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Blake Griffin twists knee in USA scrimmage, getting MRI

Jul 12, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas Reuters

This is not good, but hopefully not that severe.

Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known. But it was serious enough that team doctors and not the Team USA staff is getting a look at it.

Blake Griffin injured his left knee, the same one that he sprained during the Clippers playoff run, source tells Y! Sports.

Team USA was already short on big men, with Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh having all pulled out off the games due to injuries. Griffin was kept on the team over recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis, but Davis also is not at 100 percent due to a sprained ankle. Still, Davis has been called back to training camp, Woj reports.

It is too late for Team USA to add someone like DeMarcus Cousins to the team because rosters have already been submitted to the Olympic organizers and things like drug testing of athletes has already started.

Let’s hope this is nothing serious. Griffin just signed a max five-year, $95 million extension with the Clippers on Wednesday.

  1. spellingcopfather - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I know his agent is happy the deal got sign, just in case!!!

  2. cakemixa - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Are we sure he isn’t just flopping?

  3. astrosfan75956 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Plus cousins wouldn’t be able to pass a drug test anyway.

    • hollywood26 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      I’ve never seen a SINGLE article saying that Cousins has gotten into trouble. Where did you get your info from to make that assumption? Or is it just a case of “he seems like the type?”

  4. mat9844 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Really hope this isn’t too serious; looking forward to seeing team USA play and this is such great experience for Blake and James Harden, both of whom have never had the opportunity to play in the Olympics. And as a long-time Clippers fan, this is somewhat unsettling news!

  5. hojo20 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    I hope that’s erasable ink on the Griffin contract.

  6. p1nch3dloaf - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    …just wondering, how is a team obligated to honoring his contract when the injury was unrelated to the organization (Clippers)?

    If I was an owner, I’d be taking a huge risk allowing my franchise player to play with no protection to the organization, short of prohibiting the player from playing, especially after giving him a max contract.

    I’d put him in bubblewrap until the NBA season started, but that’s coming from a Blazer fan who’s still suffering from the Oden ‘left me groaning’ disappointment.

    • therealhtj - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Pretty sure USA Basketball is responsible for insuring the players, so if someone has a major injury that policy pays at least some chunk of the contract. What the team won’t get is cap space back.

  7. cameltoehoe - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Not surprising for a one-dimensional gimmick player. Maybe he’s not really injured & he’s just cherry picking his way to London like he cherry picks on defense for uncontested breakaway dunks during the season. Plus, I thought mixed race brothers ate supposed to be fine! His face kinda scares me.

  8. clippernation365 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM


  9. seanb20124 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Cousins your next.

  10. congocash - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    And this is why international tournaments are gay…. Just send over the stinking benches of the bobcats and the wizards and be done with it….

  11. papichulo55 - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Could this be a smoke screen to allow the USA Team to get bigger?

    Get well Blake! Thanks for taking one for the team…

  12. bkunza - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    No big loss, the only thing he can do is dunk! He can’t play away for the basket. Overrated!

  13. proballerslounge - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Blake Griffin

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