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LA Clippers Blake Griffin Has a Back Fracture

Blake GriffinLos Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA’s training camp for the upcoming FIBA world cup because of a small fracture in his back.

Griffin, who averaged 21.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in the 2013 season will be a big loss for team USA. Between his statistical production, and his reputation for the high flying theatrics that helped the Clippers earn the nickname “lob city”, he is certainly a player that team USA would have liked to have.

Doctors advised Griffin to withdraw from the international competition as a precaution, to both allow the small fracture, sustained during the 2014 playoffs, to finish healing, and to ensure that Griffin will be ready to compete when the NBA regular season rolls around.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury and all indicators are that he will be ready to start the season at full strength.

With Griffin withdrawing, as well as the withdrawal of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, “because of his current status,” Team USA is left relatively thin in the front court, which led to the late addition of Atlanta Hawk’s Paul Millsap to the Team USA roster.

Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season has been one of the leagues most dominant power forwards over the last few years, and is currently caught up in trade talks. These  talks are what is holding Kevin Love from participating with Team USA this summer.

While both big men will not be participating in this summer’s FIBA World Cup, with Love likely in a new home, and Griffin fully recovered from his injury, both are poised to have a big impact in the NBA this season.

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