Los Angeles Clippers‘ power forward Blake Griffin will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks.
In a narrative all too familiar for Griffin and the Clippers, the five-time All-Star will be undergoing knee surgery and will be sidelined until mid-January. Dan Woike of the Orange County Register confirmed Shams Charania’s original report.
Griffin appeared in just 35 games last season dealing with quad and hand injuries, and missed the final two games of the first-round series between the Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.
To start the season, Griffin had missed all but two games. He was attempting to return to All-Star form with averages of 21.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, and the Clippers were looking like legitimate contenders early in the season. Following an incredible 14-2 start, they’ve been shaky.
Los Angeles has been reduced a .500 team over their last 12 contests, despite Griffin being consistent throughout the season. The reserves will get looked at harder than ever, but the backups Doc Rivers has at his disposal pale in comparison to Griffin offensively. Regardless, their bench has been solid all season, and the Clippers were able to weather the storm last year when Griffin was out — it’s arguable that their bench was far worse last year.
Luc Mbah a Moute, Wesley Johnson and Marresse Speights are the expected fill-ins during BG’s absence, and Brandon Bass could very well see more time in the rotation. Mo’ Buckets and Johnson are especially important to Rivers’ second unit that boasts a point differential of nearly plus-nine per 100 possessions.
The Clippers are one of the few teams who can contend with the Golden State Warriors when fully healthy, but that’s their kryptonite. Los Angeles is fourth in the West at 20-8 and needs Griffin in their lineup if they want to have any postseason success.
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