2019-11-12

Blake Griffin Makes 2019-20 Season Debut

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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is back.

After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in April, he sat the first 10 games recovering from soreness in his knee and thigh.

Griffin recorded 19 points, seven boards, and six assists in 24 minutes.

“I felt like I never really got into a good rhythm and as a result I felt like I didn’t really contribute down the stretch,” said Griffin, following Monday's 120-114 loss to Minnesota Timberwolves, via NBA.com.

Playing with a minutes restriction, he talked about returning to ‘rhythm.’

“I think Derrick was on minutes restriction, too. I’m not sure how much he played, but we talked about it before, talked about it after. It’s tough to get into a rhythm. We have to use this time as well as we possibly can and figure stuff out, but I’m not discouraged by anything – other than our lack of effort.

“I’ve got to be better in the fourth quarter, (be) depended on, taking care of the ball and all that. As a whole, I thought we just didn’t come out with the right energy.”

Pistons (4-7) announced they will sit Griffin (hamstring) against Miami Heat (6-3) on Tuesday.
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