Brandon Jennings Makes Debut, Pistons Win, Everyone’s Happy

After much anticipation, Brandon Jennings made his Detroit debut on Sunday night. The former Milwaukee Buck was signed-and-traded this past offseason to the Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov. The 6′ 1″ guard missed much of the preseason and the first two games of the regular season due to a fractured jaw caused by a wisdom tooth.

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His first game at the Palace was a success. Jennings entered the game midway through the first quarter, wearing a clear mask that protected his face and chin. He finished with 12 points, 4 assists and 4 steals in the Pistons’ (2-1) 87-77 win over the Boston Celtics (0-3).

Jennings, however, did take the facemask off in the fourth quarter.

“I’m not used to playing with something on my face so it was my decision to take it off,” he said.

A couple of the most significant plays of the game came from Jennings. After the Celtics cut their deficit to 79-77 with under two minutes to play, he forced two turnovers. His first was a steal that he dished off to Rodney Stuckey who was fouled. He drained two free throws to give the Pistons some breathing room.

Head coach Maurice Cheeks was pleased with Jennings’ play.

“It was good to see him out there and the effect he can have on the team,” Cheeks said. “He brings a little electricity to a game.”