Clippers' Blake Griffin is Banged Up But Will Play Today

Blake Griffin has a burst bursa sac in his right elbow and a strained neck.  The burst bursa sac is nothing new.  Griffin has dealt with this type of injury during the past two seasons, but he says this time it's more painful.  The injury has his coach concerned.

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro is concerned about Griffin's elbow.

"His elbow is a concern," Del Negro said. "His neck is a concern but Blake is a tough kid. He'll fight through it and give us what he can give us."

Griffin has seen his numbers dip a bit this year, and it could be because he is banged up.  Perhaps all those violent dunks are catching up to him.  No matter what the reason is, the Clippers' are right to be concerned.  Griffin is the key and center piece to any success the team hopes to have.  Of course, they have Chris Paul.  But Griffin is at least equally important, probably more important.

So far this season, Griffin is averaging 16.3 point per game.  In his career, he has averaged 21.6 points per game.  Granted, the season is still young, Griffin's reduced performance is most certainly due to the injuries he has been battling.  However, the Clippers are still 2-2 entering play today.

Griffin is expecte to start and play a normal game against the San Antonio Spurs today.

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