Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons (N/A)
Boston's Rasheed Wallace has always had the mentality of a shooting guard trapped in a power forward's body. He never saw a 3-pointer he wouldn't take.
But the Celtics have called upon Sheed to show off his skills in the low post lately and will again tonight with center Kendrick Perkins out with the flu.
"Every guy in the league loves to watch that. They love him shooting 3’s," a Celtics assistant told the Boston Herald about Wallace's play in the paint. "Unstoppable. Unstoppable. He’s got so many moves down on the low block that you can’t stop him. That’s why we love to see him outside."
Since vowing to spend more time in the paint after the All-Star break, Wallace has attempted just 64 treys compared to 431 tries in the first half. He is shooting .342 from 3-point range but .518 from inside the arc.
"That’s where I was born at. That’s my bread and butter. That’s what I want," Wallace said of his inside game. "That’s what I want, but if that play design is for that 3, then that’s what I have to do."
Sheed should be extra motivated to return to Motown and play against former teammate Ben Wallace. Pistons centers Kwame Brown (flu) and Chris Wilcox (back) are listed as questionable. The Celtics welcome Paul Pierce back too.
Golden State Warriors at Miami Heat (N/A)
The Miami Heat are taking one step forward while the Golden State Warriors are taking two steps back.
Dwyane Wade returned Sunday after missing four games with a calf muscle strain. He didn't have his A-game, scoring just 21 points on 6 for 17 shooting, but it was a good sign for the Heat, losers of four straight.
"I was a little rusty. I'm not back to where I want to be," Wade told the Orlando Sentinel following Sunday's loss to the Magic. "But I did some things that were positive, so I can move forward."
The Warriors wish they could do the same but put two more players to their growing list of walking wounded. Guard Monta Ellis, who averages 25.7 points per game, and forward Andris Biedrins (groin) did not make the trip with the team.
The Warriors start a five-game road swing tonight after losing their last six as visitors.