A number of experiences surfaced within the wake of Detroit’s blowout loss to the Bucks final weekend that star ahead Blake Griffin would miss your complete Japanese Convention 1st Spherical collection in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Pistons head coach Dwane Casey gave a glimmer of hope Wednesday, speaking to James Edwards of The Athletic about Griffin’s return timeline. “Hopefully it’s tonight,” Casey is quoted as saying in Edwards’ tweet.
Apparently, Griffin has been itching to hit the ground to offer Detroit an opportunity in opposition to the East’s No. 1 seed. He’s nonetheless listed as questionable for Sport Two Wednesday night time in Milwaukee.
“He’s been pestering all people. I can’t wait to get him on the market — hopefully it’s tonight. We’ll discover out,” Casey mentioned, per Rod Beard of The Detroit Information.
Griffin battled by way of a leg brace on his left knee throughout Monday’s staff shootaround. He has been listed as questionable on the staff’s harm report for the previous few weeks. After lacking Three video games, he returned for Three video games to assist Detroit’s push for the No. eight seed. His official analysis is “left knee soreness.”
NBA.com offered extra particulars from Casey’s press convention.
He has been lobbying to play, however that call will likely be as much as the staff’s medical employees, Casey mentioned Monday.
In Sunday’s Sport 1, Griffin was parked on the bench because the Pistons had been routed 121-86. After that sport, Griffin mentioned his frustration degree is “10 out of 10” and ache isn’t the one drawback holding out of the Pistons’ lineup.
“I don’t have an amazing reply to that. It’s a sophisticated reply. If it was ache, I might simply play with ache. It’s a complication scenario,” Griffin mentioned, per The Detroit Information. “If it was simply my choice, I might have performed.”
With out Griffin, the Pistons suffered an embarrassing 121-86 loss in Sport 1 final night time. Luke Kennard led the Pistons with 21 factors off the bench, making Four of 5 3-pointers however the remainder of the staff didn’t present up. Andre Drummond had 12 factors and 12 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 12 factors and 5 assists however nobody else scored in double figures.
As well as, Drummond was ejected for shoving Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He’ll proceed to get annoyed if he doesn’t get any assistance on the inside.
Griffin averaged a career-high 24.5 factors, together with 7.5 rebounds and a team-best 5.Four assists on 46.2 p.c taking pictures and 36.2 p.c from 3-point vary in 35.zero minutes over 75 video games this season, his most since 2013-14. He hasn’t performed at the very least 80 common season video games since then.
He additionally led the Pistons with a 4.6 BPM (Field Plus/Minus) and a 4.Four VORP (Worth Over Substitute Participant). When Griffin’s was on the ground, the Pistons simply performed at a better degree, particularly on offense.
Griffin’s presence will virtually certainly not be sufficient to get the Pistons over the hump on this collection, however his presence could also be sufficient to seize at the very least a win. That will be the primary for Detroit within the postseason since 2008.
Is that value forcing Griffin again? If he needs to play, Casey certainly gained’t say no.