Pistons hope Billups heals for Game 4

ORLANDO, Fla. --- Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy sees a bit of Chauncey Billups in Pistons rookie Rodney Stuckey .


Both have good size and strength for point guards and are tough to keep out of the paint. But Billups has more than 100 playoff games under his belt, and Stuckey is in just his second series.

The Pistons are aggressively treating Billups' strained hamstring and hope he can return for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in Orlando today. But he'll be a game-time decision.

The Magic need a win to tie the series at 2-2 before it returns to Detroit.

"Right now what (Stuckey) doesn't have is Chauncey's range. Stuckey can make the 3, but he doesn't have that range," Van Gundy said. "And probably overall he doesn't have Chauncey's experience, which is big."

If Billups can't go, Stuckey, chosen No. 15 overall out of Eastern Washington, will make his third career NBA start on a very big stage.

CAVALIERS: Starting forward Ben Wallace is doubtful for Game 3 of the playoff series against the Celtics because of allergies and a left inner ear infection.

SUNS: Despite rampant speculation Mike D'Antoni is headed to Chicago or New York, point guard Steve Nash said he expects his coach to be back next season.



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