Jan 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) carries the ball in between Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (left) and guard Terrence Ross (31) and guard-forward John Salmons (25) at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Detroit 112-91. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Time Off Has Helped Rodney Stuckey

The Pistons are finishing another long layoff between games. The Pistons take on the Utah Jazz in Auburn Hills on Friday but the last time they played was Sunday January 11th when they beat the Phoenix Suns at the Palace.

That long layoff has been a blessing for Rodney Stuckey’s sore shoulder.  Maurice Cheeks told Vince Ellis of the Free Press that he had good practices this week.

The time off before the Pistons’ next game — Friday when the Jazz visits the Palace — seems to have been a boon to Rodney Stuckey’s sore right shoulder. Cheeks said he was “very good” in Monday and Wednesday practices.

No official word on whether Stuckey is close to 100% but Cheeks comments are a good sign.  The Pistons offense struggles without Stuckey in the line-up. Stuckey has averaged 13.3 points per game off the bench for the Pistons this season and has been a key cog in the guard rotation.

In fact, the anemic offense that led to the recent 6 game losing streak can be attributed to Stuckey’s absence and or lack of minutes.

No matter how you slice it the Pistons are a better offensive team with Stuckey in the rotation. However until he is 100%, the Pistons will continue to limit his minutes as too not over expose him on the defensive end.

You can catch the Pistons from the Palace tomorrow night against the Utah Jazz.  Tip is at 7:30pm and you can watch the game on Fox Sports Detroit.


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