Blake Griffin will make his Brooklyn Nets debut on Sunday against the Washington Wizards. Griffin said he will have a minute restriction.
Griffin last played on February 12 against the Boston Celtics while he was still a member of the Detroit Pistons. After agreeing to a purchase with Detroit and signing with Brooklyn, Griffin met with the Nets’ coaching staff and came up with a return-to-the-game plan that would get him back in shape.
“Nobody is left out for a month and then they come back and play right away,” Griffin told ESPN. “So I just want to be smart and listen to people who know what they’re talking about and make sure I give myself the best opportunity to participate and contribute and be healthy for the playoffs and beyond.”
Although he was included in the list of candidates for maintenance of a left knee injury, Griffin has insisted that he was never injured. On Sunday morning, Griffin said the Nets’ training staff took a full-body approach to their increased workload and didn’t just focus on his knee.
Griffin traveled with the Nets on his last road trip to Indiana and worked out with Nets training staff and Kevin Durant, who has missed the last 13 Nets games with a hamstring strain. Brooklyn has played a total of four games without Griffin since signing with the franchise.
Griffin, 32, played 20 games for Detroit this season and averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists.