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News » Hamilton, Wallace nearly ready

Hamilton, Wallace nearly ready

Hamilton, Wallace nearly ready
AUBURN HILLS -- The Detroit Pistons are inching closer to good news on the injury front.

Richard Hamilton should be back Saturday in Washington, perhaps Rasheed Wallace, too.

Allen Iverson looks good for the start of next week's road games.

That was the report from coach Michael Curry on Thursday before the Pistons were overwhelmed 92-77 by the Los Angeles Lakers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

"Good workouts," Curry said of the word from Arnie Kander, the strength and conditioning coach nursing the team's trio of former NBA All-Stars.

Help cannot come too soon. The Pistons are 7-8 since Iverson was sidelined, and 2-7 with the trio out.

Hamilton (left groin strain) missed his sixth game Thursday, while Wallace (left calf strain) was out for the ninth consecutive game, and Iverson (sore back) was absent for a 15th time.

Meanwhile, Curry has juggled the eight players in his playing rotation with fewer practices and game-day shootarounds.

"You try to move them around and play as few minutes as possible while still trying to win Basketball games," he said.

Lakers end streak

The Lakers stopped a losing streak at The Palace at nine games. It dated to January 2002 and included three playoff games.

"Some teams get your number and find dominance," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "They've had good defense against Kobe, in terms of people who can play him."

Jackson ties Riley

Jackson made history Thursday in tying Pat Riley for the most games as coach of the Lakers with 727.

Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls for nine seasons, is in his ninth year with Los Angeles.

Kobe's MVP chant

Lakers fans at The Palace tried an "MVP" chant to honor Kobe Bryant in the third quarter, but Pistons fans drowned them out quickly with boos. The same Lakers fans chanted it at the end of the game, too, as Pistons fans departed.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 30, 2009


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