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Detroit's Monroe returns against Mavericks

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit's Greg Monroe is back in the lineup for Friday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The 6-foot-11 Monroe missed Wednesday's game against New York with a sprained left ankle. Detroit remains without coach Lawrence Frank, who is missing his second straight game because of a personal matter.

Monroe is averaging 16.1 points and 9.5 rebounds on the season. Detroit, which is still without rookie big man Andre Drummond, has lost six of seven.

Drummond has a stress fracture in his back.

Assistant coach Brian Hill is filling in for Frank.