The Pistons made it two in a row last night beating the Sonics 97-93 thanks to a 10 footer with seven seconds to go courtesy of Mr. Maxiell. The Pistons, behind Rip’s 24 points and Chauncey’s 21 had no easy task against the Sonics.
The highlights of the evening came from Dale Davis and Jason Maxiell who once again shined in Rasheed’s absence. Over and over we see Maxiell get “the max” out of his minutes, no matter how many they may be. Davis again played like he is in his 20’s, clogging the lane and grabbing every rebound in site. They both add a spark to the team when they are on the court.
You know of my fondness for Maxiell, I have been pushing for him to get more time all season. After the past two games and the effectiveness of Dale Davis and Jason Maxiell, I am hereby officially campaigning for each of them to get permanent spots in the rotation. They are both scrappy, big, fearless and they seem to be solving our rebounding problems. Did I mention the added D?
Other Key Points:
- Maxiell got his first double-double of the regular season 17 points and 12 rebounds.
- McDyess looked lost again. He was 0-for-5 with no points and 3 rebounds.
- Chauncey hit back to back 3’s late in the fourth to pull the Pistons ahead.
- Although Will Blalock didn’t score he played a solid 11 minutes and really needs to back up Chauncey instead of Flip.
- Rashard Lewis is underrated.
- Tayshaun is still in a shooting funk but his defense wins games.
- I hope Flip Saunders rethinks his rotation.
- A fellow Sheedologist thinks Maxiell is going to replace Mohammed in the starting lineup by the end of the season.
- Davis and Maxiell had 25 rebounds between them.
- I want to punch Gwen Stefani square in the mouth (her video plays while I write this and I can’t find the remote)
- Nazr played well with 9 points and 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
- Delfino needs to take it to the hole.
- The Pistons had 54 total rebounds.
- The Sonics Glyniadakis was a Pistons draft pick from Greece who never made the team.
- Chauncey trusted Maxiell enough to give him the winning shot.
- My Pen came yesterday….more on that later.
- “Max … Mac … Maxwell, whatever his name is, he out rebounded our whole team,” Rashard Lewis said. “Every time I turned around, he was coming out of nowhere. I don’t think we put a body on him all night.”
- Detroit’s 26 offensive rebounds were the most in the NBA this season, and was one more than Seattle’s defensive-rebound total.
- Flip talks about Flip’s future in the rotation.