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Pistons’ Blake Griffin out, Luke Kennard in for crucial game vs. Pacers

Blake Griffin, Luke Kennard, Pistons

The Detroit Pistons will be without superstar power forward Blake Griffin on Wednesday when they host the Indiana Pacers.

Griffin is still feeling discomfort in his left knee.

However, the team will have shooting guard Luke Kennard, who was listed as doubtful on Tuesday due to an illness.

The Pistons are 39-38 on the season. They currently sit in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The Brooklyn Nets are just a half-game back of Detroit.

After Wednesday’s game against the Pacers, the Pistons have four games remaining in the regular season.

Blake Griffin is having a career year this season. The high-flyer is averaging 24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Griffin, 30, has recorded 21 double-doubles and two triple-doubles this season. The Pistons are 38-34 when he’s in the lineup. Head coach Dwane Casey recently said Griffin’s injury isn’t serious and that the All-Star big man is day-to-day, but the star big man will now have missed three games in a row.

Luke Kennard is putting up 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this season. The 22-year-old Ohio native is shooting 43.7 percent overall and 39.2 percent from the 3-point line. Kennard missed the Pistons’ previous game versus the Pacers. Indiana won that game by a final score of 111-102.