Pistons' Blake could be cleared to play soon

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Pistons have been dealing with injuries most of the exhibition season, but are on track to get another reserve back as soon as this week.

Backup point guard Steve Blake, who has missed the last two weeks with a concussion, is resuming activities and could be cleared in the next few days if he doesn't have any setbacks.

The final two exhibitions are at The Palace: against the Hornets on Wednesday and against the Hawks on Friday. Coach Stan Van Gundy said the best-case scenario would have Blake return Friday.

A veteran acquired in the offseason, Blake suffered the concussion during a scrimmage after hitting his head on the floor. He hasn't practiced since sustaining the injury, but resumed light conditioning last week. Blake has been working through the concussion protocol and looks to be making some progress.

"It's been a long process for me but it's coming down toward the end; I have a few days left and I'll be ready to go," Blake said Monday at Eastern Market as part of the Detroit Slow Roll event. "It's my first concussion so I didn't quite know what to expect. I knew I hit my head hard but whenever you hurt yourself, you try to jump back up and go right back to playing."

Blake said he did some individual workouts Monday and didn't have any symptoms. He's looking to move forward today with some non-contact drills before getting into a regular routine with full contact Wednesday.

Bullock hopes to stay

Reggie Bullock, considered to be a toss-in to the trade in which the Pistons gave up a second-round pick for Marcus Morris and Danny Granger, has been a solid addition.

"He's had the best preseason of any of our guys," Van Gundy said.

Bullock likely will get one of the final roster spots, and his future with the team could extend beyond that. Van Gundy indicated the Pistons are considering picking up the team option for Bullock for 2016-17.

He has been solid on defense, and has one turnover.

"I've been traveling around for two years and this is my third trying to find a place where I can stick — and I think Detroit is that place," Bullock said. "I had to make my name known within that trade."