It looks like it is going to be a very long (or very short…) series for the Detroit Pistons as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. As if getting blown out in Game 1 wasn’t bad enough, the Pistons will now be without superstar Blake Griffin for an extended period of time.
According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports, Griffin is expected to miss the entirety of the first round with a knee injury. He was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bucks.
Griffin was coming off one of his best years ever, averaging a career-high 24.5 points per game in 75 games played. His 5.4 assists per game led the team.
The Bucks went on to win the game, 121-86.
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) April 15, 2019
Milwaukee dominated the game from the get-go, outscoring Detroit by 36 points through three quarters. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 24 points and was one of seven Bucks players with at least 10 points.
Only three Pistons players scored ten or more points.
Fortunately for Griffin, Goodwill’s report indicates that there is no structural damage to his knee. Nevertheless, the team intends to re-evaluate the knee in the off-season.
Griffin will be listed as day to day for the remainder of the series, with a league source calling it a “slim chance” he plays this weekend. There’s no structural damage in the left knee, and it’s unclear whether he’ll need some type of minor procedure this offseason. Griffin and team doctors will decide the best course of action when the season concludes.
But without Griffin on the court, the off-season for the Pistons could begin in as little as three to four games…