Luke Kennard left last night’s game late in the second quarter after a hard screen, and it immediately looked not great.
After the collision, Kennard was in clear pain in the following possession for the Pistons and on the sidelines.
The team announced that it’s a sprain to the AC joint of his right shoulder.
Medical update: Further evaluation and an MRI completed today on Luke Kennard’s right shoulder confirmed an AC joint sprain.— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) October 26, 2018
Kennard will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and will be re-evaluated again in two weeks.
The “re-evaluated again in two weeks” part is a bit concerning. Adrian Wojnarowski updated that the team is expecting it to be closer to a month.
Pistons guard Luke Kennard is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a separated right shoulder, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 26, 2018
Fortunately since Kennard is a lefty, the injury is not to his shooting shoulder - though he is rather ambidextrous and one of his virtues is his ability to use his off hand.
Shooting guard is the Pistons’ deepest position, and it was Langston Galloway and Glenn Robinson III who absorbed the backup minutes on the wing in the second half with Kennard out. Bruce Brown Jr. also made an appearance in first half, filling the two minutes after Kennard departed.
Get well soon, Luke.