Detroit point guard Reggie Jackson has been out the past four games with what was defined as “lower back tightness.”
Turns out it was more than that, a stress reaction that will have Jackson on the sideline for at least a month, the team announced.
The 2-4 Pistons also have been without Blake Griffin all season due to left knee and hamstring issues.
Tim Frazier has started at the point for Detroit (although he is questionable for Sunday with a strained shoulder), but their best play at the position has come from Derrick Rose off the bench. He is averaging 20.8 points and 6.3 assists per game in that role, energizing the second unit and looking more like his vintage self. The Pistons offered Rose the chance to start with Jackson out, but he turned down the offer, saying he liked his role off the bench.