The Los Angeles Clippers will be without power forward Blake Griffin for three to six weeks as he will undergo knee surgery.
Griffin will go under the knife on Tuesday to have loose bodies removed from his right knee.
The Clippers’ superstar missed their game against the New Orleans Pelicans on December 10 due to soreness in his knee, but has been playing through the pain since then.
Griffin’s surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and a Clippers team official, who requested anonymity as he was not allowed to publicly speak about the matter, confirmed that the team would be “very cautious” when it came to the 27-year-old’s recovery.
Confirmed Blake Griffin will have arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from rt knee, as previously reported. Expected out 3-6 wks.
— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) December 19, 2016
The official added that Griffin could have continued playing for the remainder of the season, but the team decided to have the problem treated immediately.
“It’s not anything serious,” the official said. “He can literally play the way he is now, but why play when something is bothering you? Get it fixed now.”
In the 26 games he has played this season, Griffin is averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game.