Clippers, NBA to Conduct Investigation After Blake Griffin Breaks Hand During Altercation

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Blake Griffin, No. 32 of the Los Angeles Clippers, warms up prior to Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center for the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2015, in Houston, Texas. (Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Blake Griffin will be out an additional four to six weeks after the Clippers’ All-Star forward broke a bone in his right hand when he punched an assistant equipment manager in Toronto on Saturday.

Mathias Testi suffered a severely swollen face but no fractures in the altercation and returned to Los Angeles, as did Griffin, after the incident. Griffin underwent a procedure on his hand Tuesday morning.

The altercation started inside a restaurant with a back-and-forth exchange that led outside, with Grififn throwing multiple punches, said a league executive with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to publicly disclose it.

“This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said in a statement. “We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken.”

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