If the Detroit Flasks save any hope after their Game 1 loss for Milwaukee Bucks, they may need to do so without the help of Blake Griffin. Vince Goodwill from Yahoo Sports writes that the six-hour All-Star sick left knee could keep him from the first round altogether.
After failing three games with the sprained knee, Griffin returned to Oklahoma City on April 5 to make 45 points, but the knee swelled again and limited his effectiveness two nights later to Charlotte. The pistons worry that it may happen in the playoff series against Bucks, although Griffin has 10 days on his way to Game 3 on Wednesday at the Little Caesars Arena.
Griffin has been listed as questionable on the team's injury in recent weeks. After missing out on three games, he returned to three matches, but was listed with "left knee tenderness" on the injury injury. Per Rod Beard of Detroit News said Griffin after match 1
"I never like me leaving my guys out there," Griffin said. & # 39; & # 39; But I have to do what our organization, our training staff, our doctors think is best, and that is the bottom line. & # 39; & # 39;
Griffin said that his level of frustration is "10 out of 10" and pain is not the only problem holding out the pistons set up.
"I don't have a good answer to that. It's a complicated answer. If it were pain, I'd easily play with pain. It's a complication," Griffin said, by The Detroit News . "If it were just my decision, I would have played."
When teammate Andre Drummond was ejected in Game 1, Griffin received a technical foul to protest against his exclusion. Piston's coach Dwane Casey said he understood what the judges did to keep control of the game, but thought that a blatant 1 foul – instead of the more flagrant Drummond – would have been more appropriate.
"I think it was a blatant one but I don't think Andre deserved to be out of the game," Griffin said. & # 39; & # 39; That is at least my opinion in real time. & # 39; & # 39;
Casey said he thought Griffin had not earned a technical one. Griffin said it was frustrating to watch Game 1 from the sidelines.
The news about Griffin is disastrous for Detroit, dragged by so many 43 before finally getting into Milwaukee 121-86 on Sunday. Griffin, who had been playing his most regular season games (75) since 2013-14, had a career campaign while snatching four years of absence from the All Star game.
The former No. 1 chose on average 24.5 points, 7.5 returns and 5.4 helps lead the pistons to a late season playoff and only their second down season quay since 2009.
Griffin was visibly frustrated after Sunday's loss and told reporters that "if it were just my decision, I would have played."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.