Rodney Stuckey's coach-imposed absence from Sunday's win against the Orlando Magic sure came as a surprise to a few of the players in the Pistons locker room.

Coach Lawrence Frank was coy when asked about his inactive list in his pregame availability, and he denied there were any injuries or illnesses as far as personnel. Minutes later, the team revealed Stuckey was inactive, and he joined his teammates on the bench after the first timeout.

"Just a coach's decision. Right now, let's talk about the game," Frank said.

Kim English played admirably in 18-plus minutes in Stuckey's place, and said afterward he got some extra reps in Saturday's practice, so he felt there was a good chance he would play.

"I'm not helping you guys do your job and I'm not trying to be a you-know-what, although I am a you-know-what," Frank said with a laugh.

"It's just a coach's decision. You're going to probe and do your job and I'm sorry I'm not giving you the answer you want, but we keep that in the locker room."