Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pistons Alter Lineup Once Again

Steve St-Pierre
Sports Writer
In Play! Magazine

The Pistons have named a new starting lineup of Rodney Stuckey, Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Chris Wilcox and rookie Greg Monroe, who is starting in place of injured center Ben Wallace.

McGrady will actually handle point guard duties on offense, with Stuckey sliding to shooting guard. Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, who have both struggled in recent games, move back to the bench. Rip Hamilton will back up Prince at small forward for the time being but hopes to be traded shortly. Rumors surfaced Sunday of a trade that would send Hamilton to the New Jersey Nets, but nothing appears to be imminent.

It's anybody's guess who will remain in the lineup once Wallace returns. In all likelihood, Monroe will stay in the starting five after posting three straight double-doubles and showing the promise the Pistons envisioned when they drafted him this past summer.

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