Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin is likely to miss the entire series of the first round against Milwaukee Bucks due to a left knee injury, sources at Yahoo Sports said.
Griffin has tackled the injury in recent weeks and has been drawn off the penultimate game of the Pistons against Memphis and the season finale against New York, the Pistons had to win ̵
Without Griffin, the Pistons were no alternative The most seeded Bucks in Game 1 on Sunday night, losing 121-86 in the Fiserv Forum.
Having initially missed three sprained knee games, Griffin returned to Oklahoma City on April 5, scoring 45 points, but the knee swelled again and limited his effectiveness to Charlotte two nights later. The Pistons are worried that it could happen in the playoff series against the Bucks, even if Griffin could have ten days off Wednesday in Little Caesars Arena.
Griffin is listed as the day after day for the rest of the series, with a league source that calls it a "low chance" he plays this weekend. There is no structural damage in the left knee, and it is unclear whether he needs a kind of smaller procedure in this offseason. Griffin and team doctors will determine the best course of action when the season ends.
Griffin was the catalyst for the Pistons, who only entered the playoffs for the second time in the last ten years, and he is largely healthy until this injury. Griffin has played 75 games in his first season in Detroit – his best since 2013-2014 – and the organization wants to maintain his health over the long term because he is under contract until 2021-22. He was acquired in January 2018 in a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Griffin had a career year this season when he formed his sixth All-Star team. He scored an average of 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists while out of 3: point range.
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