The Los Angeles Clippers suspended Blake Griffin for four games without pay in his alteration with a team assistant equipment manager, Matias Testi on Jan 23.
The wages that will be withheld goes to charities for those focused on disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles. The team was very serious with this embarrassing situation between Griffin and Testi. It resulted with Griffin getting a broken hand, which will sideline him until March. Testi ended up with a swollen face. Team owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers wrote a statement on the decision according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We have made it clear that this conduct has no place in the Clippers organization. Blake is remorseful and has apologized for his actions. He is a valued member of our Clippers family and we support him as he rejoins the team. He understands his actions have consequences, and is eager to get back to work with his teammates, the organization and Clipper Nation which starts immediately with rehab, appearances and attendance at games. For our team and organization, it is time to move forward which begins today and ultimately concludes when we have Blake back on the court.”
Griffin was on the verge of having the best season in his six years as a Clipper. He was averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists on 50 percent shooting. He didn’t get selected into the All Star game, which breaks his streak of playing in the All Star game since his rookie year.
The Clippers have been playing better with a small ball lineup. They currently are the fourth seed in the western conference. If they have any chance of making a run in the postseason, having two lineups can help. They can decide on the lineup depending on the matchup. The Clippers haven’t been out of the second round with Rivers as the head coach. This year might be harder than before with teams like the Warriors, Thunder and Spurs in the way.