Blake Griffin Out 4–6 Weeks After Fracturing Hand Punching Team Equipment Manager

January 26, 2016 Updated: January 26, 2016
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ESPN is reporting that Clippers leading scorer Blake Griffin—who’s been out since Christmas Day with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon—has injured his hand after punching team equipment manager Matias Testi on Jan. 23 at a restaurant during the team’s road trip in Toronto.

According to the report, Griffin punched Testi during an argument in a restaurant. Testi then went outside following the argument and the 6-foot-10-inch Griffin followed him and hit him again.

The punches left Griffin—who, along with teammate DeAndre Jordan, is friends with Testi and has even vacationed with him—with a fracture in his hand and will likely shelve him for 4–6 weeks according to a joinst statement from owner Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers—the team’s head coach.

Originally, the five-time All-Star was expecting to be back before the end of the team’s current five-game trip—which concludes Wednesday night in Atlanta.

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Surprisingly, the Clippers have thrived without their star forward in the lineup. Rivers’ team is 11–3 (through Sunday) since Griffin originally was injured and have moved into fourth-place in the top-heavy Western Conference.