The #Pistons can’t be happy with their tenth straight loss in Atlanta. More than one thing went wrong for Detroit in the 85-93 loss.
- Let’s start with the return of Josh Smith to Atlanta. They didn’t set off any fireworks for Smith’s return. From the experience I’ve had with ATL fans and from last night’s reception of Josh, Hawks fans were glad to rid themselves of Smith. They went as far as to cheer him at misses jump shots, which is a sign for Pistons fans. That aside Smith didn’t turn up the heat on the team and fan base that didn’t really want him on their side anymore. Josh was 5-of-15 and 0-for-4 from downtown. He finished with 11 points, six boards, two assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 35 minutes.
- Maurice Cheeks was tossed late in the fourth quarter for arguing with refs after Stuckey fouled out on two questionable calls. Either way things weren’t going Cheeks way on the court. It’s too early to judge, but Cheeks isn’t doing well with adjustments on the court, especially on the defensive end.
- The game started terribly for both the Hawks and the Pistons.
- The Pistons led by four in the third quarter and looked like they might pull out a win, but they went through a dry spell that shut that down quickly. Late in the fourth quarter they were shooting so poorly that it was like watching a train wreck, ugly.
- Caldwell-Pope, who grew up in George may have let hometown jitters get the best of him. He was 1-of-9 on the night with four points in his starting roll.
- Someone needs to get Gigi acclimated with NBA defense. Datome scored five points with a board in 10:42 on court.
- Too many easy buckets in the lane for the Hawks and the Pistons points in the paint where hard to come by. Each team scored 50 points in the paint, but the Hawks looked almost effortless.
- Atlanta went on a 22-9 run in the fourth quarter that the Pistons couldn’t recover from.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- Smith, Monroe and Drummond combined for just 28 points.
- Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 21 points on 9-of-21 shooting with six assists and seven boards.
- The shining stat of late for Detroit is their steals. The Pistons are tied with Dallas averaging 9.9 per game. The are second behind Dallas for Top points in the paint.
- Give it up again for Stuckey for keeping the Pistons in the game. Stuckey scored 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.
- Andre’s production was down and a lot had to do with him being in foul trouble. He still however managed to put up a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
- It was a disheartening loss from a team that has talent and started this season like they were going to play beyond expectations.
- Let’s see what kind of changes Cheeks can make to get the win over Atlanta in Detroit on Friday night.
I was one of the not so happy #Pistons fans at the Palace Saturday night as Detroit again go pummeled by the Pacers 90-72. It didn’t help that a bus load of fans from Indiana donned in yellow and blue cheered and chanted in unison from the minute the Pacers stepped on the court for warm ups downing out on of the bigger crowds at the Palace I’ve seen all season. I’m not knocking the Pacers, who are clearly the better team, but it’s tough to watch another game like especially after Friday night’s embarrassing performance.
Will Bynum was truly the only good thing going for the Pistons Saturday night single handily getting the team back at time when literally nobody else on the court could make a basket. Just ask Charlie V who was 1-of-11 on the night. That was until the fourth quarter when Will Bynum was ejected for punching Tyler Hansbrough in the groin in the fourth quarter.
I knew it wasn’t going to be “The Malace at the Palace” part two, but things got heated between Hansbrough and Bynum, with Charlie V and Kyle Singler in the mix too. Tyler is one of those scrappy get in the way and do whatever type players. I guess the little Bynum took offense to Tyler and this is when the incident happened.
After Will was ejected Charlie V and Kyle Singler made a point to foul Hansbrough very hard every time he got to the basket, I’m sure standing up for their ejected teammate.
Being at the Palace and having seats across from where the action took place didn’t help me realize what happened until I saw the clip, since they don’t show replays like this on the Palace court when they are under review. Will clearly punched Hansbrough, but we don’t know the exactly what when on during the game that led up to it besides the screen he put on Will.
Tyler to pretty much every other team besides his own is just a pest. I didn’t know that I was the only one that was annoyed by him until I read the comments on this YouTube video that praises Bynumite for taking care of Tyler. I don’t condone violence on court, especially since I was one of those fans at the Palace the night of the brawl, but a little jab to Hansbrough is fine with me.
Nowhere does it say that need to write my usual recap for the Pistons 94-110 loss to the Sixers. If you’re like me the past 48 hours of the saga that is Detroit Pistons basketball is enough to make your head spin. There was Dumars trying to work the phones at the deadline for Rip, who didn’t want to play in Cleveland or take their buyout offer and go to a contender. The there was the Dallas offer to trade Tay and his expiring contract for a first round draft pick.
They less than 24 hours later you have mutiny on the court. Team statement or not Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, Chris Wilcox, Rodney Stuckey and Austin Day all “happened” to miss the pre-game shootaround before the Sixes game all citing different reasons.
The reasons are clear…the players don’t want to play for Kuester and they did something I didn’t think I would ever see, they staged their own protest.
Did it really have to come to this? Did they voice their feelings only to get nowhere? Is it truly that bad that they had to do this to a franchise that was already struggling to keep their heads above the water while trying to sell the team to an owner that wants them?
There were so many things going on on the floor that had less to do with basketball Friday night in Philadelphia.
I can’t side with anyone on this, because quite honestly I’m sick of it.
What I will do is commend the six Pistons who gave their all to be professional and do their job Friday night.
- Will Bynum played all 48 minutes leading his team with 29 points, 6 assists, 5 boards, a steal and a whole lot of heart.
Will Bynum: “It was a tough game, but I’m all right,“I’m a professional basketball player. I’m always ready to do whatever I have to do, play however many minutes I have to play. I didn’t play for two months. You think I was turning down 48 minutes? I ain’t crazy.” “I don’t have any thoughts on anything that’s going on. I just try to stay professional and positive throughout whatever’s going on. You know, because it’s still a business. It’s still my job to be a professional basketball player, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”
- Jason Maxiell who played more Friday night that it seems like all year.
- Greg Monroe added another double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
- A tired Charlie Villuneva with 17 points, 2 steals and 5 boards.
- DaJuan Summer with his first career NBA start scored 10 points with an assist, a steal and 2 boards.
- And Ben Gordon who was 6-for-17 for 16 points.
- They were the heros, they put it all on the line.
- And with Kuester getting tossed in the second quarter after two quick technical fouls…what did this team do to add to the black eye already on the franchise. They laughed from the bench.
Video thanks to OutsideTheNBA
Is this the bottom or does it get worse?