Blake Griffin scores 24 in Detroit debut, team welcomes him postgame (VIDEO)


Blake Griffin is a member of the Detroit Pistons, no matter how weird that may be to think about.

The former Los Angeles Clippers star was swapped this week in a mega deal that paired Griffin with Andre Drummond as the Pistons try to make a run for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Griffin was a bit of a shining star in his debut, posting a line of 24 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals as the Pistons beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Michigan, 104-102.

Chris Paul‘s former pick-and-roll partner got a warm welcome for his first game in red, white, and blue Pistons colors. The crowd was rightly ecstatic to see a player which they would likely never be able to land in free agency.

Griffin’s first points for his new team came on a drive from the corner during an awkward move that saw him fall down while trying to clear space on the defender. Meanwhile, after the game Griffin was welcomed to the squad in an affectionate way by both Drummond and Reggie Jackson.

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If you’re a general NBA fan there should be some real hope that the Pistons make a run on this thing. After Thursday night’s win they sit at No. 9 in the East, and they have nowhere to go but up if Griffin and Drummond blend the way many think they will.

Jackson is slated to return in mid-February. Perhaps Detroit will get hot down the stretch and give us an interesting first round series against the Cavaliers, Celtics, or Raptors?