The Los Angeles Clippers just can’t get a break. Year after year — despite a roster full of talent — the other L.A. team is plagued by injury. And this season, is beginning with that same trend.
The NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Blake Griffin, has suffered a broken kneecap before the team’s season opener against defending champs, the Lakers.
According to ESPN, the stress fracture to Griffin’s knee could keep the him out for around six weeks.
The rookie forward broke his kneecap during the Clippers’ final exhibition game against New Orleans last Friday (October 23), following a dunk that left him wincing in pain.
It was initially reported, by the team, that Griffin only had a sore left knee, but it was later revealed as a break.
He averaged 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during the preseason.
So far, Griffin has suffered two injuries since he was drafted. During the summer league, he strained his right shoulder, but returned for the preseason 100%.
Last season, the Clippers had a disappointing record of just 19 wins, but their roster was injury-plagued throughout the season. Since moving to L.A. in 1984, the Clips have had one playoff series victory, and only two winning seasons in the last 30 years, according to ESPN.
What do you think the Clippers’ chances are this season? Will things turnaround? Or will it be another season of injuries?