Detroit Pistons On Right Track Insists Guard Rodney Stuckey

By John Raffel
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Rodney Stuckey insists that the Detroit Pistons are headed in the right direction and could become an NBA playoff team despite their unimpressive 1-2 start in the preseason.

Stuckey is looking to be a key court leader for the Pistons and also be more of a consistent scorer.
The knock against him is that in past seasons, he’s been hot one game and frosty the next. In the Pistons first preseason game against the Toronto Raptors, they shot nearly 50 percent from the floor. But in their next two games, shooting has been mediocre, to be kind.

But Stuckey isn’t pushing the panic button. After all, it’s just preseason.

“We’re just trying to get better as a team,” he said. “We want to make the playoffs this year and we’re taking the right steps towards the playoffs.”

The Pistons aren’t showing much offense but Greg Monroeis confident it’s just a matter of time.

“We’re always preaching that we are a defense oriented team, first,” he said. “We’re just going to continue to move the ball and create great shots. ”

It’s not the regular season yet, but the Pistons have to get on some kind of a roll for a challenging start, which includes a six-game road stretch after their season opener.

“The whole goal is to put our players in tough positions were they can make plays and help our team out,” said coach Lawrence Frank.

In fairness to the Pistons, Frank realizes games now don’t mean anything in the win-loss column so it’s time to experiment and see what he’s got.

“We are trying to give these games a lot of different combinations and evaluate each performance,” Frank said. “We have three centers so we are trying to evaluate each role and who fits. These first three opportunities, we are trying to give everyone a chance and evaluate. Right now our focus is on us, and we have a lot of things to work on.”

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