Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said he will take a month off of offseason training to heal a core muscle strain that he suffered back in February, MLive.com's David Mayo reports.
Caldwell-Pope missed a few games shortly before the All-Star break with a right groin strain, so it seems likely that is what's still bothering the shooting guard. The 23-year-old brought up his numbers across the board in every category except three-point productivity this past season, averaging 14.5 points on 42 percent shooting from the field to go with 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 steals across 36.7 minutes in his 76 appearances. He'll look to parlay that performance into a long-term contract extension with the Detroit Pistons before the 2016-17 season begins.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 18 points (7-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four steals, three rebounds, and one assist in 43 minutes during the Detroit Pistons ' 101-91 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday.
Caldwell-Pope has arguably been the Pistons' most impressive postseason performer, as he is averaging 17.3 points (47.5 FG, 40.9 3Pt, 71.4 FT), 4.3 rebounds, three threes, two assists, and 1.7 steals across 39 minutes. All of those numbers are better than his regular season stats, and Caldwell-Pope will need to play at a similar level if the Pistons hope to survive past Sunday's Game 4.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 13 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block over 37 minutes in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers.
It was another strong performance for Caldwell-Pope, who is averaging 17.0 points over this Detroit Pistons first two postseason games. Detroit is facing an uphill battle, currently down 2-0 to Cleveland despite consecutive solid outings from their third-year defensive specialist. Regardless of how the series finishes, scoring at this clip in the playoffs would do wonders for his confidence moving forward.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Detroit with 21 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 FT, 4-8 3Pt) and added three assists as well as a pair of rebounds in 38 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Cavs.
KCP came out strong and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, relying primarily on his outside shot to get the job done. His shooting will be essential to Detroit's chances of hanging tough with the top-seeded Cavaliers, and, at least through one game, he appears to be stepping up to the challenge.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope turned in 17 points (7-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and three steals across 36 minutes during the Detroit Pistons ' 99-93 loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
Following a two-point outing in the Pistons' last meeting with Miami on Apr. 5, Caldwell-Pope now has three games in a row in double figures. Through six games in April, he is averaging 13.2 points on 44 percent from the field, three rebounds, 1.8 threes, and 1.2 steals in 37 minutes. While this has been one of Caldwell-Pope's less impressive months overall, the playoffs begin this coming weekend, and he might be rested in Wednesday's season finale since Detroit is locked into the East's eighth spot.
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