Three wins on the season against The Hawks

by | Dec 15, 2007 | 14 comments

This game had blowout written all over it as The Pistons easily dominated the shorthanded Hawks in the first half. The Pistons led 47-33 at the half, but they slowly let Atlanta creep back into the game after trailing by as much as 17. The final score 91-81.

Key Points:

  • 14 uncharacteristic turnovers for the Pistons who usually take such good care of the ball.
  • The depleted Hawks, who dressed just 10 players for the game, led the game just once by 2 points.
  • Rasheed Wallace picked up his fourth technical foul of the season in the third quarter after reacting to a foul call while walking to the bench.
  • The Pistons bench was great last night scoring 24 points.
  • Think it’s just thunder dunks and blocks for Maxiell? Think again, Maxiell, drew three shooting fouls, one right after another to help the Pistons stop Atlanta’s run.
  • I must admit that I couldn’t quite get into this game. Maybe it was the slow play or maybe it could have been the whole trade thing, and the last 2 minutes that took a half an hour to play didn’t help. This one was just slow.
  • Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with 23 points, just 2 assists and 6 turnovers.
Chauncey Billups
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  • “The thing about it for us, to show you how we take care of the ball, most teams in this league average 14 or 15 turnovers,” Saunders said “We had 14 turnovers and it looked like we had 34 turnovers, because usually we do take care of the ball and we had a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers.”
  • Richard Hamilton really stepped up, knocking down shots when Detroit couldn’t pay for a bucket. Rip finished with 18 points, 4 assists,3 rebounds and a blocked shot.
  • Sheed was a little out of it, I don’t know if he was tired or favoring his still wrapped knee, but he was clearly slow running walking the court.
  • Energy packed 30 minutes for Maxiell putting up 10 points and 8 rebounds.
  • The Pistons held The Hawks to 35% shooting on the night while Detroit shot 45%.
  • Rebound war lost 47-45.
  • Four Pistons in double digits.
  • Steve, senior member of Team Need4Sheed, tells us that Cheikh Samb got his front teeth knocked out after an elbow to the mouth.
  • Tayshaun put up a double-double with 17 points, 10 boards, adding 5 assists and a clearly good signature block that was called for goal tending.
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  • Highlights from the game.
  • Amir sighting, one minute – 2 points.
  • Afflalo doesn’t stuff the box score with numbers, but he does so much on the floor. I like him more and more each game.
  • We do it again Tomorrow (Sunday)at 12:30 PM against the running Warriors. Should be tough considering the Pistons legs the past few games.

Lets talk trade….

  • When I first heard about the trade I was walking into the Palace for the game. I was a bit surprised because all I heard was the deal and who was involved. It wasn’t until a my good friend gave me a call and told me that both Brezec and Herrmann’s contracts were up at the end of the year.
  • Brilliant move Joe.
  • As I see from most of the comments, Pistons fans realize what this trade is. It’s clearly a win salary cap wise. You have to understand how great it is not being bogged down with Mohammad’s large (for the type of player he is) contract.
  • Yes Mohammad’s a good guy and a nice player, but he wasn’t getting minutes here and he will be much better off starting for the Bobcats.
  • Yes we will miss Super Dupe, but maybe he can latch on to a team that will actually let him dress.
  • I don’t think Brezec can do much for this team, he’s never really impressed me. Sure he’s had some good nights, and he does have size (7″1), but he’s nothing to get to excited about.
  • Herrmann however has a nice game. He can shoot, he runs the floor well, he’s explosive at times and he can play D. And he looks like Fabio….watch out ladies.
  • If you didn’t know this, Herrmann has one of the most heart wrenching stories I have ever heard. He lost his mother, younger sister and his girlfriend in a car accident. Exactly one year later, his father died of a heart attack.
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Questions to myself:

  • Do I think the two are in it for the long hall? No
  • Is there another move for Detroit? Yes, if Joe can pull one off.
  • Think Flip Murray is still on the block? Yes, and after this trade, I wouldn’t put another good deal past Joe. He may be able to ship the three together.
  • Surprised Nazr went before Murray? Most definitely , I didn’t think many teams were willing to take his inflated contract with 3 years left on it. Thanks Mr. Jordan!
  • Am I all for Chris Webber back in a Pistons uni? Let me just say that my heart wouldn’t be broken if Chris doesn’t make it back in red, white and blue this year. Sure I like him and his game, he did help us last season and it was a special thing having him home but……he’s up there in years, he’s got bad knees, he’s sat out all season, he’s clearly a defensive liability, and having him on the team doesn’t help Amir’s situation. And I definitely don’t think he’s starting in place of McDyess. Also is he willing to accept a limited roll? Because that’s all I would want him to play at this point.

Again, we wait.

Please chime in.

