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Blake Griffin Likely Out For Series Versus Bucks: Report

The Pistons are taking the long view with their star player.

April 15, 2019 - 9:05 am

Whatever chance the Pistons had of making things interesting against the Bucks appears to have been eliminated. 

Blake Griffin, who was unable to play in Sunday's Game 1 drubbing because of his left knee injury, is likely out for the series, according to Yahoo! Sports. There's a "slim chance" he plays this weekend, with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday night in Detroit. 

Without Griffin on Sunday, the Pistons lost 121-86. Griffin reiterated afterward that he's taking things "day by day," adding that the decision to play is ultimately out of his hands. 

It appears the Pistons are taking the long view with their star player, who is under contract through the 2020-21 season, with an option for 2021-22. 

Griffin, 30, sprained his knee late in the season and sat out three games, before returning to score 45 points against the Thunder April 5. But he was never back to full health and was forced to the sideline again for the Pistons' final game of the season. 

Per Yahoo! Sports, the Pistons are concerned that bringing him back for the playoffs could exacerbate the injury further. 

If there's a bright side, it's that there's no structural damage to Griffin's knee. 

In his first full season with the Pistons, Griffin played 75 games -- his most since 2013-14 -- and carried an extremely heavy load on offense. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points, while adding 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists.