Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope out with knee contusion

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Auburn Hills — Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a right knee contusion.

Caldwell-Pope suffered the injury in Friday night’s win at the Minnesota Timberwolves when he collided and banged knees with another player.

Darrun Hilliard will start in Caldwell-Pope's place and Stanley Johnson will see some playing time as the backup.

The Pistons were off Saturday and didn’t have a shootaround Sunday morning, but when coach Stan Van Gundy got the word from team trainer Jon Ishop, he opted on the side of caution.

“It’s close; it was up in the air whether he would go,” Van Gundy said. “Jon wasn’t comfortable with him going tonight. I would expect we’ll have him back Wednesday (at Dallas).”

Caldwell-Pope, 23, is having his best all-around season, with 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He’s shooting a career-best 37 percent on 3-pointers and has started all 25 games this season.

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