For the Pistons, one of the few recent bright spots has been the play of Rodney Stuckey, who had started the season off extremely slowly, but has developed nicely over the year.
Against Atlanta, Stuckey led his team with 22 points. He had scored a combined 22 in two previous games against Indiana. Stuckey was 10-of-17 from the floor, a vast improvement from earlier in the season. He also had five assists.
For the season, Stuckey is averaging 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He’s starting to get closer to his career marks of 13.5 points. He’s not likely to hit his best season, which was 16.6 points per game during 2009-10.
His 39.5 percent shooting average for this season is the lowest of any of the six seasons he’s had with the Pistons, and he’s not likely to beat that. But that comes from the huge hole he put himself in earlier in the season.
“This Detroit team has always been a team we had a tough time against,” said Atlanta coach Larry Drew. “Stuckey is as good a two-guard in this league. He is strong. He is aggressive. He gets to the basket to make shots, but I wanted our guys to come in here and not focus as much on Detroit and what they are going through but focus on us and what we needed to do.”