Blake Griffin woke up Monday with his sprained left knee not feeling worse, but not really much better. Rest is the only remedy, a luxury the Los Angeles Clippers don't have, and doctors guess he might miss two weeks if this were the regular season.
Griffin? He says he will play in Game 1 on Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is making no such guarantees.
''I don't know yet,'' Del Negro said Monday. ''I'll make that decision tomorrow after shootaround, after I talk to the trainer.''
Griffin doesn't think that conversation will be necessary.
Griffin said there is ''no doubt'' about his availability for the start of the Western Conference semifinals, which start two days after the hobbled All-Star played fewer than two minutes in the fourth quarter of a Game 7 win at Memphis. His injury is the most worrisome for the banged-up Clippers: All-Star Chris Paul said Monday that his bothersome right hip is OK, and forward Caron Butler is expected...