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.