The Mavericks handed the Pistons their second straight loss, and they did convincingly. Dallas, led by Dirk Nowitzki, had this one right from the start. The closest this one got was when the Pistons went into halftime down by just five points. That’s about as good as it got for Detroit who tried to play catch up all night.
The final score of the thrashing 102-86.
- If you missed this one, consider yourself lucky Pistons fans. Dallas fans on the other hand slept well.
- Jerry Stackhouse lit the Pistons up right from the get go. Stack was knocking down threes with ease. He finished with 15 points in limited minutes off the bench.
- 55 combined points for The Pistons starters.
- Foul trouble for Sheed had him out early in the first quarter. You know the game was bad when Sheed was the Player of the game with 9 points, 11 boards and 3 blocked shots. At least the D was working for him.
- Dallas was 10 for 16 from behind the arc.
- 56.8% from the floor for Dallas while the Pistons shot 40.5%.
- Rodney Stuckey had the most minutes off the Pistons bench with 22. Stuckey continues to learn, penetrate the lane and play surprisingly impressive defense. Rodney finished with 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and three steals.
- If I wasn’t such a big homer I would have made a clip of Brandon Bass’s ridiculously sick two handed slam over Maxiell. JMax fouled him hard and he still threw it down. I just couldn’t do it to Maxie.
- Rip led the Pistons with 18 points on 9-for-18 shooting with 3 boards, 3 assists and 2 takeaways.
- Tayshaun was awful, in fact as much as I love him I was pleading for Herrmann. Tay put up 6 points on 1-for-7 shooting, 1 rebound, 2 assists a takeaway and a blocked shot. Tay has missed 15 of his last 19 shots from the field.
- McDyess, not much better but at least his shot seems to be falling a bit more. Antonio had 6 points, 6 boards a block and 1 assist.
- Chauncey, less than impressive.
- NBA.com Highlights of the Game.
- Is there something I don’t know about Amir Johnson and why he’s not playing? Please
LarryFlip don’t make him the new Darko.
- Rodney Stuckey’s first NBA Dunk, on his way to a career high 10 points.
- 38 points in the paint for Dallas to The Pistons 26.
- Biggest lead for the Mavs was 22.
- National Television Jinx?
- Is Devon Harris’s nickname lightning? I liked watching Stuckey go up against him.
- In case you missed it, The Bobcats beat the Celtics in Boston. Our good friend Nazr Mohammed put up a double-double in the win.
- “Hey, that’s how it flows some nights,” said Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, who had 11 rebounds, nine points and three blocks. “Some nights, you’re hot like fire, and some nights cold as ice.” Seems Sheed was a little upset with the Pistons playing small ball, Flip has his own opinion. “Well, he better get over that because, right now, Walter Herrmann was the only guy who gave anything to Nowitzki, who made him fight. If we’ve got to put five guys out there who are 6-foot-2 to fight, that’s what you do.” Via The Freep
- Dirk was hot right from the start, he led the Mavs with 23. Good thing Walter Herrmann did such a great job defending him or he might have put up 30 plus.
- Just thinking out loud: Do you think maybe Amir isn’t getting any burn because the club is testing Brezec and Herrmann to see if they want to keep them through the end of the season?
- Hermann was +12, while all the starters were in the negative. Dyess in particular was a -19. Ugly Box score.
- Even on the boards with 38 for both teams.
- 3 Pistons in double figures and one of them was Stuckey with 10.
- At one point Dallas was shooting at about 70%. Everything has to be working right to beat a team that’s on its game like the Mavericks were last night.
- Amir did get 3 garbage minutes when the game was clearly out of reach. What did he do? A fantastic putback jam.
- Herrmann a bright spot on a bad night. He was getting it done, though he initially looked a bit nervous.
- Chauncey Billups is now second on Detroit’s all-time list in 3-pointers made, with 792.
- Remember when everyone was giving Arron Afflalo a hard time about dunking? Well he proved he could throw one down. First NBA dunk for Arron Afflalo. I think I’m not the only one who thinks Afflalo has surpassed expectations.
- Pistons Spurs tonight… It’s not going to be easy but I am sure Detroit’s going to go at San Antonio. Sheed is always up for Duncan and I am sure The Pistons don’t want to be on a three game losing streak.