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.

PHILADELPHIA – During Saturday’s Alabama-Texas A&M game, as the Aggies built a stunning early lead, CBS analyst Gary Danielson told a national audience that when the Crimson Tide were rolling, that’s when celebrated coach Nick Saban was likelier to get after them. When things were playing out against them, that’s when he turned to cheerleader.

Football isn’t basketball and college kids aren’t paid professionals, but the message resonates with Lawrence Frank as the Pistons are mired in a 0-8 start heading into tonight’s game at Philadelphia.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot, featuring Detroit Pistons players Greg Monroe, Rodney Stuckey, Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince, was unveiled today during a special tip-off event held by the NBA and Sprint in Houston, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2013. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint will begin today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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