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Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA because of back fracture

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Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin withdrew his name from the USA Men’s National team last week, which now appears to be for another more serious reason besides focusing on the upcoming season. It was revealed that he is still recovering from a small fracture in his back, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Griffin suffered the injury this past postseason, and was advised by doctors to not participate in the 2014 World Cup that is set to take place in Spain later this month. The 25-year-old is expected to fully heal from the injury before the start of next season.

This is second time Griffin has been unable to partake in international play with Team USA, as he was forced to miss the 2012 Summer Olympics in London because of  a medial meniscus tear in his left knee that needed arthroscopic surgery and subsequently forced him to be out for following two months.

Griffin is coming off his most productive season in the league as he finished third in MVP voting by averaging a career-best 24.1 points to go along with 9.5 rebounds per game, and helped lead the Clippers to a franchise-best 57 regular season wins.

The four-year veteran joins the list of notable All-Star big men that withdrew from Team USA this summer as both Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge have already decided not to participate due to their own personal reasons. Aldridge chose to withdraw himself  because he wants to avoid injury as he enters the final year of his contract in the 2014-15 season. Love left the team in part because pf the trade talks that surround him as he wants clarity on where he will be playing next season.

In their place on the roster, Team USA has brought in Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, and Atlanta Hawks big man Paul Millsap.

 Watch below highlights of all Griffin’s dunks from last season:

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