PORTLAND After a very light practice on Friday, Blake Griffin said he was feeling better after retweaking his left ankle in the first quarter of Thursday night's game at Phoenix.
Griffin did some shooting at the practice, and the team said the All-Star power forward is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Griffin said he first injured his left ankle against the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
With Chris Paul expected to miss his sixth game with a bruised right kneecap, Griffin may have to do even more for the Clippers.
At least that's what TNT analyst Charles Barkley thinks.
He has to "impose his will on the game," Barkley said during the telecast of the Clippers' loss to the Suns. "He's got to go out there night after night and say, 'I'm going to kick the guy's butt I'm playing against.'"
Still, despite the Clippers being 32-12, Barkley is not sold on the Clippers being championship contenders.
"The Clippers can't even impo...