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Sun, Apr 10
@ Philadelphia 76ers (51-31)
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Final
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Eastern Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
51-31 6-4 L1
46-36 4-6 W1
44-38 3-7 W1
25-57 0-10 L10
23-59 4-6 L3

Top Chris Smith News

  • Chris Smith: Expected to be released

    Smith (knee) will be released by the Pistons on Sunday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.

    Smith made 18 appearances (nine starts) with the G League's Motor City Cruise, but he failed to make his NBA debut during his rookie campaign before sustaining a second ACL injury over the past three years. In a corresponding move, Detroit signed Carsen Edwards to a two-year contract and Braxton Key to a rest-of-season deal.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Undergoes surgery, out indefinitely

    Smith underwent an ACL reconstruction on his left knee Tuesday and will remain out indefinitely, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Smith didn't make make his NBA debut during his rookie season, but he did make 18 appearances (nine) with the G League's Motor City Cruise, averaging 8.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game. He's been sidelined since March 8 and can safely be ruled out for the rest of the season, but it remains unclear how the surgery will impact his availability for the 2022-23 campaign. Sankofa relays that Smith injured the same ACL during his time at UCLA, so the Pistons will likely be extremely cautious with their young forward.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Remains out Tuesday

    Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game in Brooklyn.

    Smith has yet to make his NBA debut. His absence is mostly impacting the G League squad.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Still out Sunday

    Smith (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Knicks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.

    Smith continues to be sidelined by a sprained left knee, though his absence won't affect the Pistons given he has yet to see NBA action this season.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Out Friday

    Smith (knee) is out Friday against the Wizards.

    Smith has yet to appear in an NBA game this season. His absence is mostly impacting the G League squad.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Out Wednesday

    Smith (knee) is out for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

    Smith has yet to appear in an NBA game this season. His absence is mostly impacting the G League squad.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Remains out Monday

    Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Trail Blazers.

    Smith has yet to make his NBA debut. His next chance to do so will come Wednesday against the Hawks.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Not available Sunday

    The Pistons list Smith (knee) as out for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

    One of Detroit's two two-way players, Smith has yet to make his NBA debut. Detroit is ruling Smith out for its second straight game with a sprained left knee, an injury he presumably picked up in his most recent appearance for the G League's Motor City Cruise on Tuesday.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Dealing with knee injury

    The Pistons list Smith as out for Friday's contest against the Celtics due to a left knee sprain.

    Smith has operated primarily with the G League squad this year, so his status shouldn't impact the NBA squad. Across 18 appearances with the Motor City Cruise, the 22-year-old is averaging 8.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Double-double in win

    Smith totaled 22 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's 126-108 win over the Ignite.

    Smith was one of six players to hit double-digits en route to his first double-double of the year. The forward is averaging 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 24.6 minutes through 12 games.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Struggles from field

    Smith totaled 11 points (1-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in Friday's 127-124 win over the Skyhawks.

    Smith recorded a double-double thanks to a perfect night from the free-throw line, but struggled shooting from the field at 10.0 percent. The rookie is averaging 8.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23.9 minutes through 10 games.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Records 15 points

    Smith totaled 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-0), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Saturday's 113-100 win over the G League Magic.

    Smith was one of seven guys and third on the bench to score double-digit points. The rookie is averaging 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23.7 minutes through five games.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Plays 19 minutes in pro debut

    Smith (knee) scored six points (2-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added seven rebounds, one assist and one block across 19 minutes Sunday in the G League Motor City Cruise's 133-114 win over the College Park Skyhawks.

    Smith was cleared to make his professional debut after he spent the first two and a half months of the season finishing up his rehab for the surgery he required last January to repair a torn ACL. As a two-way player, Smith should soon get the opportunity to join the Pistons, though he's not expected to be a regular contributor at the NBA level as a rookie.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Set to make G League debut

    Smith (knee) is expected to make his professional debut Sunday for the G League's Motor City Cruise in its game against the College Park Skyhawks.

    The two-way forward out of UCLA looks like he'll finally take the court after he had been sidelined since undergoing surgery last January to repair a torn ACL. Expect Smith to play under a minutes restriction Sunday, and he'll likely stick around with the Cruise for an extended period of time before getting the chance to make his debut for the Pistons.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Yet to make pro debut

    Smith (knee) didn't appear in the G League Motor City Cruise's most recent game Tuesday against the Westchester Knicks.

    Smith, who occupies one of the Pistons' two two-way roster spot, has yet to play at either the NBA or G League level this season while he continues to recover from the left knee surgery he underwent prior to the 2021 NBA Draft. The undrafted rookie out of UCLA won't be a part of the NBA rotation if and when he's ultimately cleared for game action.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Doesn't play in G League opener

    Smith (knee) didn't take the court Saturday in the G League Motor City Cruise's 140-117 win over the Cleveland Charge.

    Smith, who inked a two-way deal with the Pistons in August, is expected to make his professional debut in the G League rather than with the NBA club once he makes a full recovery from the left knee surgery he required earlier this year. The 6-foot-9 forward is believed to be close to gaining full clearance for basketball activities, so he could suit up for Motor City in the near future.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Remains out Monday

    Smith (knee) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Hawks.

    Smith is beginning to ramp up again after being sidelined for all of training camp and the preseason while recovering from offseason left knee surgery, but the undrafted rookie out of UCLA is likely a week or more away from receiving clearance for game action. Once he's deemed fully healthy, Smith, a two-way player, will likely end up making his professional debut in the G League.

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  • Pistons' Chris Smith: Close to fully practicing

    Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said Sunday that Smith (knee) is nearing clearance to return to full practice, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.

    Smith, an undrafted rookie out of UCLA who signed a two-way deal in August, has been out all preseason while recovering from left knee surgery. Though he looks like he'll soon be free of restrictions, Smith's lack of full activity in training camp means that he likely won't be available for at least the first week of the regular season. Even once he's deemed 100 percent, Smith won't be part of the Pistons' regular rotation.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-9, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Age: 22
School: UCLA