Griffin gets critical clearance in rehab
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.