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Pistons give starters Hamilton, Wallace, Billups much-needed rest

Updated: April 1, 2008, 10:57 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- This was no April Fool's joke -- the Detroit Pistons deactivated their three biggest stars Tuesday night for a game at Minnesota.

With the second seed in the East essentially sewn up, and top-seeded Boston all but out of reach, Pistons general manager Joe Dumars and coach Flip Saunders decided to give Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace the night off against the Timberwolves.

"When Joe first told me, I thought it was an April Fool's joke, too," ...

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