Griffin has started shooting free throws, is running on an anti-gravity treadmill and is expected to complete some weight-bearing activities in the next few days. His next doctor's appointment is late next week, meaning he will likely miss more than another week.
"Things are going well," Clippers Coach
Once Griffin receives clearance to practice, he would probably need a few more days before playing in a game, meaning his return most likely will come during a five-game trip that starts Jan. 21 in Cleveland.
The Clippers have gone 6-0 in Griffin's absence, continuing their remarkable ability to persevere in recent seasons without one of their top players. They went 12-6 during the 2013-14 season when point guard
"You sort of have to come together in a hurry," Paul said. "Different guys have to step up in different roles. When Blake comes back, I think it'll give everybody a little more added confidence. Obviously, right now,
Paul said Griffin's absence forces the Clippers to place more emphasis on defense because getting transition points becomes more important without him in the lineup.
"With Blake out there, our offense runs so much smoother," Paul said. "Everything is so crisp. We know where everyone is going to be on the court."
Mbah a Moute was rewarded for his tenacity Thursday when his $1.3-million contract became guaranteed for the rest of the season. It might be one of the biggest bargains in the
"Luc is the most underappreciated person on our team, in all honesty," Paul said. "He does everything. He defends. He cuts. He does everything a coach would appreciate but a fan has no idea that he's doing."
Paul picked up a big All-Star endorsement from singer Justin Bieber, who asked his 73 million Twitter followers to retweet two requests to get the guard into the midseason showcase. As of Friday afternoon, the requests had been retweeted 65,000 times, which counted as that many votes because they included Paul's name and the hashtag #NBAVote. Paul ranked third among Western Conference guards in the latest fan voting figures, more than 210,00 votes behind Oklahoma City's
Up next for the Clippers:
When: 12:30 p.m Saturday.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: Prime; Radio: 980, 1330.
Record vs. Hornets: 1-0.
Update: Charlotte has lost five consecutive games since learning center