This was not the Detroit debut that Allen Iverson was looking for Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. “Yeah, I didn’t dream it up like that. In my dreams we won the first game I played and in my dreams I got that ovation, but we won the game. But this is the way it is. I have to be able to accept what happened and move forward.” Via The Detroit News Not only did the Pistons lose to the Celtics 88-76, they looked miserable doing it. Key Points:
- The Palace was abuzz from the minute I stepped inside the building until the end of the first quarter. Things went south quickly after that.
- Mr. Iverson got such a loud welcome that from inside the building I had no idea what Mason said until I watched the video clip.
- Want to know how bad it really was? You could hear the boos from just about everywhere inside the Palace. It may be just me, but I’m one of those fans that just won’t boo my team. I haven’t done it yet and I was at a few stinkers during the playoffs the last couple of years. I hope I never hit the breaking point.
- It seemed like it took forever for either team to score, that may have been due to both teams playing good D to start the game. It’s just too bad Boston kept going and Detroit folded.
- Tayshaun Prince was the only Piston do do much of anything. Tayshaun led the team with 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting with 8 boards, 2 assists and a steal. A perfect 2-for-2 from downtown for Prince.
- Will Bynum is truly making it hard not to jump on his bandwagon. In 12 minutes he went 3-for-4 for 11 points and 2 assists. Though the game was out of reach at that point it was nice to see some sort of life in the building.
- Tony Allen? Another role player to burn Detroit. They stopped the big three from putting up numbers but let Allen (not Ray) burn them for 23.
- What’s the deal with Rondo and the Karate Kick? It’s not like you can do that in the NBA, so why was he being pouty when the foul was called? Too bad he smoked us for a jam on the next play.
- This highlight of the game came when Detroit was actually in the ball game. An Amir putback, no matter how bad the game was, will make you smile.
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit
- Do I really care that Rasheed put up a double-double? Not when he was 0 for 100 until mid third quarter. His 4-for-17 shooting night was hard to watch. He finished with 11 boards and 10 points, 1 block and 1 assist. SHEED …..THE PAINT PLEASE!
- I have to agree with someone wise, we sure do miss Dyess.
- Maxiell got 17 minutes but he was invisible.
- The second quarter was just hard to swallow. The 30 points that Boston put up to Detroit’s 10 in the second was the equivalent of making someone eat Ex-Lax brownies. It was gross.
- It’s up to you if you want to revisit this one. NBA.com highlights of the game.
- AI looked like he was off to a AI kind of night but early foul trouble derailed things. He finished with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting in 31 minutes.
- Nobody in Piston red, white and blue are ready for Iverson’s passes. Detroit is simply not used to someone driving the lane and dishing. Is AI trying to please his new teammates too much?
- At the half, the Pistons were shooting 25% on their way to a 34.7% night.
- The Celtics D was great, but I think it was more about what the Pistons weren’t doing than what Boston was.
- Rip Hamilton…zero for eight on the night.
- Stuckey left the game at the half complaining of dizziness and didn’t return. No word yet on how he’s doing.
- We may have plenty of bumps to come, and a long trip out west won’t help them a bit.