Pistons’ Cade Cunningham feared shin stress fracture, pondering treatment options: sources
pistons Cade Cunninghamthe No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, is feared to have a stress fracture in his injured shin and is currently mulling his options, league sources said. The Athletic on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:
- Cunningham has missed the last week of games with a sore left shin.
- The lingering problem dates back to last season, but it started to flare up again this past offseason, according to league sources.
- Cunningham is expected to be out indefinitely, league sources said.
What are Cunningham’s treatment options?
There is still hope that this last week of rest reduced the inflammation and pain enough to get back on the floor sooner rather than later, but that can only be decided with more time. At worst, the chronic pain continues and Cunningham takes a route that forces him to miss an extended period. However, according to league sources, Cunningham, who is averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and six assists in 12 games this season, is trying to turn over every stone before deciding to have surgery.
Regardless of which route Cunningham takes, he is expected to be out indefinitely as everyone invested in the rising star’s future work to determine the best course of action for his long-term health.
What Cunningham’s absence means for Detroitseason of
Should Cunningham miss an extended period of time, the rebuilding 3-14 Pistons will surely continue to push the development of their young players and appear destined for another top-five pick. The Pistons star was finding his groove before the injury sidelined him and has been the team’s most important player all season. Surely, without him, Detroit will struggle to add to the win column. – Edwards
How will the Pistons replace Cunningham?
Cunningham’s absence will lead to more development and increased roles for the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft. Jaden Iveyand selection number 7 in 2020, Killian Hayes. This will likely be the Pistons’ starting backcourt for the foreseeable future until Cunningham returns.
Ivey has had impressive moments in his rookie season so far despite shooting poorly from 3. Hayes, who had been relegated to a bench role after the Pistons drafted Ivey, has found his stride over the past six games, as he averages 11.8 points and 4.5 assists. per game, shooting 42 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3. – Edwards
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