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Yet most of the focus in the Clippers' locker room was on the status of Griffin, who did not play the last 3:53 of the game because of a left knee injury.

According to David Aldridge of TNT, the LA Clippers' Blake Griffin suffered a sprained MCL last night during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists over 36 minutes in the Clippers' 120-115 victory against the Lakers before exiting with the injury.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers did not have an update on Griffin's condition but said Griffin's spirits were down after the game. The team was already missing three star players - Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic - before Griffin was injured.

The Clippers have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks. With just Griffin on the court, the Clippers are getting beat by 5.9 points per 100 possessions.

The Clippers are only a half game back of the Utah Jazz, who now hold the No. 8 seed.

Any additional time Griffin misses only adds to the Clippers' hole, and we're counting on them staying healthy after they get Griffin back - not realistic given their injury history.

There is still no official word from the LA Clippers at the time of writing, as they may be doing further tests to more accurately determine the length of time the All-Star forward will miss.

The Clippers trailed by as many as eight points midway through the final quarter, but rallied for their third consecutive victory, a streak that followed a nine-game losing streak. Technically, the forward has suffered at least three season-ending injuries, although two of them happened during the playoffs. Prior to that, he missed most of the 2015-2016 National Basketball Association regular season.