He doesn't look the part but Brandon Knight is a beaten-up ballplayer, going through an assortment of injuries that, singularly, would have some of the NBA's best grabbing suits instead of warm-ups before games.

His plantar fasciitis has a couple of premier big men in the East sitting out in Chicago's Joakim Noah and Washington's Nene. Not to mention Knight just got his broken nose reset — the second time he's had that happen in two years.

And he can't take a hard step without being reminded of the nagging left ankle injury he's playing through, either, along with the adjustment of playing against bigger and stronger shooting guards since the arrival of Jose Calderon.

"It's always something," Knight said. "My entire college season it was tendinitis. I don't think I've ever had this many minor things at once."

It doesn't help teams are targeting him at the beginning of games, with the Celtics posting Paul Pierce up against him and the Bulls putting Jimmy Butler on the low block.

"With Kyle (Singler) playing the two, you have these quick, speedy guys and now when (Knight) is a two, some nights it's a catch-and-shoot guy, other nights it's a post-up guy," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "It's making the adjustment. These are big, thick, strong guys. Brandon's had some moments, he's dealing with some injuries."

Since returning from that nasty ankle sprain against the Jazz on March 11, an injury that caused him to miss four games, his offensive game has yet to join him. His stretch of five straight games without scoring in double figures is the longest streak in his career.

"A guy like Brandon, who's so repetition-conscious of getting those (practice) shots in," Frank said. "Then we throw him a curve with the trade. Now you're running baseline screens and he hasn't done it since college. There has to be an allowance made for it."

When it was suggested he's not getting the ball as much, he nodded in agreement.

"Ever since I've come back from injury, the flow's been kinda funky as far as that goes," Knight said. "I'm not complaining. You try to find a rhythm and a way to affect a game."

With Calderon on the point and Rodney Stuckey awakening from a season-long slumber, it's left Knight on the short end of opportunities to create but he's kept a positive face on it, especially considering he doesn't see himself as a natural shooting guard.