Josh Smith F DET 6 Days

Smith was benched for the final 16 minutes Wednesday's loss to the Suns, the reports. He finished the game with five points, four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes.

Smith had a "spirited verbal exchange" with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy when leaving the floor in the third quarter, and the veteran forward didn't find his way off the bench the rest of the night. Van Gundy stressed that he was just using the players that gave him the best chance to win in the fourth quarter, and Smith agreed that he was struggling to find his "offensive flow" on the night. While it doesn't appear that this outing from Smith spells long-term doom, owners will want to keep a close eye on the situation over the next couple of games to make sure he's not at odds with his coach.

Josh Smith F DET 16 Days

Smith scored a team-high 19 points (8-19 FG, 1-2 3P, 2-3 FT) with 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 39 minutes during Monday's loss to the Bulls.

He'd either scored in double digits or pulled down double digit rebounds in every game so far, but this was Smith's first actual double-double of the season.

Josh Smith F DET 19 Days

Smith made just five of his 14 shots Friday against the Bucks for 14 points.

Smith's poor shooting night comes a game after he went 2-for-17 from the floor versus the Knicks on Wednesday. However, Smith still played 36 minutes, so his playing time doesn't seem to be affected.

Josh Smith F DET 27 Days

Smith played 30 minutes in Thursday's loss to Minnesota, finishing with 10 points (5-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

After a decent season debut against the Nuggets on Wednesday, Smith reverted back to the disappointment he was for much of the 2013-14 campaign in Thursday's loss to Minnesota. While he has made a more concentrated effort to work his way into the post, Smith continues to settle for too many long jumpers. He's shooting just 36.8 percent (14-of-38) clip from the floor, including an 0-of-5 mark from downtown. Smith has four blocks through the first two games and there's little doubt his defensive production will wane, but he's a fundamentally flawed player on the offensive end of the court who will give his owners fits, especially in rotisserie leagues.

Josh Smith F DET 1 Month

Smith played 33 minutes and scored 17 points on Thursday against the Sixers.

Smith went down with an ankle injury earlier this week, but felt good enough about it Thursday, that he was able to play in over 30 minutes of action. The ankle injury was never deemed to be something serious, so it's not too much of surprise he was able to suit up and play. He'll be all systems go for the Pistons' opener against the Nuggets Wednesday.

Josh Smith F DET 1 Month

Smith (ankle) did not practice Monday.

Smith sustained a minor ankle injury during Saturday's preseason game. Coach Stan Van Gundy said Smith could have returned to the game, so it doesn't look like anything serious, but he's likely being held out as a precaution.

Josh Smith F DET 1 Month

Smith suffered a minor ankle injury in Saturday's preseason win over Atlanta, Keith Langlois of reports.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Smith could have gone back in after suffering the injury, but there was no sense in risking anything for a preseason game. Smith should be fine for Thursday's game against the 76ers.

Josh Smith F DET 1 Month

Smith started at small forward in Wednesday's preseason win over the Hornets. He finsihed with 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 FT, 1-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

The Pistons have used a different starting lineup in each of their four preseason tilts. Smith has been a part of the starting unit in three of the fours games, but Wednesday marked his first starting appearance at small forward. He was joined by Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the starting frontcourt, which is the same disastrous starting lineup Detroit rolled out for the majority of the 2013-14 campaign. It remains unlikely that both Smith and Monroe will be a part of the starting lineup this season, but both big men will continue to see heavy minutes.

Josh Smith F DET 2 Months

Smith (groin) did not practice Saturday, reports.

Smith's absence seems to have been more about maintenance, as the ailment was described as just "slight" groin tightness, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Pistons took further precaution and held him out of Sunday's exhibition. Greg Monroe would presumably get the start in his place.

Josh Smith F DET 2 Months

Smith and Greg Monroe are expected to battle for the starting power forward job this preseason, the Detroit Free Press reports.

After Smith's disastrous turn as the Pistons' primary small forward last season, new head coach Stan Van Gundy isn't expected to run out a starting lineup of Smith, Monroe and Andre Drummond in the front court. Drummond is a lock to start at center, leaving Smith and Monroe to battle for the power forward gig. Van Gundy hasn't tipped his hand in either direction yet, but the fact that Smith holds a long-term contract with the Pistons while Monroe will hit free agency after the season could factor into the decision. Monroe will also open the season serving a two-game suspension, so a final decision may not become apparent until the Pistons' third game of the regular season. While a starting gig would make Smith slightly more appealing, he's still expected to log heavy minutes if he ends coming off the bench.