Again – Rodney Stuckey did not play. He was the only player dressed who did not play. LOL
John Wall got his fair share of superstar calls as well, as evidenced by his 14 made free throws compared to the Pistons 14 made as a team. Wall blew by his defender time after time and saw clean looks at the rim all night.
Player of the Night goes to
Darko Milicic Mateen Cleaves Rodney White Pistons’ Super Rookie Greg Monroe finished the night with a team high 22 points and 14 rebounds (9 offensive) to go with 4 assists and 4 steals. Monroe, who spent 2 years as Center of the Georgetown Hoyas, missed 2 key free throws with less than 30 seconds left in the game that would’ve tied it up. He had previously been 8 for 8 from the line. Thanks to Wizards announcers Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier for jinxing him by mentioning it multiple times, and then laughing about it.
- The game was played at the Wizards’ pace all night, which plays right into their hands. They’re not a great shooting team, if they are forced into a halfcourt set each possession, Blatche and McGee are black holes in the post that never pass.
- Hey JaVale, no need to salute after a dunk
- John Wall played 46 minutes and scored 26 points to go with 12 assists. The kid is fast, and showed plenty of signs of why he was considered to be the best player in the draft this past offseason
- Kuester opted for small ball more often than not last night – there were several times when Monroe was on the floor with Bynum, Hamilton, McGrady and Tay or Austin Daye. This makes sense because they were playing up and down all night, to the Wizards’ strength
- Monroe played 43 minutes – because Charlie Villanueva was out with a bad back and Ben Wallace was just not effective in his 8 minutes
- Former Piston great Richard Hamilton scored 2 points in 20 minutes on the floor, on 1-11 shooting against his former team and former coach, Flip Saunders
- Does Flip Saunders miss the Pistons? lol
- I think Detroit could’ve dominated the paint in this one had they fed the ball to Wilcox (lol) and Monroe more. Watching it, I often saw JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche playing out of position on the defensive end
- If you can tell me who Mustafa Shakur, Othyus Jeffers and Kevin (Keveen) Seraphin are, you’re a better man/woman than I
- Since Villanueva was out with a back, Jason Maxiell saw some time on the floor
- Former Georgetown Hoyas great, DaJuan Summers saw a couple of minutes of action and committed an awful foul on a fast break in his 2 minutes on the floor
- Austin Daye missed a corner 3 at the end of regulation that would’ve won the game for the Pistons. Instead, we’re talking about how he played well off the bench in 25 minutes of action, finishing the game with 14 points on 6-10 shooting to go with 6 rebounds
- Former Pistons great Maurice Evans scored an efficient 20 points for the Wizards. Evans, who was acquired in the deadline day deal with the Hawks along with Jordan Crawford and a #1 pick, has been a steady option on both ends of the floor for the rebuilding Wizards
- The game was close throughout the 2nd half after the Pistons and Wizards exchanged 30+ point 1st and 2nd quarters
- The Pistons had won 8 out of their last 9 games against the Wizards before last night
- I’m glad I didn’t go to the game, it was honestly a real snoozer just having to watch it on TV
- There was an odd moment early on in the game when Tracy McGrady approached the free throw line after being hit on the arm. He tossed the ball back to the ref and said “hold on” as he grimaced in pain as the Pistons called a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, McGrady was able to shoot the free throw, but he shot it left handed and missed
The Pistons have now lost 32 games on the road, which is 1 more than they lost on the road all of last year.
Oh and hey, Rodney Stuckey didn’t play so… I hope he’s learning his lesson!
Up next for the Mighty Pistons are the New Jersey Nets, at the Palace tonight. It should be a good game for both teams who are playing out the string, and jockeying for ping pong balls. By all accounts, the Nets have a “superstar” whereas the Pistons don’t have one so… that makes the Nets the favorite, right? If you’re a gambling man, Vegas has the Pistons winning by 6.
Richard Hamilton was back in the Pistons lineup after missing the last game with a death in the family. He was no help as the Pistons lost to the 5th seeded Atlanta Hawks 104-96 in Atlanta.
Coach Kuester once again utilized the 10 man rotation that helped pull out the win Friday night over the Knicks in Detroit, this time they came up short in crunch time. The game was tight until the final minutes as Jamal Crawford and Josh Smith nailed key free throws to close out the game for the playoff bound Hawks.
On a bright note, Rodney Stuckey finished with a game high 22 points and tied for a game high 8 assists off the bench for the Pistons. Super rookie
Rodney White Greg Monroe finished with another double-double (17 and 10) while matched up against the more athletic Josh Smith.
- 3 Pistons played 30+ minutes, 7 others played 11-27 minutes. Rodney Stuckey played 31 minutes off the bench
- Detroit fought back from a 14 point deficit to get it to within 2 points after 1 minutes passed in the 4th quarter
- Chris Wilcox showed out yet again with 18 efficient points off the bench for the Pistons
- Detroit’s backcourt defense held perennial 6th man of the year candidate Jamal Crawford to 9 points in 30 minutes
- All Star Center Al Horford finished with a double-double of his own – 18 and 10
- Josh Smith flashed the athleticism and defense that Pistons fans have long wanted to see in the Pistons red, blue and white. Smith has been a part of trade rumors started by Pistons fans, with Detroit being an ideal landing spot for the well paid Smith after the Hawks overpaid Joe Johnson this past off season.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- With Rip Hamilton back in the fold, Will Bynum was the odd man out today. Jason Maxiell also didn’t see time on the floor
- My least favorite player of all time had a game best +11. Kirk Hinrich, acquired by the Hawks at the trade deadline for Jordan Crawford and some scraps from the Wizards, scored 15 points to go with 6 assists and 4 rebounds
- After a game like today, I don’t think you’ll catch Natalie or I calling in to the Call Sam Studios to talk to Maaaaaahteen. Tough loss for the good guys
- Former Team Boney favorite Damien Wilkins is playing scrap minutes for the Hawks
- Detroit fell behind early, and played the Hawks about even the rest of the game until the end when Detroit was trying to stop the clock
- In NCAA news – Michigan State choked their way out of the NCAA Tournament, Oakland U played Texas tough while Michigan made it through to the 2nd round and fell to Duke 73-71
Detroit played well enough down the stretch to claw their way back into the game, but it’s tough to fully overcome such a deficit like 14, especially against a playoff bound team on their home floor. This Pistons starting lineup seems to work best, it’s just a shame that Monroe is really the only young player on the roster that is capable of starting at this point. Austin Daye has been disappointing and inconsistent, Rodney Stuckey has been wildly inconsistent when given starters minutes, and DaJuan Summers has been invisible.
Detroit now heads home to face off against Rony Seikaly’s former team, the Miami Heat. Detroit does not match up well with the Heat in the backcourt but, it’ll be interesting to see how a matured Greg Monroe holds his own against the Miami Heat starting power forward.