Blake Griffin Set For Season Debut Monday Night

The Pistons have been eagerly awaiting his return.

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November 11, 2019 - 12:37 pm

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After watching the first 10 games of the season from the sidelines due to knee/hamstring soreness, Blake Griffin is ready to make his debut Monday night. 

“I’m playing," Griffin told reporters Sunday.

The idea for the Pistons was to stay afloat in Griffin's absence, and they head into Monday night's game against the Timberwolves at 4-6. They've been carried mostly by Andre Drummond and Luke Kennard, the latter of whom has doubled his scoring rate from last season to 18.0 points per game. 

That should make the load lighter this season for Griffin. 

"Each season is different; last season I felt like I had to take on more of a scoring role,” Griffin said, via the Detroit News. “This year, we have guys who are primed to score the ball a little more in a variety of different ways. I don’t see that as being as big a role for me this year as facilitating and picking and choosing times down the stretch.

“I’ve never really been that guy who all I want to do is score. Last year, it was put in my lap a little bit. All those guys have taken another step and do look comfortable. It’s my job not to take away from that, accentuate that and make it better.”

Griffin was sensational last season before buckling down the stretch. He was one of only four players in the NBA to average at least 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. He required a minor knee operation at the end of the season. 

As a result, the Pistons plan to be more judicious this season about his minutes. We'll see what that means moving forward, but expect Dwane Casey to ease Griffin back into action Monday night.