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Acker vs Dupree

As expected, it's coming down to a battle between two-guard Ronald Dupree and point guard Alex Acker for the final roster spot. Acker may have a slight edge with Lindsey Hunter out early in the year -- I have to think that's a good chunk of the reason why he's made it this far.

I wouldn't read into the fact that both the Free Press and News wrote stories about Acker today, though. They did the same with Dupree a couple of days ago. I kind of get the feeling they're just searching for content until the season starts.

Excerpt from the Freep:

The final two games of the exhibition season will be crucial for Pistons point guard Alex Acker, who's in danger of being cut from the regular-season squad.

Acker, the 60th overall pick of the 2005 NBA draft, has a simple approach to tonight's game at Dallas and Friday's game against Minnesota in Rapid City, S.D.

"Try not to cut myself," Acker said. "That's all I'm trying to do. I don't want that to happen.

"I'm trying to go hard every day."

Acker, who has averaged 2.8 points, 2.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds and 7.8 minutes in five exhibition games, is battling swingman Ronald Dupree for the final roster spot.

Acker said the coaching staff hasn't approached him about what he needs to do better, and he prefers it that way.

"They want me to stay comfortable, to see me perform," Acker said.

Pistons' Acker plays cool on roster hot seat
[Detroit Free Press]
Don't let Acker know his status [Detroit News]