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Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin is likely to miss the entire first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks with a left knee injury, according to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
Griffin has been struggling with the knee issue in recent weeks and sat out of the Pistons’ 121-86 blowout road loss in Game 1.
“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,” Goodwill reported. “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.”
Griffin is 6-foot-10 and along with center Andre Drummond, was the driving force behind the Pistons’ return to the playoffs. He averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in making his sixth All-Star Game appearance.
“Griffin played 75 games in his first full season in Detroit — his most since 2013-14 — and the organization wants to preserve his health for the long term because he’s under contract until 2021-22,” Goodwill reported.