Pistons All-Star Griffin to miss 3rd straight game

Detroit Pistons All-Star forward Blake Griffin will miss his third consecutive game on Wednesday because of a sore left knee when his team hosts the Indiana Pacers.With the Pistons (39-38) clinging to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, Griffin will sit out again after missing Detroit’s home win against Portland on Saturday and Monday’s road loss at Indiana.”We need another day with Blake, he’s still sore, but it’s about opportunity (for Pistons backups),” Detroit coach Dwane Casey told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s not structural, it’s what he can tolerate. Still not comfortable with it, so the medical people make the decision to hold him until he’s comfortable.”Injuries have often been a hindrance for the 30-year-old Griffin. He is averaged team-highs with 24.7 points and 5.5 assists — along with an average of 7.7 rebounds — in 72 games this season, his most since playing in 80 games in 2013-14.