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Friday, March 18, 2011
Richard Hamilton out vs. Knicks

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit's Richard Hamilton missed Friday night's game against the New York Knicks because of the death of his grandfather, and the Pistons started an unusually tall backcourt in his absence.

Detroit went with 6-foot-8 Tracy McGrady and 6-11 Austin Daye at guard. Their combined height is the tallest for a starting backcourt since at least 1986-87, according to STATS, LLC.

All five starters for the Pistons were between 6-8 and 6-11.

Hamilton scored 24 points in a win over Toronto on Wednesday night. He fell out of favor with coach John Kuester earlier this season but recently returned to the starting lineup.