Until they did it at Philadelphia to emphatically capture the season’s first win, the Pistons hadn’t held an opponent under 30 percent shooting since April 11, 2008.
Those Pistons represented the guts of the group that competed in six straight conference finals. Ben Wallace was gone, but their starting lineup that night consisted of Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, Tayshaun Prince, Chancey Billups and Tayshaun Prince.
The struggling Orlando Magic expect one of the two starters injured in their first contest to return for the opener of a three-game trip.
It appears the other will be sidelined longer than originally believed.
Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Magic hope Jameer Nelson's return can provide a spark Friday night against a Detroit Pistons team looking to build on its first win.
The season got off to an inauspicious start for Orlando (2-5), as Nelson strained both his groin and hamstring and Hedo Turkoglu broke his left hand in the opener.
There might come a time when Lawrence Frank decides Kyle Singler should be a Pistons starter, but it’s not today. Rodney Stuckey, back at practice Thursday after missing Tuesday’s session and Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia due to illness, remains the starter next to Brandon Knight in the backcourt.
Under normal circumstances, there wouldn’t be much about that fact to qualify it as news. Bona fide starters who miss a game and are ready to return invariably remain starters.
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