Detroit Pistons Dealt Tough Injury Blow

The Detroit Pistons will have to carry on through the first half of the season without one of their best players. Forward Kelly Olynyk is expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks after a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

Olynyk has found a nice home in Motown and was off to a decent start in 2021. He suffered the injury on Wednesday night as the Pistons were playing Olynyk's former team, the Houston Rockets.

So far in 10 games, all off the bench for the veteran big, Olynyk has put up 12.5 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals. The 30-year-old Canadian has become a solid stat sheet filler and is the team's best all around player of their reserves.

The Pistons signed Olynyk to a three-year deal worth $37.2 million during the summer and now will have to move on without his services. Olynyk will be revaluated in six weeks as there's potential this injury could keep him off the floor for a few months.

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