Starting shooting guard Josh Jackson and backup point guard Derrick Rose are listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Rose missed the second half in Detroit’s 130-115 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks after knocking knees with Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Jackson, meanwhile, has missed two games after spraining his ankle in the second quarter against the Boston Celtics.
The Pistons are already thin at point guard with Killian Hayes expected to miss extended time with a labral tear in his hip. Jackson has been one of the team’s most surprising players.
He returns to play the franchise who drafted him No. 4 overall, but where he quickly outwore his welcome with substandard play and some maturity issues.
After washing out with the Suns, he spent last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, primarily playing for its G League affiliate. He rebuilt his game and his reputation in Memphis and the Pistons took a chance on the Detroit native with a two-year deal in the offseason.
He has been an aggressive offensive force driving to the basket and running in transition while also hitting the occasional perimeter shot. He has a career-high true shooting percentage of 57.0% and is averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in six games including four starts.
Rose has struggled to begin the year as he works his body back into shape after not playing competitive basketball for nine months. He seemed to find more of his old rhythm in the two games against the Bucks, scoring 24 points and dishing eight assists to zero turnovers in one game and scoring 10 points in 11 minutes before going down with the knee contusion in game two.