Amir Johnson Sets Career Highs In Pistons Loss

by | Apr 15, 2007 | 12 comments

The Pistons lost another meaningless game Sunday evening at The Palace. The short handed Sixers, led by Detroit native Willie Green, beat the Pistons 102-91. The starters are getting rest to gear up for the Playoffs so the bench logged most of the minutes.

Key Points:

  • The game was meaningless for both teams. Pistons already clinched the conference and The Sixers were eliminated from the playoffs.
  • Chris Webber was the only Piston starter to play more than 23 minutes.
  • Tayshaun led the Pistons with 15 points, he had been averaging 30 points against the Sixers this season.
  • Sheed played just 3 minutes in the second half. He had a lot to say to Amir during timeouts.
  • Tim Duncan got the Rasheed treatment Sunday afternoon.
  • Amir Johnson was the first Piston of the bench.
  • Amir had 6 blocks, 12 points and 10 rebounds and a steal. That’s a double-double in his first game playing extended minutes.
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  • Richard Hamilton played 18 minutes and scored 8 points.
  • Flip Murray looked a bit out of sync, but he still scored 7 points and with 6 assists and a blocked shot.
  • Lindsey Hunter knocked down a couple of threes late in the game. He finished with 12 points and 2 assists.
  • I bought a couple of Jerseys today, did you know that Jerseys are 40% off at The Palace Locker room? If you are thinking of getting one now is the time.
  • McDyess played just 8 minutes.
  • Saunders said, “I think we competed harder Saturday in practice than we did tonight, and I don’t understand that. Starting next weekend, our effort has to be at the max.”
  • I am told that Nazr wasn’t in the building. Seems he’s not feeling well.
  • Many fans want to show their support for Nazr on Tuesday night at the Palace by starting a Nazr chant. So it your going to the game show your support for Mr. Mohammed, we need him come playoff time.
  • Nice to see Maxiell get some time on the floor. Max had 10 points, 2 blocked shots, 4 rebounds and one monster jam.
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  • The Pistons shot 44% from the floor and turned the ball over 10 times.
  • The game was tied at 50 at the half.
  • I am surprised Dupree didn’t see any time.
  • Amir put up career highs but he needs to work on his defense, he had 5 fouls in 34 minutes.
  • The cause of this loss had a lot to do with the fact that the Sixers out rebounded the Pistons 33 to 51.
  • “Amir’s still got a ways to go,” Saunders said. “During one timeout, Chauncey (Billups) hit him on the top of the head and reminded him that this isn’t the NBDL. He can’t just launch shots over everyone in this league.”
  • Amir figured that out. “It was pretty tough out there — this isn’t like the D-League,” he said. “It’s taken me two years to get this comfortable with my game, and I have to keep going.”
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  • Joe Dumars has some things to say to Free Press reporter Krista Jahnke.
  • Pistons take on The Raptors Tuesday night. It’s the last home game of the regular season. It just few by didn’t it?
  • Looks like Jameer is going to get his wish, the Pistons will likely face The Magic in the first round of the Playoffs.

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Love the pics, Nat! However, Amit had 6 blocks, not 5.

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  2. Amanda

    I was just thinking last night how the fans should start up a chant to get Nazr in the game. I just hope he’ll be feeling better by then and he doesn’t spread the illness to anybody else! That is the LAST thing we need!

    I just read that thing about Duncan before I visited this site. That’s crazy. He just seems way to too calm and collected and…well nice(!) to get an ejection.

    I’m kind of glad Detroit will most likely be playing Orlando in the 1st round so the Pistons can make Jameer Nelson eat his words! (I’m all about the Detroit crushing its foe!)

    Saw this in Mr. Zaret’s blog:
    “Meanwhile, if you get the chance, watch our pre-game show from Boston this Wednesday and our Playoff special Friday night – both on TV 20. Lindsey hosts two segments for us that are utterly hilarious. We gave him the microphone this week to do some things with his teammates – Webber in particular — and you’ll get an inside look into the chemistry he was talking about and fall off your chair at the same time. See you then!”

    I don’t get TV20, any chance I’ll be able to see those segments on the Net at any point?

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  3. Amanda

    P.S. One of the best Pistons-related quotes came from Greg Kelser last night: “There ain’t no party like a Tayshuan Prince party!”

    Oh, that made me giggle!

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  4. Anonymous

    Good game, Amir was great and I definitely saw flashes for the future.

    Willy Green tore it up all night.

    Delfino actually made a jump shot where his feet were not set. Awesome.

    I’m not sure how much more cohesive the bench will be able to get in two more games but I look forward to finding out.

    I saw the San Antonio game where Tim Duncan was ejected. And the way he was laughing was pretty funny (i think i got it on tape) As soon as that happened I was like “I wonder how Sheed’s gonna react when he hear’s about that” so great. Tim is so stoic that I really couldn’t believe it happened. When Tim Duncan’s getting ejected something is going on.

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  5. Anonymous

    Joe Crawford is a major asshole. I was watching the game and it was like “Huh?”, Timmy didn’t even give Fat Bald Nasty his signature stone stare, he was just sitting there laughing (probably at the stupidity of that call) and he gets T-up. I wonder how much Crawford was paid to throw the game in Dallas’ way and keep San Antonio the 3rd seed.
    This asshole should be banned from all NBA Games.

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  6. Anonymous

    Does it bug anyone else that people cheer when a player gets tossed. I mean I want my team to win against the best teams, not when the other team is missing their best players.

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  7. Anonymous

    ^^yea I hate it when people alway say blah blah blah it better then the pistons cause we beat them last night.. I alway like wow really you mean the game without chris and rip?

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  8. Anonymous

    i can’t wait to see the thing on wednesday!!! =]

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  9. jessica

    NATALIE.. did you know that mojo in the morning/channel 955 (mojointhemorning.com) knows about your site.. your listed on one of the links to see the sheed shot because they are giving away tickets (on the road!) for the first round game to the first person who can duplicate that shot!!

    and i think the jerseys are on sale because we’re gonna have a new look next season! but i still want to go get a few as well.

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  10. Natalie

    Thanks Jessica, I just posted the information.

    The pistons will have the same uniforms next season.

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  11. Anonymous

    ^^how do you know they will have the same uniforms?? I want new ones.

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  12. Anonymous

    ^^Pistons.com is probably just being updated for the PLAYOFFFFFSSSSSSS!!!! they always redecorate the site and add special things for the playoffs!

    y’already know they gotta get into that playoff spirit modeee :]

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