The latest incarnation of the Detroit Pistons’ rotation can be viewed as a bit of a “success” because of the success the team has had since the benching of former starting shooting guard, Richard Hamilton. Despite rumors saying he was benched to avoid injury for a trade, or for being benched for being a poor influence to a young group of players, it’s hard for one to argue that the team has not been better off without Hamilton in the lineup.
Tonight, however, the new lineup could not contain the defending Eastern Conference Champs in Boston. Detroit took a small lead at half after shooting 58% from the field in the 2nd quarter. It was an odd game all around for both teams: Tracy McGrady played 37 minutes for Detroit, Shaquille O’Neal was diving on the floor for loose balls, etc. At the end though, all the strange things that we saw resulted in a familiar sight for Pistons’ fans as Detroit lost to the Celtics in Boston, 86-82. Get to the highlights you’re saying? Sure thing:
- Sometime during the 2nd quarter, Richard Hamilton got up off the bench and started stretching. It was the most game action he’s seen in the last 4 games.
- Stuckey has played well at the 2 since Hamilton’s benching – tonight he didn’t shoot well (5-14 from the field) in 28 minutes.
- Mr. McGrady played 37 minutes and started at the point again for the Pistons. Although he didn’t shoot too well from the field, he did provide 7 assists and has proven to be the most consistent backcourt player on the roster so far this season.
- Ben Wallace was out with an ankle tonight which meant that Shaquille O’Neal basically had an open lane to the basket all night. Shaq finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- Boston outrebounded Detroit 47-32. … lol
- Rajon Rondo played a game high 40 minutes and did not register double digits in points, rebounds, or assists but he nearly had a triple double. Rondo also picked up a technical foul in the game.
- Charlie V played 30 minutes off the bench for Detroit – it seems as if my wishes of Charlie becoming a starter for this team are fading by the game.
- Highlights of the game via NBA.com
[flashvideo file=http://nba.cdn.turner.com/nba/big/games/celtics/2011/01/19/0021000616_det_bos_recap.nba_nba_576x324.flv /]
- How about Chris Wilcox? He’s getting close to 10 and 10 a night per 36, which isn’t bad for a $3m per year power forward. Wilcox added 9 points with 7 rebounds to go with 1 blocked shot.
- It looked like Detroit was going to pull out the win until they were unable to score a point in the final 2 minutes 43 seconds of the game.
- This loss ended the longest winning streak of the season for the Pistons. Think about that… 3 wins in a row
- My how far we’ve fallen
- Bynumite with 2 points in 10 minutes off the bench.
- Nothing came of the KG – @CV31 battle. I was sure KG would get one or two cheap shots in.
- No playing time for Hamilton, Maxiell or DaJuan Summers tonight while Luke Harangody was the only Celtic healthy enough to play, but did not see action.
- I really dislike the Boston Celtics and Tommy Heinsohn.
How fitting that the next game for the Pistons after the New Jersey Nets owner said “No deal” for Carmelo Anthony, is against the New Jersey Nets in New Jersey?
Hopefully Avery Johnson and Rip can share a good laugh during pre-game and maybe even a few pleasantries. Detroit travels to New Jersey for a Friday night game against Kris Humphries and the New Jersey Nets.