Detroit Pistons' Combinations Draw Praise From Greg Monroe

By John Raffel

Greg Monroe would just as soon be playing with the same unit all the time for Detroit Pistons games.

It continues to be a chess match for coach Lawerence Frank in trying to find the right combinations. Monroe continues to start and so does Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight but the others have been switching in and out.

“I think we are playing well right now, but that’s easy to say coming in with wins. Both units played well, so we will continue to work with that rotation,” Monroe said after  Wednesday’s 117-77 NBA win over the Phoenix Suns.

Jason Maxiell continues to start at forward over Jonas Jerebko, who didn’t even dress the other night as Charlie Villanueva and Corey Maggette are starting to see more court time.

Rodney Stuckey, mired in an early season shooting slump, has lost his spot to rookie Kyle Singler, who doesn’t seem ready to give it up. In fact, in Wednesday’s win, Singler led all Pistons in game time with nearly 32 minutes.

But Monroe wouldn’t be surprised if Stuckey would some day return to the starting lineup. After an horrendous shooting start, his field goal percentage is up to to 34.6 percent, albeit far below his career mark of 42.1 percent.

“Rodney has always been very important to the team and he will continue to play a big part. We are always a better team when he is attacking and playing aggressive like he did tonight,” Monroe said.

Perhaps Stuckey is taking shooting lessons from Charlie Villanueva who also has shaken off a horrible early season shooting slump. Villanueva was 7-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 in threes against the Suns.


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