I didn’t even know Michael Redd was still alive. Wow. Let me be a little selfish here, tell me what kind of a night you think I’m having:
- Gores buys Pistons
- Pistons win 110 – 100 over Bucks
- JoannePistonFan got her Jonas Jerebko jersey from Jonas himself
- No Government shutdown (I work for government)
If you said “great”, “fantastic”, “happy”, etc – I circle all of the above. Should I play the lottery? Anywho…
Chris Wilcox, have a game why don’t ya? 27 points and 13 boards in only 24 minutes! Wilcox flashed reminders to us tonight of why he was a lottery pick coming out Maryland a few years ago. If you were to tell me it was Chris that was going to single handily handle the point spread in this one I would have bet against it. He’s an athletic big, it’s just a shame that he is so inconsistent. Rodney Stuckey followed up his big game against the Nets with another big game tonight.
- One of my favoritest non-Pistons player ever, Michael Redd, played in his 7th straight game back from multiple catastrophic knee injuries that have basically reduced him to role player status, if he’s worthy of any status at all.
- You can tell the Bucks are coached by Scott Skiles. Look at the names on the bench that would/could be starting on most teams in the league: Maggette (5 minutes), Drew Gooden (29 minutes), Ilyasova, and former VCU Ram great, Larry Sanders. I believe Skiles may have coached his way out of Milwaukee this season and the problem with that is, this team was built to his specification.
- Charlie V hit a few nice shots tonight in his limited time on the floor. Looks like he didn’t lose his rhythm in the time he missed with a back
- One of my other favorite players, Earl Boykins, is reduced to single digit minutes for the Bucks – 4 points in 9 minutes
- Greg Monroe with another solid night: 11 points, 8 boards and solid defense
- Carlos Defino had a bad night – 0 for everything from the field and 0 points
- What a match up of young guards – Brandon Jennings got whatever he wanted from the field (13-21 shooting) and Rodney Stuckey got just about everything he wanted as well, only off the bench
- Detroit dominated the glass: 49 rebounds to 32 for Milwaukee
- Only downside to tonight’s win: 14 turnovers
- No conspiracy here: Pistons benefit from 23 fouls called against Bucks
- No Ben Wallace – this, friends, is the beginning of the end. We’ll be hanging his jersey in the rafters one day just like Rodman
- Don’t look now but, the Pistons are 2 games above .500 at home and will finish the year with a winning home record
Up next for the
Detroit Gores Tom Pistons Pistons, they travel to Charlotte to take on former Duke Blue Devil Gerald Henderson and the Charlotte Bobcats.
If you have twitter you should follow JoannePistonFan (link) and congratulate her on winning the Jonas jersey from Jonas himself. Otherwise, have a good weekend and we’ll see you on Sunday for the Bobcats preview.
(sorry for the bad shtick headline, I couldn’t resist)
Will Bynum, who was recently benched in favor of Tracy McGrady, got a chance to remind us of why Joe Dumars viewed him as a key re-signing this past offseason. Bynum, who was able to see significant minutes in this game due to Richard Hamilton (upset stomach) and Rodney Stuckey (toe) both missing the game, scored 21 points off the bench on 8-10 shooting to go along with 9 assists.
With Stuckey and Hamilton on the bench, we got a chance to see Ben Gordon and Tracy McGrady in the starting lineup and in the revolving door that is the Pistons’ starting Power Forward position, we got to see Charlie Villanueva start as well. It was a nice sight to see after 27 games of inconsistent play by the starters. Let’s look at some of the highlights, shall we:
- Tayshaun Prince with an impressive stat line on the night (28 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists) – but even more impressive was his weak side block on a Chris Paul shot to help send the game to overtime.
- How awesome was Jason Maxiell’s play to close out the game in overtime? Sure, he could’ve dribbled out the clock but… to play devil’s advocate here, Maxiell works so hard to get this loose ball he deserves to flush the ball with authority like he did.
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- Tracy McGrady left the game early with a sore groin – yeah, he’s healthy.
- DaJuan Summers played 9 minutes and was 3-4 from the field (including 2-2 from 3) for 8 points.
- I’d like to thank New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams for playing Marco Belinelli over dynamic 2nd year guard Marcus Thornton. Thornton, to me, would’ve been a perfect candidate for the “Player no one has ever heard of that the Pistons make look like an All-Star”.
- David West scored 32 points and had 9 rebounds – he usually plays the Pistons tough.
- Chris Paul knows how to make the most out of playing with the least, doesn’t he? He scored 23 to go along with 10 assists.
- Natalie wanted to receive “Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon” for christmas, and she got him tonight. 25 points and 7 rebounds with back to back 3s at the beginning of the 3rd quarter to help cut into a 10 point lead.
- Detroit outrebounded 37-27, but they made the extra pass tonight by getting 26 assists compared to the Hornets 18.
- Ben Wallace only played 19 minutes tonight. Is it time to give Big Ben a rest?
- Jason Maxiell didn’t do much to fill up the stat sheet, but in 21 minutes he ended up with a +7 +/-, good for highest among all bench players.
- Fantastic Highlights of the game Via The NBA and The Detroit Pistons
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Up next, the Pistons travel to Toronto to face the Raptors in a rematch of what has been one of the most embarrassing losses in team history. Are the Pistons going to be able to string back to back wins together, or are we looking at another embarrassing loss on the horizon? They get a couple of days off between now and then, so hopefully the ailments that kept Stuckey and Hamilton out are healed up, so we can see how Kuester deals with them both after Bynum and Gordon’s good game tonight.