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Frank Can’t Find An Answer At Power Forward

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 18: Jonas Jerebko #33 of the Detroit Pistons controls the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 18, 2012 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JANUARY 18: Jonas Jerebko #33 of the Detroit Pistons controls the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 18, 2012 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Coach Lawrence Frank has tried three different starting power forwards to pair with second-year center Greg Monroe. But the long-term solution at that position probably won’t come until June.

Frank tinkered with the lineup again on Wednesday, replacing Ben Wallace with Jason Maxiell. The Pistons got off to a better start, though Maxiell didn’t have much of an impact offensively. They entered the second quarter tied 23-23 with the New Jersey Nets. The outcome didn’t change, as the Pistons lost their seventh straight, 99-96.

Maxiell had four points, shooting 2-for-8 from the field, and four assists in 23 minutes. He’ll get more chances to start this weekend when the Pistons play home games against Milwaukee on Friday and New Orleans on Saturday.

Jonas Jerebko, who missed last season with a torn Achilles tendon, won the starting job out of the abbreviated training camp. After his team started 3-10, Frank switched to Wallace to get a better defender in the lineup and boost his bench scoring with Jerebko playing on the second unit.

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