Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a left knee injury during a USA basketball scrimmage today. The injury is reportedly to the same knee he fractured during his 2009 rookie season and the same knee he hyper flexed during the 2012 playoffs.
SI.com reports that Griffin “woke up with swelling” on Thursday morning.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Clippers are “waiting to hear from doctors on nature and severity” of the left knee injury.
Later Thursday, both USA Basketball and the Clippers officially confirmed that Griffin “experienced discomfort” in his left knee after “completing a full practice” on Wednesday. The Clippers stated that Griffin will undergo an MRI in Los Angeles and that the team’s medical staff will evaluate him. This weekend, Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic will examine him.
Whether or not Griffin will return to the team is not yet known but for now New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis will replace him. The first game is an exhibition game tonight against the Dominican Republic.