Aussies in NBA: Aron Baynes leaves Heat game with sprained ankle, X-ray confirms no break
The Detroit Pistons started 2017 with a victory over the Miami Heat, but it wasn't without cost.
Aron Baynes had to leave the game early in the fourth quarter after spraining his left ankle. He had to be helped off by teammates and training staff, which raised concerns, but thankfully it doesn't appear to be too serious, with X-rays confirming no breaks or fractures.
Having added a walking boot to his mask in a growing list of sports accessories, Baynes' condition will be monitored and it's still unclear if he will need to sit out.
"I don't know how bad it is," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He sort of landed on it wrong."
Detroit has a day off to rest and recuperate before matching up against the Indiana Pacers in the first of a two-game homestand, so if the sprain isn't too severe, it's possible Aron won't need to miss any game time.