TORONTO -- Gerald Wallace's passport saw more action than he did on the Nets' final trip of the regular season.
Wallace sat out for the second straight game Sunday, continuing to nurse the left foot contusion he suffered Wednesday against the Celtics. P.J. Carlesimo said it wasn't simply a case of resting the swingman. Wallace wasn't ready physically, especially with his reckless, all-out style.
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"Gerald will play if he's got a broken leg," Carlesimo said. "It wasn't a debate like, 'What should we do?' It was, 'Let's not push it and it may be the same tomorrow.' I don't know. Maybe he'll be ready tomorrow, maybe not. It was, 'Just don't bring him back until we're confident he can play minutes, particularly the way he plays.'
"Some guys can come back and kind of tiptoe through a game. That's not in Gerald's makeup, so when he comes back, he better be ready to play physically because you know there's going to be some banging around."
Carlesimo thinks Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is getting a raw deal. Ever since Kobe Bryant went down with a torn Achilles on Friday, D'Antoni has been catching flak from some who think he ran Bryant into the ground by having him log so many minutes.
Carlesimo came to the defense of the former Knicks coach. "I think there's been a lot of unfair commentary directed toward Mike," he said. "The only way you get Kobe off the floor is you pull him off the floor. So it's just very unfortunate for them with him playing as well as he's been playing. It's bad for us. He's one of the best players in the game, so that will detract a little bit from the playoffs if L.A. is in."
Another 'T' for Evans
Reggie Evans was given a technical -- his third in the last two games -- for slapping the ball in disgust after he was called for a foul in the first quarter.