Brandon Knight injury: Pistons guard sprains ankle badly Monday

USA TODAY Sports

It hasn't been a good week for Brandon Knight: One day after DeAndre Jordan's posterization made him a household name, the Pistons' sophomore sprained his ankle.

Brandon Knight, the second-year player for the Detroit Pistons, sprained his ankle Monday night against the Utah Jazz, an injury that could cause him to miss a significant amount of games for the first time in his NBA career.

Read More: Reactions to DeAndre Jordan's dunk | Did Brandon Knight play good defense on Jordan?

Knight had been hoping for a bounce-back performance after DeAndre Jordan's monster dunk Sunday night made him an international punchline, but he got hurt less than five minutes into the game Monday night. He stepped on Randy Foye's foot on a fast break, and couldn't put any weight on his left ankle after the injury. It's unclear how long he'll be out for.

The shooting guard has played in all but two games for the Pistons, and he's second on the team with 13.8 points and 4.1 assists. Knight hasn't been elite since being selected eighth overall by Detroit in the 2011 NBA Draft, but he's been solid. The Kentucky star averaged 12.8 points as a rookie and his numbers increased slightly in his second season, with his shooting averages dropping infinitesimally while getting to the free throw line more often, grabbing slightly more boards and dishing out slightly more assists. He's a key cog on the Pistons and despite all the jokes at his expense, he has the talent to develop into a solid swingman.

The Pistons have lost six in a row, and now they have lost Knight. The good news is that they have a few players capable of filling in: Rodney Stuckey played 35 minutes, his biggest outing in months, and had 15 points. And the team appears to have really found something in small forward Khris Middleton, a second-rounder who has played sparingly this year, but has come on strong with the two first double-digit scoring outings of his career in the past three games, including a 4-of-5 shooting night on Monday.

More in the NBA:

RIP Brandon Knight: DeAndre Jordan's dunk of the year

What was Brandon Knight's actual mistake?

Dion Waiters talks to SB Nation

Perception starting to shift on Derrick Rose?

Carmelo: "I don't think I'll ever be 100 percent" healthy

Are advanced stats good for fans?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.