The Pistons are 2-0 Out West after Win in Denver

by | Feb 26, 2008 | 14 comments

Detroit’s balanced attack and anything goes defense helped The Pistons get past The Nuggets in a very tight game in Denver. The game was up for grabs, but it didn’t hurt the Pistons that Chauncey Billups scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter hitting some Big Shots down the stretch in The Pistons 98-93 victory.

Key Points:

  • Both Teams Played Hard.
  • 20-20-20, points that is from Chauncey, Tayshaun and Rip.
  • The way the game started it looked like carryover from Sunday’s massacre of The Suns.
  • Solid defense by the whole team but holding ‘Melo and Iverson to 15-of-39 shooting was key.
  • The Denver Post calls this one The Great Escape and I don’t really disagree with it. It seems JR Smith was a bit teary eyed after this one, and I don’t blame him after missing the free throws that could have tied it up when Chauncey fouled him on a three point try with time running out. Kenyon Martin’s possible tip in on his last free throw miss came dangerously close to going in.
  • “When I saw him going up, I wasn’t thinking about where he was on the court,” Billups said. “I knew he’s a shot-maker, so I went up and fouled him. I couldn’t argue him or nothing. Only thing I was thinking was, ‘All right, there’s 6.5 seconds. … We’ll make up for it.’ “ Via The Detroit Free Press.
  • Tayshaun Prince was huge with 20 points (video) on 8-for-15 shooting with 9 assists, a takeaway and 6 boards. Solid game all around for Tay, who seems to be out of any kind of funk he was in.
Tayshaun Prince
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  • Plenty members of Team Need4Sheed in the house in Denver last night (Miguel you have redeemed yourself). I’m glad Pistons fans got treated to a great game.
  • I hate to criticize Stuckey again, but his wild antics driving the lane like a madman are starting to get old. Those aren’t smart shots even if they do go in and last night they didn’t. He did however hit some big shots late in the game finishing with 6 points and 3 assists with 2 turnovers. Please redeem yourself Stuck.
  • NBA.com Highlights of The Game.
  • Team Need4Sheed member and huge Pistons fan Kevin was at the game last night and was nice enough to inform us that The Pepsi Center went all out with their half time show. The Pepsi Center dug up the Digital Underground, watching a live performance of the Humpty Dance took me way back to those awkward middle school days.” Now that was worth the game’s admission right there.
  • Rip had a hand in this one along with the rest of the starting five. Hamilton finished with 20 points, 8 boards and 6 assists. Chauncey and Rip were connecting brilliantly all game long.
  • When this one went down Pistons fans just knew. Chauncey’s Dagger late in the fourth quarter.
Courtesy of The Detroit Pistons and myTV20 Detroit
  • Sheed’s game wasn’t huge (number wise), but he continues to be solid. Ten points, 9 boards, a blocked shot and a steal. It’s his anchoring of the defense and his ability to play well with the Zoo Crew that really has put Sheed over the top for Detroit lately.
  • Surprisingly the Pistons did better on fast break points with 17 to the Nuggets 10.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 7, while Denver’s largest lead was 3 points.
  • All Pistons starters in double figures.
  • If this stat doesn’t tell the story of the game, nothing does. The game had 19 lead changes and was tied 22 times.
  • The Pistons bench was outscored by Denver’s bench 13-26. Consider this though, J.R. Smith took 14 shots on the night, just three less than the whole Zoo Crew.
  • For a team that doesn’t play much defense, Denver did a great job last night.
  • Let’s please sing the praises of Antonio McDyess who had another SOLID game adding to his double-double total for the year with 16 points, 13 boards and one HUGE block in the first half on Carmelo.
Antonio McDyess
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  • Jarvis Hayes was scoreless, missing all three of the shots he attempted. At least he didn’t jack up more right? Walter anyone? That’s just horrible of me right, he did put up 18 against The Suns.
  • Flip Saunders doing his best when the Rooks are out there.
  • Pretty solid outing from Maxiell even though he didn’t put up big numbers. One big block always puts a little fear into anyone driving the lane as far as I’m concerned.
  • Get to know Juan Dixon. Thanks to Team Need4Sheed Member Thomas LaCombe.
  • A little more time on the floor than usual for the starters, but not as many minutes as Denver’s Iverson, Camby, and Anthony.
  • How many of you were deflated when Chauncey fouled Smith?
  • Utah? Can we actually pull one out on Wednesday night?

