AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey had surgery on his broken left hand Thursday and is expected to be out for about six weeks.
The rookie from Eastern Washington injured his hand in Detroit's final exhibition game Wednesday night. He averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in eight games.
Stuckey was expected to start the season next week at Miami playing a key role, primarily backing up point guard Chauncey Billups.
``This is where having Lindsey Hunter comes into play,'' Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said.
Hunter, who made his NBA debut with the Pistons in 1993, was expected to be a seldom-used reserve this season.
Stuckey was injured on a harmless-looking play in the third quarter of Detroit's 104-85 win over the Washington Wizards. He was fighting through a screen and got his fingers caught in a jersey.
``Obviously, I'm disappointed,'' he said. ``I've never broken anything before, and now I'm going to have to sit out.''
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