Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday for a staph infection in his right elbow.
Griffin does not have a specific timetable for return, but he will not be evaluated again until after the All-Star break and multiple team sources told ESPN he could be sidelined two to six weeks.
“It could be serious, it shouldn’t be, but you have to be very careful with that injury,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.
“It’s the unknown. With a sprained ankle, you know 10 days. But with infections, they’re infections and you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with it. You’re more concerned about him than anything else because infections are no joke. You just have to be careful. Everybody’s bodies are different with infections and all infections are different. They’re not even sure what antibiotics you give him yet. They have to do all the culture work and stuff. I don’t know [how long he’ll be out]. It could be awhile.”
Griffin routinely has the elbow drained because of bursitis, most recently on Feb. 2. Griffin will be replaced by Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard in next Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.