Prince to start against Pacers
Rookie Jonas Jerebko will come off the bench, with Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox and Ben Wallace being the other four starters.
Ben Gordon (groin) and Will Bynum (ankle) remain sidelined with injuries.
Pistons coach John Kuester said he will monitor Prince’s minutes in hopes to avoid another setback. Kuester admitted it’s possible they played Prince too many minutes we he returned from a back injury.
“That is one of the things, knock on wood, that I’ve hopefully learned,” Kuester said. “You have to gauge certain things and this is one of those things that I think is going to be important to gauge.”
Kuester said while he will monitor Prince’s minutes, he let Prince decide whether or not he wanted to start.
“Tayshaun’s got so much history here,” Kuester said. “He’s been of the true leaders and one of the great players for this franchise. This is the first time he’s ever had to go through this and this has been very challenging for him. We talked to other day and I said, ‘Listen, you just tell me when you’re ready to go.’ He had a chipper practice is the way I like to put it. I thought he was really aggressive. That was important. The decision was going to be his.”