As reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, Griffin withdrew from Team USA last week for the FIBA World Cup because of a small fracture in his back. Doctors advised Blake to rest so he'd be ready for the start of the NBA season. He suffered the injury during the playoffs and is expected to make a complete recovery.
Griffin was drafted first overall by the Clippers on 2009 out of Oklahoma. He averaged 24.1 points on 52.4 percent shooting from the floor, and 9.5 rebounds per game last season. He set a career high in rebounding average his rookie season, with 12.1 per game. In 308 career games, Griffin is averaging 21.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
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