UPDATE 6:05 pm: The Pistons officially have confirmed what we all expected: Brandon Jennings had a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg and is done for the season.
The team confirmed the need for surgery however refused to put a timeline on it, because teams are cautious like that. Fortunately, Jennings took care of all that for us earlier in the day.
2:44 pm: We expected this news would come soon, Brandon Jennings decided to break it himself.
That timeline would be consistent with a fully torn Achilles tendon, which is both what the injury looked like at the time and was the reports that were leaking out after the game. However, the team has yet to make that official.
That timeline also would have him back for training camp next season, or at least most of it. (He has one more season at $8.3 million on this contract.)
In the short-term this is a blow to a Pistons team that had played better since the trade of Josh Smith and looked like they could make a run for the eight seed in the East. Jennings’ improved play was a big part of that, he was scoring 20.1 points a game while shooting 39 percent from three. He was playing arguably the best stretch of ball in his NBA career.
That said, Jennings wasn’t giving up on the playoff dream.
The Pistons are reportedly looking at bringing in another point guard for the rest of this season.
When you think of the great three-point shooters the game has seen, Paul Pierce’s name doesn’t just roll off the tongue.
But maybe it should. With that shot above Pierce became only the fourth player in NBA history to have 2,000 or more made three pointers. The other three? Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Terry (and Terry is only 23 ahead of Pierce).
Pierce is a career 37.1 percent from three and, while he can hit his shot from anywhere along the arc, he’s sweet spot this season is from the top of the key where he is shooting 59.3 percent.
That brace idea worked out pretty well.
LaMarcus Aldridge has a torn ligament in his thumb that will require surgery, but he has decided to put that off for now and try to play through it — and he played well Saturday night in the Trail Blazers finished with 26 points (on 9-of-22 shooting) and 9 rebounds on the night, including eight of those points in the fourth quarter when Portland went on an 11-0 run to take the lead and hold on to win over Washington.
He remained the focal point of the Blazers’ offense — he had 68 touches, only point guard Damian Lillard had more. Aldridge did struggle with his touch, shooting just 2-of-8 inside eight feet and hitting only 4-of-11 on uncontested shots (although the Wizards’ front line of Nene and Marcin Gortat had something to do with that). However he seemed to get more comfortable with the brace as the game went on and hit 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth.
Portland needs Aldridge to hold on to their current three seed in the West. The Blazers are in a virtual tie for second with Memphis, but just four games separate them from the seven-seed Spurs (who are hot of late). There’s not much margin for error, and games like Saturday against a quality Washington squad are the kinds of wins the Blazers need to hold their ground.
Aldridge talked about his choice before the game Saturday.
This is a punch to the gut of the Pistons.
Late in the third quarter of the Bucks win over the Pistons, Detroit’s Brandon Jennings was in the back court trying to pressure the inbounds pass when he takes a step and crumples to the ground clearly in a great deal of a pain. He had to use a wheelchair to get back to the locker rooms.
It is apparently a serious Achilles injury, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
There’s significant fear within the Detroit Pistons organization that guard Brandon Jennings sustained a torn Achilles’ tendon on Saturday night and could miss the rest of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Jennings has averaged 15.4 points a game for the season, but in his last 15 games he has scored 20.1 points a game, shot 39.4 percent from three and the Pistons have gone 12-3 to get back in the Easter Conference playoff picture.
Jennings injury likely ends that dream. Stan Van Gundy will likely lean on D.J. Augustin and Jodie Meeks more, but they lack Jennings dynamic attack off the dribble.
Can we just get through the rest of this season without any more major NBA injuries, please?
P.J.Tucker is a good defender and James Harden had him on skates.
That’s how good Harden is and why his sweet step-back jumper was the game winner as the Rockets beat the Suns Friday night, 113-111. Yes, Harden played to his tendencies on that shot, but I’m not sure how you defend that.
Harden finished the night with 33 points and 10 assists. I don’t care if Klay Thompson makes the All-Star team and Steve Kerr is the coach, Harden should be the starter next to Stephen Curry. Harden has earned it.