Pistons Clinch The Top Spot In The East

by | Apr 11, 2007 | 19 comments

The Pistons hosted the Orlando Magic Wednesday night at The Palace looking to wrap up the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They did just that thanks to Chauncey Billups fourth quarter heroics. The Pistons led the Magic by as much as 18 points, but Orlando bounced back in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 95 with 1:35 left on the clock. That’s when Mr. Big shot took over and scored the Pistons last seven points. The Pistons beat the Magic with the final score of 104-99.

Key Points:

  • This is a potential first round matchup. The Pistons have taken all 4 games from the Magic this season.
  • Darko didn’t get a warm reception, he scored 4 points with 2 rebounds in 21 minutes.
  • Looks like the Arroyo acquisition hasn’t worked out, he was a DNP.
  • The Pistons threw a ton of big bodies on Dwight Howard.
  • Now that the Pistons clinched the Eastern Confrence the starters can get some rest.
  • That means more Maxiell!
  • Rasheed hit his 100th three of the season.
  • Chauncey was exceptional, he led the team with 28 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals on 10-for-13 shooting. He was also a perfect 5-for-5 from the line.
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  • You still have to be concerned that The Pistons didn’t put this team away when they could have…..”We let them get back into the game, and that’s been a problem all season,” Billups said. “Most of the time, we come out on top, but it is a scary situation.”
  • Can anyone remember the last time The Pistons blew anyone out?
  • Dwight Howard is a freak of nature. Can you imagine what it would be like if he was surrounded by more talent.
  • Where has C-Webb been lately? He hasn’t been playing close to the level he did when he joined the team.
  • I watched the game on FSN so I didn’t have to listen to Walton even though it was broadcast in HD on ESPN. It just goes to show you how much I loath him. I also don’t feel right if it’s not Blaha calling the game. All is right with the world as soon as I hear the first “count that baby and a foul.”
  • I love it when Sheed screams “ball don’t lie” from the bench.
  • McDyess has simply been phenomenal. 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a blocked shot in 27 minutes. And his pull up jumper is so pretty.
  • Rip put up some sweet numbers too, 21 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
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  • Early foul trouble for Sheed.
  • Grant Hill turned the clock back, he played like his former self putting up 22 points with ease.
  • Tayshaun looks ready for a playoff run. He was solid again putting up 17 points, 5 assists and a blocked shot. His turnaround hook shot in the closing minute was impressive.
  • Chauncey got kneed late in the game but seemed to be fine.
  • This is the Pistons fifth Central Division title in six years.
  • When asked about the milestone Tayshaun had this to say, “That’s nothing, after what Joe Dumars has brought here, and what we’ve accomplished on the floor, we’re not going to get excited about this. “We’re not going to celebrate a thing unless we win it all.”
  • Dale Davis was was solid in 14 minutes, he had a couple of convincing slams.
  • Sheed had a nasty dunk in the second quarter followed by a three on the next possession.
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  • The Best in the East.
  • Four games left.
  • Get hyped!


  1. Anonymous

    Great post, I am hyped, i cant wait to watch the first playoff game, this year looks great to becuse ther eare alot of other interesting thigns going on, like the raptors, i hope they do well even though we wil take them out if we have to, anyway


  2. Anonymous

    Did you see Rips little tomo dunk, haha, he hasn’t got great hops has he considering hes 6″7, hes got an inch on Kobe and Carter.

  3. Anonymous

    Bill Walton sucks, I changed channels as soon as I saw it was on FSN. Let Walton go worship D. Wade. He is the dumbest person alive.

  4. Anonymous

    you for got to mention tays back to back threes which keep there lead. This was a great game and I am happy that we did not blew the magic out grant is my favourite player and I am very happy he had a good night agaist the pistons, glad we got the win but happy he played well. I really hope he does end up in detroit next year.

  5. Anonymous

    i went to this game and it was awesome.
    i managed a picture with mr. george blaha, but unfortunately mr.mahorn was being a complete ass to his fans and tells them after they ask to ask him a question” i dont play on the team, so dont ask me” i understand where hes coming from, but if u have fans who come to see you, and u cant answer a single question? thats bull.

    but overall great game.
    their was a need for sheed!

  6. Anonymous

    i ♥ the pistons!

    nooo matter WHAT happens during the playoffs.. but honestly i hope c webbs nephew’s dream about him winning with that jersey number comes true for game 7 of the finals ;]

  7. Anonymous

    I cannot stand listening to Walton either. I would rather listen to 3 hours of “the most annoying sound in the world” according to Harry and Lloyd. I also think it is pretty obvious to tell that his co-broadcasts don’t like working with him.

    Blaha is the man.

  8. Anonymous

    I wonder if Sheed every hit anyone when he’s dancing in the center of the circle.LOL I also wonder what Flip, Sheed, and Maxx were laughing and talking about in that picture because those are some funny expressions on their face.


  9. Jason

    I watched the game on FSN too. Walton sucks!!! You know hes pretty bad when that many people will give up watching the game in HD to not listen to him. Although Blaha being awesome helps too. Go Pistons!!!

  10. nick

    Rasheed is hilarious. Before the season began, my prediction of regular season games the Pistons were going to win was 57. If they win the rest, they will snatch 55. I would like to see them win their remaining games as they are all winnable. Let’s get it started!

  11. Anonymous

    they don’t run offense through C-webb as much as they did when he arrived

  12. James

    Being out in Seattle I had to deal with Walton. It really is funny that he describes pretty much every phenom and superstar as “Michaelangelo’s David” carved from one glorious piece of marble. I know I have heard him compare D. Wade to Michaelangelo’s David and then last night he compared Dwight Howard as well. Which one is it???

  13. James

    The .gif at the end of this post makes me wonder. Although Amir Johnson may be able to replace Sheed physically on the court, WHO WILL REPLACE HIM IN MOMENTS LIKE THIS? Honestly, I can’t see anyone else in there gettin crazy.

  14. Anonymous

    james-i totally agree. WE WILL MISS SHEED WHEN HE RETIRES. hes such a piston.

    I’m watching the 2004 piston championship video….

    im soooo buying the 2007 video when they win it 😉

  15. Anonymous

    i realllyyy hope the team as it is RIGHT NOW stays the exact same next year too ! i think this team as a whole.. center, bench, and all is wayyy better than last year! i lovee how the team is now the starters the bench everyoneee ! i hope no one leaves and no one new comes in to mess up the rotation or the chemistry!


  16. Anonymous

    I went to the game and it was fun to watch there. Did anyone notice reserves and Sheed changed the way they dance after starting lineup introduction? Sheed got punched (just like shadow boxing) by most of them and they all seemed to have fun time in that circle:-)

  17. Anonymous

    This was an exciting game. Flip Murray still can’t play good D bc as soon as he came in the Majic went on their run, and Jameer Nelson got hot. I don’t understand why Flip doesn’t use Lindsey as much. At least he can play defense. I don’t think that Chris Webber is having as much of an impact as he did when he first got here. he only scored 3 points, and he barely plays. I don’t mind as long as Chauncey plays well and we keep winning. Go Pistons!

  18. Anonymous

    this game kinda made me mad at least bill walton did all he did was support the magic and bomb on the pistons the other commentator said”They should give the ball to rasheed hes got an advantage in the post against ariza” then walton said “no all he does is stand around and jack up 3’s” i was so mad _Austin TLSAce12-AIM SN


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