Griffin played in 75 games during the regular season and missed time at the end of the season due to his knee injury. He also sat out the first two games of the Pistons’ playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks, though he did make his presence known when he was out.
The 30-year-old forward, who has a history of knee injuries, was a one-man wrecking crew for the Pistons this season. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game and made 36.2 percent of his threes. He missed time due to soreness in both knees this year and had the operation on his left knee.
Blake Griffin had a great show of respect for the media after the Detroit Pistons’ season ended.
The Pistons lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 127-104 in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Monday to end the series with a sweep. Griffin had an end-of-season press conference with the media a day later and then shook the hand of each member after he was done, wishing them all a good summer.
This may not seem like much, but it’s significant. When you contrast this with what has happened with Russell Westbrook and a local Oklahoma City media member, you see how much of a difference a small gesture makes. Just ask Peyton Manning what showing respect for reporters can do you for you. When you’re well-liked by the people who cover you, it’s naturally tougher for them to be critical of you.
Many in Detroit were rather dissatisfied with how the first half of Monday night’s Pistons-Bucks playoff game was being officiated.
Milwaukee and Detroit were whistled for a combined 28 personal fouls in the first half of the first-round game, but 18 of them went against the Pistons. At halftime, Detroit’s Bruce Brown had already tallied four personal fouls, while four other Pistons — including key starters Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, and Luke Kennard — had been whistled for three. In contrast, no Bucks player went to the locker room with more than two fouls. As a result, Milwaukee had attempted 15 more free throws than Detroit had at the half.
Whether warranted or not, a one-sided free throw margin like that is going to attract the attention of the home fans, who struck up a “ref you suck” chant late in the half. Hilariously, Griffin subtly joined them.
Griffin would’ve almost certainly gotten away with it if not for the close-up camera shot. We’ll see if the NBA takes any action in what has become a pretty rough postseason for referees across the league.
Blake Griffin has generated the most surprising stat of the 2019 NBA playoffs.
Despite not playing in a game yet this postseason due to a knee injury, Griffin has been called for two technical fouls in the Detroit Pistons’ first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks while sitting on the bench.
Griffin was called for a technical foul in Game 1 of the series on Sunday. He was called for another tech in Game 2 after complaining about the referees.
Blake Griffin picks up a technical foul from the bench after lobbying for a better whistle. It's his second technical in 2 games here in Milwaukee.
The two technical fouls in two games ties Griffin with Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley for the NBA postseason lead. Seven technical fouls accumulated in a single postseason triggers a suspension. Given the way the series has gone for Detroit, Griffin might not even have the opportunity to be suspended if his team gets swept.
The Pistons lost Game 1 by 35 points and fell in Game 2 by 21. They head home to Detroit for Game 3 on Saturday.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is a serious doubt for the remainder of the team’s first round series, but he does not want to sit out.
Griffin missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Milwaukee Bucks with a knee injury, and according to coach Dwane Casey, he’s pushing to play despite the advice of the medical staff.
Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin is lobbying to play but decision is in hands of medical team
We already know that Griffin would have played in the series opener if it was his decision. Ultimately, though, the Pistons are not going to overrule the medical staff, and as long as that remains the case, it is unlikely that we’ll see him on the floor in the series.
Griffin missed four of the Pistons’ final seven games in the regular season due to his knee injury. Griffin’s head coach said that the knee injury couldn’t get worse from playing, but that must not be the case. If it were, then Griffin would be out there playing.
Griffin hasn’t played since the first half of Detroit’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies last Tuesday. He sat out the season finale against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, so he had nearly a full week of rest. It’s concerning that it still wasn’t enough to have him ready for the playoff opener.
Previously, it was stated that Griffin couldn’t make things worse by playing through the injury. The fact that he’s not ready for the playoffs indicates just how severe things are.
The Detroit Pistons are fighting to get into the playoffs, and they’ve subjected themselves to some questions by using a hobbled Blake Griffin to do it.
Griffin is battling left knee soreness and was clearly hobbled in Sunday’s loss, going just 5-of-18 from the field. The situation is severe enough that he sat out three consecutive games despite the Pistons being right in the middle of a playoff race.
So why isn’t he sitting more? According to coach Dwane Casey, Griffin’s knee issue has reached the point where it’s simply not going to get any worse if he plays through it.
#Pistons Dwane Casey said Blake Griffin is at a point where his playing can't injure the knee any worse, according to the medical staff. That's … interesting.
Griffin has a lengthy history of knee injuries, which makes this so concerning. He’s also Detroit’s most important player, and the franchise has only made the playoffs once in the last decade. They don’t want to miss out, even if they’re not really contenders to go beyond the first round.
The playoff races are well underway in the NBA, and things are very competitive in both conferences. It looks likely that only a handful of games will separate fifth from eighth in certain cases, and the margins between making and missing the playoffs will be small.
Most contenders have key figures who will have a big say in where their teams land. These aren’t always the obvious stars, but a key name who’s returning from injury or picking up the slack at the right time. Here are 10 key players who will have a big say in the playoff races.
10. Buddy Hield, G, Kings
Hield has had a breakout year this season, but he hasn’t always been in the good graces of coach Dave Joerger, much to the frustration of some other players. The Kings are very much in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, and they’ll need Hield to play fearlessly — and have the trust of his coach — down the stretch. If he can play to his capabilities — like when he made 53.4 percent of his threes in January — the Kings will have a huge weapon as they chase a playoff spot.