LOS ANGELES — Austin Rivers was the first responder.
He was the one who was knocked into Blake Griffin, landed on his left knee, heard him scream.
He talked to Griffin in the Clippers’ locker room, although Griffin wasn’t in the mood to converse.
“He’s down,” Rivers said. “It’s like oh, no, not again.”
That is taken in an individual and team sense. Griffin’s biggest NBA obstacles are the muscles and ligaments that threaten to burst through the skin, yet can’t weather 82 games, not the way he attacks them.
The Clippers have already lost three of the top players they meant to use