Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA — Blake Griffin couldn’t say for certain whether he would play in the Clippers’ game Friday against the Lakers at Staples Center. The All-Star power forward and the Clippers’ coaching and medical staffs will meet before the game to determine his availability.“We’ll see,” Griffin said before practicing with the Clippers on Thursday, his third consecutive day of on-court activity after sitting out 14 games because of a sprained left knee, suffered in a Nov. 27 game against the Lakers. “We’re taking it day by day.”Griffin participated in a hard workout before the Clippers’ victory Tuesday over the Sacramento Kings, then joined their G League team for their practice Wednesday before rejoining his teammates for their workout Thursday. If all goes well, and there are no setbacks, then Griffin will play.The Clippers’ original estimate for Griffin’s layoff was up to eight weeks. If he plays Friday, he will have been sidelined for four weeks and three days. If he doesn’t play against the Lakers, then it’s likely he will play in Sunday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets. In 2014-15, he was sidelined for 15 games after undergoing surgery on his right elbow. In 2015-16, he suffered a partially torn left quadriceps tendon and sat out for 41 games. He later fractured his right hand punching a team employee and was out for four more games.Last season, he underwent right knee surgery that sidelined him for 18 games and then he missed the final four games of the Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz because of an injury to the plantar plate beneath his right toe. His toe then required surgery.So, his latest knee injury was considered relatively minor compared to the others.“It was really the first time I haven’t had to have surgery during a season for something like this or I haven’t had to rehab coming back from surgery, so it’s been a much different experience not having to go through that,” he said. “It came along a lot faster. You just feel better.”The Clippers are 6-8 since Griffin’s injury, and 14-19 overall. They were three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings, a remarkable position considering injuries to Griffin, Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, Wesley Johnson and Milos Teodosic.“Our guys have played great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They’ve played hard. I would love to see another team take four and sometimes five starters off the floor and see how they did. Over the last 11, we’re a game over .500. It’s been sensational.” Griffin praised the team’s medical and athletic training staffs for his early return.“I haven’t felt any pain or anything from any of the challenges or goals they have set for me at any point through this whole rehab process,” he said in his first public comments since he was injured. “As far as (Friday), that will be a decision we make as a team.”Griffin was injured when teammate Austin Rivers fell on him in the closing minutes of the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers. Rivers and Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball chased a loose ball as it rolled toward Griffin. Rivers and Ball collided and Rivers fell over Griffin’s left leg.After spending several moments on the court being attended to, Griffin rose and continued to play for about a minute before he realized it was too difficult to continue. Later, an MRI exam revealed the injury’s extent, a relief for the player and the team because surgery would not be necessary.Griffin has a history of significant injuries, including a cracked left kneecap that required surgery and forced him to miss the 2009-10 season. He suffered torn meniscus in his left knee while training with the United States Olympic team and couldn’t play in the 2012 Games in London.