For most Pistons fans the yearly West coast trip is always a challenge. Late night games, usually during the work week that keep us up all hours of the night. I assume that many of you turned your televisions off after first quarter (especially with Chauncey and Dyess out) of the game ended with the Pistons were down 40-25. Big mistake, the Pistons mounted a comeback in middle of the third quarter after being down by as much as 22 . Everyone stepped up in this one, but Sheed’s monster 4th quarter was key. Final score of the game was 111-104.
- Chauncey and Antonio McDyess didn’t play because of injury.Jason Maxiell and Flip Murray started in their places, and both stepped up.
- My one foot that was off the Flip Murray bandwagon is firmly planted this morning. Flip tied his career high of 12 assists, scoring 15 with a steal and 6 rebounds. The best part about it was he was driving the lane, attracting a crowd and dishing it to the open man. That’s what we like to see Mr. Murray!
- Jason Maxiell made a case for himself in the starting lineup, a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and 2 clutch free throws with a minute left in the game.
- A simply Sheedtastic night from Rasheed who put up 22 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter, the biggest being a late game 3 that put the Pistons up for good. He also added 9 boards, 3 assists and a steal.
- “The fourth quarter was just about execution,” Wallace said. “It wasn’t about taking over. We got some stops that that we should have got in the first half and came out with the victory.”
- The Warriors were manhandling The Pistons so bad in the first quarter it didn’t look like they could ever get close.
- Billups will be getting a MRI most likely today.
- Finally a game plan, or should I say adjustments by Flip Saunders. “It was the first time ever we probably played zone for every possession (of a half) except the last possession of the game,” Saunders said. “The whole second half.”
- 22-22-22 points by the usual starters Rip, Tay and Sheed.
- The Warriors were living off the three in the first half but they stopped falling in the second. They were 13-34 for the game. They shot just 24% in the second half.
- I haven’t heard Mr. Blaha this exited since Sheed’s 60 footer.
- Highlights of the game.
- Rip put up 22 in his 38 minutes on 9-for-20 shooting with five rebounds and a blocked shot.
- Baron Davis lit Pistons up for 29 but luckily for them his second half wasn’t as good as his first.
- Gutsy win the boys.
- Flip Murray (41) and Jason Maxiell (43) played the bulk of the minutes as starters.
- “Teams like that live by the three and they can die by the three,” coach Flip Saunders said. “The other thing is, it’s easier to make threes when you are up by 18 than it is when you are only up by six.”
- The Pistons shot 53% for the night, 46% from long range and 68% from the line.
- Rebounding was won 45-44 after letting GS turn offensive rebounds into endless points.
- These late nights are killing me, luckily we came out big in the end.
- Don’t worry, Stuckey’s keeping busy.
- Tayshaun stepped up big in the third quarter putting up 10 of his 22 points. He also knocked down this dagger, a three pointer with seconds left in the game to clinch it.
- I can’t seem to remember comeback this big since Flip Saunders has taken over the coaching duties.
- The Warriors are still winless on the season.
- Amir sighting, he played 11 with 3 points, 4 rebounds a blocked shot and 2 assists.
- Rasheed abused Andris Biedrins, who was guarding him, in the fourth.
- Nasty block by Maxi in the first, who finished with 3 in the game.
- It was Jason who actually kept the Pistons in the game in the first quarter.u
- Thanks for representing N4S! We know your not happy right now.
- We have to do it again Friday night in LA against the Lakers. The scheduling gods couldn’t have made it worse for the Pistons, but hopefully the day off will help.
- No news yet on when Chauncey or Dyess will return.
- For those of you who actually stayed awake for this one, I would love to hear your comments.
- UPDATE: From Stoey, one of the Members of Team Need4Sheed, who was at last nights game in Oakland.
“Every year when they play Warriors, our D-town possee (transplanted in San Francisco) heads over to Oakland for the game. The game started off terrible and i was having visions of last years thrumping. Very psyched to see them pull it out. Impressive team play.
There were a lot of Piston fans. At the end of the game, i led some in a Deeeeeeeeee-troit Basketball cheer. Also, just like at the Palace, every time Sheed had the ball, we were all yelling Sheeeeeeeeeeeeed.
The funniest moment was this kid sitting behind me, wearing a Tay jersey making this awful and annoying noise every time the Warriors shot the ball. I told him….”hey, do you notice how every time you do that, the Warriors make the shot?” He stopped doing it and felt like he was the reason they won. Was pretty cool….. “