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Friday, October 30, 2009

Hamilton out for Thunder game

Pistons guard Richard Hamilton is out for tonight’s home-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder and is likely out at least Saturday’s game at Milwaukee.

“(Hamilton) probably will not play the next two games for sure,” Pistons head coach John Kuester said before Friday’s game. “It’s just a basic day-to-day thing. Arnie’s working real hard at getting him squared away. Arnie’s the best in the league, he’ll have him going.”

Ben Gordon will start in Hamilton’s place Friday. Kuester said it was an easy choice to start Gordon, who scored 22 points in the Pistons win over the Grizzlies Wednesday.

“One of the things we always talk about is his ability and willingness to adjust to whatever we’ve done is incredible,” Kuester said. “I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am with (him). His attitude is making my job easier, in regards to saying, ‘Hey listen, coach I’m here for the long haul. I’ll do what you want.’ ”

Chucky Atkins will be active for Friday’s game and be the team’s fourth guard. Rookies Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko will also be active after each served a one-game suspension against Memphis. Rookie DaJuan Summers will be inactive.

“DaJuan Summers is going to be an outstanding player,” Kuester said. “Austin and Jonas have both done a really good job throughout the preseason, but we expect big things out of DaJuan before it’s all over.”


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