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Brandon Knight could play during Pistonís three-game road trip

2/26/13 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Detroit Pistons injured guard Brandon Knight, who is coming off a knee injury, practiced on Tuesday and travelled with the team to Washington ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Wizards.
 
Brandon Knight has missed the past three games with a hyperextended right knee, since initially sustaining the injury in Detroit Piston’s last Wednesday victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Although the MRI of Brandon Knight’s injury came back negative last week, indicating no structural damage and only swelling in the right knee, Detroit Pistons’ coach Lawrence Frank still has the 2011 first round pick listed day-to-day.
 
"He has fluid behind his knee. He can't really jump, and he just doesn't have total confidence in it,” Lawrence Frank said on Sunday. “It'll be day-to-day. He'll be taking some medication and just kind of see how he does in terms of trying to get the swelling down."
 
The 21-year-old Brandon Knight had his knee in a wrap since the injury and isn’t expected to play on Wednesday at Verizon Center. Lawrence Frank indicated Brandon Knight won’t be back on court until he’s made a 100 percent recovery from the knee injury.  But since Brandon Knight travelled with the team it’s possible he could test his knee before the end of this three-game road trip. Brandon Knight could be active either against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday or San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.
 
The Detroit Pistons have lost their last three games without Brandon Knight. Sixth-year guard Will Bynum was suspended during the Detroit Pistons’ loss to Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
 
Although the Detroit Pistons (23-37) aren’t contending for a playoffs spot, and would rather show precaution in dealing with Brandon Knight’s knee injury, the second-year pro’s return is highly anticipated by the team.
 
"He is a great player for us," said Detroit Pistons veteran point guard Jose Calderon. "He does a lot of things and he will help us. He is a guy that can get easy points."
 
Brandon Knight is the team’s second-leader with 13.6 points as well as 4.3 assists, while also averaging 3.4 rebounds and starting 56 games this season.
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