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Jennings out for Pistons with sprained thumb

Vincent Goodwill Jr.
The Detroit News

Milwaukee — Brandon Jennings has returned back to play against his former franchise before, but he'll miss this homecoming Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks with a sprained left thumb.

"I can't shoot (with it)," Jennings said in the bowels of the Bradley Center after the morning shoot-around and film session.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, who hinted at changes in the rotation in the past week, said he didn't want to discuss possible changes, and was coy when referring to Jennings' status — moments before Jennings relayed the news.

"We don't know, it'll be gametime (decision) with Brandon," Van Gundy said. "He did a little bit of the dummy offense. Did not go through the defense, so we'll see."

Jennings is the team's leading scorer at 16 points per game and one of the few shooting better than 40 percent, at a 43.8 percent clip. The player he was traded for, former Piston Brandon Knight, is questionable with a right quad strain.

D.J. Augustin is the likely candidate to start in Jennings' place, and perhaps it can get Augustin's production jump started after a slow start. Augustin is shooting just 35 percent, averaging 10 points and 2.7 assists in 21.9 minutes.