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Doc: Quad injury, not hand, keeping Blake off the court

LOS ANGELES -- Uncertainty has been Blake Griffin's biggest opponent of late. The Los Angeles Clippers star had suffered a partially torn left quadriceps tendon in the first quarter of a Christmas Day win against the Los Angeles Lakers and was initially diagnosed to miss at least two weeks.

Optimistic that the five-time All-Star was ready to return, the Clippers had Griffin join the team in their five-game road trip at the end of January. It was on that trip that Griffin broke his right hand in an altercation with assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, an injury that was to sideline the high-flying power forward four-to-six weeks.

Griffin was assessed a four-game suspension and a fifth game without pay for his involvement in the incident.

But before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Doc Rivers stated the initial quad injury was keeping Griffin back more than the hand at this point.

"We don't know when he's coming back," Rivers said. "We are hoping as soon as possible.

"He looks good, but he still doesn't feel ready. [Hand]-wise, he's fine. But he just doesn't feel right yet. ... I would say the hand is ahead of the quad," Rivers added, confirming a report by Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

Griffin was averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists this season for Los Angeles before the Dec. 25 injury.