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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Clippers Injury Update: Blake Griffin claims back is not fractured


By on 8/07/2014 02:30:00 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers had an excellent 2013-2014 season, winning 57 regular season games and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals before losing in six games to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers were a juggernaut on offense, leading the league in scoring, but were mediocre on the defensive end of the court, ranked in the middle of the pack in points allowed. There has been some concern this off season regarding leading scorer Blake Griffin, who has to pull out of the Wold Cup with a back injury. But he insists his back is not fractured, as previously reported.

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I reported on July 31 that 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.

An update on Griffin, as reported by Zach Harper of CBSSports.com, is that the Clippers should not be worried about Griffin's back injury which forced him out of USA Basketball's training camp. Griffin made it clear that he does not have a back fracture, despite previous reports. He described it as "less than a hairline."
"I can still come out here and I can do my workouts and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing everyday this early.  My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position. It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain."
Griffin's overall concern is to make sure he's in the best possible shape entering training camp for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

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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