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.

Tags: Ben Gordon Brandon Knight Rodney Stuckey Will Bynum