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Blake Griffin injures his right shoulder

The Clippers power forward, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, has a strain and will rest three to four weeks.

July 23, 2009|Lisa Dillman

Blake Griffin hasn't been a Clipper for long . . . but long enough, apparently.

It hasn't even been a month since the NBA draft, but the prized rookie already has an injury that will keep him out of action for weeks, not days.

The team issued a release Wednesday saying the power forward suffered a strained right shoulder and will be resting for three to four weeks.

This means Griffin, the No. 1 overall draft pick, will miss the USA Basketball national team mini-camp in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas was where Griffin made his Clippers debut, receiving rave national reviews and being named the most outstanding player in the NBA's Summer League.

He averaged 19.2 points and 10.8 rebounds in five games, impressing Clippers Coach and General Manager Mike Dunleavy with the same work ethic and skills that defined him as college basketball's player of the year last season as a sophomore at Oklahoma.

And Griffin seemed to survive summer league, and at least, for the moment, keep the much-discussed Clippers curse at bay.

Not quite.

It turned out Griffin suffered the injury in the third game.

He saw the Clippers' team doctor Tuesday and was evaluated Wednesday by specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who confirmed the original diagnosis, according to the team.

Times staff writer Mark Medina contributed to this report.

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lisa.dillman@latimes.com

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