Pistons star Blake Griffin, who sat out Detroit's National Basketball Association playoff loss Sunday to the Bucks with a sore left knee, isn't expected to play at all in the first round Eastern Conference series, Yahoo Sports reported early Monday, citing unidentified sources.
Griffin has been hobbled by a sore left knee for much of the last month, missing four of the final seven regular-season games and sitting out Game 1 on Sunday, as Milwaukee pasted Detroit 121-86 in the series opener.
Still, this result wasn't just about the Pistons' comparatively lesser talent, or a truly very bad performance from them to open the series, but the startlingly ruthless efficiency the Bucks showed in tearing them apart.
With all of that considered, let's dive a little deeper into the way Game 1 played out, placing a particular emphasis on the Bucks' individual performances against the Pistons.
Griffin, 30, averaged a career-high 24.5 points, along with 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games this season.
Vincent Goodwill's report further states that the Griffin would be listed as day-to-day for the remainder of the series. 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 has been the catalyst for the Pistons making the playoffs for only the second time in the last decade, and he's stayed largely healthy until this injury. He was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers in January 2018.