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Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has braced himself for the worst as he expects to be without point guard Brandon Jennings for a considerable amount of time.
Jennings had to be helped to the locker room with an apparent lower left leg injury late in the third quarter of Saturday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Pistons point guard fell to the floor after planting on his left leg while guarding an inbounds pass and he immediately grabbed his leg above his sneakers while writing on the floor in pain.
Early speculation suggests that Jennings may have suffered an Achilles injury, although there has been no confirmation from the Pistons as of yet.
“It doesn’t look good,” Van Gundy said. “It is a major, major loss.”
Jennings is expected to undergo further tests on Sunday after he needed help getting back to the locker room and he will undoubtedly miss Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
Nevertheless, despite the disappointment of the injury in a key time for Detroit as well as being in good form with a career-high 21 assists in Wednesday’s win over the Orlando Magic, Jennings posted a message on Twitter to keep his team focused.
“We gotta just keep pushin’ WE (Pistons) worked too hard to get down about anything right now. We gotta stay focused on the main goal. Playoffs!”
Van Gundy revealed after the game that DJ Augustin will have to play a bigger role in Jennings’ absence while teammate Greg Monroe conceded that it was “always a scary situation” when the injury comes from a non-contact foul.