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Blake Griffin to miss two weeks because of partially torn tendon

Blake Griffin’s quadriceps injury is improving but a return to Clippers could be weeks away

Clippers forward Blake Griffin makes a pass over Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and D’Angelo Russell during the first half on Dec. 25.

(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

All-Star forward Blake Griffin will be sidelined at least two weeks because of a partially torn left quadriceps tendon, the Clippers announced Saturday.

Griffin was injured at an unspecified time in the Clippers’ 94-84 victory Friday over the Lakers. An MRI exam on Saturday revealed the injury.

Griffin is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (17-13), who broke a three-game losing streak Friday.

He will not accompany the team for Saturday’s game at Utah. It was unclear if he would join the team before its game Monday at Washington.

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If Griffin misses only two weeks, he’ll have sat out seven games.

The Clippers haven’t shown much depth this season, and their reserves gave up most of a 28-point lead the team held going into the fourth quarter against the Lakers.

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Griffin’s injury could mean more time for Josh Smith, who did not get off the bench against the Lakers.

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