Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 01:58 PM


The LA Clippers’ immediate prospects in their first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers – and their wider ambitions for the NBA Playoffs – have been dealt a savage blow with the franchise announcing star forward Blake Griffin has been ruled out for the remainder of the post-season.

Griffin suffered a quad injury in Monday’s 98-84 series-levelling loss to the Blazers, capping a torrid season for the five-time All-Star, who missed 43 games with quad and hand injuries.

Compounding matters for the Clippers is the absence of Chris Paul. CP3 underwent surgery on a fractured hand and is out indefinitely.

The Clippers and the Trail Blazers head back to Los Angeles for Game 5 with the series locked at 2-all.

All four games so far have been won by the home side, but DeAndre Jordan and the 38-year-old Paul Pierce will shoulder a heavy load for the injury-hit Clippers at the Staples Center.

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