Monroe will miss Pistons' weekend games with ailing knee

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) will miss Saturday's game against the Bulls and Sunday's game against the Celtics.

Auburn Hills — Although Greg Monroe's knee strain isn't serious, the Pistons might have to get used to playing without him for longer than originally expected.

Monroe, who injured the knee in Monday's practice, has missed the last two games and isn't likely to play in either of the Pistons' games this weekend — Saturday at The Palace against the Bulls and Sunday at the Celtics.

"He didn't do anything (today); I don't think he'll play this weekend," coach Stan Van Gundy said after Friday's practice.

Monroe has missed the last two games but Van Gundy said this week that he didn't think the injury was significant enough to have Monroe miss a significant amount of time.

But with Monroe missing his first two games this season because of injury, the Pistons are trying to work around his absence in the middle, which has put more focus on Andre Drummond to protect the middle on defense.

"Injuries happen throughout the season," Drummond said. "You have to continue to play hard as a team and try to pick up the slack."

Without Monroe, Anthony Tolliver has started the last two games, averaging 12 points and six rebounds.