A lower back stress fracture delayed the inevitable by seven weeks, but the night Pistons fans were waiting for finally arrived.

Andre Drummond, the Pistons' precocious rookie center, heard his name called as part of the starting lineup Friday night when the Raptors visited the Palace.

Public address announcer John Mason called Drummond's name third, and you could tell from the lukewarm response that many of the fans who decided to spend a Friday night with the listless hadn't received the news.

But Drummond returns to the lineup in time for the Pistons to get a look at how he performs alongside Greg Monroe, who moves to his natural power forward spot.

To a lesser extent, they want to present Jose Calderon, a pending free agent, with an athletic toy to catch his passes as they try to re-sign him this summer.

His presence didn't do a lot to change the Pistons' fortunes as they moved to 1-11 for the month of March with a 99-82 loss. Even more astonishingly, they have yet to win a home game since before the All-Star break.

Drummond actually played well in giving the Pistons (24-49) 17 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in nearly 19 minutes.