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Report: Blake Griffin sitting out from Team USA due to back fracture

07/29/2014 at 7:53 am By

5_1397664764_1ba02ef4428c4a61c0a17bc4f2257b92Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin recently withdrew from playing for Team USA this summer to rest for the upcoming season. Apparently, Griffin is also recovering from a small fracture in his back.

Per ESPN:

Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup because he was advised by doctors to give a small fracture in his back more time to heal before the start of the next NBA season, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers were not aware that Griffin suffered an injury to his back in the postseason. A back fracture — no matter how small — is nothing to be taken lightly. Griffin plays one of the most physical styles in the NBA, so the extra rest should do him some good.

Griffin is coming off his best all-around season and averaged 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 2013-2014. The Clippers have a roster expected to challenge for the top spot in the West and will need Griffin fully healthy to reach those goals.

-ALR

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