Detroit Pistons: Rasheed Wallace is on maternity leave. "I don't know when he's coming back, but we'll see," head coach Larry Brown said in the Detroit Free Press. "I'm not anticipating anything, but I'm glad he has had a chance to spend some time with his family." Wallace left Monday to witness the birth of his fourth child and the Pistons aren't sure if he'll be back for their game against the Nets. "It's a big game for us," said Chauncey Billups. "We're a different team now than we were when we played them earlier. That's a very good team. They've been playing some of the best basketball in the league ...We're looking forward to it."
Minnesota Timberwolves: When is 15 games more than 15 games? "If we were playing 15 mutts I'd say it's a big stretch," said vice president Kevin McHale in the Star Tribune. "If we were playing the Lakers or San Antonio 15 times I'd say it's a big stretch. Because there is no light switch. You can't just turn it on and off. You can't just walk into the playoffs playing really poorly and just turn everything on." And that goes for more than just the Timberwolves. "We've been losing, the Spurs have been losing, Dallas has been losing," Sam Cassell said. "We've all hit a bump in the log, it seems. The last three weeks there have been [personnel] changes and it's been difficult. Nothing major, but this is who we are, we have to understand it. We have to find ways to win games."
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