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Monday, April 12, 2010

Pistons Stuckey to return, Gordon to stay in starting lineup

Piston guard Rodney Stuckey will return to the lineup for Monday’s game against Toronto. Stuckey missed the last two games with sore ribs.

Stuckey will come off the bench Monday with Ben Gordon remaining in the starting lineup. Gordon has started the last two games, averaging 30.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals.

“Ben is a great kid,” Pistons coach John Kuester said. “He’s going to have a bright future for us. He’s gotta feel good about himself the way he played the last couple games.”

Gordon scored 39 points, hitting seven 3-pointers in the Pistons win at Miami on April 9. The win snapped Miami’s nine-game winning streak.

“Offensively he had an outstanding game, he made big shots especially going down the stretch in one-on-one situations,” Kuester said. “But the thing that caught my eye even more so is how he defended Dwyane Wade. He did a great job. He did a great job throughout the entire night, defensively.”

Richard Hamilton (ankle) and Chris Wilcox (hamstring) remained out of the lineup.

Villanueva guarantees a win
Piston forward Charlie Villanueva guaranteed a win over the Raptors on his Twitter account Monday.

“Guarantee win tonight, yeah I said it,” Villanueva wrote.

Pistons coach John Kuester couldn’t help but laugh when told about Villanueva’s guarantee.

“He did?” Kuester said with a hearty laugh. “God bless him.

“That’s interesting.”

Kuester also took the time to praise Villanueva for his play the last few games.

“When I was talking about players that make the extra pass, boy he’s done a real good job in that stretch the last couple games,” Kuester said. “People focus on him and when he’s moving the basketball, boy it makes a big difference. Not to say I want him always passing. I’m also saying, ‘Hey, be more of a threat for other things.’ I tell you I’m very impressed, I thought the Miami game especially he did a great job not only offensively, but defensively.”

Pistons hire Citigroup to assess value
According to reports the Pistons have hired Citigroup to assess the value of the franchise and Citigroup could potentially broker the sale of the Pistons.

The Pistons are not currently for sale, but this could be the first step to put the franchise officially on the market.


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