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  • Brandon Jennings, acquired from Milwaukee in a blockbuster trade this offseason, will make his Pistons’ debut tonight. Jennings, who missed the first two games with a hairline fracture of his mandible, will come off the bench while Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum start in the backcourt for the third consecutive game. “He’s ready to play,” coach Mo Cheeks said. “We’ll throw him out there and see how he feels, how his wind is and go from there.”
  • Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who played 45 minutes in Detroit’s first two outings, will see his playing time diminish with Jennings back. “It’s tough to play five guards,” Cheeks said. “It wouldn’t be right, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense. He has played well and we’ll just have to figure out how to get him in there.”
  • Coach Brad Stevens won’t alter his starting lineup despite an 0-2 start. “We’ve had two great first quarters,” he said. “Maybe we look a little different in the middle or the end but we’re not going to changed the starting lineup.”
  • Boston ranks last in defensive rebounding percentage, which is a major concern against the Pistons’ rugged frontline. “We’re really getting broken down on that initial drive and not doing a great job of blocking out,” Stevens said. “If we don’t (get better) tonight, we’ll be on the cover of the next press release because Andre Drummond can make people look silly as he rolls down the lane. Josh Smith and Greg Monroe can, too.”

Dana Gauruder

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