Pistons Guard Cade Cunningham Ruled Out for Four Games

Cade Cunningham with Montverde Academy junior in 2018
Cade Cunningham with Montverde Academy junior in 2018. Photo by Scott Serio/CSM/Shutterstock (10020038s)

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham will be unavailable for selection for at least four games after experiencing shin soreness, the team revealed on Saturday. As a result of this setback, he was omitted from the team that faced the Boston Celtics in what was a 117-108 loss at the Little Caesars Arena.

Cunningham was also not selected for the Pistons’ previous game against the New York Knicks on Friday. His most recent appearance was against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, when he posted a season-low four points on 1-for-11 shooting. This was the first occasion this season on which Cunningham was unable to post a score in double figures.

To date, the 21-year-old guard is averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists this season. While a respectable tally, the pressure is on for Cunningham to prove his worth after he was selected as the number one overall pick of the 2021 NBA draft.

For Detroit, Cunningham’s absence comes at a particularly inopportune time with the team sitting at the foot of the Eastern Conference standings. The Pistons next face the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, when they will hope to bring an end to a three-game losing streak.