Add Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes to the Clippers’ injured list
HOUSTON — It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that another Clipper is suffering from an injury.
This time it’s power forward Blake Griffin, who is dealing with a swollen left calf.
And Matt Barnes suffered a sprained left ankle in the fourth quarter, limped to the locker room and never returned.
Griffin’s injury seemed to affect his play on Friday night at San Antonio, but he still played Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.
“It’s pretty swollen and it’s pretty sore,” Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. “You could tell a little bit last night [in San Antonio]. He’s battling through it right now. He’s got some fluid in there.”
Griffin has been wearing a black sleeve on his left leg.
Griffin said Clippers head athletic trainer Jasen Powell has a timetable for when the injury might get better. “He said it might take five days, maybe,” Griffin said after the game.
Del Negro said Barnes will be reevaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles.
Fouls and more fouls
It is becoming clear that the Clippers are a team of emotional players who can’t keep their composure when things are going the way they like.
That was evident against the Rockets, when the Clippers picked up two more technical fouls.
Griffin picked up his 13th technical foul of the season in the second quarter, which tied him for the league lead with three other players.
Griffin was flippant after the game about getting his technical foul.
“Is that why we lost?” Griffin asked. “I don’t think the technicals are why we lost. They hit the two free throws so that was two points, and we lost by close to 20 points.”
Griffin picked up two technical fouls on this four-game trip. He also got one in Dallas on Tuesday night.
“When your competitive juices are flowing, it’s tough to smile and just walk away sometimes,” Griffin said. “I guess we need to do a better job. But I don’t know if that’s the reason why we lost this game tonight.”
Jamal Crawford also picked up a technical foul in the second quarter during a time out. He now has nine technical fouls on the season, tying him for the fifth-highest with three other players. Crawford also got a technical foul at Dallas.
Any player who gets 16 technical fouls is suspended for one game.
The Clippers have eight regular-season games left.
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