Clippers' Blake Griffin breaks hand throwing punch at equipment staffer, out 4-6 more weeks

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The Clippers' Blake Griffin, who has been out since Dec. 26 with a partially torn tendon in his left quad, reportedly has hurt his hand as well.  DANNY MOLOSHOK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  

Blake Griffin broke his hand throwing a punch and will miss four to six additional weeks, the Clippers announced Tuesday. The Register learned that the punch was thrown at a member of the team's equipment staff.

The Clippers issued a joint statement from team owner Steve Ballmer and Coach Doc Rivers:

"L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan. 23 in Toronto.

"This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team. We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken.

"Griffin received X-rays on Jan. 25th in Los Angeles that revealed the injury and he underwent a procedure on his hand Tuesday morning. The procedure was performed by Dr. Steve Shin. Recovery time from the injury is approximately four to six weeks."

The incident occurred Saturday night before the team's game with Toronto, with Griffin and the equipment staff member getting into an argument at dinner.

Both men returned to Los Angeles following the incident.

Griffin has been out since Dec. 26 with the partially torn tendon in his left quad, and the team was hopeful he would return to action on the current trip.

The quad injury would've kept Griffin from a return in Atlanta or Indiana, but the new hand-related injury extends that timetable even further.

Prior to suffering the quad injury Dec. 25, Griffin was having a career season, averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Griffin was involved in an off-court incident during the team's training camp in Las Vegas before the 2014-15 season, accused of slapping a man and grabbing his cell phone after he took an unwanted photograph.

The battery charges were later dropped when witness statements contradicted the account of the accuser.

More details to come.