News: Meeks scored 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds in 34 minutes off the bench Wednesday.
Impact: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had an awful night, scoring just two points in 14 minutes, and Meeks stepped into the breach. KCP has been the more reliable player over the last couple of weeks, however, so don't look for the two guards to switch roles or value as the season draws to a close.
News: Drummond scored 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-7 FT) with nine rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Hornets.
Impact: His minutes were limited due to some early foul trouble, but Drummond's owners might wish he'd fouled out entirely given his ugly performance at the free throw line. He's pulled down at least nine boards in each of his last nine games, averaging 17.9 points, 13.8 boards, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals over his last nine games.
News: Dinwiddie (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
Impact: Dinwiddie was forced out of Tuesday's game with a sprained ankle and was not able to return. Reggie Jackson is dealing with an illness that is expected to limit him as well, so John Lucas could get a lot of run Wednesday. Dinwiddie's next opportunity to play will be Friday against the Bulls.
News: Jackson will play Wednesday, but he is dealing with an illness and may not be able to play his full compliment of minutes.
Impact: Jackson has been the key cog for the Pistons on offense with Greg Monroe (knee) out for the last couple weeks. Jackson was limited by this illness for Tuesday's game and played just 22 minutes. Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) is sitting out, so John Lucas will likely see a good amount of minutes Wednesday.
News: Monroe hopes to return to the last five games of the season, Keith Langlois of the team's website reports.
Impact: Head coach Stan Van Gundy said Monroe could return over the weekend, but that the last five games is the more reasonable goal. At the very least, it seems this means that Monroe will be out for Wednesday's game against the Hornets and Friday's matchup against the Bulls.