Blake Griffin undergoes successful elbow surgery, out at least three weeks

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Blake Griffin will be out at least three weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow, the Clippers announced Monday in a press release:

The Los Angeles Clippers announced that All-Star forward Blake Griffin underwent successful surgery today in Los Angeles to remove a staph infection in his right elbow.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and assisted by Clippers team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama. Griffin will be re-evaluated in three weeks at which time a further update will be provided.

Griffin, 25, is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists while shooting 50.1 percent from the field in 35.3 minutes this season and was recently selected to his fifth straight NBA All-Star game.

Griffin being reevaluated in three weeks doesn’t mean he will only miss three weeks, just that he will be out at least that long. But considering projections yesterday had him missing at least four to six weeks, it’s a good sign that there’s a chance he could return sooner.

The Clippers catch a break of sorts with the timing, considering that one of the three weeks Griffin will definitely miss is the All-Star break, so he’s only definitely missing two weeks of scheduled games. But it’s not an easy two weeks.

The Clippers play the Mavericks in Dallas tonight and then host the Rockets on Wednesday. After the All-Star break, they face the Spurs, Kings, Grizzlies twice, Rockets again, Bulls and Timberwolves before March 2, the earliest date Griffin could return. Any setbacks put him in jeopardy for matchups with the Warriors, Thunder, Mavericks and Rockets. It’s not ideal.

Hopefully, Griffin’s recovery time is on the shorter end of the timetable. Either way, it’s going to be a rough next month for the Clippers.