Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith suffered a right abductor muscle (groin) tear in Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ish Smith left the game in the second quarter, and an MRI on Thursday confirmed the injury. The Pistons have said that Smith will be re-evaluated in two weeks, however, coach Dwane Casey told reporters it’s a “3-to-6-week injury.”
Ish Smith is averaging 9.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists for the season, and has been a key rotation piece at the point guard position for the Pistons.
The Pistons are already thin at the point guard position, but it’s likely that veteran Jose Calderon will get the first crack at the backup point guard duties.
While Calderon is the first logical point guard off the bench, the team could turn to a faux point guard option if the 37-year-old Calderon struggles. This could include experimenting with the likes of Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson, Langston Galloway, or rookie Bruce Brown Jr.
Pistons 5-game win streak smashed by the Thunder
Just when it looked like this year’s Detroit Pistons were hitting their stride, they suffer their worst loss of the season to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After the Pistons defeated the Golden State Warriors on Saturday for their fifth straight win, they followed it up with a 110-83 beatdown at the hands of the Thunder on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena.
The Pistons had their lowest-scoring first half of the season, managing just 40 points while hitting 35 percent from the field.
From the opening tip, the Pistons seemed to be lacking intensity. They shot 8-of-27 (30 percent) from the field in the first quarter and made just 1-of-7 3-pointers. This all added up to their lowest-scoring total in a first quarter this season, at 26-17.
The second half didn’t go much better for the Pistons.
With a 58-49 lead, the Thunder went on a 29-10 run in the final 7:25 of the third quarter. Paul George scored 10 of his 17 points and Russell Westbrook added nine of his 18 points to close the quarter. Meanwhile, the Pistons managed just four field goals in the final 5:18, allowing the Thunder to build an 85-59 lead.
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