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Blake Griffin to play through burst bursa sac in right elbow

Nov 6, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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Blake Griffin is shooting 45.1 percent this young season, a dramatic drop off from the 54.9 percent of last season. The result is he is scoring 16.3 points per game, down from 20.7 last season, and he is doing it far less efficiently.

After the Clippers loss to the Cavaliers we found out why — he is playing through a burst bursa sac in his right elbow. That’s his shooting arm. Dan Woike at the Orange County Register has the report.

Griffin said the problem happens nearly every year, though “never this bad.”

Before Monday’s game with Cleveland, Griffin showed discomfort on his face as he warmed up, missing his first few shots well short. Griffin shook his right elbow, which was revealed to be heavily taped, and kept shooting.

The bursa sac is a series of small pouches of fluid in the elbow that provides cushioning and lubrication in the joint (they are in the knee and hip as well). Usually there is swelling and pain, and fluid could need to be drained from the elbow, but no surgery is required.

He’s not going to miss time, but it is impacting his game.

It’s not just that he is shooting 4-for-19 beyond 10 feet (21.1 percent, down from a still unimpressive 29.3 percent last season) because he’s only shooting a little more from the outside. It’s also his finishing at the rim — last season he finished 73.7 percent of his chances in the restricted area, this season that is down to a mortal 65.4 percent.

The Clippers need Griffin to be a more efficient scorer, or they are going to lose more games to teams like the Cavaliers.

  1. mat9844 - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Perhaps explains why after cruising past the Lakers, they dropped the last two games. Even with the injury, BG scored 20 last night. They need to give Caron Butler more playing time and the team needs to get their heads in the game. Stop the turnovers and get better defensively.

  2. zeedoubleyou - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Oh no this injury sounds like it will keep him from making jumpers and playing D! Wait, nevermind, this won’t affect Blake’s game.

  3. paleihe - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    It’s not the elbow that’s making the Clippers lose. I was at the first game vs. the Grizz, and watched the game last night, here’s why they’re doing so bad:

    Almost 20 offensive rebounds
    About 25 turnovers
    Griffin has NO post game, none (during the Memphis game, people in the crowd didn’t want him to touch the ball!)

    This is CP3’s team, and he’s gotta take more shots and set the tone in the first, and fourth, quarter.

  4. pellypell - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I read this headline while eating my lunch and instantly gagged. The image of a burst anything sac is cringe worthy.

  5. philyeagles5 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    griffin has a shooting arm?

  6. misterdreamer119 - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Is Blake blood orange too?

  7. savvybynature - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Injury sustained while self-flopping after hitting himself in the face with shooting arm?

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