Blake Griffin has been cleared for all basketbal related activities, the team announced today. Griffin is still day-to-day but is close to returning after missing the start of the season with hamstring and knee issues.
The team also said that Derrick Rose is still rehabbing his injured hamstring and Tim Frazier is still nursing a shoulder strain. Both players remain day to day, according to the team. Reggie Jackson, meanwhile, remains out with a stress reaction in his lower back.
This is the first bit of good news for the Pistons this season who are down all the point guards on their roster and their primary playmaker in Griffin.
While Andre Drummond is doing his best on both ends of the court, the power forward position has been a mighty black hole with Markieff Morris, Thon Maker and Christian Wood all struggling.
Morris is coming off the best game of his young season, however, scoring 22 points and hitting four 3s in Detroit’s 122-102 win against the Knicks on Wednesday.
Point guard has also been a struggle with Bruce Brown getting some trial-by-fire minutes, and early returns show at least a little promise. He has notched 20 assists to five turnovers in the three games he has started at point guard.
The Pistons play the Indiana Pacers on Friday and there is no indication whether Griffin, Rose or Frazier will be able to suit up for the game.