Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin returned to action on Tuesday night after missing 18 games following routine arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Dec. 20.
Griffin, whose playing time was restricted by the coaches at the advisement of the Clippers’ training staff in the team’s 121-110 loss to the 76ers, logged 29 minutes as he assumed his spot in the starting lineup. He scored 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting from the field and 6-for-10 from the free throw line. He also collected 11 rebounds, made five assists and turned the ball over six times. “I was sloppy, rusty,” Griffin said. “I felt like I had some really stupid turnovers. I probably would’ve liked to attack more, especially late in the shot clock. A couple times I settled for jumpers. But, I felt fine.”
Source: Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN
Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Headline All Rookie Team
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.
Iguodala (Leg) Sits Out Warriors Game 4 Loss
Though the Golden State Warriors had upgraded Andre Iguodala to questionable from doubtful earlier Tuesday, the veteran missed his team’s 95-92 Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Iguodala sat out because of a bruise on his lower left leg, suffered when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3.
Report: Warriors List Andre Iguodala Doubtful for Game 4
The Golden State Warriors have listed Andre Iguodala as doubtful for Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.
Iguodala sustained a left leg contusion when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.
A Warriors source said the bruise got worse overnight, so Iguodala was held out of practice on Monday. The bruise is slightly below the knee.
Iguodala had an X-ray on Monday and it came back clean, but the team still listed him as doubtful Monday evening.
Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN