Oklahoma basketball: Former Sooner Blake Griffin suffers sprained MCL during Clippers game

Griffin injured his knee after falling awkwardly during a loose ball scrum late in Monday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Test results on Tuesday showed no structural damage to the knee, according to the Clippers.

It was the 11th consecutive "home" victory for the Clippers over the Lakers, while the Clippers have also won 20 of the last 22 games in the matchup. Clippers F Wesley Johnson, who averaged 13.2 points over his previous five games, scored just four points Monday on 2-of-7 shooting from the field.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers did not have an update on Griffin's condition but said Griffin's spirits were down after the game. The Clippers was already missing three of its star players - Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic - prior to Griffin's injury.

The team has announced Blake Griffin will miss up to eight weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. With just Griffin on the court, the Clippers are getting beat by 5.9 points per 100 possessions.

The Clippers' next game is Friday (AEDT) against the Jazz in L.A.

Rivers appeared to have fallen on Griffin, whose knee got twisted as he landed on his back. Injuries have completely derailed this team's season and could even change how they approach the next couple of seasons. Still, Griffin will miss a substantial amount of time for the third straight season.

One way or another, we'll know a lot more about the Clippers' direction by the trade deadline, including whether the playoffs are still a realistic possibility.

Griffin has been dogged by injuries throughout his eight-year National Basketball Association career, having played in 67, 35 and 61 games the past three seasons. But Jordan, selected for the All-NBA team the past three seasons, would be an upgrade in the middle for most teams, so there should be interest.

  • Stacy Allen