Andre Drummond nearly misses game after allergic reaction to avocado

Jack BaerYahoo Sports
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5015/" data-ylk="slk:Andre Drummond">Andre Drummond</a> paid more than an extra couple bucks for his avocado. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Andre Drummond paid more than an extra couple bucks for his avocado. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

In an injury update that reads somewhat like a mad lib, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond was a game-time decision Thursday due to an allergic reaction to an avocado.

Per Pistons coach Dwane Casey, the reaction caused significant eye swelling for Drummond and had him questionable against the Dallas Mavericks.

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As far as the NBA goes, that reason for potentially missing a game is a new one. Of course, we’re also talking about the league that once produced Enes Kanter’s missed practice due to burgers.

Drummond ended up feeling good enough to suit up, starting in his usual spot at center against the Mavericks.

The avocado intake could be related to the game’s setting, as the two teams are playing in Mexico City on Thursday. Apparently, the allergic reaction occurred a day or two ago, judging from Drummond’s use of sunglasses in practice on Wednesday.

If Drummond had to miss Thursday’s game or play less than 100 percent, it would have been a tough break for a Pistons team hoping to take down the 16-7 Mavericks. The big man is averaging 17.5 points and a league-leading 16.7 rebounds per game.

Fortunately, Drummond was able, and is now aware of an apparently serious allergy.

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