In a statement released on Monday night, the Los Angeles Clippers announced that power forward Blake Griffin had successful surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow, and is going to be out for at least three weeks. Griffin, who was slated to start in this weekends NBA All-Star Game, had troubles with his elbow during the Clippers Grammy road trip, and had the issue addressed on Monday afternoon.
“The Los Angeles Clippers announced that All-Star forward Blake Griffin underwent successful surgery today in Los Angeles to remove a staph infection in his right elbow. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and assisted by Clippers team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama. Griffin will be re-evaluated in three weeks at which time a further update will be provided.
Griffin, a five-time All-Star could potentially miss more than three weeks, with people around the league speculating that the injury could keep him sidelined anywhere from four to six weeks. Things are not getting any better for the Clippers, who have lost of 4 out of their last 5 games, and are set to face the likes of the Rockets, Grizzlies, and Spurs after the All-Star Break.