Penciled in to start his second straight preseason game, free agent signee Jodie Meeks was a late scratch on Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks due to back spasms. Second-year guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started in his spot.
There is no word as to how serious the spasms are and if they will keep Meeks out any longer than a single game (the Pistons play again on Sunday). Meeks was ruled out moments before tip off. In fact, it was such a late call that Pistons public address announcer John Mason still announced Jodie Meeks as the starter to The Palace crowd:
Mason introduced Jodie Meeks in the starting lineup, which was a surprise to KCP.— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) October 9, 2014
Meeks scored 13 points in 25 minutes in his Pistons debut on Tuesday night against the Bulls, hitting 3-of-8 from three. His performance was overshadowed by Caldwell-Pope's 18 points off the bench, though. Meeks could quickly find himself out of favor at the starting shooting guard spot, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad problem to have -- both are going to be productive.
We'll update Meeks' injury situation as more information becomes available.