Griffin, 28, fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with a little more than three minutes left in the Clippers' 120-115 victory. "He's down", Doc Rivers said. "It didn't look good obviously, but we just have to wait and see".
In the most optimistic scenario, where Griffin returns in six weeks - the typical timetable for a grade-II sprain according to Jeff Stotts' research into the history of the injury - that still gives the Clippers just 44 games left to make a run.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 points for the Lakers, who had not played in five days after losing at Sacramento on Wednesday. Williams had a season-high 42 points, 14 in the decisive fourth quarter. "We've dealt with injuries this entire season so far".
The Clippers are sitting on a 7-11 record without a lot of postseason hopes, so they'll likely err on the extreme side of caution with their franchise cornerstone.
On Monday, the defense did not have a good game against the Clippers. A grim-faced Griffin dressed and left the locker room without speaking to reporters.
"The referees acknowledged he got hit", Williams said.
Even more bad news came down on Tuesday when it was announced that Blake Griffin could be out for at least two months after spraining his MCL on Monday night against the crosstown-rival Lakers.
Kuzma is back on the Lakers bench with the return of Larry Nance Jr. Ball added seven assists. Over the previous three seasons, he has played in 67, 35 and 61 games, respectively.