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The #Pistons got utterly embarrassed by the Spurs Sunday night in San Antonio 114-75. It’s games like this that tend to show you just how much work Detroit needs to do to be relevant.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points and eight boards but a -33 in the box. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a number that big, ouch.
  • Charlie Villanueva with the double-double not Greg. Villanueva with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 10 boards in 25 minutes.
  • Manu Ginobili didn’t miss a shot till mid third quarter. He led the Spurs with 17 points in 22 minutes on the floor.
  • Nothing really went right for Detroit after having the game tied at 12 with five minutes left in the first quarter. After that it was all San Antonio.
  • The Spurs with 35 assists on the night.
  • Low-lights via NBA.com

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  • The Spurs led by 20 at the half and started off right where they left off starting the third forcing Frank to call a quick timeout. It didn’t much matter as San Antonio just kept adding to their lead.
  • The Spurs biggest lead 37!
  • Quite honestly, the Spurs made Detroit look like a JV high school team. You just wanted it to be over.
  • Love it that Popovich took a time out in the fourth when Detroit got a few buckets. The score was Spurs 96 Pistons 68, can’t let them get too close Pop.
  • Take notes L Frank.

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Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “We don’t have the margin for error when you’re playing the best team (in the league). We’re definitely capable of doing better, and we’ve shown it. We’ve got to be locked-in on one thing, and that’s got to be about the team. It’s got to be the team first. That’s why San Antonio is such a great model. They play agenda-free. The effort is there on both ends. That’s why when you get your butt kicked like this, everyone across the board has got to be better because it’s embarrassing.” Via Pistons.com

  • Brandon Knight shot just 3-for-14 on the night for eight points, two steal and a team leading six assist.
  • Jose put up 14 points on the night, but was an ugly -30 in the box.
  • Jerebko, who is making the most of his minutes, scored 10 with five boards.
  • Demoralizing is a great way to describe this one.
  • Detroit fans will be watching the tournament this year to find their favorites for the draft this year if they already don’t have one. Need a Bracket? March Madness betting offers at MarchMadnessAction.com
  • Next up the Sheedless Knicks on Wednesday night at the Palace.

We went over the Joy of the Eastern Conference Championship in 2005, now it’s time to look back at what almost was.

Blame it on Sheed…we all do.

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It came together last night for Detroit in San Antonio. It took almost the whole game to do it, but it finally did. On the heels of some great play by the bench, Allen Iverson’s shot falling and a Rasheed technical that fired him up to 17 second half points, Detroit took down the Spurs 89-77.

Key Points:

  • Detroit started a bit flat footed but this time they didn’t let Spurs jump ahead to a big lead. The Spurs never lead by more than 10 points the whole night.
  • Surprisingly Matt Bonner...yes Matt Bonner was holding his own against Rasheed Wallace. It wasn’t until Sheed had enough of him in the second half and started to dominate.
  • Yes the Pistons won, but regardless of the final score it was a Pistons team that was fun to watch. It was the kind of effort we all hope continues.
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • Tayshaun Prince put up a double-double with 12 boards, 17 points, 5 assists and a blocked shot in 41 minutes on the floor. I think he made a point to Coach Curry last night. Are you voting for Mr. Prince for the All Star team yet?
  • Maxiell always knows where to be, in fact he seems like he’s everywhere. Two handed throw down….no problem.
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  • Richard Hamilton was 7-for-11 on the night for 16 points. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come. I still believe he has a higher rate of success with Tay or Stuckey feeding him the ball.
  • Unsung Hero – Arron Afflalo who locked down Tony Parker and Manu in the fourth when Rip was on the bench in foul trouble. Call Arron’s name and he delivers.
  • Kwame Brown may not have scored a point but he was holding his own on the defensive end. Eight boards in 20 minutes.
  • Amir, 4 points in 13 minutes with a seal and a blocked shot. Limited time because of the Spurs big men.
  • Duncan went for 23 but Detroit didn’t let Parker explode after he got off to a hot start.
    Detroit shot 50% on the night to 39% for the Spurs.
  • Allen Iverson was big in the fourth quarter. Nineteen points on 8-for-17 shooting in 41 minutes with 6 assists and 4 steals. Picking up the D was a big help, but nothing was prettier than the wrap around reverse layup in the fourth quarter when Detroit was pulling away. Allen Iverson highlights.

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  • Detroit 38 points in the paint to just 20 for the Spurs.
  • How do you like the fact that this speedy lineup, yes speedy had 18 fast break points.
  • Once again the bench brought us back. And the starters plus Stuckey finished in the fourth quarter.
  • The clincher, Detroit scored 28 points in the fourth quarter and limited the Spurs to just 14.
  • Blaha was in rare form in the fourth quarter when Detroit was putting the game away. In fact so was I when Sheed was going off. I am pretty sure my dog things her name is SHEEEEED from screaming it out so many times last night during the second half.
  • This Maxiell dunk may have more to do with the Rodney Stuckey feed, but pretty none the less.
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  • Stuckey played 30 minutes, scored 10, has 7 assists and 2 steals. Oh and the play of the Game.
  • Don’t mess around anymore fellas we love games like this. This is the team we love to love. It’s just us knowing we have to play hard like that every night,” Rasheed Wallace said. “Some nights we’re out there (messing around) and some nights we bring it. We just got to keep it on a consistent level.” Via Detroit News.
  • Sheed should be able to get a break when Dyess gets back. From what I’m told the Pistons can’t negotiate with Dyess until the 7th so for all of you (me) who want to be at the Palace for his return, it looks like it will be Friday the 12.
  • Detroit out rebounded by 1, 32 to 31. But they did a good job limiting the Spurs to just about one shot per possession.
  • Sheed was HUGE in the fourth quarter, he along with Iverson put up 19 points for the night. But Sheed’s three’s late in the game where huge. His domination started late in the third quarter and didn’t stop until the buzzer sounded. The three – three pointers were more than SHEEDtastic.
  • POW
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  • The SHEED takeover!
  • “I knew what it was going to be out there and I didn’t want our team to fall into that,” Wallace said, referring to what he felt was one-sided officiating. “We knew what it was. Bottom line, we already knew how it was going to be, especially playing one of the league darlings. So we knew how it was. “But we should have played hard like that right from the gate. If we did, we wouldn’t have been in that deficit.” via The Detroit News
  • This game stands beside the Laker win as one of the best games Detroit has played this season.
  • Amir a Spur?   “When (the Spurs) gave me the offer, I was thinking about going there,” Johnson said. “But I wanted to stick with the team that I had been with for years, so I stuck with Detroit.” Even though he no longer is a starter, Johnson said he has no regrets about his decision. “They’re kind of the same team, like Detroit,” Johnson said. “But I’m happy where I’m at. I’m glad I stuck with the team that was developing me.” Via MLive
  • Bill Davidson, is in the Top 10.
  • This is the way it should be, we are spoiled aren’t we?