While the Pistons have not opted for the “load management” treatment of their star player, that has seen several teams regularly rest players throughout the year, head coach Dwane Casey has talked about his concern with the minutes, wear and tear pilling up on Griffin.
This will only be the third game Griffin has missed this season for Detroit — with the Pistons losing the two previous games against Philadelphia and Sacramento.
Griffin scored 25 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, but he has struggled since the All-Star break. Even as the team has seen a resurgence, Griffin has tapered off in the 13 games since the break. Griffin’s scoring average is down from 26.3 points to 18.5, his field goal percentage has dipped from 47.9 percent to 41.1 percent and his rebounding has dropped from 8.1 per game to 5.8 per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers might also rest Kevin Love. If Love sits it might impact which player Casey puts in the starting lineup. If the Cavs go big they could match with Jon Leuer. If the Cavs go small, the Pistons could opt to give Glenn Robinson III more run.