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Pistons hope to avoid another MSG barnburner

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The ball tipped in New York a few minutes ago and Rasheed Wallace was back in the starting lineup. According to A. Sherrod Blakely, Flip Saunders will likely try to limit Wallace's playing time to the mid-20s and low-30s, apparently because of the hyperextended finger suffered a couple of games ago.

It was a barnburner the last time the Pistons played at the Garden -- the Knicks won in three overtimes 151-145. Rip Hamilton had 51 points (his finale two) -- more than he's had in his last three games, combined. The Knicks have lost a lot of key players to injury, though, and have won just two of their last 10 games. Here's to hoping Detroit doesn't make this more difficult than it needs to be.

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