Blake Griffin scratched from Olympic roster

The injury woes continue for the USA Olympic basketball team, which on Thursday learned it was losing another star at the worst time possible: Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

Griffin has been diagnosed with a medical meniscus tear in his left knee, which will be operated on in less than a week’s time. Recovery from the surgery is expected to take eight weeks, and the Clippers anticipate that their dynamic dunker will be completely healed in time for training camp in the fall.

However, the impending procedure rules Griffin out of the upcoming Olympic tournament in London, where he was expected to be a major contributor on an American team that seems to face a new setback every day. Griffin joins Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Derrick Rose on the list of players scratched from the Games.

Taken as a group, they would be a fearsome starting five in their own right. But Team USA will have to forge ahead without them. Still, his absence will be felt.

“If we don’t have (Griffin), that’s a big loss. He was playing really well for us,” said team coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Griffin will be replaced on the roster by big man Anthony Davis. The top overall pick out of Kentucky, Davis has yet to play in a single NBA game for his New Orleans Hornets and is battling physical problems of his own.

“It’s getting there,” Davis said on Sunday when asked about his injured ankle. “[It's] about 75 percent right now, 75 to 80 percent. I’m getting there. I just want to come out here and try to make this team. It means a lot to represent your country. … Playing with these pro guys is a great opportunity for me.”

Davis scored nine points in 10 minutes as Team USA routed the Dominican Republic in an exhibition game on Thursday night.

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