With a few days of relaxation and recharging ahead of them, many of the Pistons lingered around the visitors’ locker room in Boston’s TD Garden on Wednesday night, ready to go in different directions after the flight back to Detroit.
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they had visions of warmer weather in exotic Caribbean islands or the Mexican Riviera. The five-day NBA All-Star break is a respite for the Pistons, who are able to get away and clear their minds before the final flurry of 26 games in the regular season.
Not for Blake Griffin.
His happy place this weekend will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he’ll join the league’s elite players for his sixth All-Star Game — and his first since 2015. This season, Griffin has shown that he belongs among the league’s elite, maybe even more than he did in the selections in his first five seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In his first full season with the Pistons, Griffin is posting the highest scoring average of his career: 26.3 points, to go along with 8.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He’s in his ninth season, but Griffin is healthy, turning back the clock and defying the critics who said he was injury-prone and hurtling toward the downside of his career.
He always thought of the injuries as short-term obstacles and that he could get back to where he was — maybe not to an elite level again, but at least to be a consistent, high-level player.
“As a player, you always believe in yourself,” Griffin said this week. “I don’t really think in terms (of getting back to the All-Star Game), but I knew I had another level to go to and being healthy was part of that. At the beginning of the year, my goal isn’t to only make the All-Star team — it’s much more than that.”