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Blake Griffin (knee) will miss Olympics

07/13/2012 12:18 PM ET
By Stephanie Jenks
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will miss the Olympics after suffering a medial meniscus tear in his left knee during Wednesday’s team practice in Las Vegas.

The injury occurred when Griffin collided with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall during a practice drill. The two-time All-Star woke up on Thursday morning with a swollen knee, and an MRI revealed the meniscus tear.

Griffin, who signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the Clippers just a day before injuring his knee, will undergo surgery early next week and is expected to be sidelined for eight-to-ten weeks – meaning he should be ready in plenty of time for Clippers pre-season activities.

The U.S. team already has a long list of players that are missing the Olympics due to injuries, including Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard, and Chris Bosh, and Griffin is now the latest.

New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis is expected to replace Griffin on the Olympic roster; Davis, who was a Team USA alternater, was called up to the team for Thursday ‘s exhibition opener against the Dominican Republic and scored nine points in the 113-59 victory, but cannot be added to the final Olympic roster until Griffin officially withdraws.

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