The Pistons did their best to try to pull out another game without Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, but the Raptors didn’t cooperate with Detroit’s plans. Detroit went down 99-110 in Toronto after another gutsy effort.
- Another start for Jonas Jerebko and his first NBA points. Hustle from Jerebko and defensive effort turned into 2 blocks, 3 boards and 8 points.
- Though not a 20 point night, Rodney Stuckey put up a solid double-double with 10 boards, 13 points and 4 assists.
- We have to face facts, it’s clear that Detroit desperately needs front court help. They can’t count on the guards to do all the scoring.
- I’m getting Ben Wallace DeJa vu. He’s as closer to the Ben that left to go to Chicago than I could have ever imagined. Now Kuester needs to limit his time a bit more so this lasts all season. Wallace finished with 9 boards and 6 points.
- Toronto became the first team this season to score more than 100 points against Detroit. Does that mean the “D” is officially back? Probably not, but it’s a refreshing surprise.
- Another heroic effort from Will Bynum, who did his best in the fourth to get the Pistons back in it. He tied the game up with this drive and finished the game with16 points, 6 assists and a steal in 33 minutes. I know he prefers “The Thrill” but I can’t help screaming Bynumite, when he does something spectacular like this…
Video Courtesy of The NBA and The Detroit Pistons
- Austin Day looks a lot like Tayshaun on court, especially when he’s blocking people with those long arms. Daye logged 16 minutes, blocking 2 shots, with 3 boards and 5 points.
- Jason Maxiell got 10 minutes of floor time and added a bit of a spark. A nice putback with 3 boards with 4 points.
- By the way….how many “trade rumor” stories did you read after the Orlando game?
- 20 trips to the line for Bosh, that’s big.
- How much do you enjoy watching Ben Gordon? I’m sure I’ll be writing this again but… Ben Gordon put up a career high in a Pistons uniform while leading the team with 30 points. He’s truly putting this team on his back with Rip and Tay out. Oh and I’m enjoying the fact the Bulls fans are sick about it.
- First official NBA time for DaJuan Summers who saw 40 seconds.
- Pistons shot well, shooting 45% for the game, but needed to get some stops down the stretch and couldn’t.
- Charlie Villanueva played his best game as a Piston against the team that drafted him. A pretty good stat line in all departments with 16 points, 7 boards a steal and a block. He’s looking better in red, white and blue every night.
- Tough to play a back to back shorthanded, especially after the battle against Orlando. You could clearly see the effort, but they just fell flat mid fourth quarter.
- A little more Ben
- Good to see Amir Johnson get some time on court. He really helped Toronto when the Pistons started making a run in the third.
- A day of rest and a tough rematch in Orlando Friday night. I hope someone bring some more Kryptonite.
- My good friend Ryan over at HoopsAddict got the inside scoop in the Pistons locker room last night. I’ll quote him, and then send you over for the audio. “Tonight the Pistons locker room was pure jokes, hence Rip Hamilton free styling before the game about “pimpin’ ain’t easy fo’ sheezy” Pre and post game audio over at Hoopsaddict.com