Clippers forward Blake Griffin goes up for a shot against Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas during a preseason game on Oct. 5. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Blake Griffin said his health is back to where he wants it to be after a season of injuries that limited him to just 35 regular-season games in 2015-16.
His mind is at peace with the way he has held up during training camp with the Clippers.
Griffin is no longer concerned about the 41 games he sat out because of a partially torn left quadriceps tendon and broken right hand. He is also able to move on from having re-injured his quadriceps in Game 4 of the playoffs against Portland that put him out the rest of the postseason.
“I felt great, as good as I’ve felt in several years. Kind of surprising, actually,” Griffin said Friday before the Clippers practice. “I felt good going into camp, but you never know how you’re going to respond to a lot of live situations and a heavy load. But I felt great.”
Griffin was back to being a force in the five exhibition games he played in, powering to the rim, dunking without hesitation and shooting his jumper with confidence.
He averaged 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over 23.1 minutes per game in the exhibition season. Griffin was also going full bore in the practice sessions during training camp at UC Irvine and during the practices at the Clippers’ practice facility.
Griffin said he “absolutely” has peace of mind that his body will hold up for the duration.
“Playing back-to-backs or having several hard days of practice in a row and then a game and still feeling fine the next day, still being able to get all my work in and do even more is reassuring,” he said.
Having a healthy Griffin and having him in a good place puts Clippers Coach Doc Rivers at ease.
“Well, it gives him peace, which gives me peace,” Rivers said. “Blake works so hard. Sometimes you put enough work in that you take away any insecurities you may have with your body because you’ve tested it in every way possible. He doesn’t even think about it.”
Because his season ended early because of his injuries and the Clippers getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, Griffin had plenty of time to get his body right.
He did all the rehabilitation first.
Once healthy, Griffin said he “changed my routine a little bit” from past summers.
“[It was] just activating everything,” he said. “Probably a little bit heavier in the legs. The last several years I had gotten away from it a little bit, but got back on it this summer.”
Rivers said forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who missed practice Thursday because of a bruised right knee, would be “limited” during Friday’s practice. … Rivers said Paul Pierce, who suffered a sprained right ankle Tuesday night in Sacramento, would be out for a while recovering from that injury.
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