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Rodney Stuckey breaks thumb in car door, out indefinitely

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

Stuckey out with a fractured thumb. Happened yesterday. Caught in a door jamb. Surgery Friday. That’ll keep him out a while.

Official diagnosis: Fracture of the distal phalanx of the right thumb. Caught inside his car door.

First of all, this is a terrible break for Stuckey, and this could be costly to him in a contract year. Maurice Cheeks just said the Pistons will use up to four guards, and I suspect he’ll still use four with Stuckey out: Brandon Jennings, Chauncey Billups, Will Bynum and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (or maybe Kyle Singler over Caldwell-Pope). When Stuckey returns – in several weeks, I predict – where will he fit? By then, Caldwell-Pope will be more comfortable in the NBA, and the only thing keeping Bynum behind Stuckey the last few years was a lack of opportunity.

However, as anyone who has read my last couple posts on the Pistons’ shooting guards knows, I think starting Stuckey would have been a huge mistake. Now, that potential error is averted. It seems Billups will get the nod, and he’s a much better fit with a non-shooting front line of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

Stuckey could have been helpful off the bench, but considering I don’t see Bynum or Caldwell-Pope as a huge downgrade, I’m much happier to avoid the risk of Stuckey starting. In a Machiavellian sense, of course.  Mostly, I’m just cringing at the thought of closing a car door on my thumb. Ouch!


  • Oct 10, 201310:32 pm
    by Some Dude


    Definitely bad luck for Stuckey jamming his thumb in the car door while holding is child.

  • Oct 10, 201310:49 pm
    by Ryan


    Joe Dumars is gangster. That’s all I’m saying.

    • Oct 11, 201312:18 am
      by gmehl



      Cheeks – I am a veteran kind of guy and the starting SG gig probably comes down to Stuckey/Billups.

      Dumars – We shall see about that shall we… SLAM

      Stuckey – Owwwwch!

      KCP – Put me in coach! 

  • Oct 10, 201310:55 pm
    by Gordbrown


    This is terrible news. Bynum started the game and at one point he had scored some points but also had an a/to rate of infinity. When Bynum has more points than all the other starters the team is going to lose and lose a lot. Everything was unfolding as it should. I’m afraid this sets the team back significantly (but of course what would a Stuckey season be without a weird injury.

    • Oct 11, 20133:46 am
      by Some Dude


      Bynum played very well, and is capable of leading the team. He and our bench last year helped keep the team in many games when the starters were cold. Bynum’s a baller, plain and simple.

      He played nearly 47 minutes against the Heat, imagine how tired he was. Of course he’s gonna turn the ball over, he could barely stand and they were pressuring him. Learn the whole story before you complain.

      The team overall played well, the starters were good and put the team in a position to win. But as usual in preseason games, the 4th quarter is all about letting the bench goof around.

    • Oct 11, 20139:34 am
      by tarsier


      “had an a/to rate of infinity.”

      I’m assuming you have this backwards or else why would you complain? But also, is it really important whether a player’s first assist comes before his first TO or vice versa? Look at how he did over the whole game.

      • Oct 11, 201310:34 am
        by Gordbrown


        Let’s look at the whole game. The Pistons lost this game (I know pre-season but still) because of turnovers (the good news is that their rebounding nearly compensated for those turnovers). The starting backcourt contributed over one-half of those and Bynum led the team in turnovers. Last year’s team lost not because of any moral defects except one – inability to protect the ball. Back in the day if Ben Gordon had made 7 tos in a game, it wouldn’t matter how many points he had, the rabble would be calling for his head on a stick. I repeat, if Bynum is scoring more points than the front court, the Pistons are going to lose an awful lot of games.

        • Oct 11, 201312:43 pm
          by tarsier


          Bynum’s 7 TOs: definitely a problem worth complaining about
          Bynum’s AST:TO ratio of less than 1: atrocious
          The fact that his first TO came before his first assist: meaningless
          The fact that he led the team in scoring: if he shoots 69%, the more shots he takes, the better

  • Oct 10, 201311:06 pm
    by The Guru



  • Oct 11, 201312:19 am
    by dante151


    omg. Detroit sports teams can’t catch a break with injures. First it was Nate, now its Stuckey. They need to get some “protection” when they open their car doors or have someone with them so they can hold their pizza.

