Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons get technical in loss to Knicks

(Sports Network) – Once in a while star players need to vent.

Rasheed Wallace is well known for his vehement actions on the court, but
Richard Hamilton resembles the quiet kid in the back of the classroom.

But not on Friday night.

After Wallace was ejected in the third quarter for getting slapped with two
technicals for jawing with a few Knick players and the officials, Hamilton
was tossed minutes later.

Rip was ejected with less than five minutes to go in the game, and decided to
throw the basketball in disgust. He threw ball towards the backboard and it
bounced over the shot clock and into the stands.

Under NBA rules, a player throwing anything into the crowd results in an
automatic ejection. It was Hamilton’s second ejection as a Piston and his
second since the All-Star break. He was ejected in Chicago in February.

Wallace and Hamilton will have to keep their cool Saturday night when the
Pistons conclude a three-game road trip against the Charlotte Bobcats.

On Friday night, the Pistons had their two-game winning streak halted with a
105-103 loss to New York. Chauncey Billups had 24 points and seven rebounds
for the Pistons, who are 1-1 on the trip. They beat Toronto to open the

The Pistons, seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Conference, are 2-4 in their last six
road games and 23-11 as the visitor this season. Their magic number to clinch
the Central is two.

Detroit head coach Flip Saunders is three wins shy of tying Larry Brown for
the best record by a first-year Pistons coach. Brown compiled a 54-28 record
in 2003-04.