Clippers' Griffin (back spasms) leaves vs Rockets

The Associated PressMarch 30, 2014
Blake Griffin out vs. Wolves with back injury
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HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers is looked at by trainer Jasen Powell in the first half of the game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on March 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Clippers forward Blake Griffin is doubtful to return against the Rockets after he left in the first quarter with lower back spasms.

There appeared to be minimal contact between Griffin and Donatas Motiejunas before Griffin dropped to his hands and knees on his way to the bench after a timeout was called midway through the first quarter Saturday night.

He was clutching his lower back and remained on the court for a couple of minutes before being helped to his feet. He was biting his jersey as he gingerly walked off the court and to the locker room.

Griffin entered the game averaging 24.3 points and 9.8 rebounds and had seven points on Saturday night.