Revolving Door

Gordon’s groin strain latest setback for Pistons backcourt
CLEVELAND – The Pistons should consider adding orange traffic barrels to their backcourt. Like Michigan’s roads, it appears to be in a permanent state of construction. Rodney Stuckey merged back into the starting lineup on Monday night in Washington after a three-game absence due to a foot injury only to see Ben Gordon take the exit ramp back to the inactive list that same night.

Gordon, who played six minutes in the 79-77 win at Washington before exiting with a groin strain, ruled himself out for tonight’s game at Cleveland.

“I don’t feel I can go,” he said. “Pretty much feels the same way it did last game. Last game, I tried to get out there and for six minutes I was kind of just hobbling around, so it’s probably just smart to stay off of it so it doesn’t get any worse.”

The injury, Gordon said, actually occurred during the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Madison Square Garden. Gordon sat out the fourth quarter of that game, though the Knicks rested all of their starters as well with the game out of hand.

Gordon missed 10 games in January and February with a left shoulder injury. Will Bynum sat out 14 games around that time with a right foot strain. Stuckey missed five games over two stretches earlier in the season with a groin injury. Only rookie Brandon Knight hasn’t missed a game due to injury, though he got knocked out of a February game with New Orleans five minute after tipoff with a broken nose.

The timing of Gordon’s latest injury is unfortunate in that Stuckey’s absence seemingly had given Gordon the extended minutes he felt helped him find his groove, averaging 25 points over the three games Stuckey missed.

“I just started shooting the ball well, playing well,” he said. “I’ll be back. Just got to rest it and see what happens. It’s something you’ve got to stay off of until it’s all the way right or you can reaggravate it.”