Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 1:16 PM EST Dec 7, 2018 It’s a mixed bag for the Detroit Pistons. Multiple reports say Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will rest for Friday night’s game at Little Caesars Arena when the Pistons (13-9) will try to snap a two-game losing skid. But the Pistons announced backup point guard Ish Smith has been enduring an issue with a right adductor and it finally tore during Wednesday night’s loss at Milwaukee. The release said the injury will be assessed in two weeks, but Casey told reporters it’s a “3-to-6-week injury.” Casey added: “We’ve got some good young players that are ready to step in and play.” It’s likely veteran Jose Calderon will get first crack, but the Pistons have been preparing rookies Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas for point guard duties. Brown is a candidate to start against the 76ers since Reggie Bullock (left ankle sprain) is still a few days away. He missed the Bucks game. Embiid has dominated the Pistons and Andre Drummond this season, averaging 36 points per game in two meetings. But 76ers coach Brett Brown announced this morning Embiid needed rest. Embiid, an early-season MVP candidate, is averaging 26.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game for the 76ers (17-9). Follow Vince Ellis on Twitter @vincent_ellis56. Download our Pistons Xtra app on iTunes or Android!