John Kuester has “cleaned the slate” and is sticking with players who practice and play with energy and intensity: “McGrady has not played in four consecutive games for the Pistons. He was dressed and available Feb. 25 against Philadelphia, but Kuester went with the six players who took part in the morning shootaround that day in that game. McGrady was not at The Palace on Saturday due to an illness, and has been the only healthy Pistons player who did not play in each of the two games since. Kuester was asked Friday following practice why McGrady has not been playing. ‘The energy that the guys had in that Utah game, I wanted to stay with them and some of the other guys that had good practices during that time,’ Kuester said. ‘We cleaned the slate. We’re trying to say, ‘Hey, listen, bring it every day.’”