Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Pistons' Blake Griffin Expected To Miss Entire First-Round Series

Pistons' Blake Griffin Expected To Miss Entire First-Round Series

Pistons star Blake Griffin, who sat out Detroit's National Basketball Association playoff loss Sunday to the Bucks with a sore left knee, isn't expected to play at all in the first round Eastern Conference series, Yahoo Sports reported early Monday, citing unidentified sources.

Griffin has been dealing with a left knee injury for several weeks and miss the Pistons' season finale against the New York Knicks.

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. Without Blake Griffin, as evidenced by the outcome of Game 1 on Sunday, the Pistons' will be lucky to keep any of the games within double digits. 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. He had to be pulled from a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the team's penultimate regular season game. They led by 27 points at halftime on Sunday night, with MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo playing just 24 minutes in the blowout.

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Game 2 in the series will go Wednesday evening from Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum before shifting back to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

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