Pistons get vacation before returning to action on Friday
(Sports Network) – After posting the best record in the NBA through 15 games,
the Detroit Pistons (13-2) get five days off before its next outing on Friday
at much improved Golden State. It is the first of three consecutive
road games for the Pistons, who are 8-1 away from The Palace of Auburn Hills.
In its last outing Rasheed Wallace scored 26 points to lead Detroit past
Chicago, 92-79, at the United Center. Wallace surpassed 10,000 points and
5,000 career rebounds in his career. Chauncey Billups had 17 points and 11
assists while Tayshaun Prince also scored 17 points for the Pistons, who have
won four straight games.
Detroit was 2-0 against Golden State last season and has won the last three
against the Warriors.
The Warriors are 12-6 and sit in second place in the Pacific division. They
have a solid 8-3 record at home and are led by Jason Richardson (22.5 ppg).
After the game with the Warriors the Pistons will continue on to Los Angeles
for a match with the Clippers and end the road trip at Utah next Monday.
Coach Flip Saunders gave the team Sunday and Monday off. The team will have
three days of practice uninterrupted by games this week.
The break is welcome for center Ben Wallace, who is hobbled with soreness in
one foot and a sprained ankle in the other. Wallace played Saturday, but was
limited to two points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.