For some Detroit Pistons fans, this is good news.
For Blake Griffin, it’s bad.
The Pistons’ star forward has dealt with a myriad of injuries this season, the biggest being his balky left knee. Limited to just 18 games this year, Griffin hasn’t been good when he’s been on the floor, with the worst scoring (15.5 points per game) and rebounding (4.7 per game) numbers of his career.
He’s also shooting just 35 percent from the field and 24 percent from downtown.
This news isn’t a surprise. Griffin’s struggles and lack of availability have left many to wonder how much he has left in the tank — both now and in the future. You also have to wonder how much of last season’s injury, and subsequent playing on said injury, has impacted the current situation.
With Griffin out, the Pistons’ season would officially be done — though it feels “done” right now. Maybe it’s the tipping point that leads to an Andre Drummond trade? And then a Langston Galloway trade? And finally a Markieff Morris trade?
Regardless of how you feel about the direction of the Pistons — whether you love the playoff aspirations or crave a total rebuild — this situation sucks for Griffin. Watching his heroics last year were probably the best thing about this franchise since the Goin’ to Work era.
Regardless, it appears that this lost season just fell even deeper into the abyss.