Leuer will start at power forward Wednesday against the Magic, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports. Coach Stan Van Gundy has now decided to alternate Leuer and rookie Henry Ellenson in the starting five for the fourth straight game, which should help Leuer more than it hurts Ellenson, who will likely be in line for roughly 20 minutes off the bench. Leuer, meanwhile, played zero and four minutes while coming off the bench in two of the last three contests, compared to the 20 minutes he saw in his lone start in between Sunday against the Grizzlies.
Leuer will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Wizards, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports. With the Pistons ruled out of playoff contention, they're looking to get some younger guys more playing time, so they'll start Henry Ellenson at power forward Monday instead of Leuer or Tobias Harris. According to Langlois, Leuer is merely the emergency big man tonight, so there's a chance he doesn't even see the floor. For that reason, avoid Leuer at all costs Monday and it remains to be seen what the Pistons will do come Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Magic.
Leuer will start at power forward for Sunday's tilt with the Grizzlies, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports. Leuer fell completely out of the rotation on Friday, with the Pistons opting to get some of their younger guys extended minutes. However, it appears that was only a one-game experience, as Leuer is back with the top unit, while Henry Ellenson heads back to the bench. Look for Leuer to take on a full workload, especially with Tobias Harris shifting over to small forward to cover for the likely absence of Marcus Morris (rest) at small forward.
Leuer (coach's decision) failed to see the floor in a 114-109 win over the Rockets on Friday. Coach Stan Van Gundy's decision to elevate Henry Ellenson into the starting lineup at power forward and increase center Boban Marjanovic's role off the bench resulted in Leuer and Aron Baynes, two key fixtures in the frontcourt all season, dropping out of the rotation. The writing had been on the wall for Leuer after he was limited to just 14 minutes in the team's previous game Wednesday against the Raptors, and since Ellenson performed well (15 points, 11 boards in 26 minutes) while helping lead the Pistons to victory, it seems quite likely that Leuer could remain out of the rotation for the club's final three contests of the regular season.
Leuer will come off the bench Friday against the Rockets, Ron Beard of The Detroit News reports. With the rudderless Pistons just about eliminated from playoff contention, coach Stan Van Gundy will give fans a glimpse of the future by moving rookie Henry Ellenson into the starting five for the first time all season. Ellenson is expected to play 20-to-24 minutes, leaving little time at power forward left for Leuer and Tobias Harris off the bench. Leuer's fantasy value had already been trending down after he received only 14 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Raptors, and his demotion to the bench will only further dampen his fantasy outlook.
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