The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Sunday morning that All-Star power forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow Monday.
The surgery will take place in Los Angeles. The Clippers play road games against the Oklahoma City Thunder today and against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
The Clippers say that Griffin will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. Griffin was selected to be a starter in the game, but he will not be able to play in that game or the three games leading into the break. The first game the Clippers play after the break will be Thursday, February 19 at home vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
Griffin, who leads the NBA in total field goals made as of Sunday morning (448-of-894, 50.1 percent), has had issues before with his right elbow. Last season, in November 2013, Griffin had the bursa sac in his right elbow drained after a game. But Griffin didn’t miss any time due to elbow issues, and has missed a total of four games since sitting out the 2009-2010 season due to a broken left kneecap. These games will be the first Griffin misses this season.
Spencer Hawes will start today in Oklahoma City in place of Griffin, according to the Clippers. When Griffin missed starts last season, head coach Doc Rivers went with Jared Dudley (since traded) and Glen Davis. This will be Hawes’ first start since joining the Clippers.