Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has been cleared to return to action after sustaining a concussion Saturday evening against the Utah Jazz.
Drummond’s injury occurred late in the first half when he absorbed an inadvertent elbow from a member of the Jazz. While Drummond remained in the game and briefly appeared in the second half, he was soon removed and underwent the NBA’s concussion protocol, which consists of a player undergoing a series of tests to ensure cognitive function matches a pre-established baseline created at the beginning of the season.
“(We) just didn’t want him to have contact, so he did the first 15 minutes (of practice) without contact,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Detroit Free Press. “He should be able to play tomorrow. He passed all the tests.”
The Pistons return home from a brutal West Coast road trip on Tuesday, hosting the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30.
In other Drummond-related news, it turns out his dominant rebounding effort last Wednesday against the Warriors wasn’t quite as big time as originally suspected. After initially being credited with a career-high 27 rebounds, the NBA reviewed the game in question and concluded Drummond was improperly credited with two rebounds, knocking his total down to 25.