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Pistons' Griffin to make season debut Monday

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin will make his debut Monday against the Timberwolves.

After Sunday’s practice, Griffin cut to the chase.

“I’m playing tomorrow,” Griffin said, while admitting he might be slowly integrated into the lineup.

“I’m going to be forced to be eased into it, so I will be eased into it,” he said Sunday. “I don’t really know what to expect. I’m going in with an open mind. I don’t think that I’ve ever been on this type of a restriction before, so I don’t know what to expect. Just trying to contribute.”

Griffin has missed the Pistons’ first 10 games of the season whille dealing with left hamstring and posterior knee soreness.

Griffin was sidelined in late October to receive treatment and conditioning on his lower leg injuries. Detroit is 4-6 after Friday’s 112-106 loss to the Pacers.

An All-Star last season, Griffin averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists for the Pistons in leading them to the playoffs.