Mar 24, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon. (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)
Ben Gordon has declared that he is healthy enough to play tonight against the Orlando Magic. And that means that the Austin Daye Experience, which was fun while it lasted, is probably over. Hopefully Daye doesn't go from emergency starter to a DNP-CD but we'll see how the rotation shakes out.
While it is good news for Gordon, there is no good news to report on Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey has been hampered by a sore hamstring and is expected to miss tonight's game.
It's unfortunate as the absence of Rodney Stuckey created an open spot in the starting lineup and available shots that Gordon, who has missed the past four games, was anxious to fill.
Gordon said he just had to let the process play out and at the moment he is finally feeling right:
"Yeah, I'm feeling pretty good," said Gordon, who averaged 25 points his last three games before being hurt. "You just do the same thing. You rehab and get healthy. You get your practice in and you try to prepare for the next game."
Before the Pistons' 110-point outburst against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday, the team had scored less than 80 points in four of its previous five games. Gordon played in two of those sub-80 efforts but any firepower that can be added to the roster with Stuckey gone is probably a good thing. Unless that firepower goes by the name of Charlie Villanueva who is still out of the rotation.