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Stuckey-less Pistons are in Sacramento

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As of this afternoon, Rodney Stuckey still hadn't joined the Pistons in Sacramento. There's no word on the results of whatever tests Stuckey underwent following Sunday's unexplained bout of dizziness, but Michael Curry is holding out hope that the second-year guard will join the team at some point during the Pistons' four-game swing out west.

But hey, even without Stuckey, the Kings shouldn't pose too much of a threat, especially when you consider they'll be without leading-scorer Kevin Martin for the next week or so ... right? Actually, I'm not too sure. The Pistons lost both of their games against the Kings last year, and over the last 12 years they've won at Arco Arena exactly once.

Past performance is not an indicator of future results, sure, but the Kings are tougher than their 3-5 record suggests. Even without Martin, they have an intriguing front court of Brad Miller, Spencer Hawes and rookie Jason Thompson, not to mention a couple of underrated wings in John Salmons, whom I've been watching ever since I profiled him last January, and Beno Udrih, who's grown exponentially since being routinely abused by the Pistons in the 2005 NBA Finals.

Plus, win or lose, we'll get to read about the game from Sactown Royalty's Tom Ziller, one of the best basketball writers in the blogosphere existence. The ball tips at 10 PM on FSN -- join the rest of your fellow Piston-loving night owls by leaving your thoughts in the comments.

P.S. Rasheed Wallace is a toaster. Order the Free Darko book.