Pistons’ Aussie Thompson out for season due to blood clot

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By journalsofus.com

Just when you thought the Detroit Pistons’ season couldn’t get any worse, the team announced on Wednesday that rookie wing Ausner Thompson will miss the remainder of the season as he receives treatment for a blood clot.

Thompson left Detroit’s game against Dallas on March 9 after playing only 11 minutes due to what was initially classified as an “illness”. An “asthma” designation was added to Thompson’s injury report for the Pistons before their next game.

According to the team, Thompson has already been cleared for conditioning and will resume non-contact basketball activities following the conclusion of the regular season.

“I’m glad the doctors caught it,” Pistons coach Monty Williams said. “All the information I have received suggests that they are handling it. …It’s a medical condition, but I’m glad they caught it.”

Thompson, the No. 5 pick in last year’s NBA draft, has been one of the very few bright spots for a Pistons team (12-56) that is likely to finish this season with the worst record in franchise history. The team also announced Wednesday that starter Isaiah Stewart will miss the rest of the year after suffering a hamstring injury suffered against the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Along with Stewart, Thompson is one of the team’s best two defenders. Thompson took on the toughest defensive assignments every night for the Pistons and received praise for his performance as a long-serving wing defender.

Offensively, while Thompson’s 3-point shooting still has a long way to go, the rookie was a very good finisher at the rim and had a highlight reel in transition.

Before the medical issue, Thompson was on track to become the only Detroit player to play in all 82 games. In 63 games this season, Thompson averaged 25 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks while shooting 48.3 percent from the field.

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