The Detroit Pistons will be without Blake Griffin until at least early November due to continued soreness in his knee and hamstring. Griffin did not travel to Indiana for Detroit’s season opener against the Pacers on Wednesday, with the team saying he will continue treatment and conditioning “for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness.”
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.
May 31, 2023 | 12:39 pm EDT Update
Bulls, Nikola Vucevic have opened up extension talks
In Chicago, I’m told that the Bulls have opened up extension conversations with their starting center Nikola Vucevic. Sources tell me there is mutual interest in getting a deal done. Both sides have until June 30 to get an extension done. If there is no agreement by that point, Vučević would enter free agency and be one of the top centers available on the market. Vučević had the third-most double-doubles in the NBA this year (51), averaging 17.6 points and 11.0 rebounds with a 52.0 field goal percentage at a usage rate of 21.4.
Lakers want to use D'Angelo Russell in sign-and-trade?
My read on the situation is that the Lakers would prefer to use D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade, but I’m not sure the market is there. Landing Kyrie Irving for Russell is shaping up to be a pipe dream, especially with Dallas unlikely to help Los Angeles out. Fred VanVleet, a Klutch client, looms as a possibility, but adding him would require Toronto to agree to terms with Russell (or take on the Beasley and Bamba contracts). Where, exactly, is the free-agency and trade market for Russell? I just don’t see it.
Pistons heavily pursuing Monty Williams to be next head coach
Nearly two months after Dwane Casey stepped down from his role as head coach, the Detroit Pistons are heavily pursuing Monty Williams, the NBA’s winningest coach since 2021, to be their next man in charge, league sources tell The Athletic. The Pistons are preparing to offer Williams in the range of $10 million per year, league sources said, which would put him among the league’s highest-paid coaches. Detroit has been hopeful over the past several weeks that Williams would consider accepting the job, sources added.
If Williams declines the proposal, Lee, a Bucks assistant since 2018, is expected to emerge as the likely choice, league sources said.
Since the start of the first round of the NBA playoffs, four coaches — Williams (Suns), Mike Budenholzer (Bucks), Doc Rivers (76ers) and Nick Nurse (Raptors) — have been fired. Williams, immediately, was on Detroit’s radar, per league sources. Milwaukee, too, heavily pursued Williams, per league sources.
Duncan Robinson grew up in New Hampshire and was a Celtics fan throughout his childhood so it was a little surprising to see the New England native pour salt in the wound of Boston fans in Game 7. In an appearance on JJ Redick’s podcast on Monday, Robinson revealed the entertaining reason that motivated him to do the taunt.
“I don’t know how this happened but maybe someone I went to high school with but my number got put in a group chat somewhere,” Robinson said. It was a massive group chat so after we lose Game 6, my phone is randomly blowing up from a bunch of random New England numbers. They are saying, ‘Get ‘F*****’, Celtics in 7, sending me memes of Curt Schilling’s bloody sock.’ It’s just all these random numbers, 70 texts. “So I’m like what is going on and I’m also pissed since I’m on the heels of this bone-crushing loss, not to mention I missed some shots down the stretch I’d like to have back. I’m like really worked up about it. So then I’m like thinking, creating all these scenarios in my head, if I get the chance in the Garden, I’m going to do something.”
Robinson got that chance in the fourth quarter as the Heat put the game out of reach following his layup, leading to a Boston timeout. “I wanted to do it,” Robinson admitted. “There was a little of internal conflict because you are playing on the floor that you grew up being fortunate to go to some games on and grew up in Celtics country. You have this idea you want to do it but I have to be relevant enough to warrant that and I toed the line on that.”