Archive for March 22nd, 2008

Ben Wallace back spasms continue

Cavaliers forward/center Ben Wallace suffered back spasms during the second quarter of the Cavaliers game last night versus Toronto and did not return to the game. He did not travel with the team for tonight’s game at Milwaukee and was re-examined today at The Cleveland Clinic. He received a precautionary MRI, the results of which were negative. He will continue to be treated for his back spasms and his status will be listed as day-to-day.

Celtics to be a playoff favorite

The New Orleans Times Picayune (John Reid) writes: “With 14 games remaining on their schedule, all signs appear the Celtics will be the odds-on favorite once the playoffs begin next month. The Celtics (55-13) play the Hornets tonight at the New Orleans Arena having won 14 of 15 games. It had been eight years since a team went to Texas and came away with victories against Southwest Division foes San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. The Celtics became the first since the Sacramento Kings achieved it in 2001. Boston came back from a 22-point deficit to defeat the Spurs and snap their seven-game home winning streak earlier this week. They ended the Rockets’ 22-game consecutive winning streak, the second longest in league history, after holding them to a season-low 34 points in the second half. On Thursday night, Ray Allen’s 3-pointer with 31.7 seconds remaining sealed Boston’s 94-90 victory against the Mavericks. The Celtics is 6-0 against Southwest Division opponents, playing the Hornets for the first time tonight.”

Wizards-Pistons team connections

Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace was selected 4th overall by Washington Bullets in the 1995 NBA Draft, and averaged 10.1 points per game for the Wizards in 65 games during the 1995-96 season.

Wallace and Antonio Daniels were teammates during the 2002-2003 season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Pistons guard Richard Hamilton was selected 7th overall by the Wizards in the 1999 NBA Draft, and averaged 15.6 points per game in 212 games for the Wizards from 1999-02.

Pistons guard Juan Dixon was drafted with the 17th overall pick by Washington in the 2002 NBA Draft, and averaged 8.2 points per game in 176 games as a Wizard from 2002-05.

Pistons swingman Jarvis Hayes was selected 10th overall by the Wizards in the 2003 NBA Draft, and averaged 8.9 points per game in 226 games for Washington from 2003-07…Pistons rookie guard Rodney Stuckey was drafted by Detroit with the 15th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, one spot before Washington picked Nick Young with the 16th overall selection.

Wizards center Brendan Haywood had a career-high 23 points vs. Detroit on November 29, 2003.

Due to weather conditions last night in Milwaukee, the Cavaliers traveled to Milwaukee this morning for their game tonight against the Bucks.

Cavaliers forward/center Ben Wallace did not travel with the team due to back spasms. He remained in Cleveland for further examination.

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