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Clippers' Blake Griffin gets medical OK

Blakebaby Yup, the Clippers' No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin is closer to getting back onto a basketball court -- but not till mid-January.

Today the team said a CAT scan and MRI on Griffin's stress fracture in his left patella cleared him to take the next step in his recovery, which means he can start running on a regular treadmill next week. The Clippers said Griffin can start "basketball related activity" -- which presumably means practice -- in about three weeks.

So, sometime next month Griffin should finally suit up in a regular-season NBA game. The Clippers (12-16), and their fans can only hope they stay within hailing distance of .500 till their prized rookie starts playing.

--Barry Stavro

Photo: Blake Griffin in a preseason game in October. Credit: Chris Pizzelo / Associated Press

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