Griffin scored a team-high 26 points (9-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-9 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, seven assists and a block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 108-107 loss to the Hornets. After getting Monday off to rest, Griffin came back with his 12th double-double of the season while scoring 20-plus points in his eighth straight game. The 29-year-old is having a career year in his first full season with the Pistons, and the club is doing what it can to make sure he doesn't succumb to the injury issues that plagued the end of his tenure with the Clippers.
Griffin (rest) is available Wednesday against the Hornets, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. As expected, Griffin will play Wednesday after getting the night off Monday against the 76ers. He is fully expected to re-join the starting five, presumably pushing Jon Leuer back to the bench.
Griffin is listed as out for rest purposes on the Pistons' initial injury report ahead of Monday's game against the 76ers. The decision comes as a bit of a surprise, though the Pistons are playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and Griffin has played 38 minutes in consecutive contests. In his absence Monday, expect some combination of Jon Leuer, Glenn Robinson, and Stanley Johnson (knee) -- if he's cleared to play -- to see increased minutes.
Griffin had 35 points (13-25 FG, 4-9 3PT, 5-8 FT) and five rebounds in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. Both Griffin and Andre Drummond had big nights, but it ultimately wasn't enough to outduel the Pelicans, as Detroit got just nine combined points from its other three starters.
Griffin scored 31 points (7-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 17-24 FT) while adding 12 rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes during Friday's 117-111 loss to the 76ers. It was far from a flawless performance -- Griffin committed four turnovers and five fouls, including a technical late in the fourth quarter -- but the 29-year-old still set new career highs in made and attempted FTs while delivering his 12th double-double of the season, as well as scoring at least 20 points for the sixth straight game.
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