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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kuester hopes to have Stuckey back soon

AUBURN HILLS — Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday.

Stuckey was cleared to “return to a progressive exercise program” on March 10 and could be cleared practice as soon as Thursday.

“Stuckey will hopefully be given the freedom to practice and hopefully we’ll get him back soon,” Pistons coach John Kuester said. “It’s sort of day-to-day still with him.

“Hopefully we’ll get a full practice in on Thursday.”

If everything goes well on Thursday then Kuester said there's a chance Stuckey will be in the lineup on Friday when the Pistons play at Indiana.

“Hopefully, we’re playing that by ear,” Kuester said.

Stuckey has missed the Pistons last six games after he collapsed during the Pistons game at Cleveland on March 5.

He went through a series of tests, including a complete cardiac evaluation by three different doctors at three different hosptials, which all came back negative.

Prior to the incident, Stuckey started the Pistons first 62 games, averaging 17.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds, all career-highs.

Entering Tuesday night’s game at Cleveland, the Pistons were 2-4 with Stuckey sidelined.


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