[Detroit News] Team hasn't been on the March "We are not in a situation right now, where we have to really turn it on and go," he said. "It's a fine line between trying to get everything well-oiled and pushing too hard. Right now, from our perspective, we're looking to play 45-to-50 more games. You look at it that way and you'll be careful how you approach things." [Detroit Free Press] Pistons Corner: Elite foes should give team a spark "No disrespect to anybody," point guard Chauncey Billups said, "but it's fun to play other elite teams. It makes a difference." The Miami Heat plays at the Palace on Wednesday, beginning a stretch that runs through early April during which Detroit plays only playoff-bound (or playoff bubble) teams, including Indiana, New Jersey, Dallas and Phoenix. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] Rookies don't make trip Hawks rookies Marvin Williams and Salim Stoudamire both will miss tonight's game in Detroit. Williams left the team after Sunday's game to go to North Carolina, where his father and other family members are with his ailing grandfather .... Stoudamire stayed back to have further tests on his right elbow. [MLive.com - Beyond the Arc] Acker points the way For the game, Acker tallied 18 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. Amir Johnson, the Pistons' other rookie assigned to the Pats, had 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Johnson also got the start. The Patriots are 8-2 since Johnson and Acker joined the team. [NBA.com] Patriots outlast 66ers After Tulsa's Ersan Ilyasova nailed two free throws to tie the game with 1:04 left, point guard Alex Acker seized control of the game. He found center Rick Rickert for a short hook shot, got Erik Daniels to the line where he made one of two, and then drew a foul and hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to close out the game. The 66ers' John Lucas III led all scorers with 26, but Acker denied him a decent look at the basket in the last three minutes. "We have a group of guys here now that know how to win, how to close out a game," Daniels said of the Patriots' recent run of success. "I love playing with these guys. Everybody really plays as a team. We don't have to force things now."