Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin will miss the start of the season because of hamstring and knee soreness that will be re-evaluated in the first week of November, the team announced.
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Griffin earned his sixth All-Star nod last season, when he averaged a career-high 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games, his most in a season since making 80 appearances for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2013-14 season.
He also expanded his shooting range, shooting 36.2 per cent from three-point range while vastly increasing his attempts (522), helping to lead Detroit to the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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Griffin, 30, is entering his second full season with the Pistons after being traded from the Clippers in late January 2018.
The oft-injured big man has career averages of 21.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 604 games.
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Detroit open the season with back-to-back games, playing at the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday before hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.
Griffin is likely to miss at least several games.
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