Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham to miss season opener with ankle sprain

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Pistons fans will have to wait a little longer for Cade Cunningham to make his home debut.

The No. 1 pick will miss Wednesday’s season opener against the Chicago Bulls with a right ankle sprain. Cunningham suffered the injury early in training camp, and while it was initially characterized as “minor,” Cunningham hasn’t fully returned to practice two weeks later.

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“He went through some practice today,” Dwane Casey said on Tuesday. “We’ll see. We’re not going to put a timetable on it. When he’s ready to roll, he’s going to be ready to roll.”

While Cunningham hasn’t been a full participant in practices, he has been able to do shooting drills with trainers after practice. He isn’t wearing a walking boot or using crutches. As a point of comparison — when Isaiah Stewart sprained his ankle earlier this summer, his ankle was placed in a walking boot and he ended up missing two months of action.

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Cunningham’s next opportunity will be on the road against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. The Pistons’ next home game is Oct. 30, so he has nearly two weeks to return to full health and make his home debut before the month ends.

Despite missing almost all of training camp, the Pistons aren’t concerned that Cunningham will have a tough time getting back up to speed.

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“We know what he brings to the table,” Jerami Grant said Tuesday. “His poise, being able to control the game. His ability to shoot. He does a lot of things that will help us when he gets back. We’ll still have to get acclimated when he does get back, but he has a lot of positives that will definitely help our team.”

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