Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports:

The good Richard Hamilton is back

Rip Hamilton has reverted to 2004 form since he says he buried the hatchet with Pistons coach John Kuester.

After scoring 23 points in Saturday night’s victory over the Pacers, he is averaging almost 19 points per game to boost his scoring average to 14 points. He is also defending better and turnovers have become rare.

But while his performance has surged, he has been silent — politely refusing interview requests during his consistent streak.

He spoke to the media Saturday night and addressed several topics.

Q: Did your confidence wane?

A: Not at all. Not at all. Not one bit.

Q: Why is that?

A: I know what I bring to the table. I know what I’m capable of doing. I’ve had so many great years here. So many great things. So many special things.