Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin received medical clearance from the team doctor before Sunday’s game versus the Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers star will begin immediately serving a four-game suspension for an off-court incident where he punched their assistant equipment manager. Griffin can not join the team on the bench of the game until his suspension is over.
Griffin sat out the Denver game and he will sit out games against the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. He becomes eligible April 3 against the Washington Wizards.
Griffin has not played since January due to a fractured hand from the incident and an unrelated quad-injury suffered in December.
The five-year-pro practiced with the team for the first time on Saturday. Head coach Doc Rivers said Griffin looked amazing playing basketball, but he has a long way to go.
Rivers said Griffin had no wind or endurance, and his timing in sets was off.
Still, Griffin should enter the starting lineup when he returns, but it is a matter of how many minutes he will play, Rivers said.
Griffin averaged 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 30 games this season.
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