From Comcast SportsNetLOS ANGELES (AP) -- All-Star Blake Griffin said Tuesday his left knee is healed after last month's surgery that forced him to miss the London Olympics, when he worked on his shot and free throws while his U.S. teammates were winning a gold medal.Griffin is doing drills and running this week as he continues rehabbing from the July 16 surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear of his knee that he suffered during practice with the U.S. national team in Las Vegas."I'm doing all my normal movements," he said. "I feel like I'm at 100 percent."The latest knee injury had nothing to do with the stress fracture of his left patella and surgery that forced him to miss the 2009-10 season.It's been a busy summer for Griffin. In addition to being with the national team until his injury and then his surgery, he signed a five-year contract extension in July that could be worth up to 95 million.After he got hurt, Griffin didn't watch any of the team's exhibition games, calling it "a little too fresh and a little too painful."But once the Olympics began, he watched his former U.S. teammates during their run to the gold medal."It was just good to see those guys get what they deserved and see how hard everybody worked from the time we got together to the end," he said.Griffin used his downtime "trying to become a more complete player, working on my shot and working on free throws," he said. "Those are two things that I was able to work on a lot even if it was stationary."The Clippers kept busy this summer, re-signing Chauncey Billups and bringing Lamar Odom back to the franchise in a deal with Dallas. They also landed free agents Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Willie Green, Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins."This is a great place to play and guys want to come here," Griffin said. "The fact that we've had guys toward the end of their careers, guys like Grant Hill, that chose to play here, I think that says a lot about our team and the direction we're heading in. It's great to be a part of something that has kind of turned the corner."Last season the Clippers got swept by San Antonio in four games in the second round of the playoffs after having the best regular-season winning percentage in franchise history."We laid the foundation," Griffin said. "This year we want to take a step forward and I think the pieces that we've added, the guys we have returning and the work guys have put in this offseason has been tremendous. We look to take that next step as a franchise."The Clippers' co-tenant at Staples Center pulled off its own big deals, adding Steve Nash from Phoenix and Dwight Howard from Orlando."It's great for LA, it's great for basketball," Griffin said. "It's going to bring a lot of excitement, but they still have to play just like everybody else."Griffin said he spoke on Monday to gold medal-winning teammate Chris Paul, who plans to return to Los Angeles next week to recuperate from the surgery he had last week to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.Griffin endorsed Gary Sacks, the Clippers' director of player personnel, to replace Neil Olshey as the team's general manager. Olshey left to take on the same role in Portland."If he doesn't get the GM job I'll be shocked and definitely a little disappointed because he deserves it and I think everybody else thinks he deserves it," Griffin said. "I hope that it's going to be him."Griffin interacted with fans during an appearance at a West Los Angeles Subway restaurant, where he assembled a turkey sandwich and helped give away prizes to mark the chain's 47th anniversary.
The Capitals kick off their annual dads trip starting with a game in St. Louis against the Blues. The game will feature a star-studded matchup as Alex Ovechkin will face fellow countryman and superstar Vladimir Tarasenko. Will Washington's loss to Pittsburgh serve as a reality check or will the Caps struggle in the wake of their nine-game win streak?
Stream the game via CSNmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream or tune in to CSN at 7:30 p.m. for coverage. Here is everything you need to know:
What: Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
When: Thursday, 1/19 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
How to Watch: Capitals at Blues will be broadcast on CSN.
When is the Capitals-Blues game?
The Capitals (29-9-6) play the St. Louis Blues (23-17-5) Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
What channel is the Capitals-Blues game on?
The Capitals-Blues game is broadcast on CSN. The coverage of the game begins at 7:30 p.m. with Caps GameTime. The game begins at 8:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game and Caps in 30 at midnight. (CSN channel Finder)
Where can I stream the Capitals-Blues game?
The Capitals-Blues game, along with Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on csnmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream and the NBC Sports app and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.
What are the lines for the Capitals-Blues game?
Based Wednesday's practice, here are the projected lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov
Taylor Chorney - Nate Schmidt
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
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Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 104-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center that are worth revisiting...
1. Veteran Jason Smith had another solid game for the Wizards off their bench with eight points, three rebounds, a block and two steals. One of those steals led to a one-man fastbreak where Smith threw the hammer down with a big slam. Wizards Twitter went nuts over this one:
And here are a few extra angles of Smith's dunk. Notice the slight pause once he landed for effect:
2. Markieff Morris also had a few dunks of his own, including this putback slam after a missed shot by John Wall. This was one of Morris' 12 rebounds. He had a double-double for the second consecutive game, the first time he's done that since January of 2015 when he was with the Suns:
Wall didn't get an assist for that one, but he did for this Morris dunk:
3. Okay, fine. You want more dunks? This was probably the best one of the game. Bradley Beal drove baseline and finished with a double pump, two-handed slam:
4. Otto Porter was the star of the game for the Wizards with 25 points including a career-high six threes. His sixth was this well-timed shot in the fourth quarter:
Let's take another look at that celebration. Otto was feeling it:
When you're on the way home after a win & there's no metro delays. 🚇 pic.twitter.com/WuRvJg1yPi— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) January 19, 2017
5. Wall saved his best for last. On this play he caught Marc Gasol sleeping with a half-spin move that led to an open lane to the basket once he drove baseline:
The Wizards won their 13th straight game at home and it was yet another fun one.