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Clippers update: Blake Griffin has stress fracture of knee

October 26, 2009 | 10:03 pm

Blake_300 Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall draft choice in the NBA draft in June, has a stress fracture of the left patella, or kneecap, and could miss as much as six weeks.

Tests on Monday revealed the fracture and a second opinion later in the day backed up the conclusion of the first doctor.

A Clipper spokesperson said it is a non-displaced fracture. But the team will take a conservative approach, meaning he could be out of action for the first 20 games or so of the NBA schedule. Griffin is also dealing with tendinitis of the left knee.

He aggravated the injured knee in the team's final preseason game against New Orleans on Friday, wincing after he came down on a dunk.

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Clippers forward Blake Griffin powers a shot past San Antonio's Marcus Haislip during an exhibition game in early October. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press