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Pistons’ Ish Smith to be re-evaluated next week in recovery from right adductor tear

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Detroit Pistons point guard Ish Smith is making good progress in his recovery from a right adductor strain and will be re-evaluated next week, according to Pistons head coach Dwane Casey.

Ish Smith has been out since Dec. 7 with the groin injury he suffered.

In 22 games this season for the Pistons, Ish Smith is averaging 9.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The 30-year-old is shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Ish Smith is one of the fastest players in the league with the ball in his hands. He backs up Reggie Jackson at the point guard spot for Detroit, who entered Tuesday with a record of 16-18, eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Smith does a great job of pushing the ball with pace when he enters the game for Jackson. His speed creates easy transition baskets for Detroit, who is not the best half court team by any means.

The Pistons’ offense is actually better when Ish Smith is on the court. They have an offensive rating of 115.6 when Smith is playing. That rating drops to 108.6 when Smith goes to the bench.

The Pistons announced on Dec. 27 that Smith would need another two-to-three weeks to recover. Hopefully his evaluation next week brings some good news.