Even with a playoff seed possibly on the line, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin will both be absent as the Clippers take on the Trail Blazers in the season finale.
Doc says Blake and JJ Redick will not make the trip to Portland. He wanted them to get an extra day of rest.
— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) April 16, 2014
For Griffin, the odds of him appearing in tonight’s games are slim to none. After suffering his 16th technical foul of the season in a win over the Denver Nuggets last night, according to league regulations, Blake will be forced to serve a one-game suspension and face a fine of $200K unless the league chooses to rescind the foul. Regardless of the technical, Rivers never planned on playing Griffin against Portland.
“The worst case is he’s suspended one game,” said Doc on Griffin’s status for tonight. “I’m not going to bring him anyway. They’ll probably rescind that. I’d be surprised but you never know. I want Blake to stay home and get some rest. He’s so banged up.”
In the event that the Detroit Pistons take down the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Clippers will have a chance to surpass OKC for the number two seed in the Western Conference. With the Portland Trail Blazers likely resting their starters as they’ve sured up the fifth seed, the Clips will have a chance without Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick.