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Pistons vs. Hawks preseason finale: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out, Steve Blake in

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KCP's injury from Wednesday will sideline him in the preseason finale and Steve Blake will make his Pistons debut.

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A minor aside in our recap of the Charlotte Hornets game on Wednesday night mentioned that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope limped out of the game with an injury. We just didn't want to scare you again this year. The injury is minor -- x-rays were negative -- but it's still being termed a left foot sprain and it will hold him out of the Detroit Pistons' final preseason game on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.

The good news is that Pope should practice over the weekend and 'for sure' will be back in the lineup for Tuesday's regular season opener to face the Hawks again back in his hometown state.

While they lose one guard, the Pistons get another back in Steve Blake. Blake practiced and is expected to play 20-24 minutes on Friday night. You have to love Stan Van Gundy's honesty in how Blake's practice went Thursday (quote via Detroit News):

"It wasn't a great practice, but he did it and he will play (tonight)," Van Gundy said.

Good job, good effort.

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