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What’s up with Rodney Stuckey? Ear infection Maggette says.

Nov 6, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh Getty Images

We at PBT asked the question yesterday — what is going on with Rodney Stuckey?

The attacking Pistons guard is 1-of-23 shooting this season, is not attacking the rim like he used to, not hunting out contact in the lane, not knocking down his shots and is being marginalized in the Pistons offense. It’s pretty dramatic and shocking if you’ve seen Rodney Stuckey play before.

The answer could be an ear infection. That’s what teammate Corey Maggette told Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Previously team sources had described what Stuckey was dealing with as “migraines” but a painful ear infection could have the same impact. Not only is the pain distracting but also an ear issue can lead to balance issues.

Hopefully he can get over whatever this is and move on to dealing with how to find his space in an offense where Brandon Knight has the ball most of the time and they want Greg Monroe to have the rock in the post more.

  1. money2long - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    i remember when stuckey was tha tup and coming young stud on the pistons squad that still featured chauncey and rip and the rest of them. i hope he can start producing for detroit because they can’t afford to have him playing less than what he’s capable of. and i’m not even certain of this yet, but is stuckey officially not the franchise cornerstone anymore, in favor of monroe? seems like it.

    • scalfor3 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      Yeah. He’s not even the future of their backcourt anymore, Knight looks decent

  2. badintent - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    He may need surgery for the ear infection, he could have a problem common to swimmers or a problem related to flying in pressurized airplanes on road trips. Pollution can trigger an allergic reaction where the ear creates an overload of fluid and infection sets in . Lou Pinella had a bad ear infection derail his playing career. Cortisone sprays are effective but if not, he may have to go under the knife.

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