Auburn Hills — Pistons guard Jodie Meeks underwent treatment on his lower back early Wednesday but there was no setback to his comeback.
Meeks simply wants to get rid of the rust and mesh better with teammates. He played his fourth game since returning from the injury but it wasn't a good night for him. Meeks finished with nine points in 20 minutes of action and was just 2-for-8 from the field during the Pistons 117-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at The Palace.
"I am just trying to find my rhythm," Meeks said.
Meeks had a coming-out party by scoring 20 points Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. But he is still finding his game. Meeks said he spent time on the bench studying the game to see how he fits into the Pistons plans on a given night.
"Regardless of if I am starting or coming off the bench my role is the same," Meeks said. "It is knocking down shots and bringing up a lot of energy."
The Pistons have been looking for a go-to guy down the stretch but coach Stan Van Gundy said Meeks is not that guy. He said once again the Pistons lack a go-to guy for down the stretch. But there are other things Meeks can do.
"I think he can help us," Van Gundy said. "I think Jodie does other things. As we put in more things for Jodie he can create for us, spread the floor and loosen up the defense."
Meeks might not be a go to guy but he says he has the mentality of a shooter.
"You just have to have a lot of confidence," he said. "Whether you miss 10 in a row or make 10 in a row you have to have a lot of confidence. There will be ups and downs. That is part of it. My mentality is to shoot it and know the next one is going in."