When the Pistons made the NBA playoffs, there was hope that we were going to see Blake Griffin at his best. The versatile point-forward has undergone an incredible career transformation over the years. He was once a rim-running big who threw down ferocious dunks. Now, he’s more technical. He attacks defenses with a steady diet of passing and post play. He’s a smart player and one of the best in the league at what he does.
It’s just unfortunate that he can’t escape injury. The Pistons star has been dealing with injuries ever since he was drafted by the Clippers in 2009 and had to miss his entire first season in the NBA due to knee surgery. Flash forward to today, after helping the Pistons make the playoffs, he had to miss the first two games of their opening-round series against the Bucks. The Pistons were thoroughly swept out of the playoffs in four games despite Griffin returning for the final two contests.
Griffin’s been dealing with a knee injury for weeks now, and once the season came to an end, he didn’t wait long to get work on it. On Wednesday, the Pistons announced that Griffin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to help himself recover from the injury.
It’s unfortunate that Griffin had to have an injury like this derail what was turning out to be a great individual season. While the Pistons struggled to finish the year, he was always a consistent source of good basketball for them. It was easy to see how much they were missing in their playoff series against the Bucks. When he wasn’t on the floor, there was no offense whatsoever for the Pistons to fall back on. Griffin is everything for them.
There is also concern about Griffin’s long-term outlook as a star the Pistons can rely on. At 30 years of age, he’s already dealt with a slew of injuries. He’s still a phenomenal player, but you have to wonder how much more abuse his body can handle.