Rodney Stuckey

Pistons’ Stuckey breaks thumb, to have surgery Friday, out indefinitely


Just a day ago, Pistons coach Mo Cheeks was giving Chauncey Billups the start at the two and saying Rodney Stuckey would be getting the chance to steal that job. Stuckey had been the best of the three defensively, Cheeks said. Meanwhile rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was left without a chair when the music stopped. (Actually, he could get a lot of time on a chair on the bench. Got to work on my analogies.)

Now Stuckey is out of the picture for a while — he broke the thumb on his right hand when it got caught in his car door as it was closed, the team announced on Thursday. He will have surgery on Friday and there is no timeline for his return (they expect to know more after the operation).

This much we know: surgery to your shooting hand means you’re out for a while.

That’s not good for a Pistons team that needs outside shooting and good guard play to balance out a fantastic front line. While Brandon Jennings will do his thing — probably a step-back three — at the point this means the Pistons need to rely on the about-to-turn 37 Billups and the rookie Caldwell-Pope to eat up heavy minutes at the two guard. Maybe Will Bynum or Kyle Singler can get in the mix. Whatever happens it could get interesting.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.