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Brandon Knight and Austin Daye will start in place of Rodney Stuckey (groin) and Ben Gordon (personal)

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Fans get their wish, Daye and Knight starting backcourt for #Pistons vs. 76ers tonight. Stuck (groin), BG (personal stuff) out.

If only there were a pun for this situation.


  • Jan 6, 201212:41 pm
    by Shane


    lmao if the pistons pull off a win tonight i may need a new pair of pants

  • Jan 6, 201212:41 pm
    by Graham Simmington


    Maybe Tom Cruise can help you out…

  • Jan 6, 201212:45 pm
    by domnick


    what the hell… how can you win tonight without your backcourt best players…

  • Jan 6, 201212:48 pm
    by druhouse


    Daye needs to shine tonight, to keep his value up. Close out on some Meeks 3s and shoot open shots that Knight gets for him.

    Knight v Holiday should be interesting. Nice challenge for Knight for sure.

  • Jan 6, 20121:00 pm
    by Steve K


    Looking forward to this big time.

    Pistons 3 youngsters in Knight, Monroe, and Daye all on the floor. Could be ugly, but could also be fun.

  • Jan 6, 20121:19 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog


    They should just give Knight the strting job permanently.  Stuckey has been stinking the scene so far.

  • Jan 6, 20121:23 pm
    by Jakob Eich


    Hopefully Austin’s jumper will see some Dayelight!

  • Jan 6, 20121:24 pm
    by dvs


    Ha!! Daye goes from no miutes to starting SG….. well time to step up young man.

  • Jan 6, 20121:26 pm
    by frankie d


    great move.  looks like they understand that they need to try to jumpstart daye.
    this may help.
    philly, though is a tough team.  they are scrappy, play tough defense and are your typical doug collins team.
    let’s hope that frank lets daye get a decent number of minutes and doesn’t pull him if he misses a couple of jumpers.
    he should, however, get decent looks from the 3 point line because philly does try to pack things in the lane.  they pretty much all collapse.  you can see that they try to always have one foot near the lane and always cheat to the middle.
    if he lets fly quickly, he should get some good clean looks.  plus, meeks is about 6’4″, so he’ll have a real height advantage.
    hopefully, detroit will play at a quick pace as philly’s half-court defense is tough once it settles in.

    • Jan 6, 20121:54 pm
      by Steve K


      Based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s incumbent upon Knight to deliver Daye the ball in the right spot. If he’s using Daye to bail him out, the team is in trouble. Knight would be much better served to dump the ball to Tayshaun or Monroe in that situation.

  • Jan 6, 20121:26 pm
    by piston_fan_phl


    I’m not expecting them to win but if they can grab one it will make my day.

  • Jan 6, 20121:38 pm
    by Tim


    I like the idea of daye starting.  I think bynum should be in there over knight, but I get that lottery picks get a lot of extra attention/burn.  should be fun to see them.

  • Jan 6, 20122:24 pm
    by Max


    I hope Daye plays well, but I think he’s gonna play like crap and the Pistons are gonna look horrible without Stuckey.  I’m pissed off because this should have been our most winnable game this week,

    • Jan 6, 20122:28 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      I don’t know about that. Philly is playing way better than NY right now and Amar’e is banged up. Mavs are playing bad too, and both the NY and Dallas games are at home.

      • Jan 6, 20123:51 pm
        by frankie d


        @ patrick
        agreed about philly.   they opened the season here in portland and they looked very good for a team opening on the road against a team – portland – that has proven to be one of the league’s best.
        typical doug collins team, they got behind and just scrapped and scrapped and almost pulled the game out at the end. 
        any idiot who thinks philly is an easy team for a team like detroit has not been paying attention.
        but, it actually is a decent matchup for detroit, on the front line in the sense that they really don’t have bangers, except for brand. monroe will probably have to  guard brand, with JJ on hawes, cause hawes spends most of his time in the mid-range area and just outside of the paint.
        otherwise, they have a bunch of runners and jumpers and slashers.
        detroit, especially daye, is going to have to pay close attention to the 3 point line, cause they have a green llight to shoot it from 3.  and williams and iggy and holiday and meeks will all toss it up from 3.  interestingly, it looks like collins is trying to cure hawes from standing out at the 3 point line and become more of a post presence. it seems to be working.  he definitely seems to be playing tougher than he’d played in sacremento.
        should be fun to watch, though i don’t know if detroit will be able to match philly’s toughness.
        we’ll see.

        • Jan 6, 20124:00 pm
          by Patrick Hayes


          Hawes has been a beast — 13 points/11 boards/4 assists/2 blocks per game and shooting 67 percent.

          You’re right, it could be Collins’ influence, but the fact that he’s going to be a free agent probably isn’t hurting his motivation either.

          • Jan 6, 20124:12 pm
            by frankie d

            had not realized he was in a contract year.
            yes, that matters.  but collins always seems to be able to take soft big guys and make them play tougher.
            i mean, when terry mills played for him, even t-mills looked like a tough-minded player who was not afraid to bang and take tough shots.
            collins is an excellent coach.  to bad he’s a bit…high strung, to put it mildly.

  • Jan 6, 20123:02 pm
    by Max


    @Patrick  I guess you’re right though I tend to look at NY and DALL more like elite teams and PHILLY as middle of the pack.  I’m sure Dallas is going to pick it up soon but I guess I can hope it takes them a few more games.

    • Jan 6, 20124:38 pm
      by tarsier


      No, the best thing for Detroit is to really improve but lose a ton of close games to good teams. They certainly aren’t a contender this year. I can’t even realistically see them making the playoffs. So we gotta hope for a high draft pick instead. But showing major signs of a future while losing tons of games would be the best.

  • Jan 6, 20123:05 pm
    by Max


    BTW:  As a New Yorker, I can attest that Knicks and Nets fans are feeling even worse about their teams than you guys are about the Pistons………….Knick fans in particular are all calling for D’Antoni’s head and saying they are ready to throw in the towel on the whole team.

  • Jan 6, 20125:30 pm
    by Max


    The idea of whether it is realistic or not to make the playoffs is up in the air this year,  The Pistons haven’t been healthy in two years and Stuckey has a groin injury already but I think some of the seeds this year are going to come down to at least a couple of teams that people fully expect to make the playoffs dropping out due to injuries and at least a couple of teams that people don’t expect to make the playoffs getting in due to health and depth.   This is a year where a slot start and one player going down for a 4-6 weeks could be too much to overcome for the friggin’ Mavs.  You never know.
    I can see the Pistons being one of those teams as they are usually one of the franchises that enjoys the best health due to Arnie , they have underachieved for two seasons partially due to lack of health and they do have depth and young legs.
    It is not time to give up on the playoffs yet and while some have been outright calling Dumars gun shy about making trades since he has not made one since 2008; the protracted ownership sale and truncated off season have left him little opportunity.   He once was very active and now has the opportunity to be so again, but he will have a lot more leverage and options after Stuckey, Prince and Jerebko become tradable.  Dumars is actually the furthest thing from gun shy and I fully expect a trade of some sort by the deadline that could yet change the complexion of this team.
    If Frank can keep the team somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 or even 400, the playoffs could very much be a reality if they make the right trade.    Remember Rasheed at the deadline?

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