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Pistons' Rodney Stuckey to undergo surgery after breaking thumb in car door

Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey has broken the thumb on his shooting hand. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (left) has broken the thumb on his shooting hand. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

The Pistons announced Thursday that guard Rodney Stuckey will undergo surgery after fracturing his right thumb in his vehicle's door.

Stuckey, a seventh-year guard, is out indefinitely until a recovery timeline is established after the surgery, which will take place Friday. The Pistons noted that the injury, which is to Stuckey's shooting hand, occurred on Wednesday "as a result of the thumb becoming caught inside the door jamb of Stuckey’s vehicle while the door was closing."

For comparison's sake, Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari was listed as out for four weeks with a fractured thumb in 2012, and then-Bucks guard Luke Ridnour had the same timeline in 2009.

Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks started Brandon Jennings and Chauncey Billups in the team's preseason opener against Israel's Maccabi Haifa, playing Stuckey 30 minutes off the bench. The Detroit Free Press reports that Cheeks plans to start Kyle Singler at the off guard position during Thursday's preseason game against the Heat. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 2013 lottery pick, can also help fill minutes during Stuckey's absence.

Stuckey, 27, averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 assists in 76 games for the Pistons last season. He is on the books for $8.5 million in 2013-14, the final year of his current contract.

The Pistons, who are seeking their first playoff appearance since 2009, will open their regular season at home against the Wizards on Oct. 30.
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