Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shorthanded Pistons Win Second Straight

Despite returning home on a back-to-back and playing without several key players, the Pistons managed to beat the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks to win their second straight game.

Playing without guard Rip Hamilton (ankle), forward Jason Maxiell (back strain), forward Chris Wilcox (hamstring) and forward Tayshaun Prince (personal reasons), the Pistons lost guard Rodney Stuckey to an injured rib just eight minutes into the game. Most of Detroit's other players, most notably center Ben Wallace, is playing hurt, and they've recently dealt with off-the-court issues from forwards Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye.

Yet, the Pistons have found a way to pick up a couple wins in an attempt to end a sour season on a much brighter note. Even Villanueva and Daye, to their credit, have managed to move past their recent troubles to perform at a surprisingly high level.

Steve St-Pierre
Sports Writer
In Play! Magazine

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