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Pistons' Rodney Stuckey dealing with toe injury; will he miss games?

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March 14, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey (3) passes the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
March 14, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey (3) passes the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Rodney Stuckey just didn't look right the entire game. The Detroit Pistons shooting guard, who has been explosive on offense the past few weeks just seemed a step slow. In the Pistons 87-83 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, he walked gingerly, hardly ever brought the ball up the floor, and rarely drove into the lane.

And now we know why -- he hurt his toe in Sacramento, according to MLive, and it has gotten progressively worse since then. It seems it all came to a head Sunday.

"It's my foot, man," Stuckey said. "That's it. I've just got to get it right. It's just been killing me the last couple of days. I just have to rest it and try to get it right. I thought it would be fine but it's just like the more pressure on it, the more it hurts."

Now the question is whether it will cause him to miss games.

Stuckey says that he hopes to play Wednesday in Denver, but I'm afraid that seems a little optimistic. Frankly, I think it is best if he sits until he is almost completely healthy. If Stuckey is forced into being a jump shooter then he isn't really helping the Pistons by being on the floor. He needs to be able to use his speed and strength to be effective, and playing through the pain, while admirable, just delays that needed recovery.

The Pistons should start Ben Gordon and dust off one of Will Bynum or Walker D. Russell and, repeat after me: FEED. THE. MOOSE.