January 27th - ~ Detroit News ~ Billups possesses the five tools for success Point guard runs Pistons' offense with efficiency, like having a 'quarterback on the floor'. By Chris McCosky Let's, just once, not talk about the play of Chauncey Billups as it relates to a possible All-Star spot or Most Valuable Player award candidacy. Let's not compare and contrast him to other great point guards in the NBA. Let's just set it out and admire it for what it is -- mature, efficient, brilliant and winning point-guard play. Boston acquires 3 from Minnesota Celtics get Szczerbiak, Olowokandi and Jones; Timberwolves land Blount, Banks, Davis. Detroit News wire services The Boston Celtics acquired Wally Szczerbiak and Michael Olowokandi from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night in a multiplayer deal that sent Ricky Davis and three other players to Minnesota. Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed and two conditional second-round draft picks are going to the Timberwolves. The Celtics also get Dwayne Jones and a future first-round pick, Celtics representative Jeff Twiss said. Bottom of the second: Around the sports world Chucky Atkins will be back in the house tonight, playing for his fourth team since being traded by Detroit in 2004. "It'll be good to see Chucky, just as long as he doesn't come in and do what he did last time," Ben Wallace said. Atkins' last visit to The Palace was Nov. 25. He scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. Washington won in double overtime. He was released by the Wizards and signed with the Grizzlies this week. By Chris McCosky ~ Detroit Free Press ~ Old friend Atkins back at Palace By Krista Lathem The Pistons will greet a familiar friend tonight, one they hope doesn't act in a familiar way. Former Pistons point guard Chucky Atkins, with his fourth team since Detroit traded him in 2004, is the newest member of the Memphis Grizzlies, who play the NBA-leading Pistons (35-5) at the Palace tonight. Atkins arrived in Memphis this week to fill the void left by the injured Damon Stoudamire. Unhappy with his role in Washington, the Wizards agreed to waive Atkins last week, and after he realized he had little chance to land with the team that has his heart -- Detroit -- he signed with Memphis. ~ Booth Newspapers ~ Pistons remain greedy for wins By A. Sherrod Blakely The Detroit Pistons reach the halfway point of the regular season tonight, with the goals being no different than they were when training camp began in October. "We're trying to be greedy, trying to win every game that we can," said Pistons forward Antonio McDyess. They've come pretty close to doing that, winning 35 of their first 40 games. ~ The Oakland Press ~ At halfway mark, Pistons rate almost all A's By Dana Gauruder Chauncey Billups saw it coming. Not the 35-5 record. That wasn't on the agenda. What Billups envisioned was two worlds colliding, forming a utopian society. After absorbing all of Larry Brown's lessons about patience, unselfishness and defense, the Pistons were ready for a coach who would allow their individual talents to flourish. Flip Saunders would broaden their horizons and bring a rainbow of colors to their vanilla offense. Now they live in perfect harmony, just how Billups pictured it.