Blake Griffin has successful elbow surgery, out at least three weeks

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Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin on Monday underwent successful surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow, the Clippers announced. The surgery was performed in in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and assisted by Clippers team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama.

The Clippers in a release said that Griffin will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Griffin, who would have played in his fifth consecutive All-Star game but has been replaced by Portland guard Damian Lillard, is averaging 22.5 points and a career-high 5.1 assists.

The Clippers (33-19), losers of four consecutive games, play Monday night at Dallas. The game will mark the end of a 13-day, eight-game Grammy road trip. They are 2-5 so far.

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Chris Paul says everybody has to step up in light of all the team’s injuries

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It was Sunday afternoon and Chris Paul and the Clippers had just been routed by the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-108 at OKC. It was the Clippers’ fourth consecutive loss and gave them a record of 2-5 on this Grammy road trip that ends Monday evening at Dallas.

Paul spoke briefly about the loss itself.

“Tough, tough loss,” said Paul, who then touched on the loss of Blake Griffin, who Monday is slated to have surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow; he’ll be out until sometime after the All-Star break.

“Tough losing Blake,” Paul said. “We will try to regroup and get ready for the next one.”

Paul was asked if he now has a burden to step up even more with all the injuries; shooting guard J.J. Redick has missed the past three games with back spasms.

“No, it’s just going to be tough,” Paul said. “It’s going to be tough. Everybody has to step up and get ready for Dallas.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 131-108 loss Sunday at Oklahoma City

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Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

- First and foremost, we have to acknowledge that the Clippers were without Blake Griffin, who has a staph infection in his right elbow and will have surgery Monday to get rid of it. He’s out until sometime after the All-Star break, the team said, and he has been replaced on the
Western Conference All-Star squad by Portland guard Damian Lillard. Staph infections are no laughing matter and can get serious.

- The losing streak has now reached four. The Clippers had not even lost three in a row under Doc Rivers since Rivers took over at the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign.

- Being that the Clippers (33-19) were such a depleted squad with Griffin out and starting shooting guard J.J. Redick missing his third consecutive game with back spasms – not to mention reserve forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis going down hard and playing just six minutes because of back spasms – it’s no surprise the Clippers did not play well on defense. The Thunder (26-25) shot 52.3 percent from the field, 40 percent (8 of 20) from 3-point range. OKC’s percentage would have been considerably higher had Russell Westbrook (19 points) not brought it down with a 6-for-19 shooting performance; Serge Ibaka made just 3 of 11, for that matter.

- Lost in the one-sided defeat no doubt will be the game had by point guard Chris Paul. He scored 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 13 assists, six rebounds, three steals and just one turnover in 36 minutes. The only negative was an 0-for-4 shooting day from 3-point range.

- Another good thing was the game had by Spencer Hawes, who started for Griffin. A starter much of his career before coming off the bench here in his first season for the Clippers, Hawes has struggled as a reserve. He scored 17 points. They were all in the first half, though. Still, he made 7 of 16 from the field, 2 of 5 from 3-point range. But he only had one rebound and that’s not going to cut if assuming he starts for Griffin until Griffin comes back. That’s one rebound in 35 minutes for a 7-foot player. The Clippers were outrebounded 54-29.

 

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Damian Lillard, not DeAndre Jordan, will replace Blake Griffin on All-Star team

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will replace the Clippers’ Blake Griffin on the Western Conference All-Star team. Griffin on Monday will have surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow and is expected out until sometime after the All-Star break. He had been voted in by fans to start Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Since Griffin is a frontcourt player, Clippers fans might have begun thinking their DeAndre Jordan would get the nod to make his first All-Star game appearance by replacing his teammate. But Lillard being left off seemed to create even more controversy than Jordan being left off, and so it goes. NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the call.

