Sunday, November 28 2021

Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham will not play on Monday versus the Memphis Grizzlies due to a right ankle sprain, according to the latest injury report.

Cunningham turned his ankle in practice nearly two weeks ago and has been unable to fully participate in training camp. He missed the Pistons’ preseason opener on Wednesday versus the San Antonio Spurs but is progressing toward a return to the court.

Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said the team would be cautious with the injury in an effort to get him fully healed ahead of the season. He said that Cunningham would need to participate in 2-3 practices before gaining clearance to play in order to get him up to speed.

The injury to Cunningham does not appear to be serious but the No. 1 overall pick is certainly missing out on a tremendous opportunity to practice and play with the team during the preseason. The team has two preseason games left after Monday so there is still a chance he could suit up.

The Pistons have relied on their depth in the backcourt without Cunningham and have taken a next-man-up approach so far. Pistons forward Saddiq Bey said the loss of Cunningham isn’t a setback, since each player on the roster is capable of stepping up.

Cunningham has been highly touted for his basketball IQ so he likely will be able to pick things up rather quickly. Certainly, the Pistons and Cunningham himself can’t wait until he can take the court.

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