Detroit Pistons superstar forward Blake Griffin isn’t letting criticism of his game impact his play on the court, in fact Griffin is using that same criticism as motivation this season as the Pistons embark on the 2018-2019 regular season.
“The past two, three years, all I hear is how bad I am,” Griffin said, according to NBA.com. “And, you know, I’ve been hurt, had bad games. I haven’t even played the way I have. But we’ve talked about it: This summer, being able to work out for the first time in three summers, is huge. Last three summers, I was fighting and working as hard as I could to get healthy to be able to play. This summer, I was able to really put time in and work on my game, on my body. I’ve always been a big believer in hard work pays off.”
Griffin made headlines already this season for his 50-point game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Pistons’ Dwane Casey Planning Flexibility with Blake Griffin, Thon Maker
Detroit Pistons’ head coach Dwane Casey has a creative approach in mind when he utilizes Blake Griffin and Thon Maker this upcoming season.
While the Pistons don’t have a true center outside of Andre Drummond, Casey sees opportunities to get creative with his lineups, depending on the situation at hand.
“I see it being very situational,” Casey said, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
“The other guy we haven’t mentioned, we have played Blake at the five. Not good numbers off of that, so I don’t anticipate that but there are scenarios in the game, last two minutes of the game, where Blake could play the five. Looking for really a bump out of Thon, playing him at four/five, whatever it is, but a lot of nights if you look at the league, the rosters have gotten smaller and the traditional five has kind of gone the way of the dinosaur. The flexibility we have with Thon, with Markieff having the possibility of playing there, is really important.”
With Drummond focusing on developing his offense this offseason, the Pistons may lack some defense at the rim, and in the paint.
Pistons, Derrick Rose Interested in Two-Year Deal
Rose is coming back a bounce-back year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he posted 18 points and 4.3 assists per game.
Both sides are reportedly motivated to get a deal done.
Bucks trade Tony Snell to Pistons for Jon Leuer
Snell averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for the Bucks last season.
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