Pistons Reggie Jackson: Muscle tightness forces early exit

Pistons\ Reggie Jackson: Muscle tightness forces early exit

Pistons drop third straight; Jackson leaves with tight groin

The Detroit Pistons are limited offensively with minutes restrictions on main ball handlers Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson.

And the Pistons are still working out the kinks trying to learn a new way of playing under new coach Dwane Casey.

But with the regular season a week away and Stanley Johnson starting three of four exhibition games, the question remains.

Johnson was 1-for-13 from the field in Wednesday nights 102-97 preseason loss to the Washington Wizards at Little Caesars Arena.

He was 1-for-6 from 3-point range — not good enough for Caseys system which promises 30-plus 3-pointers per game.

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I thought he was pressing a little bit himself, but he just has to relax and take the shot. He knocks them down in practice. He doesnt have to do it with his shooting. He can do it with his defense, his rebounding, running the floor, attacking the rim. Theres a multitude of ways he can go as far as helping us win.

Glenn Robinson III is a better shooter and another option to start alongside Reggie Jackson, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Bullock.

The Pistons (1-3) were 12-for-45 from 3-point range against the Wizards and are now 46-for-159 (30 percent).

We got to continue to work with those guys, put arm around them, push them to get them to where they need to be, Casey said. Its (just) a basketball game.

Jackson left the game with muscle tightness in a groin early in the second half after scoring 10 points, but he spoke to reporters following the game and appeared to be OK.

Jackson was clear the injury was not related to the Grade 3 right ankle sprain that he rehabbed in the offseason and has the franchise taking it slow.

Im not worried about the ankle, Jackson said. I think Im just getting used to playing basketball again, Im just getting acclimated to the high intensity, high pace.

But after missing nearly all of last season after ankle surgery and an offseason knee injury, he finally made his 2018-19 debut. He played two minutes and was scoreless.

There was talk of trying Pistons second-year shooting guard Luke Kennard at the point in the offseason, but a knee injury suffered before the start of Las Vegas Summer League play has shelved those plans.

Weve talked about it, but it hasnt gone anywhere yet, Casey said before the game. He was hurt all summer long and that kind of slowed him down a little bit so that kind of put that experiment on the backburner.

DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons, for the first time in the preseason, started the lineup theyre likely to go with in the regular season opener.

The Pistons trailed Washington most of the night Wednesday before making a late charge to grab the lead. The Wizards, however, pulled out a 102-97 victory at Little Caesars Arena behind 32 points from All-Star guard John Wall.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 17 points and 19 rebounds. He made a pair of free throws to put his team ahead 96-94 with 2:01 to play. But Wall hit three shots in the final two minutes to seal the outcome.

Blake Griffin scored 16 points, Reggie Bullock collected 12 points on 4-of-8 3-pointers and Reggie Jackson had 10 points. Glenn Robinson III came off the bench to score 13.

The Pistons shot 36 percent (31-of-97), their third game in a row below 40 percent from the floor. They went 12-of-44 from beyond the arc (27 percent).

The Pistons (1-3) wrap up the exhibition season Friday against Cleveland at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. They open the season next Wednesday vs. Brooklyn at LCA.

The Pistons, under new coach Dwane Casey, want to push the pace and put up a lot of shots, including 35 or so per game from 3-point range.

The Pistons trailed most of the game before rallying late in the third quarter and into the fourth. They climbed back from a 13-point deficit to take an 82-81 lead on Langston Galloways 3-pointer with 8:34 remaining.

A 12-0 run sparked by Griffin and Drummond late in the first quarter put the Pistons ahead by six. But the Wizards otherwise controlled the pace and led 54-45 at halftime.

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