INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Rasheed Wallace guarantees that the
Detroit Pistons will get even with the Indiana Pacers on Sunday
in Game Four of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The veteran power forward said after Detroit's 79-74 loss on
Friday that the Pistons would win on Sunday.
Since opening the series with a 96-81 win on Monday, the Pistons
have averaged 78.5 points and shot 39 percent while losing two
Reggie Miller scored 17 points and Jamaal Tinsley added 16 - the
only two Pacers in double figures - in Friday's win. Indiana
held the Pistons to just 45 points over the first three quarters.
Tinsley's impact since returning from a bruised foot that kept
him out of the first four games of the postseason has been
pivotal for Indiana. The 6-3 point guard, who is seeing his
first regular action since mid-January, has averaged 14.0 points
and 9.0 assists in the Pacers' two wins.
While Indiana's backcourt has keyed the club's surge, Detroit's
guards have slumped.
Richard Hamilton, the Pistons' leading scorer during the regular
season, has averaged 15.0 points while shooting 36 percent
(12-of-33) and turning the ball over 12 times over the last two
games. Chauncey Billups has not fared much better, shooting 36
percent (10-of-28) and making just 4-of-14 3-pointers in that
The series shifts back to Detroit for Game Five on Tuesday.