Oct 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

More Injury News: Griffin to Sit Until Ankle Is 100 Percent

Outside of DeAndre Jordan‘s coming of age, injuries have been the biggest news during the Los Angeles Clippers preseason. J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and rookie Reggie Bullock have all yet to play a game and second year guard Maalik Wayns will be out for several weeks (and possibly off the roster) after tearing his left meniscus.

Now Doc Rivers has stated that Blake Griffin won’t be taking the floor until his ankle is 100 percent.

“He’ll probably play Saturday … but if he’s not 100%, no, he won’t play,” Rivers said. “I’m not going to play him unless he’s 100%.”

“He’ll probably play Saturday … but if he’s not 100%, no, he won’t play,” Rivers said. “I’m not going to play him unless he’s 100%.”

via Doc Rivers won’t play Blake Griffin until injured ankle is 100% | Los Angeles Times

Griffin tweaked his ankle in the Clippers preseason game against the Utah Jazz when he stepped on Derrick Favors foot after a hook shot. Rivers did insert Blake into the game a quarter later.

This is a smart move on Rivers behalf. There is no real reason to jeopardize this teams championship ambitions for the preseason. Nothing’s gained from Griffin being on the floor and nothing’s loss from him sitting. You could argue that chemistry will be an issue as Redick and Griffin are missing time, but as long as Chris Paul is the starting point guard for this club and is completely healthy (*knocks on wood*)  then this group is fine.

The Clippers have four more preseason games on the schedule (POR, DEN, UTA, SAC) before they open the 2013-14 season on October 29th when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

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