Tim Bontemps: Blake Griffin (hamstring), Andre Drummond (rest) and Markieff Morris (bronchitis) will all sit tonight for the Pistons. Means no Embiid-Drummond matchup tonight.
The Pistons announced in April that Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left knee, and he’s not expected to miss any planned offseason training. “Blake played fantastic,” Drummond said. “He’s going to take care of his body this summer and come back at 100%. You got to take your hat off to a guy who fights through pain. It’s not fun playing with a knee injury.”
James Edwards III: #Pistons' Blake Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure today, the team announced. He's not expected to miss any planned offseason training.
David Aldridge: No shock: Pistons announce that Blake Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in L.A. Team says Griffin is not expected to miss "any planned offseason training or preparation" for next season.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on plan for his knee: "I’ll address that today and tomorrow and have a game plan going from there. It will be something, yes. "don’t think it’ll interfere with any offseason workout plans that I have. We’ll figure that out."
Ben Golliver: Pistons coach Dwane Casey, after coaching himself hoarse, w/ tribute to Blake Griffin: "He played his heart out with basically 1 leg. He fought through a lot of pain and swelling. He just gave a passionate speech in the locker room about how proud he was to play with those guys."
James Edwards III: Despite being listed as probable, Dwane Casey said Blake Griffin is still a game-time decision.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin is at practice today. Still no word on his availability for tomorrow's Game 4. pic.twitter.com/TLFBMbWtoJ
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin is listed as a starter for Game 3, along with Jackson, Ellington, Kennard and Drummond.
Malika Andrews: Blake Griffin is listed as active for Game 3 tonight.
Griffin missed the first two games of the first round series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons with knee soreness. He also sat the final game of Detroit's regular season. Thon Maker had been starting in Griffin's place.
Matt Velazquez: Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin will go through warmups and they won’t know until right before the game if he will play. Said Griffin is feeling “much, much” better but the situation with his knee remains “tenuous.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Blake Griffin's knee injury: “People say it’s a ruse or whatever, but it’s real. His body will let him know if he can go or not. It’s not like we are trying to play without him."
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Blake Griffin's potential return: "He’s been pestering everybody. I can’t wait to get him out there – hopefully it’s tonight. We’ll find out."
Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin will likely miss the entire first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a left knee injury, sources told Yahoo Sports. Griffin has battled the injury for the past several weeks, getting pulled from the Pistons' second-to-last game against Memphis and missing the season finale against New York, games the Pistons needed to win — and did — to qualify for the last playoff spot.
Griffin will be listed as day to day for the remainder of the series, with a league source calling it a "slim chance" he plays this weekend. There's no structural damage in the left knee, and it's unclear whether he'll need some type of minor procedure this offseason. Griffin and team doctors will decide the best course of action when the season concludes.
Malika Andrews: Thon Maker starts for the Pistons in place of Blake Griffin. Griffin has been undergoing ongoing treatment to try to control the inflammation in his knee, league sources told ESPN.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin (sore left knee) is OUT for Game 1 tonight at #Bucks.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin (sore left knee) still is listed at questionable on today's injury report for tonight's Game 1. #Bucks list Brogdon, Gasol, DiVincenzo and Snell as OUT. #DFS
Detroit Pistons star forward Blake Griffin is still day-to-day heading into the postseason, coach Dwane Casey said Friday. Griffin, who has been dealing with a troublesome left knee, did not play in the regular-season finale Wednesday when Detroit wrapped up a playoff spot by winning at New York.
James Edwards III: #Pistons’ Blake Griffin (left knee) is out on the floor getting in extra work post practice.
James Edwards III: Blake: “I couldn’t help us tonight.” He said he’ll take it day-by-day, meet with doctors and together everyone will decide on if he can go tomorrow.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is listed as questionable on the preliminary injury report for Tuesday vs. Memphis. #Grizzlies Mike Conley, Jaren Jackson Jr., C.J. Miles, Joakim Noah, Jonas Valanciunas, Dillon Brooks, Avery Bradley and Kyle Anderson all are OUT. #DFS
Vincent Ellis: Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin (sore left knee) feels better after a night and morning of rehab. #Pistons.
Rod Beard: #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.
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons coach Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin (sore left knee) is a game-time decision vs. #Thunder tonight.
Rod Beard: In preliminary injury report for Friday vs. #Thunder, #Pistons list Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) as questionable. Luke Kennard (right foot soreness) is probable. Here's a new one: Svi Mykhailiuk (left index finger fracture) is OUT.
James Edwards III: #Pistons’ SVG on if Blake Griffin will play again this season: “I don’t know.” He said he’s working hard in his ankle rehab.
James Edwards III: #Pistons' Blake Griffin got a MRI on his right ankle, results are expected to come tomorrow. He tried to do pregame but decided he couldn't go.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin will play tonight and the only restriction is just how his conditioning is and monitoring when to rest.
Brad Turner: Blake Griffin said "I don't know" when asked if he'll play tomorrow with Clippers against Lakers, but he also said, "it's a good day." BG has missed 14 games with left knee injury. He has been practicing and improving.
