It could be that Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey isn’t getting along with coach Lawrence Frank.
Uh-oh, they’re not getting along all right.
The specifics aren’t clear other than Stuckey continues to have a sub-par season, especially when it comes to shooting. Prior to the Orlando game, he scored four points in 25 minutes of action against the Miami Heat. He’s 2-of-11 in 3-pointers in those last three games. His 11.4 points per game are below the 13.5 points for his career although his season 3-point shooting at 29.8 percent is slightly ahead of his career. His field goal shooting is nearly four points lower than his career at 38.3 percent.
But without Stuckey, the Pistons aren’t missing a beat in the backcourt with Brandon Knight and Will Bynum leading the way. In the win over the Magic, Knight had a career high 31 points and back-to-back 3-pointers.
Bynum had an eye-popping 12 assists.
No wonder Stuckey isn’t dresssing. The Pistons are also only four games behind Boston for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.
But another slap against Stuckey was Frank giving rookie Kim English more than 18 minutes of action. English was a quiet contributor with six points but only missed one shot from the floor, 2-of-3.
“You talk about a guy like Kim English who hasn’t really played for us, gives us almost 18, 19 minutes of really solid play,” Frank said “You can go up and down the roster and I thought everybody impacted the game in a very positive way.”
Everybody wasn’t referring to Stuckey, but not that we’ve seen the last of him yet.