From the Star also...check out the tidbit on KA.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Forward Ron Artest missed the Indiana Pacers' morning practice session today with a migraine headache, and is listed as questionable for tonight's Eastern Conference finals playoff game at Detroit. .
Artest, who also missed Monday's practice in Indianapolis, took a commercial flight to Detroit Monday evening, rather than traveling with the team earlier in the day.
Team officials said he was at the hotel while the team practiced today.
"It's no big deal," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.
The Pacers, who trail the Pistons 3-2 and face possible elimination tonight, are full of uncertainty. Point guard Jamaal Tinsley and forward Jermaine O'Neal are expected to start, but will be limited by injuries.
Tinsley appears to be the most questionable, and could be available only for limited minutes.
"We'll see where he is," Carlisle said. "He wants to play. He's been a great competitor for us all year, so I've got to start him. But it's to the point if he's not able to do what he needs to do and he's compromised by the injury, I'm going to have to make a tough decision."
Tinsley said his injuries, which have spread to his ankle, knee and hamstring, have only grown worse in recent days.
"It can't get better," he said. "I'm playing on it every other day and practicing. I thought it'd be the same, but the more I play on it the more it hurts."
Tinsley's injuries could open playing time for veteran Kenny Anderson, who said today he doubts he'll re-sign with the Pacers this summer.
Anderson, brought in by Carlisle last summer, started 31 games during the regular season, including 28 of the first 29. But he also was kept on the bench for 19 games after returning from the injured list and losing his starting position to Tinsley. He has played in just three postseason games.
Anderson, 33, said he's happy with his teammates, coaches and the franchise, but wants to play more.
"If the circumstances are going to be the same as they are now (regarding playing time), I'd rather be somewhere else," he said. "I'm not ready to stop playing yet.
"I still have 3-5 years left in me. I'm still healthy. I still can run a team. I still can play. I still got my speed. I started 30-some games, played well, got injured and couldn't get back in the rotation. I really don't understand it."
Anderson said his agent already has talked to several interested teams, and that he was willing to consider options. When reporters from Toronto and Detroit suggested those teams as possibilities, he said, "Those are two good picks."
When another writer asked about returning home, Anderson, a graduate of Archbishop Malloy High School in New York, said, "My friends sometimes mention that with (Nets point guard) Jason (Kidd) and his injuries, I could back him up. That'd be a nice little thing."
Carlisle changed his starting lineup for the Pacers' Game 4 victory at the Palace on Friday, replacing Jeff Foster with Austin Croshere, and stayed with that lineup in their Game 5 loss. Carlisle said today he knows who will start tonight, assuming Artest is available, but declined to reveal it.
Croshere said he expects the lineup to remain the same.
Regardless of who starts, the Pacers are likely to have to rely more on their depth because of their physical ills.
"We've got a lot of guys who are capable," Carlisle said. "We've had injury situations during the year and we're ready to step in. Is it an ideal situation? No. But it's better to have a team like this when you have some other ways you can go and I'm very confident in the guys on our bench.
Ain't that tampering????