Out with a pulled left calf, Pistons small forward Corey Maggette participated in shootarounds Wednesday before the home opener against Houston, and practiced with the team before they headed to Phoenix for a six game, nine day tour of the Western Conference. While Maggette doesn't expect to be ready for Friday's game against the Suns, Lawrence Frank has listed him as day-to-day as there's a hope that Maggette may return sometime soon. According to MLive's Patrick Savage, Corey Maggette is hopeful, but still non-committal:
"I'm not going to say," Maggette said after practice Thursday. "I don't know if I'm going to play on the trip. Hopefully, I will. "Like I said, one day at a time."
One day at a time, is a message that all Pistons players should be harping right now. After a fourth quarter collapse on opening night, Frank's young Piston team must recollect themselves and find a way to come out of their six game, road swing strong. Already a positive mentor to 19-year-old Andre Drummond, Maggette has provided a calming been there, done that attitude for Frank's young core. Whether in street clothes or uniform, being in the ear of players like Kyle Singler, Kim English and Drummond–all rookies who saw significant minutes against Houston–should be beneficial in the success of the Pistons over the next six games.
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