Was Saturday’s win against the Pacers too little too late? Probably, but it doesn’t take away the enjoyment for Pistons fans to watch what this team can do when things are working right. The Pistons, in front of a packed crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills, came back after a sluggish first half to roll over a team that they have needed to beat all season long.
The Pistons 88-100 win now leaves them technically still alive in the playoff race with nine games remaining. Detroit is now five games behind the Pacers in the loss column, with another game against Indiana on Wednesday to make up more ground.
- After having “technical difficulties” with Kuester and not playing in the last game, Charlie Villnuava looked like he wasn’t going to touch the court either in Saturday night. Kue surprised us all by calling on Charlie late in the game. He responded with 13 points by making all five of his shots, three of them from the 3-point line. The biggest came with three minutes left after a Danny Granger triple put Indiana within seven.
- Chris Wilcox, who started the game, didn’t play after the half with a knee issue. Chris’s only two came in great fashion, with this reverse put back.
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Video courtesy of NBA.com
- One has to think that if Wilcox wasn’t shutdown at half and Ben Wallace could play, does Charlie V get another DNP.
Villanueva: “Fresh legsI was well rested. (Kuester) called my name and I was ready to go and my teammates helped. They gave me the ball in position to score. (Assistant coach) Brian Hill talked to me in the third quarter. He said, ‘We might get you in, so just be ready.’ So I was ready to go.”
- Question – Does Monroe get a Rebound Row at the Palace? Greg with 9 points and 13 points, with 3 steals and a blocked shot. Did I mention he was also a +20?
- The Pistons were again led by that guy Rip Hamilton, who’s looked like “Rip City” lately. Hamilton put up 23 with 6 assists in 37 minutes starting for Detroit.
- One of the better games to watch the action live in person. Trust me, it’s not been very fun this year at the Palace, so when you get an entertaining game you leave smiling, no matter what else is going on in the win-loss column or the front office.
- Video Recap via Pistons.com
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- 21 to 3 run to help close the gap in the third quarter.
- Give it up to Jason Maxiell who plays solid when he finally gets playing time.
- Detroit shot 51.3% for the night an 57.1% from downtown.
- T-mac out with back spasms.
- Every Pistons that played scored the basketball.
- Nice job by Tay holding Danny Granger to just 14 points.
- A solid 42 points in the paint for Detroit.
- With Indiana having to take on Boston Monday, and the Pistons off until their next game in Indiana Wednesday…this could just be the perfect storm for Detroit. The question always is…will they take advantage of it?