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Beard: Pistons' Blake Griffin leaves little doubt: 'I'm playing' Monday

Detroit — Blake Griffin didn’t mince words.

He didn’t leave any doubts or any mistaking whether he’d be back in the lineup to make his regular-season debut Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“I’m playing tomorrow,” Griffin said Sunday, a definitive confirmation of a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.

The Pistons started 4-6 without Griffin, but getting him back in the lineup could be the boost they need to get above .500 for the first time since winning the season opener at Indiana.

The next big question is how Griffin will ease back into the rotation, with minutes restrictions a likely first step.