PISTONS AT BUCKS, 8 P.M. ET

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  • Pistons coach John Kuester said at the morning shootaround that all positions were up for grabs, and 90 minutes before the game he announced his starting lineup as Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon at guard, Austin Daye and Greg Monroe at forwards and Chris Wilcox at center. That is the same starting lineup as Saturday night when the Pistons beat the Utah Jazz 120-116, their highest scoring night of the season. Kuester also said that guard Richard Hamilton will play. Hamilton has not played since the last time the Pistons were in Milwaukee on Feb. 5, and he hadn’t played the nine games prior to that one. “When I addressed the team going into yesterday’s practice I said that playing time will be dictated on how practice,” Kuester said. “I opened all the positions and said ‘Anybody that wants to work hard, this is the group we’re going to go with.’ We had a number of guys working awfully hard, and Rip was one of them.”
  • Bucks center Andrew Bogut will miss approximately a week with a strained muscle in his left side suffered in the final two minutes of Saturday’s 83-75 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Jon Brockman will start in Bogut’s place. The Bucks also will be without forward Ersan Ilyasova for the second straight game thanks to a concussion he suffered in practice last Friday. The Bucks on Tuesday signed 7-0 center Earl Barron to a 10-day contract, and Barron is expected to get playing time against Detroit.
  • With Bogut and Ilyasova already out, the Bucks received another possible blow when Luc Richard Mbah a Moute came down with some kind of bug after the morning shootaround. Bucks coach Scott Skiles was not certain of Mbah a Moute’s status an hour before the game. “If he can’t go, then we’ll go with Larry (Sanders) and Brockman up front. If he can, then Larry and Luc.”
  • Forward Tayshaun Prince will not play because of a sore back.

– Rick Braun

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