For the first time this season The Detroit Pistons actually put a hurting on the opposing team. In his first game coming off the bench for Detroit, Rip had a hard time getting acclimated to his new role so Tayshaun Prince and Jason Maxiell stole the show in this seldom seen (this season) 95-76 blowout of the Raptors.
- Give a hand to Rip Hamilton for making the move to the bench even if he didn’t really have a choice in the matter. Rip sat courtside on his stationary bike to keep warm during the first quarter. He had a rough time getting used to his new role, scoring 7 on 3-for-9 shooting in 21 minutes on the floor. Three of his misses game from behind the three point line, but he stayed in the action picking up 4 assists. Had the game been closer in the fourth Rip would had played more minutes.
- Rip on coming off the bench (audio) via The Detroit News.
- Rip has had a difficult time since his partner in crime was traded so a move to the bench is just another obstacle he needs to deal with. Time people.
- The Fluidics noticed something I didn’t last night (probably because I was busy talking to a good friend). “About Rip though. He didn’t do his pre-game antics in the corridor with the team, punching their chests. When they ran out of the tunnel, Rip was nowhere to be seen, he was the last to the court, walked out by himself.”
- Sure we made mincemeat out of a bad Raptors team, but we have to look at the bright side of things. We were losing to teams like the Thunder, so this is a welcome change no matter who it was.
- Nice start to the new lineup change, but lets see if the Pistons can transition to a new beginning.
- Jason Maxiell started the show in the first quarter throwing down dunks like he was playing nerf basketball in the basement of his mother’s house when he was 10. The man should never put up a DNP, but we have said that plenty of times before. Read More →