Clippers' Griffin breaks hand in fight, out 4-6 weeks

Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:27pm EST
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(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to miss four to six weeks of action after breaking his hand while throwing a punch, the National Basketball Association team said on Tuesday.

The five-time NBA All-Star, who has missed the past month with a torn left quadriceps tendon, suffered the latest injury while hitting one of the team's equipment managers outside a Toronto restaurant, according to the LA Times.

Griffin threw multiple punches in a back-and-forth exchange with assistant equipment manager Mathias Testi, who was left with a severely swollen face but no fractures, the Times reported.

"This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team," Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers said in a joint statement.

"We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken."

The Clippers did not elaborate on the incident that caused the injury, saying only that Griffin suffered "a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand" after throwing a punch in Toronto over the weekend.

Griffin's recovery time is expected to be approximately four to six weeks, the team said, though Rivers expressed his own doubts later on Tuesday.

"Four to six weeks with a broken hand is unrealistic, I'll tell you that," Rivers told reporters before the Clippers took on the Pacers in Indiana. "This type of stuff shouldn't happen. But it did ... and you have to live with real life stuff."

Asked if he was satisfied with Griffin's explanation of the incident, Rivers replied: "I'm not satisfied with anything. I'm talking about a non-basketball issue right now.   Continued...

Dec 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is defended by Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 107 to 97.  Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports