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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cramps end Stuckey's spectacular night

Rodney Stuckey was having a spectacular night against the Mavericks Sunday and had 28 points in the first three quarters, but then went down with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter with cramping in both of his legs.

The cramps could have been a result of Stuckey playing 45 minutes in a win at Washington Saturday night and playing over 40 minutes up to that point.

Pistons coach John Kuester said Stuckey could have went back into the game for the final possession, but he elected to stay with Jonas Jerebko. Ben Gordon missed a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1.9 seconds left and the Pistons fell 95-90.

After the game, Stuckey said he was fine and didn't think there would be an lingering affects. He expects to be ready to go for the Pistons four-game West Coast road trip, which starts with a game at the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday.

“Just both my legs when I jumped in the air for that jump shot, just both my calves cramped up,” Stuckey said. “Arnie (Kander) is a good trainer. He told me to just take it easy. We have a lot of games coming up so I just have to get my rest and drink a lot of water.”

Up to that point, Stuckey was having his way with Dallas point guard Jason Kidd and the Mavericks even switched to a zone defense to try to slow down Stuckey and the Pistons.

“I was just trying to be aggressive,” Stuckey said. “Coming off a back-to-back we knew it was going to be a fight. Dallas was waiting for us. I was just trying to come out, be aggressive, get to the free-throw line a couple times and we just feel short tonight. We had a chance at the end to tie up, we just missed the shot.”

“Oh he was phenomenal,” Kuester said of Stuckey. “His ability to take the ball to the basket — he was really focused on attacking. I thought that was the thing that I was most impressed with him. He’s getting better and better each game. I thought his defense at times was outstanding.”

Backup Will Bynum also had a solid game and finished with 27 points, including the Pistons final nine.


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