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Rodney Stuckey out for tonight’s game

Dave Mayo of MLive:

Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, who aggravated a groin pull in a loss Wednesday at Minnesota, is out for tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Will Bynum is also still out, so that means D-League call-up Walker D. Russell should get some minutes immediately. The bad news for the Pistons is that the Grizzlies boast one of the league’s best backcourts at forcing turnovers in Tony Allen and Mike Conley. The Pistons will now have to rely on turnover-prone guards Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight for big minutes. Updates: Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News says, contrary to what Mayo reported, the injury is not a re-aggravation:

The #Pistons don’t want to risk a reinjury with Stuckey so it appears to be a precautionary measure more than anything

Not sure who is righter. Either way, Stuckey won’t play. Also, Keith Langlois says Walker Russell Jr. will have to be a quick study, because he’s getting thrown into the fire:

“His plane lands at 11,” Lawrence Frank said after the morning shootaround. “He’ll get in here and we’ll give him a crash course. Not only will he be ready to play, he’ll play.”

Update again:

Mayo responded to Dan on Twitter:

@PistonPowered Frank said he didn’t reaggravate but he pulled up like a lame horse at 1 point and clearly tweaked it at Minnesota, no doubt.

That’s good hustle by Mayo.

11 Comments

  • Jan 20, 20121:54 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog

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    Stuckey has been absolutely terrible.  I can’t believe Detroit signed him to an extension.  he’s a point guard that doesn’t know the word “pass.”  Will Bynum is no better.  So it’s probably for the best that neither one of them play at all.

    • Jan 20, 20124:31 pm
      by Marvin Jones

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      Last yr he averaged around 5 assists a game, this year, injured, he’s averaging 4.4 assists per game, Russell Westbrook is only averaging 5 assists, Daren Collison of IND is averaging 4.4 just like Stuckey; he does pass the ball but if a guy misses the shot or is fouled then no assist is awarded. I would like to see a catagory named attempted assists, which would account for those situations where a PG gets a guy an open shot and he misses it or is fouled, that might be a more truer indicater of how well a PG is moving the ball. 

  • Jan 20, 20122:11 pm
    by frankie d

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    he looked like he couldn’t explode to the ball on that one play late in the game when the ball came out toward center court, stuckey moved to the ball, but the minnesota player beat him to it.  stuckey obviously had no ability to accelerate to the ball.  that was the first time it has been very obvious to me that he was still hurt.

  • Jan 20, 20122:57 pm
    by Mark

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    Tired of both Stuckey and Bynum, glad to have a game off where I don’t have to watch them dribble aimlessly and turn the ball over.
    Why can we never seem to get Gordon out for some games too? This guy is like leach…I haven’t enjoyed 1 Pistons game with him in the lineup since he arrived, and he doesn’t go away.

    • Jan 20, 20124:43 pm
      by Dynamizer

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      I’m tired of people saying Stuckey turns the ball over a lot when he doesn’t…

      • Jan 20, 20124:56 pm
        by Patrick Hayes

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        You’re right. Stuckey is easily the only Pistons guard I’d trust to take care of the ball.

  • Jan 20, 20123:01 pm
    by Laser

    Reply

    Good thing we paid Hamilton to play for the Bulls.

    • Jan 20, 20123:14 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Why? Because he’s a model of durability? He’s played in two of the last 12 games.

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