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Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose to return to Pistons’ lineup vs. Hornets

Pistons, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose

After missing the previous game, Detroit Pistons stars Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose will return to the lineup on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Griffin and Rose sat out against the Miami Heat on Tuesday since it was the second night of a back-to-back.

Making his season debut on Monday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, Griffin finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 23 minutes. He missed the first 10 games of the season due to hamstring and knee issues.

Rose, meanwhile, returned to the lineup against the Timberwolves after missing the previous four games with a hamstring strain. The former MVP was very rusty, as Rose put up just six points and five assists on 3-of-13 shooting from the field.

The Pistons are 4-8 on the season and currently riding a three-game losing streak.

Rose is going to have to get his 3-point game back to the way it was last season with the Timberwolves if he wants to mesh with Griffin. Because Griffin is a ball-dominant big who gets a lot of touches in the post, Rose’s usage rate is going to decrease moving forward.

However, Griffin is a great passer at his position. Rose is going to get a lot of open looks from beyond the arc when he’s on the floor with Griffin. The Pistons guard has to knock down those shots as the season moves along.

Staggering Rose and Griffin throughout the game could be a strategy head coach Dwane Casey elects to use as well so Detroit always has an elite scorer on the floor. Griffin and Rose, though, have to figure out how to play with each other because they are going to be closing games in the fourth quarter.