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Clippers’ Blake Griffin dropped out of Team USA because of back fracture

Blake Griffin with Chris Brown at the ESPYs earlier this month. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

There’s a very good reason Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA last week. The unspecified injury that was cited at the time turns out to be a fracture in his back.

Griffin, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports, is expected to recover fully in time from the injury, which he suffered during the playoffs. Doctors advised him to skip next month’s FIBA World Cup in Spain as a precaution while he heals.

Griffin wasn’t the only player to drop out from Team USA. Kevin Love, according to USA Basketball, cannot participate “because of his current status,” which is another way of saying that he’s been the subject of trade talks since June.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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