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Clippers Injury Updates: Austin Rivers Close to Returning, Blake Griffin Progressing

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The two Clippers with broken hands are each making strides in their recovery.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

According to numerous reports coming out of the Clippers' practice today, Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin are both coming along as they recover from broken hands.

Rivers, whose injury was less serious, said on February 18th that he was ten days to two weeks away from a return.  Today marks ten days since that, and he said that he is eyeing Wednesday's big match-up with Oklahoma City as his return date.  Austin practiced today for the first time since breaking his left hand.

Griffin, on the other hand, will be out longer.  There is still no set return date from his combination of a partially torn quad tendon and broken right hand, and once he is deemed healthy he will have to serve a four-game suspension for punching Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi.  Doc Rivers told the press that Blake has been doing some shooting work, which is an encouraging sign as he recovers from a serious break in his shooting hand.  An optimistic timeline would put Griffin's return somewhere in the third week of March, although there's a chance that he could miss the entire month.