  • Oct 11, 20133:15 am
    by Roscoe


    Bad for stuckey.   Good for the team.    That’s just the way it is.   Stuckey hasn’t been good.   This is the same guy that benched himself he was so bad last year.   He doesn’t fit on this team.  Never has.   Hopefully this closes the door on him no pun intended.  rather ride with billups jennings kcp and Bynum as our four guards all season. 

    • Oct 11, 20139:35 am
      by tarsier


      Stuckey would have been a good option to take off the bench. This is bad news for the Pistons, but not catastrophic.

  • Oct 11, 20136:00 am
    by swish22


    A setback for Rodney.  Not so for the Pistons.

  • Oct 11, 20138:18 am
    by AaronD


    With tankapalooza in full swing by about a quarter of the league, wouldn’t this actually HELP his trade value?  He’s not a horrible player, and he might have helped some of these tanking teams.   Now, they could jettison someone quasi useful and take on a player that’s going to miss some time and with an injury the team could nurse for months…

    Call Phili, call Toronto, call Phoenix, call Orlando, call Boston!!! 

    If I were Charlie V, I would be afraid to get in my car right now. 

    • Oct 11, 20139:37 am
      by tarsier


      It certainly doesn’t help his trade value as another team could have always traded for him and cut him anyway (probably for some small savings as that would have freed Stuckey up to sign with anyone he wanted).

      • Oct 11, 20139:38 am
        by tarsier


        Stuckey would be a fantastic fit on the Warriors.

  • Oct 11, 201311:33 am
    by Brandon Knight


    I watched the whole game on the Internet, and let me tell you this, I have no Idea how the pistons kept up with the Heat. Bynum was tired as hell, Cheeks played Singler and KCP at the PG, and on multiple occasions he had (Monroe, Smith, Drummmond, Jerebko, and KCP as PG) on the court at the same time. It was terrible, KCP and Bynum were the only guards playing. 

  • Oct 11, 201311:48 am
    by sebastian


    You Stuckey-haters don’t get it. This is all part of the plan to have Stuckey fulfill the 6th-man role.
    Here’s how it will go … Stuckey’s injury will reduce the anxiety about who starts at the 2-guard position to start the first month of the season. There will be a three guard rotation of Jennings (PG), Chauncey (SG), and KCP (SG) coming off the bench and Will B. relieving when needed.
    As the first month of the season plays out … Jennings (PG) will get into the groove of playing with Smooth, Moose, and Dre. Chaunce will be there to help the squad with its cerebral approach to start the season and he (Chaunce) will provide the necessary calming influence. Meanwhile, KCP will be allow to become adjusted to the NBA game, again, all during Stuckey’s absence.
    When Stuckey’s thumb injury has improved, I’ll say shortly before Thanksgiving, he will then be cast as the 6th-man, and KCP will be move to the starting SG position. By this time, Chaunce will pooped and ready to reduce his minutes, but still continue to fulfill his role as the mentor with the deadly three point range.
    Yes, Pistons Pals this is all a grand plan to relieve the tension and confusion with OUR Pistons guard rotation, to start the season.
    Great move by Joe, Cheeks, and Stuckey!

    • Oct 11, 20137:25 pm
      by gmehl


      This is beyond stupid

  • Oct 12, 20138:18 am
    by Tyrone


    this hurts Stuckey and the team a little.  When going against bigger athletic shooting guards we are still at a loss.  Stuckeys size and defending ability will be missed. remember this off season one thing Joe wanted to get done was to get bigger athletic wing players and we landed KCP.  The players who need to step up and take full advantage of this injury are Kyle Singler and GIGI.   Singler should be able to play his way in the game at the SG and GIGI should show his scoring ability at SF. 


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