Blake Griffin avoids season-ending knee injury

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The Los Angeles Clippers have had extremely bad luck with injuries in recent years and things haven't been any better so far this season.

The power forward has dealt with multiple health issues throughout his career and the team has confirmed that he now faces an extended period out, which is an all too familiar feeling for the franchise.

While the team has not announced a specific diagnosis for the star forward, David Aldridge of TNT reports Griffin sprained an MCL on Monday evening, adding that the Clippers are relieved Griffin didn't do more damage during the gruesome sequence.

However, Rivers' son Austin was the player who collided into Griffin's left knee when he was attempting to collect a loose ball on the floor. He now sports a hand brace for extra protection, but it does not seem to affect his game as he finished the contest with nine points, on 4-of-7 shooting, to go along with eight rebounds.

The Clippers have been riddled with injuries this season, including season-ending microfracture knee surgery to starting point guard Patrick Beverley.

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Any hopes they had of making the playoffs in the stacked Western Conference now look extremely slim.

The Clippers have not had good luck with injuries this season.

Griffin signed a five-year deal worth $173 million during the offseason to remain with the Clippers.

The team said Griffin would be examined Tuesday but was listed as day-to-day.

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