Detroit Pistons' Rodney Stuckey Almost Back To Normal

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Rodney Stuckey got off to a horrible shooting streak to start the NBA season for the Detroit Pistons and it undoubtedly played a role in the team’s horrible 0-8 start.

The Pistons have won two straight, albeit they were both routs over the pathetic Washington Wizards so that’s still no reason to celebrate. But it was encouraging to see that on the road Saturday against the Wizards.

Against the Wizards, Stuckey, who comes off the bench after having lost his starting job a long time ago, had 18 points. He was still wild from the floor, shooting 4-of-12. But he made up for that with a 9-of-10 clip from the free-throw line and had eight assists.

“I thought he was great,” said Detroit coach Lawrence Frank. “Rodney you know, attack mode did a great job. One of the biggest plays was getting on the floor for that loose ball. Possession of that ball was a huge, huge play. He sacrificed his body a bunch of different times tonight and thought he obviously was vital to our win.”

Stuckey has been happy the way he has been running the offense in recent games. For the season, he’s averaging 12 points and 4.4 assists per game.

“I’m just picking and choosing,” he said. “I know the route; they are focusing on me as well. But I’m also watching how the other three guys are defending me. So if they are pulling in I know I have to skip pass them in the corner or skip pass to Charlie (Villanueva) or Greg Monroe so it’s all about reads.”

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