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The Pistons were trailing by seven points late in the fourth quarter before something, or should I say something clicked.  Tayshaun Prince scored with 23 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 99 all and send the game into overtime.  If one time wasn’t enough,  Prince hit another basket and got fouled for the three point play to tie the game again and send it into a second overtime at 109 all.

That was just all that the Pistons could muster, as the Knicks hit a barrage of three pointers to pull away and finish the Pistons off 125-116 at the Palace.

Key Points:
Tayshaun Prince - Tayriffic

  • A season high 31 points from Tayshaun Prince who was the epitome of clutch. Tay sent the game into overtime not once but twice with two fantastic drives to the basket. Tay added 7 assists, 8 boards, and zero turnovers in 43 minutes on the floor. He continues to play well, which helps him in a contract year and looks great for a possible trade.

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  • Though Tay’s heroics and 31 points will most likely be what everyone will be talking about besides the OT loss,  Rodney was Stucktacular.  Stuck scored 29 points with 5 assists, 2 steals and four boards.  He clearly had the edge again in size over Felton and used it.  My only issue with him, and this happens quite a bit…he needs to remember that he is allowed to actually dish the ball to his teammates when they are open when he doesn’t have a shot.  It’s ok Rodney, it’s allowed.
  • Can you say Three!  The Knicks truly live and die by it.  Danilo Gallinari knocked down three pointers on the first two New York possessions of the second overtime, and Wilson Chandler made another on the next trip down the floor.  New York shot 38 threes on the afternoon and make 15.
  • Five Knicks in double figures led by Amare Stoudemire, who put up a game high 37.  Think that wasn’t good enough…was oh so close to a  triple-double with 10 boards and 7 assists.
  • A 7 minute Austin Daye sighting.
  • Surprising OT lineup of Gordon, Rip, Tay, Stuckey and Ben…especially when the Knicks lead the league in blocked shots.
  • Don’t know why Charlie V didn’t get more time.
  • At one point the lead was going back and fourth, the Pistons and Knicks just kept trading baskets and the lead, it changed hands 20 times and was tied 12 times.
  • I’ll say it every day, Ben Gordon needs more than 4 shots!
  • The Pistons were out-rebounded 48-41.
  • I’m always impressed with Michigan native Wilson Chandler, who scored 20 for the Knicks.
  • Points in the paint even at 40.
  • Jason Maxiell started for the Pistons but had some trouble with the Knicks big bodies and was pulled in favor of Tracy McGrady, who had another T-Mac game.  McGrady 13 points on 6-for10 shooting with 6 boards, 3 assists a steal and a blocked shot.   With each game on the floor he’s looking better and better.

McGrady “I’m just gradually getting better game-by-game confidence-wise. Just feeling more comfortable on the basketball court. The last thing to come is to get over the mental part of getting over an injury. That’s the last thing to come and I feel myself getting better every game.”

  • A cool 17 for Rip Hamilton, who added 6 assist and 2 board along with hitting a key basket in the fourth to time the game at 97 during the Pistons fourth quarter rally.
  • Am I the only one who’s alarmed that Prince, Hamilton, McGrady and BEN WALLACE had more assists than the Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey?
Rodney Stuckey

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  • Detroit – 25 assists on the night, some of the prettiest came from T-Mac.
  • Really, how long can Dick Bavetta keep going?
  • Rip is sooo good at the Alley…this one goes to Stuckey even though we are used to seeing him hoist it up for Tayshaun.

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“With the Knicks playing small, that first-half performance convinced John Kuester to start McGrady in the second half. McGrady said after the game that a leg muscle tightened on him – nothing serious, he said, but it felt like the building was cold – and he couldn’t get it going again. But his first-half outing was another step, he felt, toward a breakthrough.” Via Pistons.com

  • Nice to see Jonas on the bench supporting his team.  Jonas in the house in a nice sports coat and a walking cast.
  • It really doesn’t get easier.   Next up for the Pistons, the Magic in Orlando then to Miami and back home to host Orlando.  On a happier note, I’m so loving what’s happening to The Heat right now.

Forget the ESPN trade machine, forget what your friend said he heard, noting is really solid until someone makes a deal.  Dave Dial (always good with the numbers) confirms that maybe, just maybe a deal is forthcoming for the Pistons.

“A couple of things bear mentioning. Marc Stein’s numbers are different that Chris McCosky’s, and when checking the Pistons salaries I have something in between both of their figures. The terms of player contracts are not released, officially, by teams. But the media does get this information from either team sources or player agents.

{Update}: The failure to mention that if Stein’s numbers are correct and the trading of Alex Acker to the Clippers does not put the Pistons below the luxury tax threshold, the Stein’s scenario suddenly becomes more likely.

Nevertheless, Stein offers an interesting scenario where the Pistons end up with Amare Stoudemire. Conspiracy theory or not, we will know for sure in a few days. The trading deadline is Thursday, February 19th.” Via MLive

So with that lets give this a vote:

The Pistons are not in an ideal situation today.  No NBA player likes to play the second day of a back-to-back, but the fact that Detroit played a hard-fought overtime game against the Bucks that ended just before midnight and then they had to travel back to Detroit in the early morning hours to play tonight’s game against the Suns at The Palace.  Oh yeah….and it’s Sunday.

With the rumors surrounding Detroit and Phoenix in the Amare sweepstakes, the Pistons have to be all business to pull out a win against The Suns.

Each team currently has the same 27-21 record going into tonight’s game.

Good News/Bad News/and More

  • Look for Shaq to take a cheap hard foul on one of The Pistons’ smaller players.  He’s good at that. He took out Rodney Stuckey with a hard foul that got him ejected in the Suns last meeting with the Pistons and leveled Amir Johnson last season.
  • Detroit is seeking a third straight victory for the first time since its season-high seven-game winning streak from Dec. 23-Jan. 4.
  • Again, it’s Sunday.
  • The Pistons had lost 10 of their previous 14 games before winning their last two.
  • Amare has pledged to elevate his game.

Tip off is at 8:00 P.M. and will be Nationally televised on ESPN. If you can’t watch the broadcast, tune into 1130 AM WDFN The Fan.  Can’t do either? Follow the game on NBA.com.

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