Thursday, 12 July 2012
Blake griffin knee injury
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his left knee during a scrimmage at Team USA training camp and is returning to Los Angeles to be examined by the Clippers' doctors.USA Basketball said in a statement that Griffin reported he was experiencing discomfort in the knee after the scrimmage and will miss Thursday night's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The Clippers said in a statement that Griffin would undergo an MRI exam once he returns to Los Angeles and then will be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Sunday.
Griffin did not show any obvious signs of an injury on Wednesday, and a source told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Griffin's knee "swelled up" after the scrimmage.
New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis, the NBA's 2012 No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky, has been asked to report to Team USA training camp in Las Vegas. Davis will dress for Team USA's game against the Dominican Republic, USA Basketball announced Thursday.But USA Basketball had asked him to stick around on the select team of young players that was training against the Americans, in case an injury popped up. He was in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the ESPY Awards, but traveled back to Las Vegas on Thursday.
If Griffin is unable to return, Davis' rebounding and shot-blocking would be a welcome addition on a U.S. team that has New York's Tyson Chandler as its only remaining center. Players can be replaced on the roster in case of injury any time up to 48 hours before the start of the Olympics.
Griffin was hurt during the playoffs and struggled through the pain before the Clippers were ousted in the second round by San Antonio. After taking a couple of weeks off, he was back on the court and had been playing well for the Americans, who planned to use him at center.
The Americans lost two centers, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh, to injuries before camp, along with Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade. Chris Paul, Griffin's Clippers teammate, sprained his right thumb on the first day of camp and has been sitting out scrimmages.