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Put a bow – make that a bandage – on 2019: Here’s 5 Pistons dates worth remembering

LOS ANGELES – The defining theme of 2019 for the Pistons: injuries.

The 2018-19 season ended under the dark cloud of Blake Griffin’s knee injury and it’s hovered over the 2019 portion of the current season like a storm front that refuses to budge.

With Monday’s loss at Utah, the Pistons went 37-45 – almost never with their preferred starting lineup. For 2019-20, it’s yet to happen.

Griffin missed four of the last seven regular-season games and the first two playoff games last April, then the first 10 of this season and 14 of their 34 games to date.