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Pistons Announce Injury Update For Blake Griffin

A closeup of Blake Griffin during a game.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 09: Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons reacts during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on November 9, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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.

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.