For the second time in 4 days The Pistons beat the starless Denver Nuggets. Rodney Stuckey made his first start in place of Chauncey Billups (DNP-Coaches Decision) in the 119-110 win at Van Andel arena in Grand Rapids.
- The story of the night was Jason Maxiell’s 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting with 12 rebounds a steal and 3 blocked shots. Maxi was everywhere.
- Let me just say how impressed I was watching the game at Van Andel, it was a playoff atmosphere. The it was truly a FANtastic experience.
- Rodney Stuckey led the team in minutes with 40. Others have been mentioning his propensity to turn the ball over but you have to remember he is still learning and I believe that he’s more suited as a 2 than a 1. He finished the game with 17 points and 6 assists.
- You do have to give it to Stuckey for being near perfect from the line, especially in late game situations.
- Can someone please tell me what the deal is with JR Smith (33 points) and Bobby Jones (26 points), they lit up the Pistons like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
- Jason Maxiell is making a habit of getting double-doubles and boy is he getting better at making his own shot. He was clearly the fan favorite last night.
- The Nuggets sure did fall in love with the three, they went 7-for-23 and I am pretty sure almost all of them were made by JR Smith.
- I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at the box score and saw that Flip Murray, who started in place of an injured Rip Hamilton, put up 21 points. I knew he was playing well but I didn’t realize how well until I looked at this line, he also had 5 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal in 28 minutes.
- Mejia and Dupree were acting like their jobs were on the line (which they are). One of them is going to win the last roster spot and I have a feeling it might be Super Dupe considering he’s been with the team so long and he has proven what he can do. Mejia didn’t have a stellar night and Dupree made an impact as soon as he stepped on the floor.
- If you didn’t know already I went to the game with Bennie and Jeff, who sat right behind the Piston bench and said Sheed was chatting all game and like always he had plenty of advise for the rookies.
- Bennie and Jeff also got some prime interviews after the game which we will have up for you within a day or so.
- Cheikh Samb looks even thinner with the long socks.
- Rasheed was cracking up during a particular time out when Hooper became Super Hooper (with a Superman costume) and did a hilarious dance routine.
- I would like to see Stuckey be a bit more careful when he’s driving the lane in traffic, I think he may need realize that it’s not as easy in the NBA. You have to pick your spots sometimes and dish it off others.
- “Cheikh’s still light in the chops,” Wallace said. “But all that is is leverage. He’s still standing straight up. Once he gets down more like a squat like he’s taking a dump, he’ll be all right. It’s just a matter of foot control. But he’s got a soft touch for a big man to be 7 feet, 7-1.”
- Afflalo did a nice job in his 25 minutes, he put up 14 points was 2-for-3 from beyond the line.
- Samb was solid with 9 boards and eight points, he even took a couple of nice offensive fouls. He just needs to work on his defense a bit, he is prone to getting into foul trouble. The kid is tall and has a nice touch.
- National City gave away Maxiell faces to everyone in the crowd for National Breast Cancer Awareness. I have a few, I have a feeling they are going to be a hot commodity. I will scan one when I get a chance to show it to you.
- It was nice to see the Rooks keep the lead the whole game, I was impressed.
- Jason, a member of Team Need4Sheed has some pretty great pictures he shot from last night.
- Jarvis Hays is not shy, he put it up when he has the open shot. He scored 13 for Detroit.
- I think Maxiell should be awarded 3 points for every dunk he makes considering he puts an exclamation point on every one. The crowd loved his energy as we all do.
- “After the game, Rasheed Wallace joked that if Samb weighed 175 when the team drafted him in 2006, “he weighs 176 now.” Via The Detroit Free Press
- The Pistons crushed Denver on the glass 37 to 55.
- “Forward Amir Johnson ran through some drills before the game at Van Andel Arena. He will still be listed as questionable for the team’s back-to-back that begins Friday.” Via The Detroit Free Press
- You have to hand it to The Pistons Organization for bringing everything to the game, just like it would have been at The Palace. The intros were great, the only thing missing was Mason and the fire.
- Empty the Bench has an exclusive interview with Jarvis Hayes.