For a team that looked like they were going to be offensive-minded to start the season, things sure did change. With the bulk of the Pistons scoring sidelined due to injuries, the Pistons snapped their seven game skid Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Hawks 88-94. You can thank the defense, gritty play from “The Swede,” Jonas Jerebko, and the rejuvenated and revitalized Ben Wallace. Wallace and Jerebko combined for 16 of the Pistons’ season-high 24 offensive rebounds.
- Coach Kuester shook up the starting lineup Sunday afternoon starting Chucky Atkins (PG), Rodney Stuckey, Jonas Jerebko, Jason Maxiell and Ben Wallace.
- The lineup change was a gutsy move from Kuester who’s basically doing whatever he can with what he’s got available. I said it a few games back, it’s not just like having three of your best scorers out, it’s like having four when you can’t count on steady production from Charlie Villlanueva. Maybe the temporary move to the bench is just what Villlanueva needed to get himself back in gear, it’s not like we know he can’t score.
- The change also helped Rodney Stuckey. Having Chucky Atkins running the floor let Rodney play the position he’s best at.
- “We talk about the leadership that we get from Ben, Tayshaun and Rip, but we need to add Chucky to that discussion,” Kuester said. “He’s been huge for our young guards. He’s going to be a coach in this league, and he’s doing a lot of that for us.” Via NBA.com
- Atkins hadn’t started an NBA game since 2007, and hadn’t started for Detroit since Nov. 30, 2002.
- The points in the paint stat was huge for the Pistons with 60 for the game. Detroit started taking it inside early.
- Detroit’s biggest lead was 12, Atlanta’s 2.
- Ben Camey Wallace has brought back the “Going to Work” style of Basketball to Detroit again, right where it belongs. Ben put up a double-double with 18 boards, 10 points and 2 steals. The Pistons may not have a stellar record, but if it weren’t for Ben Wallace they wouldn’t have a chance to win night in and night out.
- How about holding Joe Johnson to 5-for-19 shooting.
- Charlie Villanueva broke his nose when he was fouled by the Hawks’ Zaza Pachulia and smashed face first into Wallace’s side. Villanueva, gushing blood,with a tissue to stop the bleeding, hit both free throws before heading to the Pistons’ locker room not return.
- Another “Masked Man” for Detroit. Get well soon Charlie, you showed some guts coming back on court and sinking the free throws.
- Josh Smith makes dunking pretty.
- Does Will Bynum have some kind of fourth quarter energy drink he’s hoarding from the rest of the team? The Thrill is money in the final quarter.
- Kuester made mention about 5 times in the Post Game Presser…”everyone is being held accountable.” Was that a hint about why the lineup changed?
- Rodney Stuckey Circus shot!
Video Courtesy of The NBA, FSN and The Detroit Pistons
- Mr. Stuckey played well, leading Detroit with 23 points on 10-for-23 shooting with 8 assists a steal and 2 boards. He looks good at the two, doesn’t he? Not only has he been stepping up his game lately, his jumpshot looks better and he seems to be making better decisions when driving the lane.
- I’m ecstatic to finally make the ball glow again…the losing streak was brutal.
- Jason Maxiell stepping up in the starting spot was more than refreshing. His numbers may not be eye-popping, but he made some great plays down the stretch. Jason finished with 7 points, 6 boards and 2 steals. I’m always surprised for some reason when he hits 15 footers with ease. I love it, but I just picture him wreaking havoc with a emphatic dunk.
- Some great moves from Will Bynum who finished with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting and was key in the fourth quarter.
- Chris Wilcox DNP.
- Kwame Brown stepped up big time in the first half. Brown scored 8 with 5 boards in 15 minutes of play.
- Sweeeeeeeeede! Need4Swede?
- Jonas Jerebko, with his own Fan Club on hand, had another great game. He may as well just tattoo Hard Work Pays Off on his arm because he’s the poster child for it. Jonas with a double-double, 10 points, 11 boards and a key play that may have sealed the win for Detroit.
- So that’s what happened to Mo Evans.
- Austin Daye, just 11 minutes with 2 points and 4 rebounds. I am a bit surprised he didn’t get more time and DaJuan Summers was a DNP. But hey, whatever works. Kue stopped the bleeding…well maybe not for Charlie, but for the Pistons’ record.
- How about Charlie V with a nice block and then he knocks down a three. I love it when things come together.
- Fun game to watch, love the we can get it done with the “no matter what” type attitude. Battered, bruised and always battling should be a new motto.
- Forget Chucky Atkins’ 1-for-7 shooting, he was running the point well for Detroit.
- Game Highlights via NBA.com
- With two days off, let’s hope Detroit can at least get Ben Gordon back so he can play in Chicago against his old team on Wednesday.
- The hits just keep on coming…Charlie Villanueva needs surgery. It’s great to follow the @Cv31 on Twitter, you get the news as it happens.
“Surgery tomorrow, wish me luck, I will send a tweet during surgery, lol, the mask is on its way, lets go”