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Pistons cutting Austin Daye's playing time doesn't make sense

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Vincent Goodwill from the Detroit News: ...It didn't take terribly long to pick his spots on when to be aggressive and when to be a decoy. After his 2-of-12 performance in Atlanta on Nov. 3, he told himself to relax and let the game come to him. In the six-game stretch after that he shot 25-of-39 (64 percent) while making 12-of-14 3-pointers, including 10 straight. .... Since playing 23 minutes against the Lakers on Nov. 17, he's totaled 38 minutes in the nine games since [article was before last night's game against Houston]. He played 13 minutes against Miami, but that was well after the outcome had been decided. Kuester has repeatedly said Daye has done nothing wrong, but he doesn't want to play five bigs and he counts Daye as a power forward. For a team that struggles to score and to get easy shots, there's been no real justification for why Daye isn't on the floor. [emphasis mine] "It's just not clicking, it's not working," said Daye. "I don't know why. "When you have a chance you have to seize it. For me, I have to get back in the gym, come early and stay late." Wow. So the problem is that Austin's a Power Forward. An interesting conclusion. Austin's saying the right things, but man, this whole thing is just a bit hard to swallow. JKIAFA?

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