Pistons' Griffin (knee) to miss Bucks series

Lewis Collier
April 15, 2019

As if a 60-win regular season wasn't enough of an opening statement heading into the postseason, the Milwaukee Bucks delivered another example of just how dominant they can be in Sunday's Game 1 against the Detroit Pistons.

It was ugly from the start for the underdog Pistons, who were crushed by Bucks, 121-86, in the opener of a first-round series.

Griffin played in 75 games for Detroit this season - the most he has played since the 2013-14 season - but missed four of the past seven games with knee soreness.

"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", Goodwill reported. The good news for Griffin and the Pistons is that there is no structural damage in the knee, though it's not known at this time if any sort of surgery will be needed over the offseason.

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After initially missing three games with the sprained knee, Griffin returned April 5 against Oklahoma City to score 45 points, but the knee swelled again and limited his effectiveness two nights later against Charlotte.

The Pistons were already facing an insurmountable task from the moment the matchup was set, but Blake Griffin's absence due to a knee injury only compounded matters further for Dwane Casey's team.

Griffin, 30, averaged a team-high 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game this season.

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