All-NBA forward Blake Griffin won’t travel with the Pistons to Indiana for Wednesday’s season opener, the team announced today in a press release.
According to the Pistons, Griffin is continuing to undergo treatment and conditioning for his left hamstring and posterior knee soreness. The club expects to re-evaluate him during the first week of November in the hopes that he’ll be able to return at that point.
It’s an ominous start to the season for Griffin and the Pistons, who barely sneaked into the postseason last spring and are viewed as a borderline playoff contender once again this year. The veteran forward was healthier than usual in his first full season as a Piston, appearing in 75 regular season contests — in each of the previous four years, he missed at least 15 games due to injuries.
The Pistons went 2-5 with Griffin on the shelf during the 2018/19 regular season and it sounds like they’ll be without him for at least five games to open the ’19/20 campaign. Detroit is scheduled to face the Pacers (twice), Hawks, Sixers, and Raptors in October, with games against the Bulls and Nets on tap for November 1 and 2.