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Pistons’ Stuckey breaks thumb, to have surgery Friday, out indefinitely

Oct 10, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

Rodney Stuckey AP

Just a day ago, Pistons coach Mo Cheeks was giving Chauncey Billups the start at the two and saying Rodney Stuckey would be getting the chance to steal that job. Stuckey had been the best of the three defensively, Cheeks said. Meanwhile rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was left without a chair when the music stopped. (Actually, he could get a lot of time on a chair on the bench. Got to work on my analogies.)

Now Stuckey is out of the picture for a while — he broke the thumb on his right hand when it got caught in his car door as it was closed, the team announced on Thursday. He will have surgery on Friday and there is no timeline for his return (they expect to know more after the operation).

This much we know: surgery to your shooting hand means you’re out for a while.

That’s not good for a Pistons team that needs outside shooting and good guard play to balance out a fantastic front line. While Brandon Jennings will do his thing — probably a step-back three — at the point this means the Pistons need to rely on the about-to-turn 37 Billups and the rookie Caldwell-Pope to eat up heavy minutes at the two guard. Maybe Will Bynum or Kyle Singler can get in the mix. Whatever happens it could get interesting.

  1. kb2408 - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    KC-P better be in the mix for playing time at the 2. The Pistons could’ve used that pick on Trey Burke.

    • renbidoni - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      We’re happy with Siva over Burke.

  2. marc0626 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I wonder if luigi will get minutes

  3. climaximus - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    What’s the problem? Stuckey can’t shoot even when he’s healthy! Hopefully KCP seizes the window of opportunity.

  4. bleedburgandyandgold - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I’d talk smack about him shutting his thumb in his car door but…..I’ve done it before as well not proud of it but it happens lol at least I didn’t break mine but it wedged the door shut and took 3 people to get it open again lol

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      It hurts!

  5. tigers182 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Players in the motor city sure are getting injured in their cars a little too often.

  6. uncleanesthesia - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    I’m a Pistons fan and while I’m no fan of Stuckey as a basketball player I certainly wouldn’t wish something like this on anyone. I feel bad for him.

  7. telldatruth - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    No big deal! He isn’t part of the future anyway. Besides, it gives more minutes to KCP

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