It came as quite the surprise the other night when Rodney Stuckey was deactivated for the Detroit Pistons by head coach Lawrence Frank after the player and coach appeared to have some sort of disagreement. However, it appears everything has been settled between the two as the guard is expected to be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
While the return of Stuckey may seem like a positive, the Pistons still have to be concerned over the fact that his production has gone down compared to the last couple of seasons as he’s averaging just 11.4 points per game this year. In fact, Stuckey’s lowest average over the previous three years to 2012-13 came last season when he was averaging 14.8 points per game.
There’s still plenty of time left in the regular season, but Stuckey could play a key factor in helping the Pistons make a playoff run if they have any chance to do so this season. At the moment, Detroit is only four spots out of the final spot for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference and considering the level of competition looking to earn one of the final few spots–there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to do so.
Of course, the main factor behind this could involve the amount of production they receive from Stuckey–so it should be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks when it comes to the Pistons guard.
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