While boasting one of the league’s best records, the Los Angeles Clippers will be without their leading scorer for the rest of December. Blake Griffin will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss approximately three-to-six weeks, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
The Clippers got the news after the Wizards routed LA 117-110, ending the Clippers four game win streak. In the contest, Griffin played 38 minutes while pouring in 26 points and adding seven boards and seven assists.
Some could say that they saw this coming with Blake, who has been plagued with injures in the past. Last week, Griffin sat out a 133-105 victory over the Pelicans in which Doc Rivers’ described as “soreness” in Blake’s knee. He has been productive since being rested, averaging 23.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and five assists over the four game stretch.
Griffin has been a key factor in the Clippers emergence as one of the NBA’s top teams. He has matched his career totals while playing less minutes this season. While the surgery is a minor one, how Doc Rivers’ squad responds to Blake’s absence could be a telling factor as to whether or not the Clippers are a contender or pretender.
Expect a more dynamic role for DeAndre Jordan while Griffin recovers. Jordan is averaging just 11.6 points per game this season, but his field goal percentage is second in the league at .658. Right now Jordan is currently taking around seven field goals per game. You can expect that number to increase to make up for the absence of Griffin’s scoring.
The Clippers hope to get Griffin back by mid-January when they have a ten game stretch that includes nine road games.