When the Pistons took the court against a Magic team that were bit by the flu bug, there was a good chance they could add a W in the win column. Well, these aren’t the good old days…or the old days, or the dare I say the almost teal years. With Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus out for the Magic, they still handily beat the Pistons on their home court 104-91.
- Should I go into just how miserable and uninerested this whole team looked last night?
- The Magic rode Vince Carter right from the start and he didn’t disappoint, in fact he himself scored 10 of the Magics first 12 points finishing the game with 25 points.
- Not a great game for Danny to fly in for, in fact we pretty much expressed our disappointment in the team the entire game.
- DPN for Will Bynum…guess T-Mac is the new backup PG.
Kuester – “We’re searching every possible way and Will is somebody who is going to be a part of this before its all over. Were trying to get a number of guys opportunities and find the right combination of guys that are going to play together. That’s the most important thing. We came into this game and talked about taking care of the basketball. 24 assists and only 13 turnovers and we’ve been consistent that way now we got to get our defense squared away.”
- Surprised to look at the box score this morning to see that Prince with the game high of 30 points on 11-15 shooting with 5 assists. That may have been the quietest 30 points I ever witnessed. It may be because of the loss and the fact that if they couldn’t win this game, when can they win?
- Brandon Bass loves to put up numbers against Detroit. Bass didn’t miss a shot in eight tries in the first half on his way to leading the Magic with 27 points.
- Prince has hit 35 of 60 shots and averaging 21.3 points over the last four games.
- Detroit another second half meltdown, they were outscored 50-36.
- Calling Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon! Ben Gordon 2-for-11 for 5 points in 30 minuts and Rip Hamilton 3-for-9 for 10 points. We need more from both of them to be successful.
- No Piston player had a + rating.
- Austin Daye actually played his normal position, taking Tayshaun’s spot on court, but didn’t do much in his 5 minutes on the floor and didn’t return in the second half.
- Villanueva 6-for-11 for 15 points with 3 boards , 2 blocks and a steal in 29 minutes. I know he loves the three (3-for-7) but he really can play down low, especially against a depleted team.
Villanueva – What can I say, I guess they just wanted it more than us. They were short-handed, they came ready to play. It seemed like it was hard for us to get into a flow out there. Everything seems hard for us. I have no idea what it is. It’s just hard, it’s hard. I can’t put my finger on it.
Just the fact that us losing in Orlando the way we did, I thought we would come back and put a fight up, now they were short-handed. I don’t know, man, I don’t know.
- I’ve been to just one game (a Sunday) that I haven’t seen Ndamukong Suh.
- Maxiell starts, but plays just 20 minutes when he was 3-for-3 for 6 points and zeros in the rest of his stat line.
- Stuckey 3-for-9 for 11 with 7 assists.
- The other Ben (Gordon) led the team in rebounds with 9. Really?
- Speaking of Bens’, sadly it looks like Wallace can’t handle much more of the grind. I hope I’m wrong about that.
Highlights via Pistons.com
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- On a good note, it’s great to see Jonas Jerebko on the bench, no cast and in shoes with a huge smile on his face.
- It’s a bad time for me to figure out what’s going wrong with this team after the last three losses. From an outsiders standpoint right now it just looks like they have given up. Thoughts?