14 Comments

  1. jessi

    my only concerns with webber coming back are pretty much the same as your, is he going to come in and get playing time and take away from the guys who are the pistons future? I would be ok if he came in and got mintues like Nazr has had this season. I would not be very happy if he came back and got to start and take that away form dyess because dyess is doing so well as a starter. I also would be upset if his coming back took away from getting amir mintues and room to show us waht he has. The one thing about the pistons that I don;t like very much is and not just the pistons but basketball as a whole is ya you have 12 guys on the bench each niht but the game really for the most part only lets you play 8 or 9guys a night. teams like detroit have guys sitting on their bench or who are inactive due to only being able to dress 12 a night, who are good players but never have the chance to show that. It makes for some unhappy players and guys who want to be traded becuase they don;t get to play.

    anyway I know joe has the teams best iinterest at heart and will do the right thing, I will just miss nazr, even know he didn’t get to play just the type of player he was is waht makes you liek him. He never said a thing about his mintues or being put on the bench when webber came here last year, I wish him the best and hope he can help make the bobcats a better team

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  2. kels

    i dont think joe would allow web to start in front of dyess. i think we’ll be seeing cwebb in the near future, unless he doesn’t accept a limiting role, like you said, then its a wonder who’ll be joining the pistons. i agree with the 3pak idea of the newcomers+flip murray. i’m kinda excited! it’ll be interesting who comes into the lineup, i for one am ready for a trade! (just not the starters, or maxiell)i’ll def. be keeping up with the talks, somethins brewin detroit…

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  3. Ahmed

    wELL……… I dont think we should get chriss back because it would cut down almost all amirs minutes and maybe maxis. The pistons just got to big men and we do not want chris back. Sure he gave us a run last season and i love him with all my heart, but i just dont think chris and his bad knees will run the pistons will. Walter Hermann is a great post player and can knock down the outside jump(three point). HE can come off the bench after maxi and or maybe amir. This is overall a good trade which frees us some cap space.

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  4. Anonymous

    so sad to hear about herrmanns personal life.

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  5. Anonymous

    how do you guys feel about kenyon martin coming to the Big D ????

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  6. Anonymous

    PiSTON FANSS !!!!!!

    vote for your piston starters today !!! lets get ALL FIVE OF THEM IN THE ALLSTAR GAME!!! it takes 2 min to vote! so lets unite and everybody make a deal to vote everyday!! theres only a little over forty days left!!!.. and we alll know the east is going to need its good players this year ;] and we ALLLL know the only source of the BEST players in the league is….

    detroiT♥

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  7. Anonymous

    hey i hope sheed is singing jingle bells this year. Maybe Rip could join him

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  8. G.K.

    I AM A BIG PISTONS FAN BUT I LIVE IN HAWAII…AND IM LOOKING AT THE OCEAN FROM MY WINDOW…OK DONT MEAN TO BE AN ASS…BUT WE DONT GET ALOT OF PISTONS GAMES OVER HERE SO ITS A BIG TREAT 4 ME WHEN THEY PLAY IT ON TNT OR ESPN…..AND I JUST HAVE ONE ???….WAT IS UP W/ AMIR??? IS HE STILL A LITTLE INJURED OR IS FLIP JUST NOT GIVING HIM MINUTES????….AND I KNOW THAT TRADE WAS TO FREE UP CAP SPACE AND MAYBE A STEP FOEWARD TO ANOTHER TRADE BUT I GOTTA SAY…I KINDA LIKED NAZR FOR WATEVER ODD REASON…

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  9. Anonymous

    why do u think web is going to take minutes away from amir? Amir don’t play anyway even last night without NAZR (Until it was outta reach)

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  10. claire

    Rip should definitely do a Jingle Bell remix this year along with Sheed. Or at least he should be the backup dancer 🙂

    About the trade, only time can tell what else it brings. As long as we have the starting 5’s, Maxiell, Amir, Stuckey, Aflalo, and maybe Hayes, we’re good to roll. Of course it wouldn’t hurt to see some more talents on the roster.

    Good luck, Nazr, Dupree, and the 2 new guys! Hope you all like your new homes.

    It’s good to know that Rip stepped up when we needed him 🙂

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  11. yell0wratbastrd

    Hey, they announced during the NBA halftime show on ESPN that if the All-Star voting ended yesterday, the starters for the East would be

    Dwayne Wade
    Kevin Garnett
    Chris Bosh
    Paul Pierce
    Dwight Howard

    They also said that Sheed is in 3rd place for East Centers in the voting after Dwight Howard and Shaq. So, remember to vote everyday so that we can send our Pistons players to the All-Star game!

    P.S. Please do whatever we can to finally send Tayshaun Prince to the All-Star game this year!

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  12. Richie

    This trade was brillllliant. In Joe Dumars I trust.
    Good luck, Nazr.

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  13. Anonymous

    I don’t know about you, but I think Flip Murray has played really well this year. Better than Nazr this year too. I say give Flip more playing time, let him continue to prove himself. He’s got talent. However, when Stuckey is back, Stuckey should get his minutes.

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  14. Anonymous

    I would like to see Webber back with the Pistons–it would be sweet for him to win a title with us in his home state. However, he should not start in front of Dice.

    Nick

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