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Old 10-26-2009, 12:02 PM   #1
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Can you put bubble wrap on a franchise?

Or, at the very least, a protective seal around the No. 1 overall NBA draft choice, Blake Griffin, with a bright sticker reading, "Fragile, Handle With Care."

Meet the 2009-10 Clippers.

It's hard not to give in to the temptation to utter the word curse and think about one man named Danny Manning each time Griffin gets injured.

Optimism around the team's Playa Vista headquarters took a bit of a hit on Sunday, the air rushing out of a promising 6-2 preseason when Griffin didn't practice and had treatment afterward. He and his aching left knee are considered iffy for the season opener against the Lakers on Tuesday.

Best-case scenario: The swelling that Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy described goes down, and the team doctor examines the knee Monday, clearing Griffin to play Tuesday. And all promptly get to work at erasing the strong memory of a 19-win season.

Worst-case scenario: Curse 1, Griffin 0. Meaning he's out for an extended period.

Whether this is Griffin's third injury or his second since being drafted by the Clippers in late June is debatable. This could easily be considered an extension of the second one because he aggravated the knee Friday when he came down after an explosive dunk late in the third quarter against New Orleans in the exhibition finale.

Griffin winced after the play -- a bookend to a stellar block at the other end of the court seconds earlier -- but he continued to play and did not receive treatment on the bench or leave to get any treatment in the locker room.

Dunleavy said he thought the team wouldn't know until Tuesday whether Griffin would play against the Lakers.

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"We're more talented, deeper, more experienced, and preseason is preseason, it's not the regular season, but I think anybody who has seen us play . . . we look more like a team that has a chance to make the playoffs."

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"We're finding ourselves," said Baron Davis, who is still working on finding his errant shot. "It's going to take some time during the season. The most important thing is if we can continue to play at a high level, high energy. I think we're going to figure everything out."
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