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Pistons center Isaiah Stewart out 2-3 weeks with sprained big toe

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Pistons center Isaiah Stewart out 2-3 weeks with sprained big toe
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Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart is out at least 2-3 weeks due to a sprained right big toe, the team announced on Tuesday. Of course, this is the same injury that sidelined Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane.

During the second quarter, Stewart suffered the injury on Monday in Detroit’s 115-111 loss to the Toronto Raptors. He played less than 13 minutes, and the center ended his performance with 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block.

Based on a few NBA betting sites, the Pistons have the third-lowest odds to win the championship in 2023. Some sportsbooks have already dropped their chances of qualifying for the playoffs this season.

Through 15 starts this season, Stewart is averaging 12 points, 9.3 boards, and 1.3 assists. He’s also shooting 47.5% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc.

Moreover, the third-year player ranks seventh in total rebounds (140), 20th in blocks (78), seventh in offensive rebounds (43), 16th in total rebound percentage (18.1%), and 13th in block percentage (3.9%).

Pistons center Isaiah Stewart will miss at least 2-3 weeks due to a sprained big toe injury

Last season, in 71 starts, the center averaged 8.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.1 blocks. Plus, Stewart ended the 2021-22 season with 12 double-doubles. So far this season, the 21-year-old has amassed seven double-doubles.

Since the Pistons are 3-12 and rank 15th overall in the Eastern Conference, the team needs the center back as soon as possible. Stewart’s absence will hurt the team defensively.

Fifteen games into the 2022-23 season, Detroit ranks 29th in opponent points, allowing 118.2 points per game. Two of their biggest losses of the season were against the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.

With a rating of 1.142, the Pistons rank dead last in defensive efficiency as well. Their opponents are averaging 47.9% shooting from the floor.

Earlier this month, Pistons coach Dwane Casey called Stewart the “heart and soul of the team.” After losing 116-91 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 2, Casey reiterated the center’s value to Detroit. “If we had five Isaiahs out there, we’d been in pretty good shape.”

After Monday’s loss to the Raptors, the Pistons coach praised Stewart for his improved shooting. “Eventually he’s going to be a power forward/center, the other way around.”

Isaiah Stewart will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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