Brandon Jennings could make his regular-season debut this weekend. (Clarence Tabb, Jr. / The Detroit News)
Memphis —Pistons guard Brandon Jennings could be on his way back to action as early as Sunday night against the Celtics.
With Rodney Stuckey making his season debut against the Memphis Grizzlies after breaking the tip of his right thumb, Jennings could be right behind him, as he recovers from a fractured jaw and impacted wisdom tooth.
Stuckey won’t start against the Grizzlies but it’s unknown if Jennings, who was wearing a Richard Hamilton-like mask at Friday’s shootaround while going through shooting drills with the coaching staff, will be inserted into the starting lineup as soon as he returns.
Jennings is able to eat solid foods and hasn’t lost any weight while having his jaw immobilized for the last three weeks. He hasn’t spoken to the media since his injury was revealed.
“We’ll figure it out tomorrow, see what his status is and see if he’s available,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “He’ll have to wear the mask for a little while.”
In the meantime, Will Bynum and Chauncey Billups played well in the season opener Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, combining for 35 points and 10 assists.