Grif­fin gets crit­i­cal clear­ance in re­hab

Baltimore Sun - - SCOREBOARD -

Blake Grif­fin has been cleared by the Pis­tons’ med­i­cal staff for bas­ket­ball-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, and the team said Thurs­day that he’s day to day.

Grif­fin, 30, hasn’t played this sea­son be­cause of ham­string and knee is­sues.

The Pis­tons are 4-5 with­out him.

A six-time All-Star, Grif­fin ap­peared in 75 games last sea­son, his most since 2013-14. He av­er­aged a ca­reer-high 25.5 points to go with 7.5 re­bounds. He had arthro­scopic surgery on his left knee in the off­sea­son.

The Pis­tons also an­nounced that Der­rick Rose con­tin­ues to re­ceive treat­ment and re­hab his ham­string strain. He’s day to day. Rose hasn’t played since Fri­day.

Good sign for Sim­mons: Ben Sim­mons left the 76ers’ 106-104 road loss to the Jazz on Wed­nes­day af­ter sprain­ing his right shoul­der, but X-rays taken Thurs­day were neg­a­tive.

Sim­mons will miss Fri­day’s game against the Nuggets and then he will be re-eval­u­ated Sun­day.

Layups: The league fined the Clip­pers $50,000 for state­ments made by coach Doc Rivers and oth­ers that were “in­con­sis­tent with (Kawhi) Leonard’s health sta­tus.” ... Jayson Ta­tum scored 23 points to help the Celtics beat the host Hor­nets 108-87. It was the Celtics’ sixth straight vic­tory. ... LaMar­cus Aldridge scored a sea­son-high 39 points to lead the Spurs to a 121-112 win over the vis­it­ing Thun­der.

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