Gordon and Prince out, Rip probable

If there’s a team in the league as depleted as the Celtics, it’s Detroit. After missing the Pistons’ loss to New York Monday, Richard Hamilton will likely be in the lineup tonight, but the Detroit will go without Tayshaun Prince and Ben Gordon. 

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Prince and Gordon were both at the Pistons’ shootaround this morning, doing individual workouts, while Hamilton was absent. Gordon, an assassin in the Celtics first-round playoff series against Chicago last year, has missed four straight games with a strained groin. He said tweaked it yesterday playing one-on-one. This morning he stuck to more “controlled” workouts rather than “spontaneous” activity like one-on-one. 

Prince, dealing with knee troubles after finally recovering from back problems that have kept him out most of the season, was able to get on the court for the first time this morning and he said he was shooting for a return Friday or Saturday as a return. “Still got a little twinge in there but nothing really serious.” 
Hamilton, who had an “upset stomach” that kept him out against the Knicks wasn’t available at shootaround, but is listed as probable.

The Pistons, sitting a half-game out of the Central Division cellar at 14-26, have struggled this season mostly because they haven’t had the pieces together. Hamilton, Gordon and Prince have combined to miss 73 games.

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