The insertion of Jason Maxiell into the Pistons' starting lineup at power forward Wednesday night wasn't a major surprise.

When coach Lawrence Frank hinted he would look over his starters following Tuesday night's 27-point loss to the Knicks, a basketball novice could look at the lineup and tell Ben Wallace probably would lose his spot -- largely because of the team's struggles on offense and slow starts at the beginning of halves.

But Frank, who announced the move before Wednesday's game against the Nets, was almost apologetic in his comments and went out of his way to say he wasn't pointing the finger at Wallace, a 16-year veteran likely in his final season. Frank said he was just looking for answers.