Jackson has been dealing with a Grade 3 ankle sprain for the last few months, but Pistons' executive Ed Stefanski said last week that Jackson is fully healed from the injury and that it's just a matter of getting back into basketball shape. It looks like the Pistons are going to continue to be cautious with Jackson as the regular season approaches. His next opportunity to play is Friday against San Antonio, and should be considered questionable for that game at this time. Jose Calderon is starting in Jackson's place, and could see extended action as long as Jackson is out.
Pistons' executive Ed Stefanski said Jackson (ankle) is fully healed after undergoing a recent MRI, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports. "Reggie is fully healed," Stefanski said. "We did an MRI a couple weeks ago. It was perfect. Now, it's just basketball shape...hoping to get him ready to go opening night."
It was reported last week that Jackson was going to enter camp with a day-to-day designation after dealing with some setbacks with his ankle this summer. However, this latest report suggests the Pistons were just being overly cautious with his recovery. If he avoids further injury, it appears Jackson simply needs to get back into basketball shape to get on the floor, though it's still unclear if he'll participate in any preseason action. The regular-season opener is Oct. 17 against the Nets and Jackson is currently moving in the right direction to be available for that game.
Jackson (ankle) recently indicated that he's day-to-day and his availability for the start of training camp is uncertain, James Edwards of The Athletic reports.
Jackson sat out nearly half of last season due to injury, as he missed 37 straight games due to a Grade 3 right ankle sprain. He did return to action late in the year and took the court for the final 12 games of the season, but apparently has dealt with some setbacks and has been working his way back to full strength this offseason. Considering he's still not 100 percent healthy, there's a decent chance Jackson is limited for, or needs to sit out, the start of training camp next week. Either way, it's an extremely concerning development when taking into account his past injury history and it will be a situation to monitor closely over the next few weeks. If Jackson does miss time, Ish Smith would likely take lead guard duties. Smith started 35 games in place of Jackson last year and averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds across 29.7 minutes.
In what was a injury-plagued season, the only noticeable statistical category difference with Jackson this year was his 45 games played. Otherwise, the 27-year-old produced identical averages and percentages from last season. Signed through the 2019-20 season, Jackson holds a hefty price tag next season, as he is set to make a bit over $17 million.
Jackson collected 16 points (7-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine assists, three rebounds and one steal across 34 minutes in Monday's 108-98 loss to the Raptors.
Jackson looked very strong Monday night, collecting his third-straight double-digit point game and posting at least seven assists in three of the past four games. Jacokson's strong push comes after missing the middle of the season, and owner's can only help but hope the production carries over into next year.
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