Spencer Dinwiddie likely starting at point in preseason opener

First Brandon Jennings. Then Steve Blake. Now Reggie Jackson?

We’re barely a week into training camp and it appears the Pistons are already down to a single point guard.

While Jennings continues his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon and Blake works to comply with the NBA’s concussion protocol after taking a hit last week, Jackson joined the ranks of the injured on Monday after complaining of Achilles soreness.

Jackson’s malady is believed to be minor, but considering the Pistons’ recent history with Achilles injuries, the team isn’t taking any chances. As a result, Jackson is expected to undergo a precautionary MRI, leaving his status for Tuesday’s preseason debut against the Indiana Pacers in doubt.

With three point guards down, there remains but one man on the Pistons roster currently suited to handle starting point guard duties. That man is Spencer Dinwiddie.

The sudden lack of options at the point guard position will mean head coach Stan Van Gundy may have to get a little creative with his backcourt depth chart on Tuesday. After Jackson missed some practice time late last week with a thigh bruise, Van Gundy experimented by running rookies Stanley Johnson and Darrun Hilliard at the point. Those two, as well as Jodie Meeks, could back up Dinwiddie by seeing spot duty at that position tomorrow evening.

While Jackson and Blake aren’t expected to miss extended periods of play, their absence has left Van Gundy working overtime to maintain a sense of cohesion and productivity in practice.

“Nobody’s got anything serious at this point, other than Brandon. You’re not worried about it,” Van Gundy told’s Keith Langlois. “The only thing that’s a little frustrating is practice. I thought we did a really, really good job with our defensive work today, but the offensive work was… it’s just difficult when you’ve only got one point guard out there. Guys are playing out of position. You’re playing rookies who are just trying to learn the league and now you’re giving them a different position to play. It’s not smooth, to say the least.”

Tomorrow’s preseason opener will be viewable by stream only, via Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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