Help is on the way. At last.
Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson missed the game Thursday night with injuries but they are all close to returning.
Each worked out under the watchful eye of Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander Thursday afternoon and showed progress. Head coach Michael Curry says Hamilton, out the last six games with a left groin strain, should return for the road game Saturday against Washington.
Rasheed Wallace, who has missed nine consecutive games with a left calf strain, might also be back this weekend against either the Wizards or the home game against Philadelphia Sunday night.
Even Allen Iverson - he of the mysterious back injury - is poised to answer the skeptics who believe hell sit out the rest of the season, rather than coming off the bench. Curry is hopeful Iverson will be back by the beginning of next week.