Rod Beard: In early injury report, #Pistons Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Reggie Jackson and Sekou Doumbouya are listed as OUT for tomorrow at #Pacers. Tim Frazier is doubtful. Could change tomorrow, possibly.
Griffin has missed the start of this season as he rehabs hamstring and knee soreness, but he has no regrets over playing through his injury in the playoffs. which was followed by offseason surgery. “I would do it over again, especially in the playoffs, for sure,” Griffin told The Athletic. “If I can play, I can play. It didn’t do any more damage, (the meniscus) got taken care of, and I feel great now.” Griffin’s season debut appears to be getting close. “I feel great and I’m ready to go whenever they give me the green light,” he said.
“I’m close, very close,” Griffin told The Athletic. “The training staff tells me it’s one day at a time. They tell me what I’m doing the next day, and that’s it, because they know I’d go crazy if I have a timetable. “The team has a plan and I trust our training staff. They know what they’re doing so I’m going to listen to them.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on his pending return from injury: "It’s about trusting our (training) staff, these people who have literally dedicated their lives to putting us in the best possible position."
Vincent Ellis: Blake Griffin (said he feels great) on when he will make season debut: “I have completely stayed out of it. Everybody on our training staff is unbelievable and they’ve put together a really good plan. They don’t really tell me anything beyond the next day.” #Pistons.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin is doing some light work on the side today at the end of practice.
Griffin played the first two preseason games and then sat out the third for what was called a planned rest. He missed the final two preseason games with what the team identified as hamstring soreness. Tuesday’s announcement, which said Griffin will be re-evaluated in the first week of November, said he was experiencing left hamstring soreness and posterior knee soreness. That’s the same leg that idled Griffin last spring. “We’re being very conservative with him,” Casey said. “We’re used to playing without Blake, so everyone has to be ready. That’s one reason why we went out and signed Markieff. That’s one reason why we kept Christian Wood. Thon’s (Maker) available. We’d rather have Blake, but we’re used to life without him.”
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
March 22, 2023 | 9:21 pm EDT Update
Walt “Clyde” Frazier said he’d been “meandering” all day on Wednesday, one day after the loss of his longtime friend, captain and championship teammate, Willis Reed. “It took me so long to get dressed today,” the famously fashionable Frazier said softly before working Wednesday’s game between the Knicks and the Heat as the longtime analyst for MSG Networks. “It’s been devastating. After seeing him on the video for the 50th anniversary, I didn’t know he was that far gone. Everybody was really surprised.”
Law Murray: Clippers injury report for Thursday night: – Paul George (right knee) out – Norman Powell (left shoulder) out – Brandon Boston Jr. (tailbone) out – Jason Preston (G-League) out – Moussa Diabaté (2-way) out – Xavier Moon (2-way) out
Damichael Cole: A loud standing ovation for Ja Morant in his return to the floor. pic.twitter.com/0LrY2x5Afb
March 22, 2023 | 8:24 pm EDT Update
Mike Brown on Domantas Sabonis: He's as close to Draymond Green as a big man
Sabonis leads the NBA in rebounding and is dishing a career-high 7 assists per game. Every teammate — even Fox — knows to run the wings when Sabonis grabs a defensive board. “He is as close to Draymond Green as any big man I’ve seen in terms of someone who can get it off the glass, bring it up, and make the right play,” says Brown, who coached Green as an assistant in Golden State for six seasons.
During Sabonis’ rookie year in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook invited Sabonis to early-morning workouts to go through the nuances of pick-and-roll, says Billy Donovan, who coached that Thunder team. They drilled how to read a defender’s feet, when Sabonis could slip screens, how Sabonis could make himself available for pocket passes. (One of Sabonis’ rookie duties was supplying Westbrook with Snapple for team flights, Sabonis and others on that team recall.) Sabonis was astonished that Fox ceded so much ball handling to him right away, including letting Sabonis rush the ball up after rebounds. “I was really surprised,” Sabonis says. “He has been with the Kings forever. This is his team. He really let me do my thing. Not many franchise point guards would let their big man bring the ball up. He ran with me. He set screens for me. That’s what shocked me most. That’s what made the transition so easy. Neither of us care who is who. We just want to win.”
Sabonis suffered an avulsion fracture in his right thumb and ligament damage in his hand. Fixing it required surgery that would cost between six and eight weeks. The Kings were 17-14, sixth in the West, only a couple games ahead of No. 11. Sabonis wanted to keep playing. “In my mind, sitting out was not an option,” he says. “Six to eight weeks — we can’t risk that.” He asked the team’s medical staff to wait to see if the swelling would subside. It did — enough. He joked that he didn’t use his right hand anyway. After consulting with doctors, trainers, and Sabonis’ agents, the decision was made: He’d play on. The training staff nicknamed him “Wolverine” for his apparent imperviousness to pain.
“He didn’t always understand — this should come from you,” Brown says. “To tape that thumb up and say ‘I’m playing,’ it sets the tone for the whole team. If he and De’Aaron are doing things like that, everyone else falls into line.”
In the weeks before the trade, Thunder officials had talked to Sabonis about playing him more at center — the position he preferred. He pictured himself in Oklahoma City long-term. As free agency approached, Sabonis heard rumors the Thunder might sign Blake Griffin and worried he could end up traded as a result. When news broke that the Clippers had re-signed Griffin, Sabonis was relieved and went to bed to rest up for his summer league game the next day. Minutes later, Thunder officials called to tell him he had been traded. “I was in shock,” he says. “Like, are you joking? I was not so happy.”