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Blake Griffin provides injury update ahead of playoff opener

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The Detroit Pistons are in the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2016, and they have a daunting task ahead of them. Their opponent is the Milwaukee Bucks, who were a league best 60-22 in the regular season and feature one of the top players in the game in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The most pressing question for the Pistons is the health status of Blake Griffin, who has been hampered by a nagging knee injury. He missed Detroit’s final regular season game against the Knicks, and also missed three games from March 30 to April 3.

“We’re taking this day by day,” Griffin said. “I’m not looking forward to a day that’s not here right now in front of me. I’ll sit with our training staff and whoever else needs to be in on that decision and make that each day.”

The Pistons haven’t given any official indication as to the status of Griffin for Game 1, which is Sunday at 7:00 PM. Griffin, however, gave a bit of insight as to how practice has gone the past two days as the team prepares for the Bucks.

“I’m just preparing, doing everything our training staff asks of me, just making sure we’re all locked in, making sure our walk-throughs and everything we need to be locked in for these games is going smoothly,” Griffin said.

Would he have been able to play had the game been Saturday instead of Sunday?

“It’s not tonight,” Griffin replied.

“You never want to let your teammates down and not be out there, but at the same we’ve built a foundation this season,” he continued. “We started to play the right brand of basketball. Those types of things carry over and help take care of business. Ultimately, the goal is to get in the playoffs. We accomplished that goal, so at the end of the day we’re right where we want to be.”

According to Griffin, being in the playoffs means growth for the team, especially for the younger players who haven’t experienced it yet.

“It’s a different brand of basketball,” Griffin said. “I think there’s a different level of mental attitude you have to have. There’s a different level of concentration you have to go to. I think it’s good for guys, especially the young guys, for Khyri (Thomas), Bruce (Brown), to be rookies and be in the playoffs and have that experience. We want every rookie class to come in here for the next however many years and experience that.”

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BREAKING: Detroit Pistons match NBA record in Game 3 loss to Bucks

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The Detroit Pistons are one loss away from setting an NBA record they would rather not have.

With their loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons have now dropped 13-straight playoff games, tying the New York Knicks for the longest playoff losing streak in NBA history.

Game 4 will be at Little Caesars Arena on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

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WATCH: Chauncey Billups rips Pistons’ Andre Drummond for being lazy

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Saturday night marked the first NBA Playoff game ever at Little Ceasars Arena for the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons came out swinging in front of a loud, sold-out crowd as they jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead. Unfortunately, that lead did not last long as the Milwaukee Bucks weathered the early storm before building a 67-54 halftime lead.

One reason for the halftime deficit was the Pistons lack of defensive intensity, especially from Andre Drummond, who looked to sleepwalk through the first half.

One person who noticed Drummond’s laziness was former Pistons’ legend, Chauncey Billups.

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BREAKING: Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin to start Game 3 vs. Bucks

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The Detroit Pistons were without their best player Blake Griffin as they were blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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On Saturday night, the Pistons will look to get back into the series when they host their first ever playoff game at Little Caesars Arena.

According to reports, Griffin is crime tonight’s game.

This does not guarantee Blake will play but it’s a good sign.

Let’s go, Pistons!

UPDATE:

Blake is starting!


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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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