Pistons forwards Harris, Baynes suffer broken noses
Auburn Hills — Add forward Tobias Harris to the growing Pistons injury list.
Stan Van Gundy said Harris suffered a non-displaced fracture of his nose in Monday’s exhibition victory over the Bucks.
“It’s not as bad as it could’ve been, but he needs to get fitted for a mask,” Van Gundy said Tuesday. “He’s seeing a specialist and should be ready to go (tonight).”
Van Gundy also said backup center Aron Baynes, who missed last weekend’s exhibition against the 76ers with back spasms and was a game-time decision against the Bucks, took an inadvertent shot to the face from rookie Henry Ellenson early during practice and had to leave.
Baynes has a broken nose, and will visit a specialist today.
“Henry sort of cleared him out going for a layup on a fast break,” Van Gundy said. “He was not happy, but he got hit pretty good. It takes a lot for Aron to even go down or walk off for a repetition in practice, so the fact he didn’t come back he must’ve taken it pretty good.”
Stanley Johnson (sore foot) and Marcus Morris (knee tendinitis) returned to practice after missing Monday’s game, but are expected to play in tonight’s exhibition finale against the Raptors.
The Pistons already are without guard Reggie Jackson (knee tendinitis).
Rounding into form
Ish Smith got off to a rough exhibition start against the Nets (three assists and three turnovers) before a slight improvement against the Spurs (five assists and two turnovers).
But in the last three exhibitions — all wins — Smith has 21 assists and no turnovers.
“That’s pretty amazing for your primary ball handler,” Van Gundy said.
Harris said the biggest change is Smith is being more aggressive, playing his game, and looking to get to the rim and create plays.
“I think he’s settled in just picking his spots and making the right reads, looking for other guys, being unselfish and taking shots that he takes that are there,” Harris said. “He has a real good flow to him and a balance these last few games.”
Smith is averaging 7.8 points, 5.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and one turnover.
Raptors at Pistons
Tip-off: 7:30 tonight, The Palace, Auburn Hills
Outlook: The Pistons look to win their fourth straight as they close out their six-game exhibition slate. ... The teams face each other in the season opener in Toronto on Oct. 26.