Pistons Are Not Sweating Losses

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The most pressing question about tonight's game at Detroit: How interested will the Pistons be in the outcome? Detroit already has locked up the top seed in the Eastern Conference as well as home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

In Monday's 113-93 loss at Milwaukee, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Lindsey Hunter did not suit up, while Tayshaun Prince (18 minutes), Ben Wallace (18 minutes) and Chauncey Billups (19 minutes) saw limited action.

After the Bucks charged out to an early 17-2 lead, the Pistons hardly put up a fight.

"Our idea coming into this game was not to get anybody hurt, make some of our regulars break a sweat and not get too stale and to put some of our younger guys in some heated situations," Pistons Coach Flip Saunders said.

After Monday's loss to the Bucks, Saunders said he would take a similar approach against the Wizards, who are 2-0 against the Pistons this season.

The Wizards are scrapping for their playoff spot, and the veteran Pistons obviously are focused on bigger things, like winning their second NBA championship in three seasons.

"That's fine for me," Billups said of Saunders's decision to rest his key players. "All we need is to be healthy. I don't care what happens [against the Wizards]."

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