NBA

Jazz-Pistons Preview

Share This Story

   
 

After settling their thoughts following Rodney Stuckey's scary collapse, the Detroit Pistons managed to snap a lengthy losing streak.

With Stuckey expected to miss a second straight game Wednesday night, the Pistons will try to end another skid by knocking off the surging Utah Jazz for the first time in nearly five years.

While on the bench, Detroit's third-year guard fell into the arms of strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander during the third quarter of Friday's 99-92 loss to Cleveland. An oxygen mask was put on his face and the team's second-leading scorer with a career-best 17.1 points per game was wheeled to a waiting ambulance.

Stuckey was released from the renowned Cleveland Clinic the following afternoon.

On Sunday, the Pistons (22-41) ended a six-game slide by rallying for a 110-107 overtime victory over Houston in the opener of a four-game homestand.

"The most important thing tonight is that Rodney is back home, and it looks like he's healthy," said Will Bynum, who started in Stuckey's absence. "Once we learned that, we could start worrying about trying to get a win tonight. I haven't had many chances lately, and we haven't won many games. Tonight, both happened, and it feels good."

Bynum scored 12 points in place of Stuckey, who has no timetable for returning.

"Just got to talk to the doctors and figure that out," Stuckey told the team's Web site after attending practice Tuesday. "I'm feeling fine now so that's all that matters. The doctors are doing a good job, and I'm getting a lot of rest."

The Pistons' Tayshaun Prince had a season-high 29 points, and Richard Hamilton added 22.

Both sat out Detroit's ninth straight loss to Utah on Nov. 21 with injuries. Ben Gordon scored 25 points, but the Pistons fell 100-97 in overtime.

The Jazz (41-22) also edged Detroit 120-114 in double overtime in their previous trip to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 19, 2008. Deron Williams scored a team-best 29 points in Utah's fourth straight win there.

The All-Star guard also led the way Tuesday night during Utah's 22nd victory in 27 games and ninth in 11 road contests. Williams had 28 points and a season-high 17 assists as the Jazz beat Chicago 132-108 to open a four-game trip.

Despite the blowout victory, Williams still saw room for his team to improve.

"I thought we were more focused in the second half," he told the league's official Web site. "We were soft in the second half but not as soft (as in the first). Our defense isn't where it needs to be."

While Detroit is on pace to miss the postseason for the first time in nine years, the Jazz are within one game of Northwest Division-leading Denver, who play later on Wednesday at Minnesota. A victory also would clinch a fourth straight winning season for Utah.

The Pistons, meanwhile, are searching for their first triumph against the Jazz since a 64-62 home victory on March 13, 2005.

Tagged: Cavaliers, Pistons, Jazz, Ben Gordon, Deron Williams, Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


NBA Videos

NBA considering mid-season Vegas tournament? Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Adam Silver confirms the NBA has engaged in early conversations about the possib...

LeBron and Blatt 'will work together beautifully' Posted: Jul 14, 2014
Cavaliers head coach David Blatt on LeBron James' decision to return to Clevelan...

LeBron's back and so are the Cavs Posted: Jul 11, 2014
FOX Sports 1's Gary Payton weighs-in on LeBron's decision to return to Cleveland...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    adidas Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers Revolution 30 Performance Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Clippers/browse/featuredproduct/491845/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_491000/ff_491845_xl.jpg&w=100 59.95 adidas Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers Revolution 30 Performance Jersey - Red
    adidas LeBron James Miami Heat Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey-Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Heat/browse/featuredproduct/498609/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_498000/ff_498609_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas LeBron James Miami Heat Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey-Black
    adidas Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Knicks/browse/featuredproduct/620470/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_620000/ff_620470_xl.jpg&w=100 49.99 adidas Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey..
    Mitchell & Ness San Antonio Spurs Black Solid Script Snapback Adjustable Hat http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Antonio_Spurs/browse/featuredproduct/692239/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_692000/ff_692239_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Mitchell & Ness San Antonio Spurs Black Solid Script Snapback Adjustable Hat
    Majestic Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Logo Man T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Lakers/browse/featuredproduct/851828/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_851000/ff_851828_xl.jpg&w=100 23.95 Majestic Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Logo Man T-Shirt - Black
    Majestic Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Logo Man T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_City_Thunder/browse/featuredproduct/851842/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_851000/ff_851842_xl.jpg&w=100 23.95 Majestic Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Logo Man T-Shirt - White
    adidas Miami Heat 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Heat/browse/featuredproduct/890174/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_890000/ff_890174_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 adidas Miami Heat 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Wh..
    adidas Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 NBA Western Conference Champions Locker Room Flex Hat - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_City_Thunder/browse/featuredproduct/890384/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_890000/ff_890384_xl.jpg&w=100 19.99 adidas Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 NBA Western Conference Champions Locker Room F..