Rodney Stuckey Breaks Left Hand
With about ninety seconds left in the third quarter, Rodney Stuckey jogged back to the bench holding his left hand, and a few minutes into the fourth quarter he headed back to the locker room with his hand wrapped in bandages. It was obvious from his face that he was in serious pain, and X-rays confirmed why: he suffered a broken bone in his left hand.
Stuckey seemed upbeat after the game, though he couldn’t exactly remember how the injury occurred. "I just hit someone and my fingers went the wrong way," he said.
He’ll come in tomorrow to meet with doctors and determine just how long he’ll be sidelined. He’s never broken a bone before, but remained upbeat given the circumstances.
"It’s always disappointing when you break something or when you have to sit out, but I’ll bounce back," he said. "It’s not going to be that long, and it’s only going to make me get better."
In the meantime, Flip Murray and Arron Afflalo should see more opportunities to play. As Flip Saunders said during his post-game press conference, "People will have to step up. People are given opportunities and people have to step up and play, that’s what this league is about."
Murray was the primary backup point guard for much of last season, and he’ll likely be asked to fill that role again until Stuckey returns. "I’ll be ready every game regardless, even if I’m not in the rotation because things like this can happen at any time. At any point in the game, you have to be ready to go in and play."
He seemed ready on Wednesday, dishing eight assists in nearly 33 minutes of action.
It’s been an injury-riddled training camp for the Pistons: Amir Johnson (sprained ankle) played his first preseason game on Wednesday, and Nazr Mohammed (strained calf) returned to play in just his third. Rip Hamilton (sprained ankle) remains sidelined but is expected to be ready for the season opener in just over a week on November 1 in Miami.