Auburn Hills, Mich. – Jodie Meeks missed the Pistons’ first 22 games last season with a back injury.
He made it into Detroit’s second game this season, but he’s again headed for the inactive list.
Meeks suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in the Pistons’ 92-87 win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
This is the same injury that kept Kevin Durant out about seven weeks last season. A similar timeline would cost Meeks about 25 games – more than the 22 he missed last season.
Detroit can’t really rely much more on starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has played 37 and 36 minutes in two games this season. Tonight, Reggie Bullock saw minutes after Meeks went down, but Bullock lacks the outside-shooting prowess of Meeks.
This leaves the Pistons without both their primary backup guards, as Brandon Jennings is also injured. Not great for a bench that has lagged behind the starters during Detroit’s surprising 2-0 start.
Knicks president Steve Mills is reportedly laying the groundwork to fire coach David Fizdale.
One step: Mills and general manager Scott Perry addressing the media after Sunday’s loss to the Cavaliers while Fizdale was still in the locker room. Mills and Perry stressed that the team wasn’t meeting expectations, seemingly a veiled shot at the coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN:
The dismissal of David Fizdale is inevitable, and there was, I think, a bond broken between management and their head coach with how they handled things after that loss Sunday night.
Coaches are hired to be fired, but this sounds far more urgent than that.
As long as Fizdale has his job, he has a chance to save it. If the Knicks start playing better, they could keep him.
But that seems unlikely with this underwhelming roster.
Which is why New York is reportedly also considering a front-office change.
When Doc Rivers coached Austin Rivers on the Clippers, accusations of favoritism ran rampant. Playing with the Rockets against the Clippers tonight, Austin showed where his loyalties lie.
Not with his father.
The Clippers were letting the game (an eventual 102-93 Houston win) get away from them when Doc argued a call. Austin stood nearby and urged the referee to call a technical foul. The official eventually obliged and ejected Doc.
That’s when Austin really hammed it up – waving off Doc then making the call-me gesture. The disrespect!
Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant has had a game-saving block and game-winning assist.
Now, he has the glory of a game-winning shot.
Morant sealed the Memphis’ 119-117 win over the Hornets with a driving scoop in the final second tonight. He led Memphis with 23 points and 11 assists.
I want to give P.J. Tucker a break. He’s the Rockets’ most (only?) reliable defender. He has such a heavy burden covering for James Harden, Russell Westbrook and just generally undersized lineups.
But this missed layup was so bad. And that stumble over the stanchion really seals the goof.