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Sport Pistons' Griffin cleared, now listed as day-to-day

22:10  07 november  2019
22:10  07 november  2019 Source:   freep.com

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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. 

Blake Griffin et al. looking at each other: Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin watches action against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena. © Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin watches action against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena.

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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The Pistons have started this season with a 4-5 record after Wednesday's 122-102 win over the Knicks at Little Caesars Arena.

Last week in Chicago, Griffin was seen working out before the loss against the Bulls. 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

  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).

Reggie Jackson (stress reaction in back) remains out for at least a month.

Free Press sports writer Vince Ellis contributed. Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

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