It wasn’t pretty all the time. It took a hot shooting 1st half and high scoring 4th quarter, too. At the end of the night, all that matters is the Detroit Pistons beat the Utah Jazz 120-116, in front of 18,000 home fans.
A night after the team experienced a “protest”, and after an afternoon where a lot of the rumors of a protest were squashed by the local media and reports of a Team President Joe Dumars statement before the game, it was hard to tell how this team would respond. You never know how players will respond, and while the individual players’ shortcomings were clearly evident (Monroe still needs to work on post D, CV needs to play defense period, Stuckey needs to work on mid-range game, etc), the team fought through and came out with a victory against the new look Utah Jazz.
Detroit took advantage of a Jazz team that was without All Star Point Guard Deron Williams and Hall of Fame Head Coach Jerry Sloan. Detroit suited up 9 players for last night’s game, as compared to Friday’s game they suited up only 6.
- The Pistons still need help in the post on defense – Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap combined for 43 points and 20 rebounds.
- Andrei Kirilenko, and his awful hairstyle, had a big game for the Jazz with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
- Utah shot 59.5% from the field – Detroit shot an even 50%
- Super rookie Greg Monroe – 12 points and 16 rebounds
- Austin Daye had a great 4th quarter and helped seal the victory with 4 three pointers on 5 attempts
- Rodney Stuckey finished with a team high 28 points and 8 assists BUT was a team worst -13 +/-
- Piston killer Devin Harris finished with 17 and 12 assists
- Will Bynum was the sparkplug off the bench with 11 points and 8 assists in 23 minutes
Yesterday’s game was a solid victory and the post game quotes said more about Friday’s #RoundballRevolution than we heard after the Philadelphia game:
“I have no problems with Coach — he plays me a lot,” Daye said. “I should have been on time, and I got punished. It was embarrassing for me to do that. There’s no excuse for a second-year player to miss a bus because of a miscommunication. I don’t hold any grudge for sitting out last night. I apologized to Coach and told him it was the right decision.”
“There was cohesiveness that we haven’t had,” he said. “There was energy that we haven’t had on a consistent basis. I tip my hat off to these guys.”
Last night’s Detroit win was the first win without Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton or Ben Wallace in the lineup since 2002. It’s time for this team to move on, and close out this season with a little momentum going toward the offseason and next season.