Chris Paul and his teammates are more concerned with supporting Blake Griffin than worrying about Game 4 against the Jazz.

Jazz: PG - George Hill, SG - Joe Ingles, SF - Gordon Hayward, PF - Boris Diaw, C - Derrick Favors. He's the fourth player to open a postseason with three straight games of 35 points or more, joining Michael Jordan (twice), Bernard King and Jerry West. Rajon Rondo missed Friday's bout with Chicago after sustaining a thumb injury the game before, and remains out indefinitely. "He had IVs and whatever kind of anti-nausea stuff they were giving him to try to get him in a better place", Snyder said. "If you can't get up and down the court because you haven't played in a while, it impacts you".

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The Clippers are experiencing their own injury issues and lost power forward Blake Griffin for the series due to a toe injury he suffered in Game 3.

They seem like postseason traditions: LeBron James is going for a sweep, and the Los Angeles Clippers have big problems. "He would be a big addition to us, help us out a lot if he's healthy enough to go". We dont have one person over there that were like, ‘Oh, Blakes out, put him in.”.

"It has to be by committee", Paul said.

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According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers expect Austin Rivers to play Tuesday after missing the team's past 11 games with a hamstring injury.

"We can't let this have too much of an emotional toll on us and distract us from our goal".

And finally, here's one more pass for a wide-open corner three with the whole Clippers team focused on him.

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In Monaco, defending champion Rafael Nadal beat David Goffin 6-3, 6-1 to move within one more win of a 10th Monte Carlo Masters title. Imagining the 2018 Clippers without Griffin isn't all that hard either: Paul steers a good-not-great team, Jordan picks up some slack, and perhaps Rivers scoops up Carmelo Anthony to fill the headlining void.