Griffin could be out of pocket anywhere from 10 days to six weeks, the Clippers said Sunday. After his surgery Monday, the team will be able to provide a more accurate timeline for how long he'll be sidelined.
In his absence, the Clippers will need backup
But that type of performance from him has been rare this season.
Hawes is averaging his lowest stats since he was a rookie in 2007-08, with 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17.5 minutes a game. When he signed with the Clippers over the summer, he made a decision to play for a championship contender as a reserve instead of starting and getting more minutes elsewhere, knowing well that he'd have a diminished role behind Griffin and starting center
With the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, Hawes averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 29.8 minutes a game.
The Clippers will need that Hawes without Griffin.
The Clippers (33-19) have been struggling recently even with Griffin. They've lost four games in a row, though the last game Griffin was unavailable, and are in sixth place in the extremely competitive Western Conference.
Moving forward without Griffin, the Clippers will need strong production from Hawes if they're going to remain in strong standing in the dog-eat-dog West.