So, the musical starting lineups continued with Rip out due to the death of his Grandfather.
Austin Daye – SG
Tracy McGrady – SG
Tayshaun Prince – SF
Greg Monroe – PF
Ben Wallace – C
This lineup is interesting because Stuckey had previously been the replacement for any missing pieces from the backcourt but also since Kuester starts McGrady at the point, while Ben Gordon coming off the bench behind Austin Daye is also kind of a statement about how the coaching staff feels about Gordon. Anywho, more about the game later…
Last night was the annual “Pistons Care Telethon” in which during the game the Pistons organization solicits donations from the crowd and viewers from home that go to benefit the Boys and Girls clubs of Michigan. The donations started at 5am and ran all throughout the game, which helped the organization amass $350,110 in donations. If you happened to donate during the telethon, you helped a great organization that has helped so many children through the years stay on the right path when we all know it’s so easy for them to fall off so… Great job!
- Both teams exchanged awful quarters to close out the game: The Pistons stumbled out of the shoot with a 17 point 3rd quarter while the Knicks closed out the 4th quarter with 15 points.
- Poor Carmelo Anthony pouted his way past the media after the game, and sat on the bus without speaking to anyone. I’d be mad too if the team I was on was 7-6 (and traded away their young talent) since acquiring me while my old team was 9-3.
- Will Bynum, Charlie Villanueva, and Chris Wilcox pushed this team to victory in the 2nd half. Wilcox was easily the player of the game who scored 13 and rebounded 12 to go along with a handful of highlight plays including a put back dunk to put the Pistons ahead late in the 4th.
- Amar’e Stoudemire did have a nice dunk over Greg Monroe but, let’s be honest, he wasn’t really a factor in the game. He lead the Knicks in scoring and rebounds with 20 and 12.
- The Knicks have no depth – all the Knicks fans that are complaining about the Knicks not winning need to look no further than Toney Douglas and Ronny Turiaf being the first players off the bench to see why the team will not be successful this year.
- lol Jared Jeffries starts for the Knicks
- While the Knicks were running their 8 man rotation out there, the Pistons employed a 10 man rotation with 2 guys playing 30 minutes (Tay and Stuckey), 1 guy playing less than 20 (Bynum) and everyone else playing 20-27 minutes
- Charlie V for threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee: Villanueva went 4-6 from the long line
- Chauncey Billups with a less than stellar return to Detroit: 12 points
- Carmelo Anthony with a less than stellar game: 6 points on 2-12 from the field
- Who needs consistency? The Pistons have used 18 different starting lineups this season. Remember when the starting lineup used to be the same every game for Detroit? Sad, isn’t it?
- The video recap via Pistons.com
This was a solid win for the Pistons, who at this point are playing the role of spoiler in any win they get meaning – they spoil their chances at a better lottery pick while also putting playoff bound teams in a position for a lower seed in the playoffs.
The Pistons now hit the road after this win to take on Zaza Pachulia, Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta for a Sunday afternoon game. The Hawks have quietly had a decent season after an offseason in which they significantly overpaid for Joe Johnson.
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In a battle over 2 teams that are a combined 31 games back of the Central Division standings, the Pistons came out on top 89-78.
The night belonged to Richard Hamilton who, for all intents and purposes, had been virtually dismissed from the team that he helped win the 2004 NBA Finals. Hamilton scored 15 points on 7-14 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench for the visiting Pistons. A night after it was reported he admitted that he may never set foot on the floor for the Detroit Pistons, Hamilton said about his check-in:
“I thought it was a joke. Like I said, I had no idea. No idea. Just yesterday I was inactive. Like I said I thought that was a sign that was my last time ever playing in a Piston uniform, you know?”
It can be argued that the Pistons needed his help to overcome the struggling Bucks on the road – Hamilton tied for team high +9 and was the second leading scorer. If not for Tayshaun Prince’s 12 points and 11 rebounds, Hamilton could’ve easily won “Player of the night”. Let’s look at the highlights:
Monroadwarrior MonrobocopMonroe continued his solid play in the post for the Pistons – he finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds
- For all the talk last year about how good the now second year point guard Brandon Jennings was, he sure has come back down to earth in a major way
- Every Pistons player that played finished on the plus side of the +/- statistic
- Austin Daye with 28 solid minutes off the bench, most on either team
- A lot of people had the Bucks as their “sleeper” coming into this season after the acquisitions of Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, and John Salmons – maybe we shouldn’t be giving former Piston executive John Hammond as much credit as he has been getting for building the Pistons. The Bucks are loaded with bad contracts now
- Chris Wilcox only played 7 minutes - his lowest total in 14 games since coming back from injury
- CV scored 6 points against his former team off the bench
- I’d like to think the Bucks are what the Pistons would be if they had a scoring center – but then I remember that the backcourt of the Pistons is better and the bench is deeper
- Mr. McGrady is steadily giving the Pistons minutes at the point – 30 minutes and 20 points for McGrady
- Former Piston great Carlos Delfino had an off night – well, it’s a night that Pistons fans are used to seeing out of him (2-11 shooting and 8 points)
- Tonight’s loss for the Bucks was their 14th out of the last 21 games
The Pistons get to spend Superbowl Sunday at home with their families before they gear up for their next game on Tuesday when Antonio McDyess and the 42-8 San Antonio Spurs come to the Palace to face off against the Pistons. The Spurs have been by far the league’s hottest team and they’re being lead by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
This was a tough loss for the Pistons. Detroit was up by 4 going into the 4th quarter against one of the league’s best teams in Miami. Austin Daye, Ben Gordon and Greg Monroe started in place of Chris Wilcox (LeBron started at the 4 with Chris Bosh out), Ben Wallace (out for personal reasons) and Rodney Stuckey (out with a shoulder injury).
Austin Daye held his own against LeBron James, about as much as a 210lb guy can expect to do. Coach Kuester shortened up the rotation by not going to Jason Maxiell or DaJuan Summers even though he was without 2 key rotation guys.
Let’s look at some of the highlights:
- Austin Daye got the first true test of his young NBA career, and didn’t do too bad. He started matched up against LeBron James and stayed there the better part of the night and finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
- Detroit lost this game because of their poor shooting – 38% from the field and by their ability to not get to the free throw line – 11 attempts.
- Each team had a combined 15 turnovers.
- Perpetual pest Eddie House took advantage of Detroit’s help D by scoring 15 points off the bench on mostly wide open looks.
- Chris Wilcox finished the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. His value has certainly gone up in the last few weeks since he’s been seeing more time on the floor.
- Tracy McGrady finished with 10 assists and 14 points – on top of a good defensive effort to keep the Heat’s Mike Miller from beating them on the perimeter.
- CV was cold from the floor all night, shooting 2 of 10 from the field and scoring only 6 points on the night.
- LeBron James took over in spurts and reminded us Pistons fans that he’s still capable of leading a team of no-names by scoring 39 points on 15 of 25 shooting.
- Greg Monroe with a near double-double on the night – 9 points and 8 rebounds.
- This road loss put Detroit at 5-20 on the season on the road.
The Pistons go up against the New York Knicks on Sunday, at Madison Square Garden. Hopefully Ben Wallace will be back and able to start against Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks.