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Pistons' Ish Smith: Game-time call Monday
Smith (groin) is questionable for Monday's game against Washington.
Smith suffered a groin injury Friday against the Heat early in the first half and he missed Saturday's contest as a result. He's expected to have a chance to take the court in Detroit's upcoming contest, however. Expect an announcement on Smith's status as tipoff nears.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Andre Drummond: Listed out Monday
Drummond (concussion) won't play Monday against Washington.
Drummond remains in concussion protocol and won't be cleared in time for Monday's tilt. With Drummond on the shelf, expect Zaza Pachulia to draw the start at center.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Blake Griffin: Turns in third 30-plus-point game
Griffin finished with 38 points (12-23 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 13-15 FT), six rebounds, three assists and three steals across 38 minutes Saturday in the Pistons' 103-101 loss to the Kings.
With frontcourt mate Andre Drummond (concussion) sidelined, Griffin benefited from a sizable uptick in usage, with his 39.9 percent mark representing an increase of 10 percentage points from his season-long average. It's uncertain if Drummond will clear the concussion protocol in advance of Monday's favorable matchup with the Wizards, making Griffin someone to consider in daily lineups in the event the center is unable to suit up for that contest.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Ish Smith: Ruled out Saturday
Smith (groin) is out Saturday against the Kings, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
As a result of a groin injury, which occurred Friday, Smith will be unable to take the floor Saturday. Jose Calderon should see extra run as a result.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Zaza Pachulia: Starting Saturday
Pachulia will start Saturday's game against the Kings.
Pachulia will enter the starting lineup in place of Andre Drummond, who's going through the concussion protocol. In 34 games this season, the veteran center's averaging 4.4 points nad 4.5 rebounds in 13.6 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Jon Leuer: Upgraded to probable
Leuer (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's tilt with the Kings, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Leuer has missed the past two games with an illness, but looks to be ready to return to the lineup Saturday. Assuming he's able to play, the veteran forward should slot back into his normal role that's seen him average 4.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game on the season.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Khyri Thomas: Off injury report
Thomas (back) is off the injury report for Friday's contest against the Kings.
A back injury has prevented Thomas from playing during the past two games, but he'll be available if needed Saturday. Still, he's been seeing mostly spot run and is averaging 3.3 points across 8.1 minutes on the season.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Henry Ellenson: Off injury report
Ellenson (ankle) is off the injury report for Saturday's game against the Kings.
Ellenson hasn't played since Dec. 10 due to an ankle injury, but it seems the big man will have the opportunity to step back on the floor Saturday. His presence is especially important, as Andre Drummond is set to miss the contest due to a concussion suffered Friday.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Ish Smith: Questionable Saturday
Smith (groin) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings.
Smith exited Friday's contest as a result of a groin injury, and he's still feeling the effects a day later. If he's ruled out, Jose Calderon would presumably see extra run.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Andre Drummond: Enters concussion protocol
Drummond has entered concussion protocol and will be out Saturday against the Kings.
Drummond left Friday's game after seven minutes due to a blow to the face, and he's suffered a concussion as a result. He'll miss his first game of the year Saturday. In his place, Zaza Pachulia figures to see extra run and is a strong candidate to start at center.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Andre Drummond: Won't return Friday
Drummond (face) has been ruled out for the rest of Friday's game against Miami, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Drummond got hit in the face in the first half, and he's since been ruled out. Zaza Pachulia and Blake Griffin will play center in Drummond's absence.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Ish Smith: Ruled out vs. Miami
Smith has been diagnosed with tightness in his groin area and won't return Friday against the Heat, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Smith checked into Friday's contest briefly before heading for the locker room. The Pistons are proceeding with caution by holding him out for the remainder of the game, especially when considering how much time he's missed already this season due to injury.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Ish Smith: Will not return Friday
Smith aggravated his groin injury and will not return to Friday's game against the Heat, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Smith's groin injury kept him sidelined for a lengthy period, but he has played in the Pistons' previous two games. It looks like the team is going to err on the side of caution here to ensure his health going forward. Consider him day-to-day going forward.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Andre Drummond: Goes to locker room
Drummond took a blow to the face during Friday's game against the Heat and went to the locker room, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Drummond was bleeding after being hit in the face, so he'll get things checked out in the locker room. His return is questionable.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Ish Smith: Heads to locker room
Smith (thigh) exited Friday's game against Miami due to an apparent injury, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Smith departed the contest shortly after entering, and he appeared to aggravate a pre-existing groin issue. HIs return is questionable at this point.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Henry Ellenson: Inactive vs. Heat
Ellenson (ankle) won't play Friday against Miami, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Ellenson was listed as questionable, but his sprained left ankle evidently doesn't feel healthy enough to give it a go. His next chance to get back out on the court will come Saturday against the Kings.... See More ... See Less