The Los Angeles Clippers had a familiar face in their starting lineup on Sunday against the Washington Wizards. After missing 45 games with a quad and hand injury, Blake Griffin returned to the Clippers and immediately made his presence felt.

On one play, he hooked up with teammate Chris Paul for a two-handed slam.

Shooting 2 of 7 from the field, Griffin scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists in a little over 24 minutes. Not your typical Blake Griffin-type game but his versatility was key for the Clippers as they held off the Wizards 114-109. This was also his first game back so the Clippers are bringing him back slowly and managing his minutes until he gets back to full speed.

Griffin hasn’t played since December 25, when he partially tore his left quad. Then in January, he fractured his hand in an off-the-court incident where he punched the Clippers equipment manager. Griffin had to serve a four-game suspension for the incident, which he did last week. Before getting injured, Griffin was averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and five assists.

Although Griffin didn’t make a large impact against the Wizards, his return is a big boost for the Clippers with just six games left until the postseason.

Courtesy: CBS Sports


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