The Mad Ants were without their two Detroit Pistons players, Peyton Siva (wrist) and the other Tony Mitchell (ankle), for a second straight game. They were returned to the NBA after the game.
If Siva and Mitchell are still injured, obviously the Pistons would prefer they be around Auburn Hills as opposed to Fort Wayne.
If Siva and Mitchell are ready to play, Saturday’s call-up made sense all along. With five days off between games, the rookies can practice a bit, which I sense the Pistons find more valuable than D-League games.
The next question would be, what happens when the Pistons are playing regularly again, leaving no practice time? If Siva and Mitchell are healthy, might they head right back to the D-League?