• How bad have the injuries been this year? So bad that 47 games into the season, Tuesday was just the second time all season that John Kuester had his entire roster at his disposable. From Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News:
"It's going to be interesting, getting everyone back," Kuester said. "But the bottom line is, we have to start playing well."
[...] "You would hope at this stage of the year, you're adding more and more and more in regards to plays you want to use or defensive schemes," Kuester said. "But it's been like the start of training camp all over again. But it's good to get everyone back and let's see what happens."
Sadly, everyone isn't completely healthy -- Charlie Villanueva is clearly less than 100%, and Ben Gordon is still struggling with this rhythm, if not his groin injury -- but it's a start.
• Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News talking with Ben Wallace:
When asked if he was lucky or it was a testament to being around, he said, "Both. Lucky because I've been around for a while."
Wallace, who will turn 36 in September, doesn't yet know if he'll spend his birthday preparing for another training camp, or his first year away from the game he loves. As for today, he's as healthy as he's been in years.
"Man, I'm trying to win some games," he said. "You're talking about playing another year?"
• More on Wallace, this time from MLive's Chris Iott on Wallace becoming the 17th player in league history to block 2,000 shots (and the only player on that list shorter than 6-foot-10):
"Shot blocking is not always about big guys going in and blocking shots," Wallace said. "You’ve got timing, footwork, being in the right place at the right time and being on a solid defensive team."
Wallace explained that when his teammates play good defense, it causes opposing players to take bad shots, which allows him more opportunities for blocks.
• MLive's Justin Rogers is thinking about the draft -- in particular, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors and Al-Farouq Aminu.
• Speaking of prospects, the comment section in the Adopt-a-Prospect FanPost is the gift that keeps on giving. It's a few days old, but if you haven't seen it yet, this ridiculously (and awesomely) thorough scouting report on Favors and Cole Aldrich is worth your time.
• Natalie from Need4Sheed with the pretty moving pictures from last night.
• The Pistons may not have any representatives in the All-Star game, but they do have two players on Empty the Bench's Most Consistently Inconsistent list. Yay?