SPREADING THE PAIN
Arron Afflalo was not in the rotation last week. Now, he's the main shooting guard.
Richard Hamilton's nagging groin injury has flared up again. He missed the game against Dallas Tuesday and is doubtful to play tonight in Houston. He joins Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace on the sidelines. Afflalo scored 16 points against the Mavs, including four 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough.
The Pistons have been remarkably healthy over the past decade, so their luck was due to run out. Better that it happens in this wayward season.
By the way, Iverson is supposed to get his sore back checked today at Georgetown University.
Right now, the Pistons are sitting in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. If they remain there, they'll either play Orlando or Boston in the first round. They have 16 games left and probably need to win about half of them to hang onto the No. 7 position. With their injury situation, that's going to be a challenge.