The Los Angeles Clippers face a huge problem once again after Blake Griffin suffered an injury. The Clippers continue to perform well this season, aiming to contend for the 2017 NBA championship title. However, with one of the superstars out, some of their players need to stand out to keep their dream alive.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Blake Griffin will undergo a minor surgery on his right knee and is expected to return at some point in January. The Clippers considered the procedure a “clean up” which is scheduled early this week.
Last season, Griffin missed 45 games in total due to injury and suspension. He managed to play for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, but suffered a left quad injury in Game 4. Griffin started the 2016-17 NBA season strong, posting 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.
Recently, he suffered from left calf and knee soreness. This could greatly affect the Clippers as they intend to dethrone the Golden State Warriors as the Western Conference champions. However, if Griffin could be ready for the postseason, Clippers “Big Three” will be ready whoever they face.
BLAKE GRIFFIN RETURNS IN JANUARY
In the past season, the Clippers proved that they can still contend in the playoffs despite not having Griffin on their roster. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan stepped up to keep their hopes up in contending for the title. According to James Herbert of CBS Sports, Jordan, and J.J. Redick’s numbers’ rise when Griffin was off the court.
Blake Griffin is undeniably one of the reasons behind the Clippers success but they can still be a better team without him on the court. They still have Marreese Speights, Wesley Johnson, and Brandon Bass who will be forced to play more integral roles.
If Griffin really returns 100 percent healthy before the postseason, the Clippers will surely have a better chance contending for the championship title in the 2016-17 NBA season.
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