The Detroit Pistons made the postseason during the 2018-19 campaign, but before anyone could blink, the team got bounced by the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. All four games were decided by double-digits, and while the Pistons fought valiantly, there was just nothing that they could do against a really good Bucks squad.
It also didn’t help that Griffin, who had the best all-around season of his career, played despite a left knee injury that was so bad he missed Games 1 and 2. In fact, it was believed that Griffin would sit for the entire postseason. His numbers were solid when he played, though, even if he was obviously not 100 percent.
Still, Griffin’s first full year in Detroit went pretty well — beyond his individual success, he played a major role in helping the team get to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Griffin took to Instagram on Tuesday evening and thanked Detroit fans for their support this campaign, promising “we will continue to lay the foundation to bring this franchise back to where it belongs.”
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detroit, not how we wanted it to end but i wanted to say thank you for the support all season long. this year was just the beginning for us. we will continue to lay the foundation to bring this franchise back to where it belongs. you all were incredible and showed up in a big big way when we needed you the most. thank you for embracing me and our team. can’t wait to get back to work #detroitbasketball
Detroit has a rich basketball history, but the last decade has been tough, as the Pistons have only made the playoffs twice in 10 years. The good news is that the team now has a superstar in Griffin who is motivated to do whatever it takes to be successful and appreciates what it means to suit up for the Pistons.