Griffin doubtful as Pistons on the stage of winning and winning



The Detroit Pistons, who are on a winning and winning streak for No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, could be without Blake Griffin for their regular season finale against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

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Griffin, who continues to struggle with a sore left knee, is considered doubtful for the game. He played only 18 minutes in the Pistons' 100-93 victory against Memphis on Tuesday night, scoring five points as he struggled to move around the court before being sent to the bank throughout the fourth quarter.

The Pistons will make the playoffs with a victory or a loss by the Charlotte Hornets against the Orlando Magic. If the Pistons lose and the Hornets win, Detroit will miss the postseason for the third year in a row.

Griffin has been the focal point of the Detroit offense, averaging 24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 badists per game this season.

Magic coach Steve Clifford said Wednesday that his team will not face the Hornets even though they have already made a place in the playoffs.

"The mental part is an important part of playing," Clifford said. "And I think when you get a place in Game 81, I do not think [Game 82] is the time [to let up]. … or we will be playing [a postseason game] in three days or four days, and this is not the time to relax. "

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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