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Clippers’ Blake Griffin had successful arthroscopic right knee surgery and is expected to be out for 4 to 6 weeks

Clippers forward Blake Griffin drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward James Johnson defends during the second half on Dec. 16.
(Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Blake Griffin had successful “routine” arthroscopic right knee surgery Tuesday to remove “loose bodies” from his knee, the Clippers announced.

The Clippers said Griffin, who had the procedure performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, will be out approximately four to six weeks recovering.

Griffin will continue to undergo treatment and evaluation by the Clippers medical staff.

If Griffin, who leads the team in scoring (21 points per game) is out the maximum amount of time the Clippers listed, he would miss 20 games.

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The Clippers have listed Paul Pierce as the starter in place of Griffin for Tuesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.

The Clippers went 30-15 last season when Griffin was out recovering from a partially torn left quadriceps tendon injury and broken right hand.

“It’s always tough when your best player goes down. But you just have to find a way to [win],” Clippers guard Austin Rivers said earlier Tuesday at the team’s shoot-around. “We’re not going to change the way we play. I would imagine we’ll be up and down more. We’ll go at a faster pace just because we don’t have that post presence of throwing it in, kind of watching him do his thing. Without him in the rotation right now, I would imagine we would get the ball up a lot more, just try to run the floor a little bit.”

broderick.turner@latimes.com

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