He went directly to a hospital.
The forward's right elbow was oddly swollen, prompting Clippers trainer Jason Powell to advise him to get it checked out.
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Doctors determined Griffin had a staph infection that would require surgery that will sideline him anywhere from 10 days to six weeks. He will have the procedure Monday in Los Angeles to remove the infection and could miss from four to 20 games.
"It's the unknown," Rivers said. "If it's a sprained ankle, you know [it's] 10 days. With infections, you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with them."
The Clippers expect to have a better idea of Griffin's timetable after his surgery. He will miss the All-Star game Feb. 15 in New York, with Portland's
"He's definitely upset he couldn't be there for us," Jordan said. "But, you have to look out for your health. That's the most important thing. We're all going to back him up and hopefully he has a speedy recovery and we get back to business with a full group of guys."
The recovery time for staph infections can vary widely. Forward
The timing of Griffin's injury was somewhat fortuitous given that it came shortly before the weeklong All-Star break that starts Thursday, meaning he will miss fewer games than he would have had he needed surgery at another point in the season.
Griffin is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 50.1%. He did not speak with reporters Sunday.
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"It's tough," Paul said. "It's a tough loss. It's tough losing Blake."
Rivers said he would probably sign another player to a 10-day contract but noted it wouldn't necessarily be a big man because shooting guard
"We may even bring a guard in and just go small," said Doc Rivers, adding that the new player probably would not join the Clippers before their game against Dallas on Monday. "We just need another player for sure."
Griffin has experienced issues with his right elbow previously. In 2012, he suffered a burst bursa sac and the next year he had the bursa sac drained after his elbow became inflamed. He had his elbow drained in New York last week while dealing with bursitis, but the staph infection caught the Clippers by surprise.
"We were kind of joking around with him when he didn't have the pad on it, how big it was getting, and obviously I didn't think that was the cause," Hawes said. "I'm just glad they caught it and he got it taken care of."