Saturday, May 26, 2018

Punch breaks Griffin's hand

INDIANAPOLIS — Blake Griffin is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken shooting hand after punching a Clippers staff member during a road trip.

The star forward had a procedure and was treated by an orthopedic surgeon after returning early to Los Angeles from the five-game trip, the team said Tuesday. He has a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

During dinner, Griffin and equipment manager Matias Testi got into an argument that escalated, according to the Associated Press. Testi had multiple facial injuries.

About 90 minutes before Tuesday night's game at Indiana, coach Doc Rivers said he had spoken with Griffin. Rivers made it clear he wasn't happy.

"I'm not satisfied," he said. "I'm not satisfied with anything. I'm talking about a non-basketball issue right now, so I'm not satisfied with anything."

Though Rivers didn't shed much light on what led to the initial argument Saturday in Toronto, he did acknowledge punishment is likely. He did not elaborate on what it might be.

Instead, Rivers said, he will wait for the team, with help from league officials, to complete an investigation.

Testi and Griffin appear in many photographs that have been making the rounds on social media, and Rivers confirmed Griffin and the equipment manager had a friendly relationship. He also said he did not believe alcohol had anything to do with the incident.

"It happened, but it shouldn't happen. They were good friends," Rivers said. "It's frustrating. You don't want it to happen to anyone. You don't want it to happen during the season. You don't want it to happen after the season."

Clippers players declined to comment.

Team owner Steve Ballmer and Rivers, who is also president of basketball operations, issued a statement earlier. "This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team," the statement read.

no LEBRON PULL in miami: Heat minority owner Raanan Katz told an Israeli sports talk radio show that LeBron James tried to get coach Erik Spoelstra fired while in Miami. "With the Miami Heat, LeBron James — before and after his four seasons when his contract was up with the team — made it clear that he wanted to dump head coach Erik Spoelstra," Katz said. "At one point, (team president) Pat Riley called LeBron into his office said that no one will tell him how to run the organization. Riley told James that Spoelstra is his guy and that firing Spoelstra is out of the question. That was the main reason LeBron returned to Cleveland." James rejoined the Cavaliers before last season.

Warriors unstoppable

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and the dominant Warriors aren't just beating teams anymore, they're throwing staggering knockout punches against the NBA's best.

Make that second best.

In a span of eight days, Golden State has 30-point wins over Cleveland, Chicago and San Antonio. Curry scored 37 and hit six 3-pointers in three scintillating quarters, and the reigning champions showed they still rule the West by routing the Spurs 120-90.

"No moment's too big, obviously," Curry said. "We know this is just another regular-season game, but there was some hype around it. Every time we have an opportunity to prove who we are and take another step in the journey, we're ready for it. It wasn't always that way. This core has been together for a while and understands how to mentally prepare for nights like this."

The NBA MVP had 15 points in the first quarter and 18 in the third and shot 12-of-20 in Golden State's 39th straight home win at raucous Oracle Arena, where a star-studded sellout crowd saw a lopsided showdown in what was billed as a potential Western Conference finals preview.

"I'm just glad my general manager wasn't in the locker room because it might've gotten me fired," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.

LATE MONDAY: DeMarcus Cousins set a Kings record with 56 points, most by an NBA player this season, but the visiting Hornets won 129-128 in double overtime after Troy Daniels hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with nine seconds left.

TUESDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Paul had 26 points and J.J. Redick added 19 as the visiting Clippers held off a late Pacers comeback for a 91-89 victory. … Ish Smith had 20 points and nine assists and Robert Covington added 19 points to lead the host 76ers to a 113-103 win over the Suns.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bulls center and former Gator Joakim Noah said he expects to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery but isn't sure what the future holds beyond that. Noah had surgery in New York last week to repair a dislocated left shoulder. … Wizards guard Bradley Beal sustained a broken noise and a concussion after getting hit in the face by Celtics forward Marcus Smart and missed the game at the Raptors. The team listed Beal as day to day. … Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony missed the game against the Thunder because of a sore left knee.

Clippers 91, Pacers 89

L.A. CLIPPERS (91): Pierce 2-7 0-0 5, Mbah a Moute 0-1 1-2 1, Jordan 3-6 3-8 9, Paul 11-21 0-0 26, Redick 7-18 1-2 19, Johnson 5-8 0-0 15, Aldrich 0-1 0-2 0, Crawford 1-9 6-8 9, Rivers 2-5 1-2 5, Prigioni 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 32-78 12-24 91.

INDIANA (89): George 12-23 5-6 31, Allen 1-4 0-0 2, Mahinmi 4-7 4-10 12, G.Hill 5-14 2-2 15, Ellis 3-12 0-0 6, Turner 7-11 2-4 16, J.Hill 0-2 0-0 0, Miles 2-6 1-2 5, Young 1-3 0-0 2, Robinson III 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-83 14-24 89.

L.A. Clippers 25 21 28 17— 91

Indiana 25 26 21 17— 89

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 15-37 (Johnson 5-6, Paul 4-8, Redick 4-10, Pierce 1-4, Crawford 1-6, Rivers 0-1, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Prigioni 0-1), Indiana 5-16 (G.Hill 3-6, George 2-5, Ellis 0-1, Miles 0-2, Young 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 56 (Jordan 19), Indiana 60 (George 11). AssistsL.A. Clippers 16 (Paul 7), Indiana 18 (Ellis 5). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 20, Indiana 17. TechnicalsJordan, L.A. Clippers defensive three second. A15,448 (18,165).

76ers 113, Suns 103

PHOENIX (103): Tucker 1-8 4-6 7, Len 6-12 4-4 16, Chandler 1-2 3-4 5, Goodwin 11-15 3-5 26, Booker 5-15 1-2 12, Morris 3-7 2-4 8, Warren 4-8 0-0 8, Teletovic 3-8 2-3 9, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Weems 5-8 0-0 12. Totals 39-83 19-28 103.

PHILADELPHIA (113): Covington 7-15 0-0 19, Grant 3-6 3-6 10, Noel 5-7 4-4 14, Smith 7-17 6-8 20, Stauskas 4-7 6-7 15, Holmes 2-7 2-4 6, Thompson 4-9 2-3 13, McConnell 4-7 1-4 9, Canaan 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 39-81 24-36 113.

Phoenix 24 21 26 32— 103

Philadelphia 31 23 30 29— 113

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 6-19 (Weems 2-4, Tucker 1-2, Goodwin 1-2, Booker 1-3, Teletovic 1-6, Warren 0-2), Philadelphia 11-28 (Covington 5-12, Thompson 3-5, Grant 1-2, Stauskas 1-2, Canaan 1-3, McConnell 0-1, Holmes 0-1, Smith 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 55 (Len 12), Philadelphia 52 (Noel 9). AssistsPhoenix 27 (Tucker 8), Philadelphia 25 (Smith 9). Total FoulsPhoenix 30, Philadelphia 23. A10,851 (20,318).

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