One word from Doc Rivers said everything about the strain that had enveloped the Clippers.
"Whoof," the Clippers coach said Wednesday night, exhaling deeply before he took questions from reporters inside Philips Arena in Atlanta.
His team had made the most of what felt like a lost trip even with three wins in five games, but the Clippers returned to Los Angeles on Thursday facing an uncertain future surrounding Blake Griffin after the All-Star forward suffered a broken right hand while punching a team assistant equipment manager.
There were a handful of pressing issues to untangle: What sort of punishment might Griffin face? What kind of reception would he...