Rodney Stuckey and Rip Hamilton started for the Pistons on Sunday night against Golden State at the Palace. It took 40 hard fought minutes for Detroit to record their second win of the season with a 97-102 win against the run and gun Warriors. Key Points:
- Kuester had not decided to start Stuckey or Rip until 90 minutes before tip. Looks like that was the right decision for the team. Rip led the team with 27 and Stuckey scored 21.
- Ben Gordon doesn’t have to put up double digits to be productive. Ben scored 7, with 6 assists, a blocked shot and 2 boards in 25 minutes.
- Had Steph Curry not gone 3-for-12, Detroit wouldn’t be so happy right now.
- Attendance: 12813 ….wow. Haven’t been to a game with less people since the teal days.
- Detroit 9-for17 from downtown and let me say pretty much all of them came just when the Pistons needed them.
- Stuckey, who was looking to dish the ball, had a great game with 21 points, 9 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot. He could have went from hero to zero when he turned the ball over on what could have been Detroit’s last possession. Luckily, Curry missed his three to tie the game and send it to overtime.
“It was a scary sequence. I shouldn’t have lost the ball, but he just missed the shot and we got the rebound and Rip hit his two free throws.” Stuckey on the last play
- Trust me when I tell you that this Stuckey jam brought the house down.
- Another hustle game for Greg Monroe, who now looks like he’s played his way into the rotation. Monroe finished with 7 points, 3 boards and a steal in 18 minutes. Usually good at the line, he went just 1-for-7.
“I relish any opportunity. I’m feeling good that coach trusts me to be in crunch time. I’m just trying to keep that trust and do whatever I can to produce. Anyway I can put in to help this team coming down the stretch, I just try to do those things.”
- McGrady scored a point with one board and a steal in just 9 minutes.
- You thought Dick Bavetta looked old on TV…bless that man for still being out there and standing let alone running.
- Another game that went down to the closing seconds.
- Great ball distribution, Detroit had 27 assists on the night.
- Board war 46 – 46.
- Haven’t seen Maxiell in forever…another DNP.
- Daye in foul trouble, scored 9 points with 5 boards in just 16 minutes.
- Prince with 14 on 5-for-15 shooting.
- Rip was spectacular, going 10-for-17 for 27 points, 5 boards and a steal. Everyone was calling for the ball in Rip’s hand towards the end of the game. I was surprised when I looked at the box score and noticed he turned the ball over 5 times. Stuck to Rip behind the back…sweet.
- Rip may have lead the team, and Stuckey may have had a great game too but it was the play of Charlie V with a double-double that was really clutch for Detroit. Charlie scored 16 with 10 boards, a blocked shot and 2 steals. He’s really stepped up his game…thankfully.
- West coast swing starts Tuesday in Portland.