— — — Clippers All-Star power forward Blake Griffin is expected to miss the Olympics after suffering a left knee injury during the national team’s practice in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Griffin was scheduled to return to Los Angeles on Thursday. Hornets power forward and Team USA alternate Anthony Davis has been summoned to replace Griffin, who signed a five-year extension worth up to $95 million with the Clippers on Tuesday.
This is the same knee that Griffin injured during the playoffs last season and caused him to miss the entire 2009-2010 season. While it’s not known how serious Griffin’s injury is, the source said the severity was “not good.” Griffin woke up with swelling on Thursday morning before deciding to head to Los Angeles.
Team USA was already dealing with a lack of depth in its frontcourt, with Griffin, Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love and Knicks center Tyson Chandler seen as the primary ones to go get boards for Team USA.
Davis, the No. 1 pick in last month’s draft, is expected to suit up for Team USA’s exhibition against the Dominican Republic on Thursday at U.N.L.V.