Last year the Clippers were without Chris Paul for a long stretch, Blake Griffin stepped up and took hold of the team. He filled both the leadership void and the alpha dog role by leading the Clippers to wins. Griffin even put his name in the MVP talks for that amazing stretch of play. Now, it’ll be Chris Paul’s turn as his talented young power forward is getting ready to go under the knife.
Clippers just announced that Blake Griffin will undergo elbow surgery and is out indefinitely
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 8, 2015
Per Ramona Shelburne, Griffin has a staph infection in the elbow he has had drained. Best case scenario is that he’ll return between 4-6 weeks from now. During that stretch, the Clippers have some extremely tough games. Their remaining games before the All Star Break are against Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Houston.
Clippers & Blake catch a break with the All Star break being longer this year. But still a very critical stretch for Clips to be w/out him
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 8, 2015
After the All-Star break, it gets no easer as the Clippers have San Antonio, Houston and Memphis twice to close out the month of February. Taking a brief look at the standings, the Clippers aren’t exactly in a secure enough position where they could afford a few losses. They are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference and second place in the Pacific division. Los Angeles is currently on a three game losing streak, it will certainly be interesting to see how this turns out. They’ll be missing their second best player during a stretch in which they could possibly go from sixth to out of the playoff race if they can’t hold on.
How do you think the Clippers will do in Blake’s absence, Will they still be in the playoff race or on the outside looking in? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section!