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Griffin's rookie season lost to injury

Updated: January 14, 2010, 9:18 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin's first season with the Los Angeles Clippers is over before it even began.

Griffin will have surgery on Jan. 20 on his broken left kneecap, shelving the No. 1 draft pick for at least four more months, the eternally star-crossed Clippers announced in a statement Wednesday.

Griffin hasn't played a regular-season game yet for the Clippers after injuring his kneecap in their final preseason game Oct. 23, wincing in pain as he landed after a dunk. After ...

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