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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pistons to change starting lineup

UPDATE: The Pistons starting five will by Chucky Atkins, Rodney Stuckey, Jonas Jerebko, Jason Maxiell and Ben Wallace.

Putting Chucky Atkins in the starting lineup and leaving Will Bynum on the bench, gives the Pistons some firepower coming off a bench that will also feature Charlie Villanueva now. We'll see how these lineup changes work out against the 12-4 Atlanta Hawks.

Expect some changes in the Pistons starting lineup today when they host the Atlanta Hawks. Pistons coach John Kuester was vague about the changes, but said there will be some.

“We are going to hold off on talking about our lineup, but we’re going to make some changes,” Kuester said. “There is some changes. We’ll hold off until a little bit later because we’re just making sure.”

Ben Gordon (ankle), Richard Hamilton (ankle) and Tayshaun Prince (back) remain out of the lineup.

Austin Daye started in place of Gordon against the Clippers on Friday so it could be a case where the matchup against Atlanta won’t allow Detroit to start Daye. Starting Will Bynum at point guard and moving Rodney Stuckey to shooting guard would allow Detroit to have Bynum defend Atlanta’s Mike Bibby and Stuckey defend Joe Johnson.

The changes could also be in the frontcourt where Charlie Villanueva has struggled as of late, while Jason Maxiell has played well of the bench. It’s unclear what the changes are at this point, but Kuester feels adjustments need to be made with the team on a seven-game losing streak.

“We been on a streak that we’re not comfortable with,” Kuester said. “Let me you tell you this our lineup changes don’t really reflect the person or persons that are taken out of the lineup. We just have to make some adjustments. It’s not their fault is what I’m saying. You’ve go to go through and make some adjustments and stuff like that. The whole idea is trying to continually get better. That’s the whole purpose.”


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