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Blake Griffin OUT for game 1 against Bucks

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Knee too sore for him to play, Dwane Casey says

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Blake Griffin is out for the Detroit Pistons with a sore knee and will not suit up for game one of Detroit’s playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Dwane Casey says the star forward’s knee is still too sore for him to be effective out on the court.

Griffin has been sidelined or severely limited on the court for a couple weeks now, and even sat our Detroit’s season finale against the New York Knicks with a playoff berth uncertain.

Griffin is averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season. With him out of the lineup, Detroit will either turn to Thon Maker, who has regularly played in Griffin’s absence, or go small and turn to Glenn Robinson III.

Maker has struggled, especially on the defensive end as the starting power forward for Detroit. But he’s tall, can block shots and provides energy (sometimes a good thing). Robinson isn’t as dynamic a player, but might be more reliable as Detroit looks to slow down one of the best defenses in the NBA.

Maker might also be effective playing in a bench lineup with Ish Smith and shooters in sort of a helter skelter go-for-broke look.