14 Comments

  1. downtown

    That was a knife edge. We were having real trouble guarding our paint some of the time.

    If Chauncey’s dagger hadn’t gone in, there’s virtually no way we would have got the rebound. Then it would be the alternative ending we get sometimes.. the “why didn’t he just drive and draw the foul” one.

    Oh well.. AI and Melo are a lot to handle, but we turned up the D enough to do it.

    Utah is a grand prize.. we gotta start beating them. And the Spurs at home again soon too. Interesting times.

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  2. Natalie

    “Utah is a grand prize”

    I like that downtown, your absolutely right about they really are as far as The Pistons are concerned.

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  3. the fluidics

    I was reading about Juan the other night when the trade went down. I couldn’t imagine losing both of my parents to heroin/ aids related illness in high school. Lucky for him, he had a great family structure (outside of the parents) ans will be a much stronger person for it. Thanks for posting the video.

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  4. ThaAnswer

    I’m a Nuggets fan and I found my way here thanks to your work with the Nugg Dr. Just wanted to say I really like the way your blog is setup, insightful and fair with all the information you need.

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  5. Natalie

    It was good wasn’t if FLU, between his and Walter’s story it could make you cry for days. It’s nice to see people overcome the odds and life’s pain.

    The Answer….Thank You.

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  6. Justin

    I’M a pistons fans living in Colorado and I went to the game last night. Let me tell you the pistons fans were rocking out hard. Everywhere you looked pistons jersey’s could be seen.

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  7. Natalie

    Justin we could hear you , it honestly sounded like the Palace.

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  8. boner

    how many double doubles does mcnugget actually have??

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  9. Anonymous

    I wouldnt get too attached to Juan.. Herriman either, unortunately.

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  10. the flu

    I’d suspect both of them are here for the rest of the season.

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  11. Anonymous

    great win last night, I liek having games like this one everyone now and then, however a blowout is fun as well becasue we get to see the bench play and get better, speaking of blowouts has anyone noticed that there have been a lot this season and not just form the pistons form all the nba, I’m not sure what means but there has been a lot

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  12. Anonymous

    Hey…if anyone can get a message to Richard Hamilton–ask him to check his MYSPACE ACCOUNT! He hasn’t been on there since JUNE of last year! I got off of myspace for a while, but now I am back on…he hasn’t been on in forever! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

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  13. JW Stringer

    Lets hope they keep it up tonight against the Jazz.

    Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz (9 PM ET)

    Utah has won its last 14 home games and has broken the century mark in scoring 5 straight games along with 9 of 10. Detroit has also lost in its last 4 trips to Salt Lake City, going 4-23 there since 1980. BIG EDGE: JAZZ

    Detroit has won 3 straight since losing 2 in a row after the All-Star break, and the Pistons have done so in impressive fashion, covering easily each time. Their average margin of victory in the last 3 games is nearly 21 points, and they have been road underdogs in the last 2. EDGE: PISTONS

    Pistons are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 Wednesday games.
    Pistons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.
    Pistons are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
    Jazz are 25-11-1 ATS in their last 37 home games.
    The UNDER is 9-3 in Detroit’s last 12 Wednesday games.
    The UNDER is 8-3 in Utah’s last 11 games as a favorite.
    The UNDER is 9-4 in Utah’s last 13 games overall.

    JW Stringer
    http://pregame.com

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