Pistons Lose Brandon Jennings to Torn Achilles
The Detroit Pistons were just finally starting to find themselves. Following the release of small forward Josh Smith, the team seemed to have better chemistry and was instantly piling on the wins after a rough start. More rough times could be ahead of them.
Per reports, star point guard Brandon Jennings suffered a torn Achilles on Saturday night and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 NBA season. Jennings is expected to have surgery soon and faces a 6-9 month return timetable.
It’s a huge blow for a Pistons squad still trying to work it’s way up into the final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. Heading into Sunday night, Detroit still sits with a 17-27 record and rests two spots out of the eighth and final playoff seed.
The injury is a crushing blow, but Detroit luckily still has a solid veteran presence in backup point guard D.J. Augustin, who gave Jennings a run for his money earlier in the year and has starting experience. Augustin was even a starter for the Chicago Bulls less than a year ago, when he averaged over 13 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Augustin has been a proven and efficient starter for the Pistons this year when filling in for Jennings, as he’s put up over 13 points and 6.3 assists per game in three spot starts at point guard.
The Pistons will need him for much more than three games, but taking over the lead guard spot is not a new challenge for Augustin and doesn’t appear to be something he won’t be able to handle. Of course, the Pistons won’t want to run him into the ground, however, so Pistons fans can expect to see some more of rookie Spencer Dinwiddie, while it’s likely Detroit will try to make a trade for another point guard to help out their depth chart.
Losing Jennings isn’t a complete back-breaker when it comes to Detroit’s playoff odds, but it can’t be looked at as a positive. Jennings was really starting to come around as a leader for the Pistons, and even handed out an amazing 21 assists two games ago. Augustin isn’t a horrific drop down, however, so Detroit should look to continue their push for the playoffs and should still be a team to watch in the East.
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