According to reports, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has a staph infection in his elbow and will be sidelined at least through the NBA All Star Game, which takes place next Sunday in New York City.
“It could be serious. It shouldn’t be, but you have to be very careful with that injury,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s the unknown. With a sprained ankle, you know 10 days. But with infections, they’re infections, and you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with it.”
While Griffin takes some time away from the game, he will be replaced on the Western Conference roster by Portland Trail Blazers standout point guard Damian Lillard. NBA experts and Trail Blazers fans were outraged when Lillard, who is averaging 21.6 points and 6.3 assists per game this season, was originally snubbed for the premier mid-season NBA event.
Those fans can relax now as one of the most electrifying young talents in the NBA will be on full display in next weekend’s All Star festivities. Lillard’s 311 fourth-quarter points leads the NBA this season and he ranks sixth overall in the league with 129 three-pointers made. Lillard joins teammate LaMarcus Aldridge on the Western Conference All Star roster.
The Western Conference squad will be coached by Golden State’s Steve Kerr, who will select Griffin’s replacement in the starting lineup next Sunday.