Clips' Griffin concussed after elbow to forehead


LOS ANGELES — Clippers forward Blake Griffin sustained a concussion late in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors and will not return.

With 2:11 remaining in the opening quarter, Griffin drove baseline and was challenged at the rim by Warriors backup center JaVale McGee, who inadvertently elbowed the Clippers star in the forehead.

Griffin collapsed to the Staples Center floor and grabbed his head while shaking in pain. He stayed there for several minutes before rising to his feet and walking to the locker room on his own power.

Griffin is averaging 23.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the season.

The five-time All-Star missed 14 games already due to a sprained MCL.

As for the Clippers as a whole, Griffin’s ailment is yet another with which the franchise has had to deal with. Austin Rivers (heel), Milos Teodosic (foot), Danilo Gallinari (glute) are all sidelined in the short term, and Patrick Beverley (knee) is out for the year.

Before Saturday’s game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said this is the most injuries he’s ever had to endure as a coach.

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