Another postseason, another untimely injury for the LA Clippers. Forward Blake Griffin left Friday's Game 3 win over the Utah Jazz with what was described as a bruised right toe and didn't return. On Saturday morning, the real diagnosis was revealed: a plantar plate injury that will sideline Griffin for the remainder of the playoffs.
A year after being eliminated in the first round when both Griffin and Chris Paul were lost to series-ending injuries during Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Clippers have to be feeling a sense of déjà vu.
This postseason is different, however, because the Clippers still have Paul and have succeeded without Griffin before. How far can they go without him this time around?