Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Blake Griffin era in Detroit is off to an awesome start.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, left, and forward Blake Griffin jump during player introductions before the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Yes, it’s early, and the sample size is small, and the competition’s been more middling than monstrous, and the full truth of what the deal’s wrought won’t snap into sharp focus for a few more years. Still, all caveats considered: this whole Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons thing sure looks pretty friggin’ good so far, huh?

The Pistons smoked the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, 111-91, to win their fourth straight game and their third in a row since Griffin boarded a plane and brought his five All-Star berths, dicey medical record and nine-figure contract to Detroit. They led from the midpoint of the first quarter on, stifling the high-scoring backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (34 combined points on 32 combined shots). They got dominant play from their own one-two punch, with Griffin (21 points on 9-for-20 shooting, nine rebounds, six assists) and reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Andre Drummond (17 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, one steal) having their way on the interior against Portland’s overmatched frontcourt rotation.

By Dan Devine.

Full story at Yahoo News.