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Clippers’ Blake Griffin (sprained MCL) may miss 8 weeks

By in Press Enterprise on November 28, 2017

By Elliott Teaford

All things considered, it could have been far worse.

Blake Griffin suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and will be lost to the Clippers for up to eight weeks, the team said Tuesday. He was hurt in the closing minutes of the Clippers’ victory Monday over the Lakers at Staples Center.

An MRI exam revealed the extent of the injury.

The Clippers will be without four-fifths of their starting lineup from their season opener Oct. 19. Guard Patrick Beverley underwent season-ending right knee surgery last week. Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia injury in his left foot) and Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) are out indefinitely.

DeAndre Jordan is the last man standing from the Clippers’ opening-night win over the Lakers.

“That’s the last thing we need, missing that guy,” Clippers guard Austin Rivers said of Griffin after Monday’s game.

Griffin’s history of injuries is lengthy and cringe-worthy, dating to his first NBA season after the Clippers made him the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 out of the University of Oklahoma. He has played a full season only twice in his career.

A cracked left kneecap that required surgery forced him to miss the entire 2009-10 season. He suffered torn meniscus in his left knee while training with the United States Olympic team and couldn’t play in the 2012 Games in London.

Griffin was sidelined for 15 games after undergoing surgery on his right elbow in 2014-15. He suffered a partially torn left quadriceps tendon and sat out for 41 games in 2015-16, and then fractured his right hand punching a team employee and missed four more games.

Last season, he had right knee surgery that sidelined him for 18 games and then he missed the final four games of the Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz because of an injury to the […]    

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