When Blake Griffin rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of the Clippers’ 110-103 victory Saturday over the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center, he admitted that at first he was scared.
Griffin said that head athletic trainer Jasen Powell took the All-Star power forward to the locker room and had the team doctors look at him.
Griffin didn’t stay out long, returning to play and finishing with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
“It just scared me not knowing exactly what it was, or what that feeling was,” Griffin said. “I haven’t felt that before. Like I said, I can put full weight on it without an unbearable amount of pain. So it should be good.”
After the game, Griffin said his ankle was feeling “better than it was” when he first rolled it.
“It’s not normal,” Griffin said. “But we’ll work on it.”
After Griffin grabbed a rebound in the third quarter, he began to limp down court after rolling his left foot with no one around. He went to the locker room with 7:30 left in the third.
Griffin came back to the court with 5:15 left in the third and checked back into the game with 4:48 left in the third.
Then Griffin made his re-entry into the game in style. He blocked a shot by Mason Plumlee and then raced down court for a layup that he was fouled on.
Griffin, who was 12-for-19 from the field, made the free throw for a three-point play.
“I just came down normal and felt something in the back of my ankle,” Griffin said. “I don’t know what it was, to be honest. It felt like kind of needed to 'pop' or 'move' a little. But it didn’t.”