Brad Turner: Doc Rivers said after Clippers game Tuesday night that Blake Griffin will practice Wednesday with their G-League team, Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. It'll be another step towards BG hopefully playing vs. Lakers Friday night. He's been out with left knee injury.
Blake Griffin could return to play from left knee injury by end of December, the Clippers are hoping. Griffin has been out 13 games. Clippers play Kings tonight, Lakers Friday, Charlotte Sunday
Brad Turner: After reviewing more tape of Blake Griffin’s left knee injury, early indications are that Clippers forward has a sprained MCL and will be out for extended period of time. Clippers will know full extend after complete test today.
Blake Griffin fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with 3:53 left in a 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. The team said he’s day-to-day and will be examined on Tuesday. A grim-faced Griffin dressed and left the locker room without speaking to reporters. "It didn’t look good, obviously," coach Doc Rivers said.
Rivers told reporters that Griffin’s exact diagnosis would remain unknown until further testing is completed on Tuesday. Griffin exited Staples Center under his own power, walking without crutches or a brace. He dressed in LA’s locker room like usual but did not take questions from reporters. “He was not in high spirits,” Rivers acknowledged. “He was down. Right now, he’s where we are at: hoping that it was just a bang and that it hurt. But he’s down right now.”
Griffin was going for a loose ball in the paint with teammate Austin Rivers and Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. It appeared Rivers fell on Griffin, whose knee got twisted as he landed on his back. Griffin got up, but soon left the game and the court. "Lonzo knocked someone into Blake and it was a trigger effect," the elder Rivers said. "Blake said he was OK. Then he just couldn’t move. He’s hoping it was just a bang."
Griffin left the locker room without speaking to reporters. "I knew immediately, I thought," Doc Rivers said. "But then Blake said he was OK. I just saw his leg go in, and then when they switched on back-to-back plays, he couldn't move so we had to get him out of the game."
Adrian Wojnarowski: As for seriousness of left knee injury that Blake Griffin sustained in victory over Lakers tonight, Clippers consider it "too early to tell."
Arash Markazi: I just talked to Steve Ballmer. He doesn't know the status of Blake Griffin's injury but he is concerned. It has been that kind of season already.
Ben Golliver: Clippers’ Blake Griffin (left knee) exited arena walking under his own power, no crutches or brace. Didn’t take questions from media.
Complicating the matter however, sources told ESPN's Michael Eaves, is that Griffin may not be ready for the start of the next season and could possibly be out until December due to a toe injury that cut short his postseason. A separate source told Shelburne the team believes Griffin's toe will be healed and he'll likely be ready for the start of the season.
Brad Turner: Blake Griffin had successful surgery today to repair plantar plate injury to right big toe. Surgery was in Charlotte
Bill Oram: No official recovery timeline for Blake Griffin following surgery, but Clippers believe he will be ready to play in preseason.
Bill Oram: Update on Blake Griffin: He is seeing a specialist on the East Coast. Appointment was scheduled before the Clippers forced Game 7.
September 24, 2021 | 3:51 pm EDT Update
Dionysis Aravantinos: Giannis Antetokounmpo on his hyperextended knee injury: “It wasn’t a miracle. If you work hard, you don’t drink, don’t smoke, you work hard for 8-9 years. I shouldn’t have played in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. I was in a lot of pain. I’m still hurting. But I’ll be okay.” (Via COSMOTE TV)
A number of its players had declined to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots. The team was worried that an outbreak could derail its postseason hopes. Team executives began setting up meetings aimed at swaying the unvaccinated players. They provided data outlining the scientific benefits to them as individuals and to their families as well as information regarding the safety of the vaccine. That didn’t work.
Next, the team tried dangling the NBA’s updated and more relaxed COVID protocols, which made life easier for vaccinated players. They faced fewer tests, had fewer restrictions and, crucially, were not required to quarantine after an exposure to the virus. The unvaccinated players still didn’t budge. Finally, the team tried appealing to the players’ self-interests. There was money to be made in the postseason, it told the players, whether via playoff bonuses, contract incentives, or by flourishing under the spotlight and burnishing their respective reputations.
Now, with the 2021-22 regular season just a month away and players returning to their local markets for training camp next week, a number of NBA organizations find themselves confronting similar challenges, only with more urgency. The combination of new league protocols and more stringent local regulations could create an environment in which vaccine hesitancy becomes an issue that impacts on-court results. In other words, the final standings this season could very well be impacted by the vaccination status of players.
The NBA, according to a league spokesman, believes that around 85% of its players are currently vaccinated; National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts put the number at 90% during a July interview with Yahoo Sports. Those numbers are about 10-to-15% more than the overall rate of American adults who are vaccinated. But that still means that somewhere between 50 and 70 NBA players remain unvaccinated, an average of more than two per squad. Depending on how those players are grouped, what city they play in, and how good they are, it’s clear that any team entering the season with low vaccination rates will be at a competitive disadvantage.