AUBURN HILLS -- Ronald Dupree has done just about everything the Detroit Pistons have asked him to do lately. That's why he was surprised to learn Friday morning that he was being put on the injured list, and replaced by Darvin Ham.
Dupree said he was told shortly after the team's morning shoot-around by Mike Abdenour, the team's trainer.
"Confused" was Dupree's initial reaction to the news.
"It's been a roller coaster ride," said Dupree, who spent the first five weeks of the season on the injured list. "In the minutes I have been given . . . I know I did what I had to do (to help the team)."
It was clear to Pistons interim head coach Gar Heard that Carlos Delfino was not himself starting at shooting guard in place of injured Richard Hamilton. So on Friday, Heard replaced him with Lindsey Hunter in the starting lineup.
"Maybe he'll feel a bit better coming off the bench," said Heard, referring to Delfino. "There's not a lot of pressure for him coming off the bench. That might be his role now."
After two games in which Delfino missed 11 of 14 shots from the field, Heard felt the 6-foot-6 rookie might have been trying too hard to fill the void left by Hamilton's absence.
"When Rip got hurt, he had to go right into the starting lineup," Heard said. "I just think right now we have to work him in slowly, bring him off the bench and let him feel comfortable. Then I think he'll be fine."
Pistons head coach Larry Brown was again a no-show at Friday's game. While no definitive timetable for his return has been given, he is expected to be back next week.
Brown had surgery on March 14 to fix some urinary complications associated with the hip surgery he had in November.