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Blake Griffin injury: Clippers F tweaks knee, MRI clean

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has a bone bruise on his left knee but escaped serious injury after an MRI revealed no structural damage, according to ESPNLosAngles.com

As a precaution, Griffin was held out of practice on Thursday. Head coach Doc Rivers said the injury, which happened at a team scrimmage at USC, is not serious though there is no timetable for a return. 

“It’s nothing bad,” Rivers said. “But he tweaked it.”

The injury occurred when Griffin went up for a dunk over Lou Amundson, which proved to be a concern for the All-Star since every other injury he’s sustained to his knees has happened when he’s planted, not when landing. 

The Clippers will likely err on the safe side and hold him out of several of the Clips’ final preseason games. An injury of this nature will only require rest and treatment.

The Clippers open up against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 29 at Staples Center in their first step toward chasing the first NBA title in team history. 

Photo Credit: Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports

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