Andre Drummond was in sweats at Pistons practice, chatting and laughing with members of the front office as practice concluded Monday.
It was a welcome sight after his scary neck injury Saturday, one that will keep him out of Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the first of a four-game Western swing. He’s listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
He collided with Pacers center Roy Hibbert and forward Paul George midway through the first quarter Saturday while attempting to retrieve a loose ball. After the game, he wore a neck brace while speaking to the media.
“I’m a little sore. It’s hard for me to make moves left and right,” Drummond said Saturday. “It shouldn’t be anything that should stop me the next few days.”
It means interim coach John Loyer will have to do some lineup shuffling, aside from sliding Greg Monroe to center and Josh Smith to power forward, their natural respective positions. The Detroit News
These injuries are sometimes more serious than they first appear so it’s a huge relief to see that Drummond looks fine. The Pistons are doing the smart thing and holding him out a few games to make sure that he doesn’t rush back. If there’s any sign that he could be in trouble, they will likely have no problem shutting him down for the remainder of the season. – AL
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