When you see my name and picture at the beginning of a post, I guess that means it’s been another lopsided loss in a season full of disappointment for the Detroit Pistons. So far this season I’ve covered perhaps 2 of the worst losses of the 2009-2010 season for the Pistons, and this game will make it 3. At the beginning of the season, when I looked at the schedule I knew that this 3 week stretch of games (Washington, Utah, Cleveland (2x), Boston (2x), New York, Atlanta) could make or break this Pistons’ season. Who knew that not only would the Pistons not be in position to make the playoffs, but that their only win will likely come from beating the lowly Washington Wizards? Let’s get to the “highlights” shall we?:
Final Score 93-119
- The game was over after 12 minutes. After scoring only 15 points in the first quarter, and losing their starting SF (Tayshaun Prince), Coach Q might as well have thrown in the towel. Tay went down hard from a blow to that back from Jason Maxiell’s knee. The doctors evaluated him on the spot and said it didn’t look like it had anything to do with his prior back injury but it looked awful nonetheless.
- Rajon Rondo’s stat line (3pts, 6ast, 4stl) doesn’t show how tenacious he was on the defensive end. He was up in Will Bynum’s jersey all night and poking at the ball and creating turnovers for Bynum, Hamilton, Prince, and Gordon.
- I can’t remember the last time I saw Rasheed Wallace attempt only 1 three pointer. He scored 8 points and had 4 rebounds in 17 minutes on the floor. He has lost a few steps this season but, he still has my respect for helping this team the way he did from 04-08 (he didn’t do much in 09).
- Jonas Jerebko was in foul trouble early, but it’s to be expected when he’s guarding veterans like Paul Pierce and KG who are able to get whistles from the referees. Jerebko, although he had 10 points with a couple of nice dunks when the game was out of reach, was virtually a non-factor all game.
- Ben Gordon’s best play as a Piston came on a baseline drive where he took Michael Finley off the dribble, but when he jumped up for the teardrop, Big Baby Davis stepped in front to draw a charge.
- I’ve got a question for the Boston fans: How does a man, wait “man”, who is listed at 289lbs, fall down so easily when a 6’3 200lb guard hits him? Didn’t BBD play football at one point in his life? I don’t want to say the man flops but, the man flops.
- Rodney Stuckey and Ben Wallace were out again, with injuries. Stuckey took part in the afternoon shootaround, but as was reported during the game, the medical staff has a heart rate monitor on him and they are monitoring his every move by keeping his workouts light.
- Charlie Villanueva was nowhere to be found on either end of the court tonight. The past couple of games I’ve watched (or really the entire season) he just looks like he doesn’t care. He’s making $7m per season (average) and is lucky to see 20 minutes a night, and honestly I believe that’s only because Ben Wallace is hurt.
- The first half looked like a layup drill for the Boston Celtics.
- Kwame Brown allowed 2 easy layups by misreading screen and rolls. That’s what Kwame is here for right? Defense?
- Will Bynum was quiet and could not establish a rhythm all night as the paint was locked down and Rondo, as mentioned earlier, was basically wearing his jersey all night.
- Richard Hamilton played with what looked like 0 enthusiasm all night. He was a team worst -22 in +/-.
- You know, I didn’t really want to say anything but… DaJuan Summers was likely the only one who played solid basketball off the bench tonight. He scored 12 points on 4-5 from the field (2-2 from 3), and played solid D against Pierce and Garnett. I’ve been personally calling for DaJuan to get some minutes the entire season.
- Paul Pierce played 17 minutes and had 15 points. With Tayshaun out early, and the game out of reach as well, Boston was able to sit their starters for over half the game (except Rondo).
- Old man Michael Finley bested his career ppg numbers (14.7 ppg in 36 minutes per game) against the Pistons by scoring 15 tonight in 14 minutes of action.
- Kendrick Perkins picked up his 15th technical on the season by getting tangled up with DaJuan Summers in the first half. Nate Robinson picked up a technical for hanging on the rim at the end of the game after a dunk. No techs for Sheed though.
- Coach Q speaks (from AP): “They were good. We were bad. It was one of the few games that our energy wasn’t the way it should be, and I’m disappointed with the way we played.” – I’d say that of the 3 games I’ve guest written for, that all 3 games had the same amount of energy or less.
- No reason for Tony Allen to throw a lob off the glass to Nate Robinson when up 20+, with a minute to go in the game. Nate picked up a tech for hanging on the rim, but they both would’ve picked up a forearm shiver in the throat if the old Bad Boys had any say in it.
- This team is bad. This team needs a few pieces, and to build a new identity. Right now there’s nothing. They’re one of the worst offensive teams, one of the worst teams defensively, they’re a shell of their former selves.
- Game Recap from NBA.com, where you can also she how Tay went down.
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I’m sorry if I’m like the Grim Reaper of the game recaps, I don’t mean to pick games that Detroit will get blown out in. I figure by picking an Indiana, New York and struggling Boston team that they would’ve won at least 1 of the games. Tonight’s game reminded me of those old Harlem Globetrotter highlights against the Washington Generals. Aside from Jonas Jerebko’s 2 sorta highlight worthy fast break dunks, none of the Pistons did anything that will jump off the highlight reel or stat sheet. It’s hard to even really say the talent is there at this point, because without the backcourt having a big game night in and night out, guys like Jerebko and Maxiell can’t produce in the paint. Unless the effort is there on the defensive end, they simply can’t outrun and outgun teams for some reason. The names on the score sheet have put up solid ppg stats their entire careers, but for some reason this season it just hasn’t clicked even when they’ve all been healthy.
Thanks again to Natalie for letting me give this game a writeup. I hope I get to do 1 more before the end of the season because, win or lose, this is fun and it’s fun to read all your feedback good or bad. You can follow me on twitter (@iamboney) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.