Blake Griffin did not play on Tuesday evening at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit as the Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-114.
Dealt on Monday from the Los Angeles Clippers along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and a first and second round draft pick, Griffin went from being a "Los Angeles Clipper for life" to old news just a little over six months after signing a five-year contract.
The departure of Chris Paul from the Clippers in the offseason in a sign and trade deal with the Houston Rockets, 11/4 to win the NBA Championship, signalled the end for LA as a team that could challenge the likes of the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference, but still the trade is a start over for the Clippers even if Harris is a useful player to build around.
Not a superstar, Harris is however a solid pro who averages 18.1 points per game and is three years younger than Griffin.
On Tuesday the Pistons did just fine without their new additions with all five starters in double figures. Stanley Johnson led the way for the hosts with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Andre Drummond also had a double-double with 21 points and 22 rebounds.
The victory snapped an eight-game skid for Detroit who continue their home stand against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. The Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets follow the Grizzlies into town before the home stand finale against, of all teams, the Clippers.
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