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Pistons Report: Roster

–G Will Bynum has been hot in the last four games, even though the club has dropped three of them. He is averaging 14.8 points and 4.5 assists during that span. Against Portland Sunday, Bynum also tied his career high with four steals. Bynum is converting with more regularity when attacking the rim, unlike the early portion of the season, when he was hampered by a hamstring injury and couldn’t get his usual elevation.

–G Ben Gordon has averaged 17 points the last two games after reverting to a bench role. Gordon played 27 minutes during the blowout loss to Miami Friday and was one of the reserves who played extensive second-half minutes against Portland. The difference has been his three-point success — he made five in the last two games after going 1-for-6 from long range the previous four outings.

–G Richard Hamilton is making things a little bit easier for coach John Kuester by sitting out. Hamilton has not dressed the last four games because of a sore groin. He played in Milwaukee after a 13-game benching, then blamed the injury on failing to go through his usual routine before the game because he didn’t expect to play.

MEDICAL WATCH

–F Jonas Jerebko (partial Achilles’ tendon tear, right leg) underwent surgery on Oct. 8 after crashing to the floor while driving to the basket during the opening preseason game. He is expected to return sometime after the All-Star break.

–G Terrico White (fractured fifth metatarsal, right foot) was injured during the Pistons’ preseason opener and also underwent surgery Oct. 8. He is doing basketball drills but has yet to practice with the team.

–G Richard Hamilton (groin) has not played the last four games. He is questionable to play Monday against Atlanta.

ROTATION

Starters:

–Point guard Tracy McGrady

–Shooting guard Rodney Stuckey

–Small forward Tayshaun Prince

–Power forward Greg Monroe

–Center Ben Wallace

Bench:

–Point guard Will Bynum

–Shooting guard Ben Gordon

–Small forward Austin Daye

–Power forward Charlie Villanueva

–Center Chris Wilcox

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