Rodney Stuckey, Austin Daye jockey for regular-season playing time against Cavs

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Date: Dec. 20,  2011
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 0-1 preseason
  • Cavaliers: 1-0 preseason

Probable starters

Pistons:

Cavaliers:

  • Ramon Sessions
  • Anthony Parker
  • Alonzo Gee
  • Antawn Jamison
  • Anderson Varejao

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +3

Over/under: 188

Score: Cavaliers win, 95.5-92.5

Three things to watch

1. Rodney Stuckey 

Stuckey is reportedly in good shape, and tonight should give us an idea of how rusty he is after missing the start of training camp during his contract negotiation.

2. Austin Daye at shooting guard

Daye will start at shooting guard, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. Like Patrick, I think Daye’s best long-term position is shooting guard. After an up-and-down preseason opener, Daye could show he deserves a spot in the rotation – at shooting guard – with a strong performance tonight.

3. Surprise minutes

With this being the final game before the regular season, this will be Lawrence Frank’s last chance to audition the players he doesn’t already have a firm grasp on. That means borderline starters, borderline rotation players and borderline roster keepers should see extended minutes. 

Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva will miss the game for personal reasons, and Prince will rest the second half, according to Goodwill. That will free more minutes for Frank to dole out to the unknowns.

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