Pistons’ starting point guard Reggie Jackson out 6-8 weeks with sprained ankle

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You knew it was bad when it happened, not only did Reggie Jackson instantly go down, listen to the video above and you can hear him yelling in pain as the play moves to the other end of the floor.

Midway through the third quarter Tuesday night, the Pistons’ starting point guard rolled his ankle landing off a jump pass, a flukey play that will have him out until around the end of February. From the Pistons:

“Results from an MRI taken last night confirmed a Grade 3 sprain. Jackson will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks.”

Ouch.

Detroit’s offense had been clicking better of late — the Pistons have won five-of-six, and in that stretch they had been scoring 4 points per 100 possessions more than earlier in the season. Jackson orchestrating the offense was a big part of that, the Detroit offense is 2.6 points per 100 worse when he is off the court.

Ish Smith will get the call to start and Langston Galloway will get more run as the backup. Starting Jan. 5 teams can sign players to 10-day contracts, don’t be shocked if Detroit considers bringing in someone (maybe out of the D-League) to give them a boost and some depth at the point.