Just when it looked like the Pistons were going to suffer back to back home blowouts something clicked at The Palace. Down 12 early if the first quarter, Jason Maxiell entered the game and sparked a Pistons run in a high scoring first quarter (39 Houston 27 Detroit). Both teams had hot shooting nights, while Houston led most of the way, Detroit made it a game in the mid third quarter but couldn’t force overtime in the fourth.
The Pistons had two chances to send the game into OT after Artest missed a free throw with 10 seconds left. The first on a rushed Rasheed Wallace three pointer and then another from Arron Afflalo. Final score108-105.
- How is this to start things off, with the loss, the Pistons clinched their first losing month since February 2004.
- Yes that Dyess foul late in the game was an And 1, had it counted like it should have thing may have ended different.
- Sluggish right from the opening tip, it took the enthusiasm, athleticism and baby eating to get the Pistons right back into the game. He played just 18 minutes going 4-for-4 for 8 points, 3 boards and a blocked shot. Babies were had for lunch (via Tate Lowe, team N4S member)
- The Rockets led by as much as 15 points, Detroit had the lead just once by one.
- Houston, who had McGrady and Artest (who got booed every time he touch the ball) back for the first time in a long while didn’t look like they missed a game between them. Artest led Houston with 24 and McGrady put up 15.
- Houston killed the Pistons from beyond the arc going 12-for-25 (48%).
- Looks like it took just one game coming off the bench for Richard Hamilton to get things going. Rip led the Pistons with 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting in 31 minutes on the floor.
- Rip coming off the bench means 46 Bench points for Detroit.
- Like it or not, a hot Richard Hamilton left Allen Iverson on the bench for the final minutes of the game. It could mean trouble…can’t make everyone happy.
- “I just feel like I can offer a little more to the team,” said Iverson, who scored 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. “I can help us do more to win basketball games. When the opportunity presents itself, I’ll be right here to take on the challenge. I’m going to stay positive, stay focused, keep believing in my teammates when I’m not in the game and keep trusting them when I am in the game.”But Iverson isn’t used to being an afterthought after 13 seasons of what likely will be a Hall of Fame career.“Just when I thought I’d seen it all, something else happens,” Iverson said. “That was just different. Via The Detroit Free Press
- Iverson scored 17 on 5-for-10 shooting with 8 assists a steal and 2 boards in 34 minutes. Great numbers for a guy who sat in the fourth.
- With the awful way Detroit took care of the ball in the Dallas game, just 5 turnovers against Houston is promising.
- Rodney Stuckey was in foul trouble and didn’t even play a minute in the second quarter. Stuckey scored 14 on 7-for-12 shooting, with 8 assists and five boards.
- Liked what Rip and AI did on court together when Stuckey was out.
- Why isn’t Herrmann backing up Tayshaun at all? Small ball when Tay was resting.
- Amirzing block that led to an AI Alley Oop for Rasheed. When is the last time you can say you saw Sheed jump like this?
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and ESPN
- First quarter blues, Detroit has to start coming out of the gate strong to contend throughout the game.“It’s been I don’t know how many games now where we’ve had rough first quarters,” Prince said, when asked if there was confusion about assignments at the start of games. “At some point you have to put all that aside and not worry about the X’s and O’s and just do what you have to do defensively as far as taking a challenge. I don’t think we are doing that in the first quarters.” Via The Detroit News
- Tay was missing last night, in his 30 minutes he had 6 points, 2 boards and five assists and a blocked shot. Not the numbers we have been used to from Prince when he’s play his position. He had a rough time on the defensive end too. But they all do, so it’s tough to focus on Prince in that department.
- Anybody pay attention to the Houston and Pistons huddle that ESPN aired? MC sounded like he was rambling, while Adelman had a plan of action. I know it’s just on huddle out of plenty but it just didn’t make me feel any better about what has been going on.
- Sheedtastic night for Rasheed, who the Pistons really needed to start playing well. He was jawing with the Houston bench and Luis Scola claiming “he can’t check me”, and he couldn’t. A double-double for Sheed with 22 points, 11 boards adding 2 assists and a blocked shot in 39 minutes. If the Pistons could get just half of the passion out of him as he had in the Rockets game things would be very different.
- ESPN Highlights of the Game.
- Hey Allen why aren’t the Pistons getting it done? ” Have you talked to MC yet?” Allen Iverson asked, referring to coach Michael Curry. “He should have the answers. He knows better than me why we’re not getting it done.” Via The Detroit News
- Putting the game aside, these comments by Allen Iverson after yesterday’s loss are a bit disturbing. He looked happy cheering his team on as they mounted their comeback in the fourth quarter, but he’s clearly upset with not being on the floor. This could mean more trouble for the Pistons.
- “Small Ball” is now Weee-troit Basketball – When I read that over at Detroit Bad Boys.com I just about fell on the floor. At this point, we have to laugh about it because it’s so bad. Thanks for putting a smile on our faces Matt!
- It however is NOT funny when Pistons fans check the news every morning to see if Coach Curry has been fired yet.
- I will announce the winners of the Suite night contest later today.