The second to last piece of news that the Detroit Pistons wanted to hear was that Brandon Jennings will miss the three weeks of action because of an impacted and fractured wisdom tooth. The very last thing they would want to hear later on is that he’ll miss additional action due to another unforeseen circumstance.
Jennings is a key part of the Pistons’ attack this season and needs to stay healthy. This was a situation that couldn’t really be helped and it appears there won’t be any persistent damage. After three weeks, he should be as good as new, hopefully.
The Pistons gave away a valuable commodity in Brandon Knight to get Jennings in what they correctly felt would be an upgrade at the guard position. However, it’s obviously no upgrade at all if he’s not in uniform. A healthy Jennings will definitely help the Pistons.
There’s also a concern of how quickly the new Pistons will gel together to become a fine-tuned NBA team. New players, no matter how good they are, don’t necessarily instantly click together. That’s why this preseason was so important for the Pistons. That’s why Jennings ‘ injury came at a bad time, as if there is such a thing as a good time. Injuries are a part of the game, but if Jennings stays healthy for the most part, the Pistons will be in much better shape.
His track record indicates that he usually does a pretty good job of getting through an entire regular season without missing too many games. There’s always the exception, and the Pistons don’t need to have one of those exceptions being this season.