2019 NBA Playoffs
2019 NBA Playoffs

Griffin misses Game 2 against Bucks due to sore knee

Rich Rovito, Associated Press

Apr 18, 2019 12:13 AM ET

Blake Griffin has yet to play in the Pistons-Bucks series.

MILWAUKEE -- Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin sat out the second game of the team's first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks due to left knee soreness.

Griffin also missed Game 1 of the series, which the Pistons lost by 35 points.

He took part in light drills at Wednesday morning's shoot around while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. He had been listed as questionable and had been openly lobbying coach Dwane Casey to let him return to the court.

Casey said before tipoff Wednesday that Griffin has good days and bad, and the knee might different at different times of the day.

"He's got the situation with his knee where there's good days and bad days," Casey said before Wednesday's game. "It may feel good in the morning and feel bad at night. He wants to go and I want him to go, but it's a medical decision. Hopefully, at some point, he can go."

After missing three games with a sprained knee, Griffin returned on April 5 against Oklahoma City and scored 45 points. However, he experienced recurring swelling in the knee and struggled two nights later against Charlotte. He played limited minutes against Memphis on April 9 and sat out the regular-season finale against New York the next night.

Although not in uniform for Game 1 against the Bucks, Griffin received a technical foul while on the bench in the third quarter for protesting teammate Andre Drummond's ejection. Drummond was issued a Flagrant 2 foul when he shoved Bucks' MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo to the ground with both hands after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound. The Bucks led by 41 at the time.

Griffin averaged 24.5 points during the regular season to lead the Pistons.
 


Copyright © 2019 NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy | Accessibility and Closed Caption | Terms of Use |

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company.