Blake Griffin Out At Least Two Weeks With Knee, Hamstring Issues

He played in 75 games last season, his most in five years.

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October 22, 2019 - 5:37 pm

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The Pistons will be without Blake Griffin for their season opener -- and a couple more weeks beyond that. 

The team announced on Tuesday that Griffin will be sidelined through the first week of November with hamstring and knee soreness, at which point he'll be re-evaluated for a return. That will keep him out for at least the first nine games of the season.

Detroit opens play Wedesday night at the Pacers. The team also announced that Markief Morris is questionable for the opener with lower-back tightness, while Reggie Jackson is probable with the same issue. 

First-round draft pick Sekou Doumbouya will not travel to Indiana due to a concussion. The 18-year-old is unlikely to play much -- if at all -- this season, even when healthy.

The Pistons are intent on managing Griffin's workload this season after he wore down at the end of last season. A knee injury, for which he had arthroscopic surgery in April, limited him down the stretch and into the playoffs. 

Griffin played 75 games last season, his most in five years.