The team said Monday that Griffin is expected to miss at least one more week after having surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.
Without his 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists a game, the Clippers have fared surprisingly well.
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The silver lining for the Clippers throughout all of this is that the players have had a chance to improve as individuals, without relying on their superstar to bail them out. The last seven games have been a real team effort, without different players shining in the different contests.
DeAndre Jordan has had two 20-20 performances in Griffin's absence, against Dallas and Houston, and two more near-20-20 performances -- against the Spurs, when he finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds, and against the Rockets, when he finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds.
Austin Rivers led the Clippers with a career-high 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting in their win over the Kings.
The hope for the Clippers is that when they get Griffin back, the team will have improved without him, making a team that is expected to be a legitimate playoff contender even better.