AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks is expected to miss about eight weeks because of a stress reaction of his lower back.
The Pistons announced the injury Tuesday. It was discovered following a CT scan Monday.
"It's a big loss," Coach Stan Van Gundy said after Tuesday's practice. "Coming out of camp and through that first preseason game, I came out feeling good about that position over the first eight or nine days. I thought with our three big guys, our point guard spot is pretty settled, I was feeling pretty good."
Meeks signed a $19.5 million, three-year deal with the Pistons this offseason. He was diagnosed with back spasms last week and had additional testing done because of continuing discomfort.
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Before the extent of Meeks' injury was known, Van Gundy told Pistons.com that the former University of Kentucky star had made a good impression on the coaching staff.
"He's a guy who can really score," Van Gundy said. "He's not just a spot-up shooter. He knows how to score. He can make plays coming off screens, plays at a high energy level, knows how to draw fouls. He's a very good offensive player. He's a capable defender that can get even better. I think he's really good."
Meeks started 70 games last season, averaged a career-high 15.7 points and shot 40 percent from three-point range for the Los Angeles Lakers.
He's the second Detroit guard to go down with an injury recently. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dealing with a left knee strain, although the team said an MRI showed no structural damage.