In a perfect world, things go according to plan and everything is puppy dogs, ice cream and Josh Smith not starting at the small forward position. Unfortunately, the world is not always fair, players get injured and plans change.
On Wednesday, Stan Van Gundy told media that he had the next three road games mapped out, but injuries happened. Jodie Meeks is out for up to eight weeks with a back injury and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss at least these next three games with a strained knee.
As a result, Van Gundy's going with his "Big 3" -- Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Smith -- up front and he will be starting Cartier Martin at the shooting guard spot alongside Brandon Jennings.
Drummond, Monroe and Smith will likely see 6-9 minutes together each half. They were going to play together at some point anyway, but due to the Meeks and KCP injuries, they will probably see more time together.
For the Charlotte Hornets, they will be without Kemba Walker. Brian Roberts will start at point guard. And get ready to see Jason Maxiell eat some Pistons babies.