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Reggie Jackson to resume basketball activities

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Jackson is on schedule to return around Dec 1.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Things are progressing normally for injured point guard Reggie Jackson, and sometimes that is the best news of all.

The latest development for the Detroit Pistons starter is that he is ready to resume basketball activities starting today.

Four weeks ago Jackson received platelet-rich plasma injections to treat left knee tendonitis and a bothersome sprained right thumb. The original timetable was for him to miss 6-8 weeks.

Behind the mostly strong play of Ish Smith, the Pistons have held their own in Jackson’s absence, running out to a 4-2 start to the season. The team begins a four-game Western Conference road trip tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Assuming the Pistons stick to the eight-week timetable, Jackson will miss the first 20 games of the season.

Jackson was essential to the Pistons offense last season, racking up more than half the team’s total assists and initiating just about every Detroit possession with a pick-and-roll.

Smith has stepped into Jackson’s role, particularly as a distributor. Smith is creating 18.2 points off of assists this season, ranking seventh in the NBA.