Pistons guard Derrick Rose leaves game with knee injury on same day as Killian Hayes
Per Eric Woodyard of ESPN, Rose had eventually been ruled out of the game. He left the contest with 10 points, one rebound and one assist in 11 minutes of action.
Pistons’ Derrick Rose won’t return with a right knee contusion.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) January 7, 2021
This is heartbreaking news for Pistons fans, as it was also announced on Wednesday that Killian Hayes—the seventh overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft—suffered a torn labrum on his right hip.
#Pistons update: The results of an MRI performed yesterday on guard Killian Hayes’ right hip revealed a torn labrum.
Hayes will continue to be evaluated by team medical staff and further updates will be provided as appropriate.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 6, 2021
Hayes suffered the hip injury in their 115-125 loss to the Bucks on Monday.
— Jonathan Deutsch (@JonathanD_TV) January 5, 2021
Speaking on Hayes’ injury, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey kept a positive mindset. Though Hayes will be out for several games, Casey wants the rookie to use it to study the mental aspect of the game.
“It’s tough, especially for a young kid to play seven games and be injured,” the Pistons tactician said, per ESPN. “He’s coming into the league just figuring it out, but he has to use that as a positive. Study film, sit down with the coaches, watch practice, sit during timeouts with the coaches and really be a student of the game, of the NBA game, and use this as a positive time to learn, to observe and really get as much as he can mentally while he’s rehabbing and trying to come back.”
The Pistons have a 1-7 record after losing Wednesday’s game. As a rebuilding club, they are relying on the experience of Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin to aid the youngsters in the NBA. Soon, they are looking to establish a team identity that would be enough to translate into wins.