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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: Pistons’ forward Blake Griffin’s Game 2 status revealed

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In Game 1, the Detroit Pistons were without their best player Blake Griffin and they were blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Well, if the Pistons want to steal a game in Milwaukee before heading back to Detroit, they will have to do so without Griffin as he has been ruled OUT for Wednesday night’s game.

Nation, do the Pistons even stand a chance tonight? What is your score prediction?

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Casey: Griffin trying to convince medical staff he can play

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The report that Detroit Pistons fans were dreading came out this morning – star forward Blake Griffin is likely to miss the entire first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. Of course, that comes on the heels of a Game 1 blowout loss to the Bucks in which the team was thoroughly embarrassed in nearly every facet.

Despite this, according to Pistons writer Keith Langlois, Griffin still wants to be out on the floor despite a nagging knee injury.

“If it was my decision, I would’ve played,” Griffin told ESPN after Game 1.

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Things went from bad to worse for the Detroit Pistons.

Already overwhelmed by the relentless attack of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe, center Andre Drummond took out his frustration on Giannis Antetokounmpo, shoving the Greek Freak to the floor as he was going for a layup.

Drummond was hit with a flagrant-2 foul and thrown from the game. Additionally, the inactive Blake Griffin was given a technical for arguing the call.

Pistons beat writer Rod Beard had this observation:

Ouch.

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It was an ugly scene at Little Caesars Arena during the first half of Tuesday night’s game between the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies. The fact that Memphis was missing eight regulars from their lineup didn’t stop the players on the floor from building a staggering 22 point lead over Detroit, leading to a chorus of boos from the fans in attendance.

However, the Pistons were able to mount a comeback for a dramatic 100-93 victory to inch closer to the Eastern Conference’s playoff spot. Pistons center Andre Drummond had himself a good second half, with a renewed effort on the defensive end.

“I made a decision to start trapping in the second half,” Drummond explained. “I told (assistant) coach Sweeney – ‘I think we need to blitz them and make them speed up the game a little…..we made them play our game, we made them pick the pace up and they weren’t ready for it.”

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LOOK: Pistons’ Andre Drummond gets bent out of shape following tweet by Fox 2 reporter

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The Detroit Pistons were easily handled on Sunday by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. This does not come as much of a surprise as the Pistons were without their best player, Blake Griffin, and they were playing against a Bucks team that led the entire NBA in wins.

Late in the game Pistons’ center Andre Drummond was ejected after shoving Giannis Antetokounmpo and being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul.

When Drummond was asked about how tough it was not to be able to finish the game because of his Flagrant 2, he replied, “I got to shower early.”

As you can see from above Jennifer Hammond of Fox 2 tweeted out Drummond’s comment, which she has every right to do. (In fact, it is part of her job)

Well, when Drummond caught wind of Hammond tweeting out WHAT HE SAID, he was clearly offended.

“See you Wednesday, Jennifer… have the same energy. I’ve been good to you my whole career and you want to turn the knife when we as a team is having a rough night! All good, @DetroitPistons we aren’t dead it’s only game one, let’s turn things around on Wednesday!”

Jennifer Hammond is a class act and she has always been a class act. If Andre Drummond does not want his comments to be reported, then he needs to refrain from saying them. Or at least, choose his words wisely.

 

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