The Pistons‘ injury woes to start the 2019/20 season aren’t letting up, with the team announcing today in a press release that starting point guard Reggie Jackson has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his lower back. Jackson’s status will be updated when he’s re-evaluated in four weeks, according to the Pistons.
Lower back tightness slowed Jackson in the preseason as well, though he was given the go-ahead to start the regular season. He appeared in just two games before being forced out of action for the last four. Even if he’s ruled ready to return in four weeks when he’s re-evaluated, the veteran guard will miss Detroit’s next 13 games and won’t be back until December.
Besides Jackson, the Pistons have been without another important starter, as knee and hamstring issues have prevented Blake Griffin from making his season debut. Although Griffin has been making progress in his recovery, he has been ruled out for Saturday’s game, so he won’t be back until next week at the earliest.
In Jackson’s absence, Tim Frazier has been starting at point guard and hasn’t looked all that great, with a .258 FG% so far. However, Derrick Rose is handling a larger share of the point guard minutes off the bench, and he has been stellar in the early going, averaging 20.8 PPG on 56.2% shooting in just 25.0 minutes per contest.
With Jackson out for the next several weeks, the Pistons could also turn to Bruce Brown for some minutes at point guard if necessary.