Pistons acting coach Brian Hill didn't have an answer, and considering his pseudo-interim status, perhaps he wasn't the most qualified to publicly assess why Rodney Stuckey is such a doggone mystery.

Stuckey, starting in place of the injured Brandon Knight, scored a season-high 32 points off 12-of-23 shooting, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and making 6 of 7 free throws in the Pistons' 112-101 loss Saturday night to the Portland Trailblazers.

He looked like such a different player compared to the one who's dragged through the majority of this season that its more likely to discourage fans than encourage them — almost like a giant tease considering the chance for making the playoffs is all but gone.

It wasn't the knocked-out front tooth that stopped him, nor the aching head the required stitches after a collision with Blazers rookie Damian Lillard that stopped him Saturday night. He was in a mode that hasn't been seen since the second half of last season, when many thought he turned a corner from his inconsistent ways.

But as all who've followed the Pistons this season know, this game was the exception, not the rule and it left Hill in an awkward and perhaps unfair position of explaining why these nights haven't occurred more often.