Pistons star forward Griffin out to begin season

Pistons forward Blake Griffin averaged 24.5 points in 75 games last season.

Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin will miss the start of the season with a left hamstring issue and knee soreness, the team announced in a news release.

Griffin is expected to be out until sometime in November.

Griffin, 30, appeared in 75 games last season and averaged a career-high 24.5 points. He also made the All-Star team for the first time since 2015.

The Pistons open the season Wednesday at the Indiana Pacers, then return home the next night to face the Atlanta Hawks.