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Blake Griffin expected to miss eight weeks with sprained left MCL

LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin has a sprained MCL in his left knee that will sideline him indefinitely.

Griffin injured his knee after falling awkwardly during a loose ball scrum late in Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. His recovery is expected to take up to two months.

Griffin’s teammate, Austin Rivers, fell on top of Griffin’s leg, causing it to bend awkwardly. Griffin immediately collapsed to the floor and held the injured leg, which forced him to exit the game with just under four minutes remaining. It is the same leg on which Griffin underwent surgery for a broken left kneecap that held him out the 2009-10 season.

The five-time All-Star was averaging 23.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest entering Monday night’s contest, which the Clippers won 120-115. The team is already struggling with injuries to Danilo Gallinari (glute) and Patrick Beverley (knee), though they have now won three games in a row following a nine-game skid.

* Rivers: Griffin’s injury ‘didn’t look good’

Griffin has dealt with injuries during his eight NBA seasons and over the past three seasons, he has played in 67, 35 and 61 games, respectively. He missed the Clippers’ first-round playoff series vs. the Utah Jazz when he hurt the plantar of his right big toe in Game 3 of that series.