Blake Griffin was a late scratch for the Detriot Pistons' game on Thursday night against the Washington Wizards with a right ankle contusion, but it didn't seem to matter much as the Pistons were still able to make it on top 103-92.

He did play less than 30 minutes in each of the last two games but it wasn't really talked about. So when he was a scratch for Thursday night's game, it came as a surprise.

Although it was just announced as a bruise and doesn't seem to be too alarming the Pistons did decide to get an MRI on the ankle just to make sure it's not something more serious.

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For the Pistons, an injury to their star player can never come at a good time, but with the team probably missing out on the playoffs this year they might take the slow approach when it comes to bringing Griffin back just to make sure he is ready and to not aggravate whatever is bothering him.

Griffin has played 25 games with the Pistons since coming over from the L.A. Clippers before the trade deadline. He is averaging 21.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game. Although those stats are right around his career averages, the bad news for the Pistons is it hasn't resulted in many extra wins for a team that has been hanging around playoff contention all year long.

Even though it hasn't been a good finish to this season, the future is still bright for a team that has Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond, and Griffin to build around.