Blake Griffin is going to miss some significant time with the Los Angeles Clippers, which opens the door for bubble playoff teams to push the Clippers out.
Blake Griffin has been having an All-Star caliber year, but he’s not going to be factoring into the Clippers short term plans heading into the break. Griffin has been diagnosed with a staph infection which will keep him out of action and medically in danger for the time being.
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While his life doesn’t seem to be in any real danger, the Clippers are sidelining Griffin for an indefinite period of time, which is bad news for their climb in the postseason standings.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com, the ‘indefinite’ tag being attached to Blake Griffin’s status should end up only being 4-6 weeks, but that puts the Clippers star out until March 8th at the very earliest.
Doc Rivers spoke about the injury but he didn’t really give an indication about how serious the matter is. After all, a staph infection is no joke and Doc Rivers made that known in his statement.
Losing Griffin for any period of time, let alone an extended one, is not good for the Clippers. They’re currently sitting at 33-18 and just a half-game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs int he sixth seed in the Western Conference. More pressing is the fact that the Phoenix Suns are just 4-and-a-half games behind the Clippers for the sixth seed which means Los Angeles is by no means guaranteed a playoff spot at this point.
Without Blake Griffin in the lineup, the Clippers face the very real possibility of falling into the seventh seed in the West with the Suns hot on their heels.
It’s unclear how long Blake Griffin is going to be out too, as he’s been tagged as ‘indefinitely sidelined’. That’s bad news for the Clippers but it’s moment of opportunity for teams like the Spurs, Suns, Pelicans and Thunder to make a run at getting into the postseason.
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