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Pistons' R. Wallace, Hamilton Get Roughed Up

Monday, April 18, 2005; Page D07

Pistons F Rasheed Wallace injured his left hamstring in the first quarter against Cleveland yesterday and didn't return. "I didn't want it to get worse," he said.

Pistons Coach Larry Brown said he would be more cautious about playing Wallace in the final two games of the regular season at Atlanta and Charlotte because nothing will be at stake for any of the three teams.

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Richard Hamilton also needed five stitches above his left eye after being fouled, but returned to the game following a brief absence with a bandage covering the cut.

MOVES: Jermaine O'Neal was activated by the Pacers, more than a month after he injured his right shoulder so severely that the team once feared his season was over.

O'Neal wasn't in the starting lineup for the Pacers' game in Miami. To make room on the roster, Indiana placed G Jamaal Tinsley on the injured list with a bruised left foot.

LOOKING AHEAD: Timberwolves sixth man Wally Szczerbiak wants to start next season and wouldn't mind being traded if the team can't accommodate him.

"If I earn a starting job, I want to be in the starting lineup," Szczerbiak said. "That's what ticked me off this year. I worked my butt off in the offseason and in training camp and earned a starting position. And for the betterment of the team, I went to the bench."

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