Blake Griffin’s health is a major concern entering the 2019-20 season. The star forward had knee surgery in the off-season, but was expected to be ready to go for the Pistons’ season opener.
According to the latest report from the team, though, Griffin will not play until the beginning of November. And it doesn’t have to do with the off-season surgery.
Griffin is dealing with “left hamstring and posterior knee soreness” according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. He’s expected to return to the court in early November.
The Pistons announced Blake Griffin will not travel to Indiana while continuing a treatment and conditioning regimen for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness. He will be re-evaluated for a return to action the first week of November.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 22, 2019
This is unfortunate news for the Pistons and their fans. But hopefully Griffin will return to action free of any lingering issues and 100 percent healthy.
The All-Star forward has been a defensive matchup nightmare since his days with the Clippers. And last season was one of his best years yet.
Griffin averaged 24.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 5.4 APG in the 2018-19 season. The Pistons earned the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference standings, but were swept by the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
The Eastern Conference is much weaker than it was a season ago. Many feel this could open a door for the Pistons to sneak back into the playoffs.
But if Griffin struggles to stay healthy, Detroit may struggle to get back to the postseason.