Blake Griffin (toe) out for remainder of playoffs
Earlier this morning, the Clippers announced Griffin will be shut down for the season. He suffered the injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe in yesterday's game against the Jazz. Austin Rivers remains out, which means Marreese Speights could join the starting five on Sunday. Over 1056.4 minutes with Griffin off the court, Speights has returned 1.04 FD ppm on average with a 25.2% usage rate. He'll be a popular value option tomorrow.
Blake Griffin (toe) to miss rest of playoffs
The Clippers simply can't catch a break, as this is yet another postseason in which they have to deal with a debilitating injury to one of their star players. Griffin injured the toe late in the first half on Friday. Marreese Speights started the second half in place of Blake and will continue to see an uptick in minutes going forward, but Speights may still come off the bench if Austin Rivers (hamstring) is healthy enough to return. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will be asked to shoulder the offensive load going forward. CP3's usage rate will spike, just as it did in the second half of Game 3.
Blake Griffin (toe) status uncertain for Gm 4
Griffin injured his toe after making a layup over Rodney Hood with just under four minutes left in the second quarter. He limped back on defense and slammed his fist into a chair when he got back to the bench, before heading to the locker room. He was subsequently ruled out for the second half. Fortunately, the X-rays were negative, but Griffin may still miss time. We're still waiting to hear word on the result of the MRI. "We should have more news [Saturday]," coach Doc Rivers said. "So we dont know [how he is doing] is the answer." Check back soon for an update.
Blake Griffin (bruised big toe) out for game
The good news is X-rays were negative, so hopefully it's only a day-to-day thing. Griffin himself also reportedly said the injury was worse than he thought, so this could be a multiple-game issue. Marreese Speight started the second half and will have to step up in a big way. Plus, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul will have to bring their A game.
Blake Griffin leads Clippers to Game 2 win
Griffin's stat line wasn't exactly chock full of goodness, but he led his team in scoring, hit a 3-pointer and played pretty well on a night the Clippers desperately needed a win. Game 3 is in Utah on Friday and it doesn't sound like Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert is going to be likely for that one, which should mean more good things from Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Reminder - Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan both OUT for Clippers tonight
Late last night it was reported that two of the big three for the Clippers, Griffin and Jordan, would rest. Chris Paul should have extremely high usage with that pair out and look for Marreese Speights, Brice Johnson and Brandon Bass to carry the load in the frontcourt. Speights figures to be the biggest beneficiary and will be a viable DFS option tonight. Paul, needless to say, is the Clipper to own though.
Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan (rest) will both miss Thursday's game
With Griffin and Jordan both resting, Chris Paul, who at this point doesn't appear to be resting, should carry the load offensively with Marreese Speights, Brice Johnson and Brandon Bass likely to pick up the slack in the frontcourt. Diamond Stone may also find his way into the rotation if his knee issue doesn't keep him out of action, but Speights figures to benefit the most among the bigs from a DFS perspective. He's played a hair over 800 minutes on the year without those two on the floor - second on the team to Jamal Crawford - and carries a healthy 25.5% usage rate and 1.04 FPPM mark, so he'll carry a considerable ceiling at or near minimum price across the industry. Chris Paul is averaging 1.46 FPPM with Griffin/Jordan off the floor this year, albeit in a limited sample size (57.5 minutes) with an oddly low usage rate (16.5%). Paul will be an elite target industry wide assuming he suits up, while the other guards (Redick, Rivers, Crawford) will be forced to pick up the slack offensively, making all three viable punt plays. Especially if Diamond Stone isn't going to play, Speights is an option in all formats.
Chris Paul will play tonight against San Antonio
Chris Paul will play against the Spurs tonight. Chris Paul will likely have low ownership and should be considered an elite GPP play. He still carries some risk for cash games considering it is against the Spurs and he's coming off a large layoff. Blake Griffin will likely see a reduced ball-handling role. DeAndre Jordan could see a few more lobs, but his upside remains low with Blake Griffin healthy. Austin Rivers will go back to the bench and is not a reliable option.
Chris Paul listed as questionable for tonight
It appears Paul has a legitimate shot to play tonight, especially considering a tweet of his own which he captioned with "back at it." Had the Clippers not played last night, this could just be taken with a grain of salt, but given that it's the teams second game out of the break would seem to suggest that Paul is itching to get back on the court against San Antonio. If he does, Blake Griffin will become a slightly less appealing target, and the ancillary guards (Rivers, Felton, Crawford) would all basically become unplayable. We'll update this situation as the day unfolds.
Blake Griffin (knee) confirmed as starting tonight, will play limited minutes
Griffin will play and start in tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers after missing the past 18 games due to knee surgery. Griffin will have his minutes limited in his return but there has yet to be any confirmation from the Clippers of a specific amount. Given the uncertainty surrounding Griffin's playing time, he is better reserved for tournaments. The upside is certainly there, however, with Chris Paul still sidelined, as he averages 1.43 FanDuel and 1.49 DraftKings points per minute with Paul off the court this season.