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Mike Trudell: Andre Drummond (right big toe contusion) and Wesley Matthews (neck contusion) are questionable for Tuesday night’s game at the Raptors (played in Tampa). Toronto plays Washington tonight. Kyle Lowry is out, and Fred Van Vleet is questionable for that front end of their B2B.
Mike Trudell: Vogel said Andre Drummond is still in “a great deal of discomfort” with the toe, and is struggling to get his shoe on, so he’s “just not there yet."
Dave McMenamin: Lakers newly-acquired center Andre Drummond will miss a second straight game, today vs. the Clippers, with a torn toenail and bruised right big toe, a source with knowledge of the situation tells ESPN
"I didn't really think anything of it," Drummond said. "I came back in the second quarter and it was hurting a little bit more. And then after halftime I finally took my sock off to look and my whole toenail was gone. It was all bad from there. I couldn't walk or run, so I just told coach to take me out." Frank Vogel obliged, and Drummond limped to the locker room shortly after. X-rays were negative. The Lakers said Drummond will be re-evaluated Thursday and is considered day-to-day. Their next game is Friday on the road against the Sacramento Kings.
Mark Medina: Andre Drummond "very happy to see" that x-rays came out negative. He said he'll keep icing to heal the right big toe. Drummond on level of pain: "I've lost a toe nail before, but this one was very painful." He said he can't put his shoe on. Wearing flip flops
Drummond said Bucks center Brook Lopez stepped on his foot in the first quarter, causing the injury. "I didn't really think anything of it," Drummond said. "I came back in the second quarter and it was hurting a little bit more. And then after halftime, I finally took my sock off to look and my whole toenail was gone. So, it was just all bad from there. I couldn't walk or run. So I just told Coach [Frank Vogel] to take me out."
Lakers forward Markieff Morris said he has lost a toenail before and that it was an ordeal to overcome. "I mean I played the next game, but s---, man, that s--- was like a month and a half before it started feeling better," Morris said. "Because you don't realize how much your toe is rubbing against the top of your shoes, or you're using your toe for power. ... It's a terrible thing." Said Drummond: "I've lost a toenail before. But this one was very painful."
Kelsey Russo: The only update to the #Cavs injury report for tonight’s game against the Spurs is Andre Drummond (calf strain) is probable. OUT: Darius Garland (groin strain), Dante Exum (ankle sprain), Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion)
James Edwards III: Kalin Lucas and Isaiah Whitehead are here in Detroit. Drummond (nasal injury) is out, Smith (adductor) is questionable, Leuer (illness) is probable.
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey said Ish Smith is day-to-day, and Andre Drummond has a nasal contusion. He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Andre Drummond (illness) will start tonight vs. #Hornets, along with regular DET starters: Jackson, Kennard, Bullock and Griffin. #DFS
Andre Drummond is out for Detroit's game Saturday night against Houston because of a right rib contusion. The star center played in Friday night's loss at Philadelphia , but the Pistons are holding him out against the Rockets
Andre Drummond could join the line of Detroit Pistons masked men. After Drummond had recent surgery to correct a deviated septum, a problem that’s caused him breathing issues for several years, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press on Friday that it could make Drummond more prone to a broken nose.
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