Pistons Fans Are Already Shaking Their Heads In Disbelief



The Detroit Pistons over the last couple of years have become one of the promising teams in the Eastern Conference. The front office has put together a roster full of talented young players. However, it appears that the Pistons will be without the services of Reggie Jackson for an extended period of time.

“It’s a significant amount of time,” Van Gundy told reporters on Saturday. “He’s played a lot of games and a lot of minutes. He has a good confidence in [this procedure] — nothing is forever, but that’s something that worked really for him before. I think he feels good about it.”

Jackson is currently dealing with tendinitis in his left knee that will likely keep him out for six to eight weeks and will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection on Monday. His first full season with the Pistons saw him put together a productive campaign averaging a team-high 18.8 points while leading the team to their first playoff berth since the 2008-09 season. He has quickly jumped into the primary scorer role that has shown he can excel in.

His loss will leave a huge void for the Pistons, but the team has a potential short-term answer in Ish Smith, who they signed to a three-year, $18 million deal this past offseason. Smith proved to be a capable point guard after being acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers last season averaging 14.7 points with 7.0 assists in 32.4 per game in 50 games played all as a starter. He should be able to bridge the gap while Jackson recovers from his injury.

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