Bibby is back in the starting lineup vs. the Pistons. Zaza is available. Collins is not. J.J. is out until at least Friday vs. Toronto. Woody said: “If Joe had to play, he could play. But this gives Joe an opportunity to rest as well. He’s not played as many minutes as last year but he’s still top 10 in minutes played (he’s actually 11th). That’s OK. He’s not burned as much as last year and hopefully that will help for the playoffs.”
Rip Hamilton (ankle) is out for the Pistons. So are Tayshaun Prince (personal), Jason Maxiell (back) and Chris Wilcox (hamstring).
– Other than the daily injury tidbits, it seems the Hawks are in a sorta holding pattern. The Magic clinched the Southeast. The Hawks’ race with Boston for No. 3 in the East looks like it could come down to the final couple games. There’s lots happening elsewhere, though, starting with the Pistons.
Coach John Kuester apparently finally lost it and lit up his team during a practice. Charlie Villanueva, a $35 million bust (both for the Pistons and my fantasy team, though at least I didn’t pay him), took to Twitter to complain about it. So did rookie Austin Daye. And then both players missed the team flight to Philly on Monday. That’s an overpaid vet and a rook on a bad team complaining about their coach getting mad and then making matters worse by missing the flight. Nice.
What happens after all of that? Naturally, the Pistons beat the Sixers last night to end an 11-game losing streak with Villanueva going for 25 points and Daye for nine. So the Pistons might be rejuvenated just in time to welcome the Hawks to The Palace (though Prince did play at Philly).
– The Hawks could use a W since the Chris Bosh-less Raptors will be hard-pressed to put up a fight against Boston tonight. The Celtics are a good road team and they are still smarting after losing to the the Knicks a couple nights after they beat the Cavs.
– Don’t look now but as my boy Perk notes Dwyane Wade is ticked off. He’s balling and the Heat is climbing in the standings at the same time Milwaukee is just trying to survive after Bogut’s surgery. The Heat has unofficially replaced the Bucks as the team the Hawks don’t want to see in the first round.