On Tuesday, Corey Maggette participated in his first full-team practice since injuring his left calf in the preseason, a hopeful sign for his availability against 76ers in Philadelphia tonight. Sidelined for the Pistons' 0-8 start, the 32-year-old swingman is as tired of watching the games as any frustrated Pistons fan. Maggette spoke at practice about his feelings watching the team's winless start:
"It's tough, man (watching the games)," he said. "Because for me, I know I can help, but the best I can do is root my teammates on and stay as positive as possible for them."
Tuesday's practice was a good test for Maggette. Receiving an alley-oop from Will Bynum, Maggette dunked for the first time in nearly a month–something he's become known for in his 15 NBA seasons. Participating in the entire workout, Maggette admitted afterward that his conditioning is not quite where it should be due to the injury but that he's more than optimistic he'll debut against the 76ers.
Lawrence Frank was also impressed with Maggette's showing in practice, but did not commit to Maggette's availability as Frank was waiting to speak further with Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander. If Maggette does play against the 76ers it's likely that his playing time will be in the 10-12 minute range. But with three of the Pistons eight losses being by three points or less, even 10 minutes of Maggette's explosive slashing could provide the extra point push the Pistons need to get their first win.
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