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The Pistons will be without Reggie Jackson for the next 6-8 weeks

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The Pistons‘ 24-point victory of the Pacers Tuesday night didn’t come without some loss to Detroit.

In the wake of the win, Detroit learned they’d be without Reggie Jackson for the next 6-8 weeks after starting point guard was diagnosed with a Grade 3 ankle sprain that was suffered in the third quarter of last night’s game.

This would in turn put Jackson on pace to return in the very least around the All-Star break which may sound initially troubling for the Pistons but could very well be a blessing in disguise.

Jackson’s inconsistencies have been well noted throughout his tenure in Detroit which has certainly been the case so far this season. In the 13 games played in December the Pistons’ point guard is averaging 12.9 points and 4.8 assists with a field goal percentage of just 41.1 and a 25.5 percentage from beyond the arc. Meanwhile according to Jack Maloney of CBS Sports, Ish Smith and Langston Galloway have both been producing better net numbers for Detroit while they’ve been on the floor and a fact further outlined by stats.NBA.com:

Player OFFRTG DEFTRG NETRTG
Reggie Jackson 105.8 107 -1.3
Ish Smith 102.8 101.8 1
Langston Galloway 106.4 92.3 14.1

If anything though the Pistons’ depth will take a hit with Jackson shelved for the foreseeable future and there’s not telling how Smith and Galloway will response to the increased workload over the course of Jackson’s absence.

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