Blake Griffin will miss first few games of the season

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4561/" data-ylk="slk:Blake Griffin">Blake Griffin</a> will miss the first few games of the season because of knee and hamstring issues. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Blake Griffin will miss the first few games of the season because of knee and hamstring issues. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

As the NBA prepared to tip off on Tuesday, the Detroit Pistons announced they would be without forward Blake Griffin at least until the beginning of November.

The extent of Griffin’s left hamstring and knee soreness does not sound too severe, though. The team had him “day-to-day” before saying he would not play in their Wednesday opener against the Indiana Pacers, and then having him out for at least a couple weeks. The Pistons are likely playing things safe with their star.

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The Pistons open the season with five games in October: Wednesday at Indiana, Thursday vs. the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday vs. the Pacers and Oct. 30 at the Toronto Raptors.

Griffin played in two preseason games, but missed the final three and sat out of practice this week. He will be re-evaluated the first week of November.

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