What happened to Blake Griffin? NBA player's injuries and return explained

Iram Sharifah Khan March 22, 2021
What happened to Blake Griffin? NBA player's injuries and return explained

What happened to Blake Griffin? The NBA player made his return after a hiatus, on Sunday, 21 March, and fans had been looking forward to seeing Griffin recovered from his recent string of injuries. We look into his absence caused by injuries and his return to the game.

What happened to Blake Griffin?

Following a string of injuries that seemed to have started in 2017, Blake Griffin has missed out on some court time, leading fans to wonder what happened.

Griffin’s series of injuries dates back to 2017, with his significant knee injury making an appearance in 2018, the same year he joined the Pistons.

In early 2018, Blake Griffin moved over from the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Pistons’ NBA team. Not long after joining, his tenacious playing strategy caused Griffin a knee injury. However, he decided to return to the court despite his injury to finish the game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Forcing himself to play while injured later resulted in Griffin having to undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in April 2019. In Early 2020, a revision surgery was needed to “clean up“, meaning he sat out the rest of the season with the Pistons.

On 8 March 2021, the Brooklyn Nets took on Griffin, after their star forward, Kevin Durant was out at the last minute as a result of a hamstring injury.

Since he’s joined the Nets, fans have yet to see Griffin on the courts as he’s been sat out for the past couple of games “due to what the team called left knee injury management”.

On 20 March 2021, the Brooklyn Nets gave a status report on Griffin and other players saying “(left knee-injury management)-probable”. It was finally announced that Griffin would be playing on 21 March against Washington, making his Nets debut on the court. He was even able to make his first slam dunk of 2021.

Twitter responds to Blake Griffins return

Fans were excited to see Blake Griffin return after a long absence. After seeing his first slam dunk since 2019, they believe he had “bamboozled” everyone into thinking he couldn’t, though they are still happy to see him at full capacity.

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Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.