Iverson Gets His First Win in a Pistons Uniform

by | Nov 12, 2008 | 20 comments

Allen Iverson got his first win in a Pistons uniform Tuesday night in Sacramento. Detroit’s 100-92 victory over The Kings looked like it might not come as the Pistons once again started the game out of sync while the Kings got off to an early 15 point lead.

Key Points:

  • The first thing that made me take notice during the game was that Detroit once again let a role player light them up. Spencer Hawes? Really? The kid led the Kings with 19 points, in 25 minutes off the bench.
  • Rip has yet to find his shot with 17 points on 4-16 shooting. It will come, but Detroit is lucky Tayshaun is stepping up in the meantime.
  • There were a couple of guys in the Sacramento crowd jawing the whole game. I don’t know how that place is miked up but you could hear just about everything. Serious heckler, it must be his second job. Mr. Blaha even made mention of it.
  • It was an Iverson night, Allen played all but 2 minutes of the game and led Detroit with 30 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He was just an assist short of a double-double and also grabbed 7 boards on the night. It was a highlight filled night for Iverson, something Pistons fans have been waiting for.

Allen Iverson Scores 30
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  • “You have no idea (how good it feels),” said Iverson. “That’s a huge lift off of me. It just feels good. I wanted to get that monkey off my back and get that first win. Now we can try to get a whole lot more.” Via The Detroit News
  • Does Mikki Moore act like a thug every game or does he just do it against Detroit, because I sure notice it a lot. He pushed Amir to the ground and got away with it, but if Blaha had anything to do with it, he’d have a suspension coming.
  • No Stuckey, no matter. Will Bynum is making the most of his time on the floor. I don’t think I have ever been so pleasantly surprised by a player I didn’t know much about before. The guy is fearless and willing to take it to the hole no matter who’s waiting. And isn’t it fitting that one his highlights was The Play of The Game.
  • Arron Afflalo started playing like he had been in the pre-season and it looks like he’s out of Curry’s doghouse. He put up 6 points in 18 minutes of the floor while being productive defensively.
  • AI sees Maxiell……the crowd gasps.
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit
  • Fifteen minutes for Amir, zero points (didn’t shoot), 3 boards and one blocked shot.
  • On a side note, I don’t know how many of you watch the post game report on FSN Detroit, but can someone please tell Ryan Field that his new catch phrase when wrapping up the game “a hoop and the harm” is getting annoying very quickly.
  • 41.6% shooting on the night for The Pistons to The Kings 48.7%.
  • Board war lost, 44 to 39.
  • Rasheed was clutch defensively down the stretch. Sheed finished with 7 points, 7 boards, a steal and 3 blocked shots.
  • Tayshaun again comes up HUGE for The Pistons and really has been the MVP of the team thus far. A double-double for Prince with 26 points, 11 boards, 2 assists and a steal in 43 minutes. Here are his video highlights on the night.

Tayshaun Prince
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  • Lots of Tay, not a minute for Herrmann.
  • NBA.com Highlights of The Game.
  • Kwame did a nice job with 5 points in 16 minutes on the floor.
  • Stuckey is cleared to play and should join the team soon.
  • Curry insists things will start to shape up.
  • This West Coast trip is going to hurt many of you (including me right now), who get up in the wee hours of the morning to head off to work or school.
  • Detroit Bad Boys is relieved to get the first AI win.
  • Don’t worry an AI Wallpaper is on the way.
  • It was nice to see the Pistons close it out, I remember when I always had faith in the team to close a game out.


  1. bianca-wonk

    I’m so thankful for this win. I prayed to GOD about it.

    I think when a role player goes off for a big night, it means that the Pistons played their defensive assignments pretty well. They don’t look at film to see how to guard Spencer Hawes..they see who to double to make the worst player on the floor have to make the shot.

    And if they happen to step up, then so be it. Like Rasheed said once, it’s not like some role player is gonna drop 40 on them. It’s picking your poison.

  2. Ryan Ricafort

    Good thing they won. I only saw the recap of the game on TV. Man, Rip is out of sync. He’s playing one-on-one too much. I hope we win every game in this road trip. GO PISTONS

  3. Rewind

    So far Will Bynum is showing me that he earned his spot on the team and then some. Call me crazy, but I think he is every bit as talented as Stuckey. He has shown that he can keep his head about him while he’s on the floor and that is very important. He doesn’t get all crazy and start throwing up circus shots to try to pad his stat line. When he does go to the hole he seems to choose his spots with intelligence and it has paid off so far. He makes the most of his minutes and it seems like he’s always ready to step up and do his job. I really like him.

    I am wondering why Fabio didn’t play??? Seems a little weird since he’s been playing pretty well and Curry seems to like him a lot more than Flip did.

    Anyway, thank goodness for this win. I was feeling pretty ill after the Celtics stomped on us Sunday night. Here’s hoping that Rip finds his shot again soon because when he does… watch out!!!


  4. Mike

    In 2 of the starts by AI Amir has had zero, yes zero shots. He did manage one put back in one of those games.

