No Tayshaun Prince, no Ben Gordon, no Will Bynum and no Charlie Villanueva.

The shorthanded Pistons continue to lose without a full complement of players.

"In this league, no one cares who you don't have, so you just focus on the players you do have," coach Lawrence Frank said.

Prince was attending to a family matter and didn't play Friday against Atlanta. Villanueva is still out with a slow-healing sore right ankle, and Bynum is still out with a strained right foot.

In somewhat good news, Gordon said during Friday morning's shoot-around that his shoulder is getting better, although there's no timetable for his return.

"I'm actually feeling pretty good," Gordon said. "Every day it feels a little bit better. I tried to do a little bit more work (Friday) to see if I had the same range of motion without any pain, so I'm just trying to get ready as fast as I can to come back and help my team out. I've spoke with the doctors, and they haven't put a timetable on it, so I guess it's a matter of how it feels day to day."

This was supposed to be Gordon's time to shine with the starting shooting guard spot all to himself -- Rip Hamilton is gone, and Rodney Stuckey missed most of training camp as he worked out a new contract.