Brandon Knight Injury: Updates on Pistons Guard's Knee

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2013

January 27, 2013; Orlando FL, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (7) dribbles the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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With their playoff hopes shattered and the team looking to build for next year, the Detroit Pistons can ill afford a long-term injury to one of their young stars and may have escaped a devastating situation.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:58 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

After missing the previous three games, Brandon Knight will make his return to the Pistons tonight vs the Washington Wizards according to

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 25, at 12:41 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Brandon Knight is a no go for the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Fox Sports' Ryan Field tweeted the news: 

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 25, at 12:41 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Pistons fans as Brandon Knight (knee) is a game-time decision tonight, according to Detroit Free Press' Perry A. Farrell.

Youngsters are quick healers. That's why Ben Paolucci, the Pistons' team doctor, expected Brandon Knight to play tonight against Atlanta and 19-year-old Andre Drummond to be back soon.

Knight, 21, has missed the past two games with a hyperextended right knee. Late Saturday night, Paolucci said Knight was fine and thought he'd be healthy enough to play against the Hawks at the Palace.


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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 25, at 9:55 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Brandon Knight (knee) will be out indefinitely, according to Detroit Free Press' Perry A. Farrell on USA TODAY.

An MRI on Brandon Knight's hyperextended right knee came back negative, but the second-year Detroit Pistons point guard will be out for an undisclosed period of time.

Pistons doctor Ben Paolucci visited Knight before Friday night's game with Indiana, but coach Lawrence Frank said he's day-to-day and won't play again until he's 100%.

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 22, at 1:27 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though still listed as day-to-day, Brandon Knight's knee injury will prevent him from being in the lineup Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, per Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News:

No announcement has been made, but expect Jose Calderon to start in Knight's place.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8:20 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Brandon Knight (knee) is currently listed as day-to-day, according to's David Mayo.

Knight is listed as day to day.  The Pistons play again Friday at Indiana.

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Unfortunately, point guard Brandon Knight's knee may not have cooperated. Knight left Wednesday night's game versus the Charlotte Bobcats late in the third quarter with a hyperextended knee, per the Detroit News' Vincent Goodwill:

Though Knight ultimately returned to the game in the fourth quarter, he was almost immediately pulled back out of the game. The former Kentucky star was injured when Bobcats guard Kemba Walker accidentally rolled under his leg, causing Knight's knee to buckle.

Prior to his injury, Knight was on the verge of pulling off perhaps his best performance this season. The second-year guard had a game-high 21 points and five assists, outperforming counterpart Walker on both ends of the floor.

For now, this seems like a relatively minor injury. Knight was obviously hobbled upon returning and was rightfully pulled from the game, but it's a positive sign that he was able to come back in the first place.

If the hyperextended knee prognosis sticks, Pistons fans will be nothing short of thrilled that Knight avoided a much worse prognosis. In just his second NBA season, Knight has become an integral part of Detroit's future. He is averaging 13.5 points and 4.2 assists per game, which are unspectacular numbers, but his biggest presence has been felt on the defensive end. 

According to's stats database, opponents were scoring more than four points fewer per 100 possessions with Knight on the floor. With the Pistons' young core needing more time together to develop, any lengthy absence would have been costly.

Luckily, it seems Knight has avoided major injury for now. Be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on Knight's injury status and potential return date.