This post originally ran one month ago, on Dec. 26, 2015.
Blake Griffin is out of the lineup again, this time 4-6 weeks with a broken hand after fighting with a Clippers team employee in Toronto, ON, according to multiple reports. No better time than now to run this Brendan Dawson article. Oh yeah, Josh Smith was traded to the Houston Rockets this week, too. Clipper Land. Whoa.
With Blake Griffin sidelined for the next two to three weeks for the Los Angeles Clippers, will Brendan Dawson get his chance at some NBA playing time and be recalled from the Grand Rapids Drive?
After suffering a partially torn quadriceps tendon during the Clippers’ win over in-town rival Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, Griffin is expected to miss at least two weeks, a team source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne after the game.
Griffin, leading the team in scoring(23.2), finished the game with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists while dealing with the issue.
In a statement, the Clippers announced an MRI taken Saturday revealed the extent of the injury and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Josh Smith started Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz and the open slot left by Smith on the bench could lead coach/GM Doc Rivers to bring Dawson back to the NBA roster for the rest of the Clippers’ current 5-game road trip and beyond.
Dawson, a forward from Michigan State, is averaging 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists over 16.8 minutes in 13 games in the D-League for Bakersfield(7 games) and Grand Rapids(6 games). His 4.4 PIE(Player Impact Estimate) and -3.9 +/- rating, though, may not be the production numbers Rivers is looking for off the bench with veterans (future HOF) Paul Pierce and Luc Mbah a Moute also available.
(photo credit: John Raoux / Associated Press)