Sport Pistons' Griffin cleared, now listed as day-to-day
Draymond Green to be on minutes restriction after suffering finger injury
The Warriors‘ nightmare season continued on Friday night as mainstay Draymond Green suffered a sprained left index finger. Green’s hand was wrapped following the 127-110 loss to the Spurs as he revealed his immediate future is uncertain.© Pool Photo-USA TODAY SportsGreen said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell:“I hurt my finger. Ligament action. But it is what it is. … I don’t know [about Saturday]; we’ll see. It’s pretty sore. I couldn’t grip the ball the whole entire [game], probably since the second quarter. Which is why I was making a lot of one-handed, right-handed passes and dribbling left with my right hand.
The Detroit Pistons announced on Thursday and All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who has missed all nine games to start the season, has been cleared by the team medical staff for all basketball-related activities.
The team said he "has begun a return to game action progression." But the team did not say he will play in the Pistons' next game, Friday night at Indiana, rather saying he will be monitored on a day-to-day basis.
Griffin has been out since the last week of the preseason, nursing left knee and hamstring ailments. He averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists while playing 75 games last season and was named to the All-NBA third team.
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It was just on Wednesday that the NBA seemingly backed the Los Angeles Clippers’ decision to rest star forward Kawhi Leonard.Since then, the entire drama has taken on new meaning. Los Angeles is simply continuing with what we saw from the Toronto Raptors when they employed the reigning NBA Finals MVP last season. He won’t play both ends of back-to-backs.
The Pistons have started this season with a 4-5 record after.
Last week in Chicago,. He said then he was relying on the training staff for when the time is right to get back on the floor.
“People can tell you life lessons, but a lot of times you don’t really grasp it until you actually experience for yourself,” Griffin said. “You have that moment where ‘I get it now,’ and part of that is me being a normal person. We all didn’t necessarily heed good advice the right way — not because you thought it was beneath you or anything like that, but if it doesn’t affect you, it’s hard to take it to heart.
“Not to say I don’t want to be out there, but I definitely have better patience now.”
Report: Blake Griffin to make season debut on Monday
Griffin has not played at all this season due to knee and hamstring injuries. He was cleared for all basketball activities and was practicing during the week, suggesting a return was close. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the debut will happen in the Pistons’ home game against Minnesota.Griffin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in April and has a history of knee injuries. The Pistons have said they will handle the forward carefully this season due to the issues.
Derrick Rose, who has a hamstring strain, is day-to-day after missing the last three games. So, too, is backup point guard Tim Frazier (shoulder strain).
remains out for at least a month.
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