The Los Angeles Clippers have targeted Jan. 20 as the night they hope rookie forward Blake Griffin(notes) finally makes his NBA debut, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
The Clippers play the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center on Jan. 20 before departing for an eight-game road trip. Griffin, the top pick in the 2009 draft, has yet to play because of a stress fracture in his left kneecap. If Griffin is healthy enough to face the Bulls, heíll play limited minutes.
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Griffin began doing on-court workouts with Clippers assistant coach Fred Vinson on Dec. 28, but isnít expected to be cleared for contact until the middle of this month. Griffin hasnít put on any additional weight, despite the layoff and has worked on his 3-point shot and ball handling. Heíll likely come off the bench once he does return.