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Blake Griffin to miss Game 1 of series vs. Bucks

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 31: Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons looks on while playing the Dallas Mavericks at Little Caesars Arena on January 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 93-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The Detroit Pistons will have to play a game on one of their Eastern Conference first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Griffin has been battling a left knee injury since late March and has missed several games as the season has come to a close.

According to Pistons coach Dwane Casey, Griffin will miss Game 1 of the series against the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks.

Via Twitter:

Griffin has been day-to-day since the end of the year and missed the closing game of the season against the New York Knicks. Griffin has been a valuable producer for Detroit this season, scoring 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.

The Pistons are a spunky team but are inherently flawed, and were going to have a hard time against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in the first place. Not having Griffin will severely limit their opportunities on both sides of the ball, and it could get ugly if he’s not able to go here soon.