Andre Drummond Back Strain Injury, “My Back Has Been Terrible.” February 7th, 2013 at 10:56 AM
By Phil Fattore
In the Pistons 93-90 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, Andre Drummond was forced to sit out of the entire second half with the same back soreness that had kept him out of the second half against the Knicks on Monday night. Drummond had reportedly blamed the sore back on a bad hotel bed during the Pistons trip to New York, but after the game against Brooklyn the rookie talked more about the cause of the injury.
Said Drummond: "My back has been terrible. I fell on it the wrong way in the Laker game. I felt good. After I took that charge, it just hit me again. It is tough that I couldn't be out there to help my teammates tonight for the second game. Like I said, I'm just going to take care of the situation and I'll be back."
Drummond went on to state that he had fallen on his tailbone, and that his tailbone was the area creating the most discomfort. In Drummond's absence and with Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe in first half foul trouble, Lawrence Frank went with rookie center Slava Kravtsov
. The Ukrainian gave the Pistons some solid time, posting four points on 2-4 shooting with two offensive rebounds. Kravtsov also provided some physical defense at a time when many expected Nets center Brook Lopez to own the mismatch.
Still, with Drummond on the bench the lack of quality big man depth hurt the Pistons. The Nets were seemingly having their way on the offensive boards in the moments when Drummond would normally be on the floor. Once Drummond's back forced him out of the game in the early moments of the second quarter, the Nets snagged 8 offensive rebounds with Kravtsov and Villanueva holding down the backcourt. The Nets cashed in on their extended possessions, and by the end of the second quarter the Pistons had seen a 13-point lead reduced to only six points.
Lawrence Frank has said that Drummond's back strain is a "day to day" injury. With the Pistons now on a three-game losing streak, let's hope that "day to day" means Drummond will be ready to play in one day. The Pistons welcome the San Antonio Spurs to the Palace on Friday night. The Pistons and Spurs tip-off at 7:30 pm.
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