Blake Griffin, Chris Paul out for the remainder of the NBA Playoffs
Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers talks with teammate Blake Griffin in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on April 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NB

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul out for the remainder of the NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Clippers' two star players are out for the remainder of the playoffs due to a hand and quad injury respectively.

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Noel John Alberto

News just went from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul broke his third metacarpal in his shooting hand yesterday after trying to go after Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson. His right hand got caught in the back of Henderson’s jersey, breaking that third metacarpal. Today it was announced that the Clippers point guard had surgery in the morning and will miss the rest of the playoffs. Recovery time after his surgery will be 4-6 weeks

It was obvious that Paul was going to get surgery and miss the rest of the NBA Playoffs.

But now, it was announced that Blake Griffin will be missing the rest of the playoffs as well. Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs due to a left quad injury. This is the same left quad that Griffin tore earlier in the season and then lingering quad problems also continued to keep him out. MRIs showed that Griffin had no additional structural damage and will be ready for the start of training camp.

Doc River Speaks

After finding the news that both Griffin and Paul were going to be out, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke to the press about his team’s situation in regards to Game 5 against the Trail Blazers, "We don't have to be the best team. We just have to be the best team tomorrow. And then we have to figure out how to do it one more time." The Clippers and Trail Blazers are tied in their series 2-2 and the winner of their series will meet the winner of the Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets series.

Major Losses

It’s quite known that Paul and Griffin are the two most important players to this Clippers team. Chris Paul averaged around 24 points and 7 assists this postseason. He also averaged around two steals as well. Griffin averaged around 16 points and 8 rebounds. This picture below shows how important these two players are to the team because of the significant point differential to when neither of them are on the floor to when at least one or both of them are on the floor.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's stats on and off court/ESPN
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's stats on and off court/ESPN
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