Clippers’ Griffin to have elbow surgery, out indefinitely

Not great news for the Clippers. In addition to the team struggling here on their Grammy road trip, now comes the announcement from the team that it will be without Blake Griffin indefinitely once the All-Star forward undergoes scheduled surgery Monday for a staph infection in his elbow.

Griffin will definitely miss the next three games against Oklahoma City today, the Mavericks and Rockets, and coincidentally all three teams are either chasing playoff spots or trying to establish playoff positioning, like the Clippers.

The Clippers are currently the sixth seed in the West, and it’s hard to imagine them falling out of the picture even without Griffin. Still, for a team that has lost four of its last five games and was blown out in Toronto, an injury of this magnitude never comes at a right time.

The other issue lies with the All-Star Game and who might replace Griffin, and that will be determined by commissioner Adam Silver. Griffin is averaging 22.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and a career-best 5.1 assists.

16 Comments

  1. Maybe it’s bad news for the Clippers for now, but obviously it’s great news that Griffin will be under the knife to diagnose this infection. He’s had a lump on his elbow for quite a while.

    Whenever he’s had the Popeye arm, I thought it may be burst in-game. It looked painful. Hopefully it won’t be a nuisance anymore after surgery.

  2. Neil Friedman says:

    That’s the karma for covering up the Lakers 16 world championship banners they earned, Slippers need there own arena.

  3. jake s. says:

    As a fellow Oklahoman, I’m sad that BG is out… but as a fellow Oklahoman, it couldn’t make me happier.

  4. Nooooooooooo. Fortunately, not ill just three games.
    Get better soon Blake.

  5. horcawater says:

    the clips are not going anywhere. they have nepotism and the father and son team will be out in two yeas mark my word. austin river is not nba caliber player. he is a d league player at best. now he is a starter with the clips. talk about favoritism..

  6. Vrzymlask says:

    Nooooooooooooooo:(

  7. dustydreamnz says:

    I can see the Cippers missing the Playoffs, they were getting blown out with him in the lineup and the other teams are close behind. Another loss today to the Thunder….

  8. Bill says:

    go griffen you rock

  9. Jack says:

    Wonderful news for Damien Lillard.

  10. harriethehawk says:

    Damien Lillard here’s your opportunity. I knew he would make All-Star, just thought it would be Kevin Durant’s spot.

  11. Rhyen says:

    This gives another opportunity for Lillard to be added on the All-Star team. However, there are still a lot choose from. Ibaka, Conley, Nowitzki or even Ellis. Hope Griffin gets back soon healthy and 100 % ready for the playoffs.

  12. rodney says:

    Won’t be as much fun without Blake, but we can do it. go Clippers.

  13. rcast says:

    go clips