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Blake Griffin Out for Remainder of Playoffs With Big Toe Injury

Los Angeles Clippers' forward Blake Griffin left Game 3 of the first round playoff matchup with the Utah Jazz with a right big toe injury and did not return to the game.

The Clippers curse might be back. 

Blake Griffin left Game 3 of the first-round playoff matchup with the Utah Jazz in the second quarter after injuring his right big toe on a play at the basket, and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.

The team announced Saturday morning that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. At the time of the injury, the team said it was a bruised toe. X-rays at the arena were negative, but he was re-evaluated after the game.

The Clippers trailed by as many as 14 in the game, but had cut the lead to four points when Griffin left the game and headed to the locker room for X-rays. 

Los Angeles sports fans might remember that Dodgers' second baseman Logan Forsythe injured his big toe earlier in the week on a hit by pitch against the Rockies. 

Initial X-rays on the big toe were inconclusive, but further testing revealed a fracture and Forsythe was placed on the disabled list and will be out at least two weeks. 

Fans were hoping that the Clippers recent curse where anything that can go wrong does go wrong in the NBA Playoffs had not reared its' ugly head with Griffin and we hoped he would be able to return to the series for Game 4. 


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However, Griffin showed signs of frustration in his initial reaction to the injury. After coming out of the game and visiting team trainer, Jasen Powell, Griffin repeatedly pounded his seat before heading into the locker room.

Griffin famously injured his left quadriceps muscle in Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers last season and did not return for the playoffs. His injury came just minutes after point guard Chris Paul left the same game with a broken finger.

Here's the play Griffin was believed to be injured on: 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Blake Griffin left Game 3 with an apparent lower leg injury. Here's the play he sustained the ailment: <a href="https://t.co/NSDZ3vFujR">pic.twitter.com/NSDZ3vFujR</a></p>&mdash; The Crossover (@TheCrossover) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCrossover/status/855618671267414016">April 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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