Lillard is having a fine season, averaging 21.6 points and 6.3 assists. He also leads the league in fourth-quarter points with 311. He had helped Portland to a 34-17 record before action Sunday and were in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

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VIDEO: OKC’s Steven Adams shoots FT with off hand, Clippers losing big

The Clippers on Sunday were on the wrong end of a 101-75 score after three quarters at Oklahoma City. They are without starters Blake Griffin (elbow) and J.J. Redick (back spasms), so the score is not all that shocking. They also had to deal with a game Steven Adams, shown here shooting and making a free-throw left-handed because he hurt his right hand. He played only 12 minutes because of the injury. Check it out:

 

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Blake Griffin to have surgery on right elbow to remove a staph infection

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Blake Griffin has a staph infection in his right elbow and Monday will have surgery to remove it, the Clippers announced Sunday morning. The Clippers are currently playing at Oklahoma City and Spencer Hawes started for Griffin.

According to ABC, which is airing the Clippers (33-18) and Thunder (25-25), Griffin had his elbow drained six days ago.

J.J. Redick is also out Sunday, missing his third consecutive game with back spasms. Austin Rivers started in his place.

The Clippers trailed the Thunder 28-26 after one quarter.

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Clippers beaten by 16 in Toronto after holding a 20-point lead in first quarter

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The Clippers on Friday night led by 20 points in the first quarter at Toronto. When the final horn sounded, they had been defeated 123-107 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

When Spencer Hawes made a 3-point basket with 2:33 to play in the first quarter, the Clippers led 30-20. When Toronto’s Greivis Vasquez made a 3-pointer with 5:52 to play in the game, the Raptors led by 24 points at 119-95. That’s a 44-point turn-around  in less than three quarters of play.

The Clippers (33-18) have now lost three consecutive games and four of five.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points with nine assists and six rebounds. Chris Paul scored 22 and also had nine assists and six rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 20.

The Clippers were again without starting shooting guard J.J. Redick (back spasms). Austin Rivers started in his place and scored 11 points with four steals and two assists.

Toronto (34-17) got 24 points from DeMar DeRozan, 21 from Kyle Lowry,18 from Louis Williams and 16 from James Johnson.

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After leading by 20 , Clippers lead by just two points at halftime at Toronto

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The Clippers looked like they might have a 30-point halftime lead at Toronto after building a 20-point cushion (30-20) in the first quarter at Air Canada Centre. But the Raptors fought back and trail the Clippers by just two at 59-57 at intermission.

Blake Griffin scored 19 points in the half with six assists and three rebounds. Matt Barnes and DeAndre Jordan scored nine points apiece and Chris Paul had seven points and seven assists. Jamal Crawford had eight points, but shot just 2 of 7.

Toronto – which, like the Clippers is 33-17 – got 12 points apiece from James Johnson and Louis Williams off the bench. DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson each scored nine for the Raptors.

 

 

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Kenny Smith, Marv Albert believe native New Yorkers still into All-Star game in spite of stuggles by Knicks, Nets

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Analyst Kenny Smith and play-by-play man Marv Albert are from New York City – Smith from Queens, Albert from Brooklyn. The two were part of a TNT conference call Thursday morning promoting the Feb. 15 All-Star game, which will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Clippers Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will be representing the Western Conference.

One subject broached centered on the notion that since the New York Knicks (10-39) and the Brooklyn Nets (20-28) are struggling, that could lessen the interest in the game in the greater New York area? Neither Smith nor Albert buy that.

“Being a New Yorker, regardless of what the Knicks or the Nets are doing, the city is the mecca of basketball,” said Smith, who played 10 years in the NBA. “There are basketball courts every four blocks throughout the city. Everyone plays the game and everyone thinks they have knowledge of the game. It’s a city game. We own that, and we relish the fact that we are that.”

Albert spoke in similar tones.

“It’s still the mecca of basketball and players get excited about playing there,” said Albert, who will be working his 20th All-Star game. “The place, the site, has such a rich history and the fans are so knowledgeable; although this is not that type of game; it’s more schoolyard with guys throwing stuff off backboards until it gets interesting.”

 

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