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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pistons' Josh Smith injures ankle in win over Nets

By on 2/08/2014 08:00:00 AM

The Detroit Pistons snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing 111-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The win improved the Pistons to 20-29. third in the Central Division. During the game, Pistons' small forward Josh Smith injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Erik Drost via Wikimedia Commons reported that Smith didn't go to the locker room right away following the injury and training staff just applied ice to his ankle.  The injury occurred when Smith stepped on Reggie Evans' foot and his ankle did not look seriously injured.  The is no word currently on his status for tonight's game against the Nuggets, so assume Smith's status for the game is questionable.
Smith had 23 points on 9-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.  He also had eight rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots in 35 minutes.  Should Smith be unable to go or limited by the injury, expect Rodney Stuckey to get additional playing time.

Smith is a ten-year NBA veteran who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2004.  He averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds as a rookie. His best season was 2011-2012 when he averaged 18.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. In his first season with the Pistons, Smith is averaging 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, but shooting a career low 41.4 percent from the floor.


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