(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery for a staph infection on his right elbow and will be sidelined indefinitely, the National Basketball Association team announced on Sunday.
Griffin will have the surgery on Monday and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break, a major blow to the Clippers.
“They’re not even sure what antibiotics you give him yet. It could be a while,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters.
Portland guard Damian Lillard has been named as Griffin's replacement in the All-Star Game next Sunday in New York.
Griffin is the Clippers’ leading scorer with 22.5 points per game and also averages 7.5 rebounds and a career-high 5.1 assists.
The five-time All-Star's absence from the Clippers (33-19) will bring uncertainty to a team that has lost four straight games and is fighting for a playoff position in the tough Western Conference.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Gene Cherry)