Now the third-year forward is displaying that trait on a game-to-game basis as he plays through the pain of a nagging elbow injury. Griffin has a burst bursa sac in his right elbow and a neck strain, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Tuesday (via ESPN Los Angeles).
Griffin has dealt with the same injury before, but Del Negro said this iteration is the most painful yet.
“His elbow is a concern,” Del Negro said. “His neck is a concern but Blake is a tough kid. He’ll fight through it and give us what he can give us.”
Griffin, who will start Wednesday against San Antonio, is averaging 16.3 points and shooting just 45 percent from the field through four games — well below his career averages in both categories.
“It’s a little bit worse,” Del Negro said. “There’s a little bit more swelling. He’s had that for a long time but this time it seems to be a little more than normal. It affects everything when you have a bunch of fluid in your elbow. It’s going to bother you but he’s going to fight through it and give us what he can.”
The Clippers (2-2) opened the season with wins against Memphis and the new-look Lakers but have dropped their last two games to Golden State and Cleveland, both at home. L.A. plays its fifth consecutive game at Staples Center on Wednesday against the Spurs before taking its first road trip Thursday to visit Portland.