Clippers' Griffin doubtful to return against Rockets after leaving game with back spasms

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) leaves the court during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, March 29, 2013, in Houston. Griffin is doubtful to return against the Rockets after he left with lower back spasms. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

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HOUSTON (AP) — Clippers forward Blake Griffin is doubtful to return against the Rockets after he left in the first quarter with lower back spasms.

There appeared to be minimal contact between Griffin and Donatas Motiejunas before Griffin dropped to his hands and knees on his way to the bench after a timeout was called midway through the first quarter Saturday night.

He was clutching his lower back and remained on the court for a couple of minutes before being helped to his feet. He was biting his jersey as he gingerly walked off the court and to the locker room.

Griffin entered the game averaging 24.3 points and 9.8 rebounds and had seven points on Saturday night.

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