Pistons might call on Brown for point guard help

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Lorenzo Brown

Auburn Hills -- Reggie Jackson complained of mucus buildup and shortness of breath in Wednesday’s game and missed practice Thursday to see a doctor. Jackson was winded, which made coach Stan Van Gundy alter his substitution pattern, using Steve Blake earlier than planned.

It wasn’t a huge issue, but the Pistons are taking a step to ensure that they’ll have enough healthy point guards in case there’s a setback.

Van Gundy stopped short of confirming a report that the Pistons will sign Lorenzo Brown from their D-League affiliate Grand Rapids Drive to help with the depth at the position. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third point guard in line, but he’s been recovering from a bone bruise in his ankle and isn’t fully healthy yet.

Until then, Brown, 25, could fill the open 15th roster spot. At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, he is averaging 18.3 points, 5.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 25 games. He averages 35 percent on 3-pointers and 50 percent overall from the field.

“It’s possible, because Reggie was a little sick last night. Spencer is available but by what he says, not 100 percent,” Van Gundy said. “Just to sort of protect ourselves in case Reggie isn’t able to go at some point. I think he’ll be able to, but we didn’t want to get caught when our third guy isn’t at 100 percent.”

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Pistons vs. Kings

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Palace, Auburn Hills

TV/radio: FSD/WMGC

Notable: The Pistons have lost two straight and are trying to hang on to the No. 8 playoff spot. They still have eight straight at home but they’ll focus on the Kings, who have lost six of seven.  DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting, a 101-92 Detroit loss in Sacramento in November.