How long could a Blake Griffin suspension last?

Blake Griffin

Clippers forward Blake Griffin walks up court during the final seconds of the team’s 115-107 loss to San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 18.

(Eric Gay / Associated Press)

So when will Clippers fans see Blake Griffin back on the court?

The recovery time for a fracture of the fourth metacarpal is about four to six weeks, but there is no guarantee Griffin will see the court once healthy. 

After full recovering from his injury, Griffin may face a suspension by the team or the NBA, pushing his return later into March.

Here is a look at similar incidents and how the league dealt with them. 


Matt Barnes punches Derek Fisher

Blake Griffin’s hand injury

The former Clippers player got into a fight in October with New York Coach Derek Fisher because Fisher was dating Barnes’ ex-wife.

 It took the NBA two months to conduct an investigation and ended with Barnes serving a two-game suspension.


Suspension: 2 games


Jahlil Okafor bar fight in Boston

Matt Barnes, Derek Fisher

Clippers forward Matt Barnes embraces Knicks Coach Derek Fisher before their game on Dec. 31, 2014.

(Wally Skaij / Los Angeles Times)

In December the Philadelphia 76ers suspended star rookie center Jahlil Okafor for two games after a video showed details of a fight in Boston he hadn’t revealed to the team. 

A man filed a report with Boston police saying he was punched and knocked to the ground outside a nightclub, authorities said. No charges have been announced.

Suspension: 2 games



Gerald Green throws punch, handcuffed by police

Next up for Lakers: at Philadelphia on Tuesday night

The Lakers get their first chance to face 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) after passing on him in the draft to select D’Angelo Russell on Nov. 29.

(Brandon Dill / Associated Press)

The Miami Heat guard was briefly held by Miami police for punching a man who was trying to restrain him in the lobby of his apartment building last November.

 Police were initially called to the scene when Green was found in the lobby ‘unconscious and bleeding from his hands’, according to a police report. The victim of the punch did not want to press charges and no charges were filed.

 Suspension: 2 games


Tony Allen gets into it with teammate

Gerald Green

Miami Heat forward Gerald Green during the first half against the Denver Nuggest on Jan. 15.

(David Zalubowski / AP)

Memphis guard Tony Allen got into a confrontation with teammate Nick Calathese. While the incident never turned violent, according to the team, Allen had to be restrained by team officials and was sanctioned for repeatedly waving off attempts by assistant coaches to calm down. 

Suspension: 1 game

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