Pistons faced with must-win situation vs. Heat

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — The Pistons are in a tight spot — and it’s their own doing.

After losing seven of their last eight games, they found themselves in a must-win scenario against the eighth-place Miami Heat on Tuesday night at The Palace. And after four straight losses on the road, their backs are to the wall.

“This is really it tonight for us,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “It’s huge tonight; it’s not the end of the road but you can see the end of the road if we don’t get it done tonight.”

And the Pistons are going without their starting point guard, as Reggie Jackson was held out of a second straight game because of rest. Van Gundy said after Monday’s loss to the Knicks that he was hoping for a possibility of four days’ rest for Jackson ahead of Thursday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets at The Palace.

Jackson sat out again Tuesday night and Van Gundy hinted Monday that Jackson could be shut down for the season after his recovery from knee tendinitis. There’s no pain or structural damage, but Van Gundy classified Jackson’s status as “day to day.”

Van Gundy added that he made the decision to sit Jackson and that Jackson resisted the idea, but after Van Gundy consulted with Pistons owner Tom Gores on his plan he followed through.

“It has strictly been my call all the way,” Jackson. “Reggie wants to be out there.”


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