Through the first few weeks of the season, the Detroit Pistons have been without the services of point guard Reggie Jackson. He has been steadily recovering from knee tendinitis. According to Aaron McMann of MLive, Jackson has been cleared to return to practice with the team.
“Just trying to get more practices under my belt and then go from there and make a decision,” Jackson said. “Right now, it’s just one day — it wasn’t full-contact, nonstop. It was just a set-run-run. I also had a sub, so I didn’t necessarily get enough time to find out where my wind is or necessarily my endurance.”
“I don’t think the next game is the game to come back,” added Jackson. “But I’m just trying to get more practices under my belt and get some timing things (right).”
The 26-year-old is still a few weeks from returning to the court, but the fact that he’s now practicing is a huge positive sign. What has also been encouraging is that he hasn’t suffered setbacks in his recovery process. He should be back in the lineup sometime in the next month.
In his place, Ish Smith has been highly dependable and productive averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 assists. Tobias Harris has also picked up the offensive slack leading the team with 16.4 points per game. However, Jackson’s return should provide a significant boost to the Pistons, who currently hold an 8-10 record on the season.