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Rip Hamilton expected to play in Game 2

Any Pistons fans who caught the end of Sunday's game against the Bucks are likely concerned about Rip Hamilton's sprained left ankle. Fortunately, though, the Pistons caught a break with the schedule, giving Rip three days to rest up. From the AP:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Behind the closed blinds of the Detroit Pistons' training room, Richard Hamilton's left ankle was under the care of two of the best in the business Monday.

Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander and athletic trainer Mike Abdenour were doing everything they could to get Hamilton ready for Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"We kept him out today. He's getting treatment," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said after Monday's practice. "He's going to be OK. It's probably good that we have a couple days off and don't have a short turnaround, because it gives him more of a chance to get ready.

"We have the ability to get by without him, but he's going to want to play. Arnie and Mike will do a good job and will get him ready to go."

Pistons put their faith in innovative trainer's abilities [AP]