Rodney Stuckey’s status still in doubt

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards

Date: April 5,  2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 26-50

Wizards: 20-56

Probable starters

Pistons:

Wizards:

  • John Wall
  • Jordan Crawford
  • Nick Young
  • Yi Jianlian
  • JaVale McGee

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -1

Over/under: 203.5

Score: Pistons win, 102.25-101.25

Three things to watch

1. Rodney Stuckey-John Kuester relationship

John Kuester said he’s undecided about whether Rodney Stuckey, fresh off a benching for refusing to enter a game, will play tonight, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. With Stuckey entering free agency this summer, everything about him will be heavily scrutinized. What he does tonight – both on the court and off – plays into that.

2. DaJuan Summers replacing Charlie Villanueva on the active roster

DaJuan Summers will join the active roster in place of Charlie Villanueva, who’s out with a back injury, according to Langlois.

There’s no guarantee Summers will even play, but for those of you holding out hope he’ll give the Pistons (or any team) a reason to sign him this summer, tonight could be one his final chances to provide some evidence.

3. Lottery implications

With a loss, the Pistons would ensure they do no worse in the lottery than tied for the No. 8/9 seeds.

With a win, the Pistons would ensure they do no better in the lottery than tied for the No. 4/5 seeds.

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