Welp, the NBA season kicks off in a few hours and the Detroit Pistons are getting things started with the worst possible news — Blake Griffin is out with an injury.
The Detroit Pistons’ start power forward will not travel with the team to Indiana as he continues getting treatment for “left hamstring and posterior knee soreness,” the team announced Tuesday.
The hope is he will be ready for action in the first week of November so ... yeah ... things could be worse. Or this is the first drip, drip, drip of unfortunate medical info and there will be more to come.
BUT I’M TRYING TO STAY POSITIVE.
We’ll see you soon, Griffin.
Now back to the negative. Griffin is not the only player facing injury concerns. Rookie Sekou Doumbouya will also not travel to Indiana as he is in concussion protocol. Markieff Morris, who would likely start in Griffin’s place is listed as questionable with lower back tightness and Reggie Jackson is listed as probable with lower back tightness.
Griffin looked far from 100% during the preseason playing in just two games and averaging 10 points, 2.5 rebounds and four assists in 20.5 minutes of action.