After scoring 15 points in 20 minutes on Saturday against Milwaukee, Richard Hamilton was inactive for tonight’s game against San Antonio due to a groin injury. Hamilton saw his first action since January 10 after he was benched and even deactivated for last Friday’s home game against New Jersey. No timetable was announced on how long Hamilton will be out, but he was not expected to play tonight anyhow even if he was healthy as Rodney Stuckey was coming back from an injury. Hamilton’s injury will further hamper the Pistons ability of trading him before the deadline. More and more it looks like the off-court drama between Hamilton and head coach John Kuester will play out for the remainder of the season. It’s sad that situation is the only buzz the Pistons can create.
The Pistons hung around with the Spurs before losing to the team with the NBA’s best record 100-89. The Pistons are falling further and further into becoming a draft lottery team for the second year in a row. The Pistons’ lottery pick from last year, F/C Greg Monroe, did have a solid performance against the Spurs - 14 points, 13 rebounds. But the Pistons still have not found a way to close out games especially against the top teams. They have the talent to compete, but have not been able to execute down the stretch. Looks like Tayshaun Prince was right when he stated last week this has been a wasted season – right now it’s hard to argue that and even Hamilton and Kuester would have to agree with that assessment.
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Written by Bob Ballard