Unfortunately for Detroit, Meeks’ injury is more serious.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Jodie Meeks underwent a surgical procedure last evening to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
Meeks is expected to miss the next 12-16 weeks and will be re-evaluated throughout the rehabilitation process.
The low end of that projection would have Meeks missing 70 games. The high end would sideline Meeks into playoffs, which suddenly seem more realistic for the 2-0 Pistons.
Detroit’s fast start has come with minimal contributions from Meeks, who still figured to contribute as an off-the-bench shooter. Reggie Bullock will move into the rotation, which could hurt the spacing of a second unit that has looked off-kilter offensively so far.
The reserves will be bolstered when Brandon Jennings gets healthy, though. Jennings, a borderline starter, will be happy to handle the ball more and let Bullock focus on defense.
Meeks is a loss for the Pistons, but one they can overcome – especially once Jennings returns.