Detroit gets a much needed win Wednesday night in Philly to snap their 3 game skid. The Sixers gave Detroit a fight, but just couldn’t get it done dropping 13 of their last 15 games against the Pistons. Final score of this 86-78.
- Rip Hamilton led the Pistons with 21 points on 9-12 shooting.
- Chauncey and Rip didn’t miss a shot in the first half, going 11-for-11 between the two.
- Amir Johnson in the first and second half of the game. I almost had to do a double take. Flip Saunders made some post game comments about talking to Joe Dumars about getting Amir in the rotation. Flip said he made the call, but it seems more likely that Joe had more to do with this than Flip. If the coach isn’t playing a certain player does he go to the GM and tell him he’s not going to get playing time? Probably not right? So why would he have to announce that he was going to start playing Amir at this point? There is obviously something we don’t know.
- “I called Joe and said we had to establish another big in the rotation. The way Amir had practiced and the things he had done – his length, keeping the ball alive, blocking shots I said I think he’s a guy we’re going to start giving minutes and see what he can do in the right situations. I thought he was dynamite tonight. He really did a lot of things.” Either way I’m happy Amir made the best of his time.
- Chauncey Billups finished with 19 points, and 5 assists. He started the game off hot from behind the arc making 3 0f 3 but cooled off considerably missing his next 4. Thirteen of his 19 points in the first quarter.
- Amir made the most of his 15 minutes. He went 2-for-5 from the floor for 5 points, 5 boards and 2 blocked shots. It was his hustle and defense that really made an impact for The Pistons. He really wants to make the most of his time, because he realizes how precious it is. You can tell by the way he talks in his post game interview.
- It really wasn’t a pretty game and most of us would have liked for Detroit to have dominated Philly, but a win is a win and right now I’ll take it.
- I had mentioned a few days back that I thought Sheed gets his strength from his hair. Unfortunately he got his annual Philly shave and a haircut. Note to Sheed: 15 (points)-15(boards) with hair – 7(points)-6(boards) without. Sheed did however have pretty good night on defense with 3 blocked shots and a couple of key plays down the stretch to make sure the Sixers didn’t get close late. Ra also added 6 assists, and I’m not including his assist on Young Chris’s Single.
- The Rebounding War was a massacre, it was just ugly to watch. 47 for The Sixers and 33 for The Pistons.
- Detroit’s own Willie Green, loves to play the Pistons. He led The Sixers with 16 points in 27 minutes.
- The Pistons Bench finally had a nice night, they scored 15 points in the first half alone but added just 2 more the rest of the game. Amir’s first basket was nice, he ripped away the board and turned and put in a reverse dunk.
- 36 points in the paint for The Pistons.
- NBA.com Highlights of The Game.
- The Pistons biggest lead was 14.
- Has Jarvis Hayes fell out of favor after his inability to knock down shots? He played just six minutes on the night. No complaining here considering what Amir and Arron did.
- 45% shooting on the night for Detroit while Philly shot 43%.
- The defense had some serious lapses in this one, especially grabbing boards.
- Dyess has been quiet lately. Antonio put up 6 points, 8 boards and 2 takeaways.
- Maxiell short minutes in favor of Amir? Just 9 minutes on the floor for Maxie with 4 points, a rebound and a blocked shot.
- Arron single handedly sparked and 18 to 5 run to finish of the first half and give the Pistons the lead. He finished with 6 points (all of them coming within that run) in 15 minutes.
- Just three Pistons in double figures.
- “What he brings, we really need it, we need somebody that’ll keep that ball alive on the glass, put-backs…that’s what he does. He’s just blessed enough athlete that he can do that.” Chauncey on Amir Via MLive
- Tayshaun put up 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting with 2 assists, 2 takeaways and 4 boards. Did anyone notice how Mr. Blaha and Mr. Kelser were defending Tay’s play before tipoff as if to calm all the trade talk and negativity about Tayshaun play of late? Or was that just me reading into things a bit too much.
- “It’s cool,” Wallace said of his minutes being cut for Amir. ‘Him getting confidence in himself when he’s out there, and knowing that every little thing he does, is not a mistake … but once he gets established and calms down while he’s out there, he’ll be alright.”
- Had The Sixers not truned the ball over 18 time they might have won this game.
- McDyess on WDFN – Stuckey’s hand still hurts.