Detroit started the game off strong, jetting off to a 22 point first half lead. But the broken record of what has been their season thus far nearly gave this one away, letting the Bobcats right back into the game in the third quarter. The victory ended a 0-5 start of the season and hopefully calmed whatever tension that has built up in the locker room.
- Rodney Stuckey did not play. We really won’t ever know what went on behind the scenes (as it should be) but I’m happy with the decision by Kuester to take matters in his own hands. Stuckey did not comment about the situation and in fact told media member before the game,
“Why are you following me around, I ain’t got nothing to say.”
- I can think of plenty of times in the past few season where Pistons players have had attitude issues and haven’t had to suffer any consequences.
- Tracey McGrady was the Pistons starting PG and did one heck of a job taking the reins and setting the tempo for a 32-15 first quarter lead. This is the best he’s looked in a Pistons uni this season, playing out of position and over his 15 minute limitation. T-Mac scored 10 points with 3 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals in 23 minutes. Nice to see him recovering.
“Whatever coach wants me to do, I’m willing to do whatever this team needs, and tonight they needed me to be the point.”
- Vintage T-Mac
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- Is it going too far if we start throwing confetti? I was going to make the site rain confetti, because that’s how I felt after finally getting the W, but then I came to my senses.
- What was not cool, letting the Bobcats right back into the game. Charlotte cut the lead to three twice with less than two minutes in the game.
- Will Bynum played his second game of the season coming off the bench for the Pistons. Will played 22 minutes with 6 points, 2 boards, 2 assists and a steal.
- Tayshaun Prince looked totally different Friday night. With Prince, body language always tells the story. Tay scored 14 on 7-for-17 shooting, with 2 assists, and 4 boards. He said after the game that fans at the Palace were booing the team. Not cool…sure they aren’t doing well, but to get on a team who’s trying to win is really not what a true fan does. If you’re not happy with the way the team is playing or their record, why bother showing up at the game. You may feel different, but that’s just how I feel.
- Huge buzzer beater to end the third quarter for Charlie V…right when the Pistons needed it.
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- Charlie finished with 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting (5 of which were 3 pointers), with 6 boards, an assist and a blocked shot.
- DNP for Jason Maxiell.
- Detroit lost the war of the boards 31-38.
- Newsflash – I still can’t stand Stephen Jackson.
- Charlotte with 22 turnovers and 9-for-20 from beyond the arc.
- Thankfully Detroit made their free throws, going 26-for 27 from the line.
- Austin Daye looked like the player from the pre-season. 3-for-6 shooting for 8 points, 2 boards, and a steal in 17 minutes.
- HUGE rebound in the closing minute for Greg Monroe who’s playing well and racking up boards. In close to 20 minutes on the floor he scored 9 with 6 boards and a blocked shot. LET HIM PLAY more.
- I’m absolutely fine letting Ben Gordon start the next 76 games.
- Rip Hamilton off the bench – 2-for-7 from the floor for 16 points, 3 boards and assist in 27 minutes. A perfect 11-for-11 from the line.
- The team looked like they were playing as a team all night long. Good ball movement…some suspect shot selection late in the game.
- Ben Gordon again led the team in points with 20 on 7-for-16 shooting with 3 boards, 3 steals, and an assist.
- Highlights via NBA.com
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- Can they make it 2 against Golden State Sunday evening at the Palace?