Both expected to be ready for playoff series

Updated: April 16, 2004, 5:38 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Rasheed Wallace and Mike James sat out most of practice Friday, but the Detroit Pistons expect them to be ready for the start of their playoff series against Milwaukee.

Wallace (sore left arch) and James (groin) only took part in non-contract drills for the second straight day. Wallace missed the last two games of the season to rest his foot.

"We're just going to rest both of those guys and we'll see what happens," Pistons coach Larry Brown said.

Brown said Wallace and James might miss practice again Saturday.

The best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series opens Sunday in Detroit.

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