Is Marcus Saser playing tonight? Pistons vs. Knicks injury updates

Nov 30, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Marcus Sasser (25)
Nov 30, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Marcus Sasser (25) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons will try to avoid their 6th straight loss tonight on the road against the New York Knicks. 

Detroit dropped a heartbreaker against the Magic that was a microcosm of their season, as they lacked execution when it mattered and had to settle for the moral victory of coach Monty Williams being proud of their effort in the 2nd half. Whoopee!

For once, Detroit doesn’t have the longest active losing streak in the league, as the Wizards have lost 11 straight and the Trail Blazers have dropped eight in a row. The Wizards are now just a half game ahead of the Pistons in the standings, so a win tonight would put them in a tie for the worst record in the NBA, which is something to aim for I suppose. 

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Quentin Grimes will get his first shot at his old team, and I am sure he’ll be dying to have a big game in Madison Square Garden to show the Knicks how wrong they were to trade him.  

But will his former college teammate Marcus Sasser be joining him in the bench backcourt? 

Pistons vs. Knicks injury update 

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait at least one more game to see Sasser and Grimes together, as Marcus has already been ruled out of tonight’s game with a knee injury. Isaiah Stewart is serving the final game of his suspension, so could return on Tuesday against the Bulls. 

This will be the first game of a back-to-back so it will be interesting to see how Monty Williams handles his rotation. He finally shortened it down to 10 players in the loss to Orlando but may ramp that back up to rest some of his players for the back-to-back. 

The Knicks are dealing with important injuries of their own, as Julius Randle, OG Anunoby and Mitchell Robinson all remain out, which may give the Pistons a fighting chance in this one. 

With the Knicks’ starting frontcourt out, we could get a big night out of Jalen Duren, though Isaiah Hartenstein and Precious Achiuwa are both capable and have stepped up in their absence. 

With Sasser out, Grimes and Evan Fournier should get plenty of chances to burn their former team and Malachi Flynn should get run as the backup point guard. 

The Detroit Pistons still haven’t had their full roster since a busy trade deadline and it would be nice to get them all back so Monty Williams isn’t forced to play guys who likely won’t be on the team next season, though with the Pistons, you never know, they might just run it back.