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Brandon Jennings is “Ready to Go”

Nov. 1, 2014 - Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA - Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7), center, tries to race past Brooklyn Nets' Jerome Jordan (9) during the second half of the home opener, Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Detroit lost 102-90.
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ESPN News Services is reporting that the Detroit Pistons are about to get a little boost in the form of Brandon Jennings.

Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings, who hasn’t played in an NBA game since rupturing his left Achilles tendon nearly 11 months ago, is “ready to go,” coach Stan Van Gundy said Monday.

“I think he’s ready,” Van Gundy told reporters Monday. “Our decision now –Steve [Blake] has been playing well, and our bench has actually been good the last three games — it’s a matter of timing and when we want to go to him. He’s ready to go now.

“It’s not easy after 11 months off.”

That move appears to mean a move by Steve Blake, not Reggie Jackson, to the bench:

“That was an understanding of mine coming here,” said Blake, who is averaging 4.4 points and 3.1 assists this season. “Coach Van Gundy and I talked about that. When he [Jennings] comes back, the chance of me going to the bench and him playing at some point was an understanding of mine. When that time comes, that’s fine with me.

When Jennings went out last season, he was averaging 15.4 points, but a good portion of that was in the pre-Josh Smith-release days of ineptitude. He averaged 19.8 points on 52.0 percent effective field-goal percentage after Smith was waived compared to 12.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting prior to that. Then, shortly before the trade deadline, the Pistons traded for Jackson. As such, they have yet to have their two best backcourt players at the same time.

Since both are more traditionally point guards, it remains to be seen how both will be used, but it seems that Jennings will be moving into the starting slot beside Jackson. That would give the Pistons a pretty lethal one-two scoring punch to complement star center Andre Drummond and reinforce the team’s playoff push.

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