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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pistons Austin Daye answers when called upon

Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye has struggled to find minutes as of late. Daye logged double digit minutes for the just the fourth time this month on Tuesday in a win over the Cetlics.

Daye was ready when he number was finally called and scored 12 points, all in the second quarter, and shot 5 for 7 from the field, hitting 2 of 3 3-pointers.

Daye was shown the ultimate sign of respect when Tayshaun Prince was about to check in the game and Daye hit his second 3-pointer. Prince immediately walked back to the bench and asked Pistons coach John Kuester to keep Daye in the game, which Kuester did.

The second-year pro was in the playing rotation Tuesday in large part to Rodney Stuckey being out with a stomach illness. Tracy McGrady slid into the starting lineup at point guard and Daye slid into the backup small forward spot.

Moving forward, the Pistons will have to be creative to find Daye minutes. Playing too many guys has hurt the Pistons this season, but Tuesday's game was just another sign Detroit needs to find Daye playing time.

Below is Daye's postgame comments:


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