Blake Griffin

When Blake Griffin soars through the air for a dunk, defenders barely have time to avoid getting posterized. The same can be said for a Blake Griffin punch, which a Clippers equipment staff member apparently took to the face this week.

Griffin, who has not played since Christmas because of a partially torn quad tendon, is headed home from the Clippers' current East Coast swing for a separate injury to his hand.

Apparently, the injury is non-basketball related.

Yeah, #Clippers.

According to ESPN's Michael Eaves, Griffin hit the equipment staff member multiple times, giving the individual a swollen eye and significant bleeding. The equipment staff member, who is close with Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, was also sent home.

Reports reveal Griffin will miss weeks, not days, as initially believed.

Eaves says Griffin and Josh Smith, who was traded this week from the Clippers to the Rockets, did not see eye-to-eye this season. Part of the reasoning for the trade was that Griffin was expected to return to the court during the current road trip. Instead, he returns to Los Angeles.

Coach Doc Rivers declined to comment on Griffin's injury at the Clippers' shootaround Tuesday in Indianapolis, but he said the team will release a statement before the game against the Pacers.

The Clippers' final road stop is in Atlanta on Wednesday. Then it is back to Staples Center for a showdown Friday with the Lakers.

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