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OU's Blake Griffin still uncertain

By John Helsley Modified: February 23, 2009 at 9:08 am •  Published: February 23, 2009
NORMAN — Blake Griffin’s status for tonight’s Big Monday showdown with Kansas remains uncertain, with Oklahoma team doctors still monitoring his progress.

Griffin didn’t practice with the Sooners on Sunday night, one day after suffering a concussion in a 73-68 loss at Texas.

Griffin played just 11 minutes — none in the second half — and was limited to two points and three rebounds against the Longhorns.

"It’s a wait-and-see thing,” OU coach Jeff Capel said Sunday. "Probably know more (today).

"It’s the doctors who will determine that. If they say he can go and he says he can go... more so what the doctors say.”

Early Sunday morning, Griffin underwent an MRI that came back clear. Still, Capel said team doctors would take all the time available in monitoring his star player’s health before making a decision on his return.

"The most important thing is him and his future,” Capel said. "You don’t want to do anything to risk further damage. So that’s the most important thing. You’re going to proceed with caution with this and make sure he’s OK. And we’ll move on whichever way we have to — with him or without him.”

Griffin suffered the concussion in the first half Saturday night, although Capel said the particulars on how the injury occurred remain unclear.

There were separate incidents where Griffin took shots to the head — one from 6-foot-10, 300-pound Texas center Dexter Pittman and another by Longhorns point guard Dogus Balbay.

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Kansas
When: 8 tonight

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

Radio: KRXO 107.7 FM

TV: ESPN (Cox 29)

Three things to know
→If Blake Griffin can’t go, that would mean KU coach Bill Self has mostly avoided the Sooner star in his brief career. Last year in Lawrence, Griffin played just five minutes due to a knee injury.

→Kansas is the only Big 12 school with a winning record against OU.

→Griffin’s absence would likely force the Sooners to throw several bodies — Taylor Griffin, Ryan Wright, Juan Pattillo and maybe even Orlando Allen — at Aldrich.

Starting lineups

Kansas (22-5, 11-1)
Pos. Player Ht. Cl. Pts. Reb.
F Marcus Morris 6-6 So. 7.6 5.0
C Cole Aldrich 6-11 So. 15.0 10.3
G Sherron Collins 5-11 Jr. 18.0 5.0*
G Brady Morningstar 6-3 So. 7.3 3.2
G Tyshawn Taylor 6-3 Fr. 9.1 3.0*
Oklahoma (25-2, 11-1)
F Blake Griffin 6-10 So. 22.0 13.8
F Taylor Griffin 6-7 Sr. 8.9 5.9
G Tony Crocker 6-6 Jr. 10.2 3.4
G Willie Warren 6-4 Fr. 15.4 3.0*
G Austin Johnson 6-3 Sr. 8.7 4.4*


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