Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin to undergo surgery, out indefinitely

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The Clippers will have to navigate the tough Western Conference without one of their star players for the time being.

Blake Griffin will have surgery on his right elbow to remove a staph infection and is out indefinitely, according to the team.

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Griffin will be reevaluated after the All-Star break, meaning he will sit out the Feb. 15 contest in New York. He is averaging 22.5 points and a career-low 7.5 rebounds per game.

The Clippers are hoping Griffin could return in as soon as two weeks, per ESPN’s Marc Stein. The initial projection for recovery time is four to six weeks according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

UPDATE: Damian Lillard to replace Griffin in All-Star Game

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has named Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard to replace Griffin in the All-Star Game Feb. 15. This will be Lillard’s second All-Star appearance, and that should make Portland fans very happy.