Blake Griffin could miss time with a knee injury.
Blake Griffin could miss time with a knee injury. REUTERS

Blake Griffin was injured during the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in game five of their playoff series.

Griffin attempted to drive past Grizzlies center Marc Gasol for a layup late in the third quarter. He landed and immediately crumpled into a heap and grabbed his left knee.

Griffin was down on the floor for several minutes before he hobbled back into the game, but he missed large chunks of the fourth quarter.

Griffin's injury was diagnosed as a sprained left knee and although it doesn't appear that it will cost him any time, he will certainly be hampered by any pain in his knee. Above all else, Griffin is known for his explosiveness. A knee injury could rob him of that critical part of his game even if he remains on the floor for the Clippers.

Griffin will have an MRI on his injury on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury, but he was obviously in discomfort on the court in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

After poostong 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game over the course of the season, Griffin has contributed 20.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the series against the Grizzlies.

The Clippers will hope that Griffin's knee is in good shape going forward, without him, Chris Paul and Caron Butler would have to shoulder the significant burden of replacing Griffin's 20 points a night.

Check out the video of the injury below.