Griffin to rest shoulder strain

Updated: July 23, 2009, 10:35 AM ET
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Blake Griffin lived up to top billing at the Las Vegas Summer League. Now he'll have to fly under the radar.

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The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Wednesday that the rookie forward will spend the next three to four weeks resting a strain to his right shoulder. He suffered the injury in the third game of the five-game summer schedule but still went on to be named the league's most outstanding player.

The No. 1 overall pick in June's draft out of Oklahoma averaged 19.2 points and 10.8 rebounds during summer league play.

He was examined on Tuesday by Clippers team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama. The diagnosis was confirmed by specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum.

The Clippers said that Griffin will not participate in Team USA's minicamp starting Wednesday as a precaution. That may hurt his chances of playing next year in the world championships.

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday he was looking forward to seeing Griffin play this week.

The minicamp is being used to identify candidates for available spots on the U.S. team in the world championships. Griffin could still be invited to compete for a spot next summer with a strong NBA season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.