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Detroit Pistons’ Jahlil Okafor to miss 6 to 8 weeks after knee surgery

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In the last four games, the Pistons had only two options in the center: Mason Plumlee and Isaiah Stewart because Jahlil Okafor was out with knee pain.

The team on Wednesday gave more insight into the severity of the knee problems and announced that Okafor was undergoing surgery to clean the lateral meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks when he recovers.

25-year-old Okafor signed with the Pistons as a free agent in the off-season to become the backup center and allow rookie Stewart to grow into the position he’d learned.

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As it turns out, Stewart was quick to learn and to take on the backup role behind Plumlee. Okafor has played only 12 of the Pistons’ 26 games, and his last game was January 30th in the Golden State.

Okafor played the Warriors for 12 minutes and had two points and three rebounds. His season averages are 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.

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