Blake Griffin left the Pistons’ locker room in a huff Tuesday.
Though Detroit overcame a 20-point halftime deficit against the Grizzlies to end a four-game losing streak, Griffin aggravated a knee injury and sat the final 20 minutes. He’d miss Wednesday’s game against the Knicks with a playoff berth on the line – a huge loss for the Pistons. Detroit was 1-5 without Griffin. Even with Andre Drummond on the floor, the Pistons had gotten outscored by 4.1 points per 100 possessions without Griffin.
A day later, Griffin — in street clothes — smiled wide as Detroit completed a 115-89 trouncing of the Knicks to secure a playoff spot over the Hornets.
The Pistons’ next mission: Win their first playoff game in 11 years. With the Magic’s 122-114 win over Charlotte tonight, Detroit will get that opportunity against the Bucks. The Nets’ 113-94 victory over the Heat tonight set the full Eastern Conference playoff field.
1. Bucks vs. 8. Pistons
2. Raptors vs. 7. Magic
3. 76ers vs. 6. Nets
4. Celtics vs. 5. Pacers
The Thunder’s 127-116 win over the Bucks and Spurs’ 105-94 win over the Grizzlies bring the Western Conference playoff picture into clearer focus:
1. Warriors vs. 8. Clippers
2. Nuggets/Rockets vs. 7. Spurs
3. Rockets/Nuggets/Trail Blazers vs. 6. Thunder
4. Trail Blazers/Rockets vs. 5. Jazz
The Nuggets (vs. Timberwolves) and Trail Blazers (vs. Kings) play later tonight to determine the 2-4 seeds. The scenarios: