In the Paint | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/26/2009 In the Paint Duncan out again
San Antonio forward Tim Duncan missed his second consecutive game last night because of right quadriceps tendonosis, a noninflamma-tory stress injury.
The Spurs listed the perennial all-star as day-to-day.
Duncan leads the Spurs with 20.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
The Spurs also said that Fabricio Oberto suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb. He is not expected to miss any games.
Wizards star Gilbert Arenas told the Washington Post late Tuesday that he was practicing full-speed on his surgically repaired knee and was "running, jumping, dunking, feeling good."
Interim coach Ed Tapscott was not as effusive yesterday, saying that Arenas had gone through "a few contact drills" but that "conditioning is a question."
Detroit was beaten by Miami on Tuesday, then lost again yesterday to New Orleans. The Pistons have lost eight in a row, their longest skid in 14 years.
After the Miami loss, Allen Iverson pointed to shortcomings on defense:
"Our whole thing is not on the offensive end. We can't stop anybody.
"The way we're playing, we have to shoot 60 percent to win a basketball game."
Utah forward Matt Harpring missed last night's game against Minnesota with a bruised back. The former 76er was injured on a flagrant foul by Atlanta's Josh Smith on Monday.
- Associated Press