Detroit came out of the gate with a purpose, to even up the series up at two after their disappointing loss at home on Saturday. It wasn’t Rasheed Wallace, or Chauncey Billups that controlled Detroit’s fate in Game Four, it was the one man on the Pistons who wants it more than anyone on the team, Antonio McDyess .
Dyess, who played with more energy than anyone in the building, had his best game of this playoff season putting up 21 points and grabbing 16 boards and a blocked shot for the Pistons in their 94-75 victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
He doesn’t have a ring just yet, but he played like a Champion on Monday night.
- The Pistons bolted off to a 10-0 lead playing the way we expected them to play in Saturday’s loss.
- How does one check the Celtics statistics from the line? At one point during the game Boston had scored more than half of their points from the line. They finished the game 32-39 from the stripe. Had Boston not gotten to the line and knocked them down the game would have been quite different.
- Defense wins Championships as Detroit displayed last night.
- Don’t let the score fool you, this game was within reach for the Celtics, who were down just four points with less than five minutes to play.
- Antonio McDyess, I guy who we all know plays with as much passion and heart as anyone on this current Pistons team, outdid himself in Mondays game. Thank McDyess right now for tying this series up. Shame on the Detroit Pistons if they don’t get this man a ring. If you’re not pulling for a guy like this, something is wrong with you. Watch his face and emotion in his post game press conference, if that’s not a winning attitude, I don’t know what is. He’s laying it all on the line, and it shows. From my vantage point of the action, Dyess just wasn’t going to miss.
- Mr. Billups struggled again with his shot going 3-for-12 on the night. He didn’t make many, but his three pointer (Detroit’s’ only one) with 2:55 left in the game was not only the dagger, but Billups biggest shot in quite some time.
- With the flurry of whistles going against the Pistons all night long, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace spent considerable time on the bench.
- Jarvis Hayes made a brief appearance early in the game. He quickly air balled a three and go call for a quick foul. He was pulled. He did return for the last minute or so of the game when it was already decided and knocked a three.
- Detroit led the whole way.
- I don’t know about you, but everyone in the Palace, including myself, hung on every shot Chauncey put up. I was just obvious he didn’t have it, so when he took that three at the end of the game and knocked it down, The Palace erupted.
- What a night from Jason Maxiell who stuffed Kevin Garnett so hard he could have propelled him back to Boston on force alone. Maxiell was a PERFECT 6-for-6 from the field, for 14 points, 3 boards and The Big Denial.
- And how can I forget the sick dunk and alley-oop, that just about blew the roof off the Palace.
- “Max made an unbelievable play on that,” Billups said. “I’m sure KG didn’t know how close Max was, but that was a great play. You look at how Stuck (Rodney Stuckey) is playing, and you look at how Max has come along this year. We don’t win like that without those guys.” Via The Detroit Free Press
- Rodney Stuckey was solid, but didn’t have the game we thought he would. Though he shot just 1-for-4 for the night, he had 5 assists.
- Surprised that Flip put Theo in the game when Sheed got into foul trouble after the monster game he was having. No matter, Theo did a fine job in his 7 minutes on court.
- With the way Detroit played in the first half they should have been up by at least 15. Something was foul smelling at the half when The Pistons were up by just four.
- Example of Detroit’s defense, they held Boston to just 31% for the night. Pierce 3-14, Garnett 6-for-16, Allen 2-for-8.
- Antonio was everywhere all game long, diving for balls, pulling down boards and winning the game for Detroit.If there ever was a time to show appreciation for the gentle man, this is it. “Since I’ve been here we kind of have had excuses why we haven’t won another championship since I’ve been here, and I feel that, you know, if I don’t say nothing vocally that we would have an excuse this year,” he said. “I don’t want us to have no excuse.” “I don’t think no one can sit here and understand where I’m coming from when I felt how I felt at that part of my career, when I felt like it was over,” he said.”I was laying in the bed thinking, ‘Hey, this is going to be it.’ And now I’ve just reinvented myself, coming to this team. Via Pistons.com
- Sheed was solid when he wasn’t sitting on the bench in foul trouble. Rasheed finished with 14 on 6-for-9 shooting with 5 boards an assist and 5 freaking blocked shots. The man was on a mission to play D and it showed.
- NBA.com Highlights of The Game.
- Always solid Lindsey Hunter, who didn’t score a point but pestered the Celtics in his 9 minutes.
- 51% from the floor for Detroit.
- After last night’s game Richard Hamilton is now the Pistons all time playoff game leader, surpassing Bill Laimbeer.
- Speaking of the Bad Boys, I spotted James Buddha Edwards in the elevator last night. He looks exactly the same, but the fu-manchu is gone.
- Dyess all Day.
- 24 points in the paint for both the Celtics and the Pistons.
- Tayshaun Prince struggled for the second consecutive game going 3-for-12 for 7 points with just 2 boards, 3 assists and a steal.
- Just 7 turns for Detroit to the Celtics 14.
- Rebound war lost 38-34.
- A lot of you have asked me, and for whatever reason the intensity and thunderous noise from the Palace just doesn’t come across on the broadcast. Monday’s game was easily the loudest night this season. The Palace crowd was ready before the tip, as were the Pistons. And as much as I can’t stand thunder sticks, I didn’t put them down all night. I earned my paycheck last night, trust me. I’m exhausted today, I gotta get out more.
- Though Dyess played better than anyone on court, Crawford, Delaney, and Foster stole the show.
- FYI – Team Need4Sheed member Raul A. Mora naming of Maxiell’s block on KG , “The Big Denial” is really catching on.
- 2-2 back to Boston