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Detroit Pistons: Blake Griffin is playing too much and playing poorly

Blake Griffin might be washed

I did not expect Blake Griffin to come back from injury and play at an All-NBA level right away, no one did.

Any reasonable fan had to expect Blake to need time to shake off the rust after not playing for what felt like an eternity.

But after having that much time to get right, Blake still doesn’t look 100 percent physically, which is a bit of a surprise.

I expected his shot to be off and for him to need time to get into a rhythm, but I didn’t think he’d look like 50 percent of himself physically.

Blake is moving poorly and has basically been reduced to launching 3-point shots on offense and has struggled to defend anyone on the other end.

His numbers are career lows in just about everything except minutes, as Blake Griffin is playing 33 a night as he tries to work through his struggles.

It’s too early to say that Blake Griffin is washed but I think it’s fair to say that his days of being the best player on a team are over.

In an ideal world, the Pistons would be able to trade Blake to a contender where he could be an impact player in short bursts or off the bench, which he is still capable of being.

But watching him try to carry this bad Pistons’ team has been brutal to watch at times.

I didn’t think he’d be back to peak Blake, but I thought he’d be good enough to at least attract a trade and so far he has not been.

Speaking of trades…