Will he or won’t he?
There seems to be as much uncertainty about Blake Griffin’s status for Game 1 of the first-round playoffs series against the Bucks as there is about what will happen in Sunday’s wildly anticipated episode of “Game of Thrones.”
The drama is building for the Pistons, who are making their first playoff appearance since 2016 and are looking for their first victory in a playoff series in 11 years. Without Griffin, who is has a sore left knee, it’s going to be an uphill battle.
Griffin was able to do some light work after practice on Friday and walked on a treadmill during the last portion that was open to media. He didn’t shed much light on his status for Sunday’s series opener, which would give him four days’ rest.
“We’re taking this day by day. I’m not looking forward to a day that’s not here right now in front of me,” Griffin said after Saturday’s practice. “I’ll sit with our training staff and whoever else needs to be in on that decision and make that each day (of the series).”
It’s unclear how much Griffin has ben able to participate in practices and how much he’ll be able to help the Pistons in the series. His potential absence or possibly playing at less than 100 percent is magnified because of his counterpart, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the defensive problems he creates.