Realistically Pistons fans knew a win against the Lakers without Rip, Sheed and AI was a lot to ask for, and after the 25-12 first quarter it sure looked like this was the case. Will Bynum didn’t get that memo, however, sparking the team in the second quarter while putting up a career-high 25 points. Unfortunately you can’t beat many teams when just two of your players score in double figures and the Pistons lost to the Lakers 92-77 at home for the first time in seven years.
- Will Bynum and Antonio McDyess were the only Pistons players to score in double figures.
- This was truly a game of runs Will Bynum took Detroit from 13 down after one quarter to 10 up early in the third. The Lakers closed the quarter on a 30-5 run.
- Walter Herrmann did his thing and knocked down a few threes to help Detroit capture the lead before the half. He finished with 9 points, a blocked shot, 4 boards and an assist in 20 minutes on the floor.
- Stuckey looked out of place going up against Kobe, he played just 26 minutes, scoring 5 points with 4 turnovers, 2 steals and three assists. He looked bad, in fact he was a -31 for the game.
- “When we’re shorthanded, more is put on his plate. Sometimes he handles it really well and sometimes he doesn’t do as well.” Curry on Stuckey. Via The Detroit Free Press
- Career High for Will Bynum who has more than stepped it up for the Pistons lately. Will put up a double-double with 25 points, with 11 assists, 3 boards, a steal and 4 turnovers. Numbers aside, Will did just what the Pistons needed when they needed it.
- “It’s just another tough loss,” Bynum said. “They went on that run and we couldn’t recover. They just outplayed us in the second half. I am going to stay aggressive,” Bynum said.”I am being more confident. I got an opportunity and I am taking advantage of it. I’ve been positive all year long, even when I wasn’t playing and that’s helped make it easier.” Via The Detroit News
- I must say that I can’t stand going to Lakers games at the Palace and I was glad I wasn’t in the house last night. An MVP chant for a Laker at the Palace just isn’t right.
- Rip and Sheed will be back Saturday!
- Allen Iverson returning next week? I will believe it when I see it.
- NBA.com Highlights of the Game.
- With the loss last night the Pistons (34-37) fell to the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
- Detroit (Bynum mostly) outscored the Lakers 30-14 in the second quarter.
- The final score aside, the game was pretty entertaining, it was nice to see Bynum help Detroit crawl back. It just goes to show you they really can be in any game not matter who’s on the court for Detroit.
- “In the second half it seemed like we couldn’t get no offense going at all,” said McDyess, who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. “Will came out of the game and he was pretty much getting us where we needed to be, dishing the ball. When he went and sat down it was like we were just stagnant. We were just standing and looking around.” Via The Detroit Free Press
- Another double-double for Antonio McDyess who’s been playing out of body for quite some time now. Dyess finished with 14 points, 12 boards, a blocked shot, a steal and an assist.
- Kwame Brown stuffing Lamar Odom….must have made him feel good. He doesn’t put up huge numbers and he fumbles the ball like nobody’s business, but Kwame has given more that I expected he could for this team.
- Amir Johnson, from starter to garbage minutes.
- Afflalo, who started the game didn’t come back with the starters in the third quarter. He finished with six points and one rebound in 31 minutes.
- Tayshaun Prince 7 points on 3 for 13 shooting .
- Consider this game Bynamic.
- Saturday’s game against the struggling Wizards should tell us how this season may end. With Rip and Sheed back and only a handful of games left and Detroit now in the 8th spot…..this should be interesting.