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- Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, who was deactivated for Sunday’s win at Orlando, will return to the rotation tonight. Stuckey indicated that he had a disagreement with coach Lawrence Frank but they have set aside their differences. “He did what he had to do,” Stuckey said. “Move on, end of discussion. It’s all in the past now.”
- Detroit is just four games behind Boston for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and Rajon Rondo’s season-ending injury puts the Celtics in a precarious position. But Frank isn’t using that as an extra incentive. “Rajon is a great player but they’ve got a couple of other Hall of Famers,” he said. “I’m not talking about All-Stars, I’m talking about Hall of Famers. We can’t all of a sudden have a new candle burning because someone had an injury. If you don’t win enough games, you’re not worthy.”
- Milwaukee is 7-3 since Jim Boylan replaced Scott Skiles as head coach. “Any time a coach gets fired, there’s always a jolt,” Frank said. “The fans reaction is ‘Yeah, it was the coach.’ No. There’s an accountability on the players’ part. There’s that jolt of ‘We’ve got to do better.'”
- The Bucks didn’t hold a shootaround because Boylan wanted to keep his team fresh. It plays four games in five nights.
- Pistons center Greg Monroe has averaged 20.3 points and 11.3 rebounds against Milwaukee the last six games. “We have some long guys but we don’t really have guys with a lot of girth,” Boylan said. “His physical play around the basket has taken its toll on us.”
– Dana Gauruder