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Reggie Jackson to make season debut tonight vs. Magic

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Jackson missed first eight weeks of season with knee tendonitis

NBA: Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Jackson will play limited minutes tonight when the Detroit Pistons face the Orlando Magic.

Jackson has been out the entire season recovering from left knee tendonitis.

While unconfirmed at this point, the fact that the team said Jackson’s minutes will be limited likely means that Ish Smith stays in the starting lineup and Jackson serves as the reserve point guard in place of Beno Udrih.

Smith has powered the Pistons into playing their best ball of the past two weeks. Over the past six games the Pistons are 5-1 and Smith has dished 36 assists to just two turnovers. He’s also shooting 54.8 percent overall.

Jackson’s absence has also given enough room for the Pistons to explore different sources of offense. While many (myself included) believe Tobias Harris would be the player to step up and take control of the offense, the surprise offensive MVP lately has been Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Not only is Pope finally knocking down 3-pointers consistently, he is also showing himself to be an adept facilitator. During the same hot six-game run in Detroit, KCP is second on the team in assists with 3.8 per game.

Jackson will once again soon become the focal point of the offense, but the hope is that Detroit can keep this run they are on going with Ish off the bench and KCP serving as a valuable secondary ball handler and scoring threat.