    I think the idea is for the Pistons to go with 3 main scores in the first unit and hope that Sheed and Amir can do the other stuff. Though my guess is that once Rip gets integrated with AI and Prince that Sheed will come next and then finally Amir.

    Most impressive was all the foul shots that we got and made. We won the game at the foul line. Does that remind anyone of another team. Hint. They wear green.

    Bynum’s play is no surprise given the way he played in the LVSL and how he played in the highly rated league in Israel last year.

  5. Tom S.

    I agree with Rewind every bit about Bynum. I’m restraining myself to get too excited over a (generous) 6 footer 6 games into the regular season. He has hang time for days and is a willing and able passer. Haven’t seen his jump shot. Both he and Stuckey will learn lots from A.I. about driving and penetrating.

  6. Natalie Sitto

    Like Tom and Rewind the love for Bynum is big and like Tom I hesitate to get too optimistic but I have faith already that he’s going to turn more heads in the games to come.

    With Byum, Afflalo and AI on the court last night at the same time it was just a different kind of Pistons team than we are used to and I like it!

    And I am worried about Amir’s non production since AI stepped on the floor, but like Curry said….he’s not a go to guy on offense.

  7. Shaggz 2 Dope

    good game, glad to see they never gave up.. and im gonna say it… Will Bynum is better than stuckey.. i think stuckey is good but all hype.. idk i hope i wrong but bynum backs it up all the time.

  8. Steve

    It was a great finish last night.

    I wouldn’t say that Bynum is better than Stuckey.
    He’s more experienced, that’s for sure. He’s played in the NBA in 05-06 and overseas. But Stuckey has way more potential than Bynum. And remember that Stuck is 3 years younger and 5 inches taller.

    And Natalie is right, Mikki Moore is a thug.
    He thinks he’s so sweet even though all he can do it dunk. I can’t believe that no officials saw that push on Amir. What a great guy. I hope he enjoys making the playoffs–oh wait, that’s right…

  9. Shaggz 2 Dope

    pistons drafted mikki moore he was here for 4 years a little FYI for the bandwagoners..he never played like that here, hes just a peice of shit and i wanna hurt him everytime i see him dunk and act like a bad ass after each dunk. fuck mikki moore.. over paid D leaguer

  10. Justin

    I think Bynum is way better than Stuckey. They both can drive to the hoop, but the difference is Will makes it.

  11. Steve

    But Bynum doesn’t have a chance to be a star in this league. Stuckey does.

  12. Steve

    Don’t get me wrong, I love what Bynum’s doing. I did not expect this out of him. It’s really a nice surprise.

  13. Rewind

    I didn’t want to come out and say that Bynum is better than Stuckey, but right now, I think he makes better decisions than Stuck. I have much more confidence (for now) when Bynum drives than I do when Stuckey does. Stuckey is young and talented but sometimes I think he gets ahead of himself and doesn’t always see the big picture. I was yelling at the tv last night for Will to drive because he can finish (from what I’ve seen so far) but when it’s Stuckey with the ball… I’d rather see him dish. It will come for Stuckey but he has much more to learn. I like Stuckey a lot but we need good decision makers and it seems as though Will might have an edge over Stuckey there. Stuckey will get there in time.


  14. El Patron Himself (Accept no imitations!)

    1. A win is a win is a win. It’s always good to stop a losing streak and get more W’s right there. We’re experiencing growing pains, that’s for sure… but something tells me this is part of the larger scheme of things…

    2. I haven’t seen Bynum yet, but it’s always good when we have more options coming out of the bench. That’s the only way we can counter a role player going hot on the other side… by having one or some of our bench guys go loco as well… and we have the weapons: Sir Rodney, Afflalo, Rico Suave, Maxxi, now Bynum… and if we get McDiggity back… the Zoo Crew should be back to full shape.

    I mean, if we want to win, we need everybody from 1 – 12 to be ready to duke it out night in and night out, that’s what championship-caliber teams do… that’s why the Lakers couldn’t win it all and that’s why the Cavs remain to be LeBron James and 11 guys named Pepe!!!!

    3. So, Curry said Amir is not a go-to guy on offense… damn, how can a win team with only 4 offensive scores and one guy who’s only supposed to pick up rebounds and block shots? Oh wait… that was US when we won the last ‘Ship!!!! So maybe Curry’s on to something…

  15. pistons 4 life

    Miki Moore had one good year with the nets two years ago and for some reason the Kings over paid him. Now he thinks he’s an all star or something. I only the saw the first quarter before I fell asleep, but dang it sure was annoying to see him and Brad Miller get so proud of themselves after every little play. I’m glad they lost.

  16. Susan

    A.I. is not alone in feeling that we needed this win. Is it just me or did the game seem to change, in a positive way, when Afflalo and Bynum stepped on the floor? I am 100% in support of more Afflalo; I love his defense and he brings an energy to the floor.

    I’m disappointed in the lack of Hermann lately. Might be because Tay has been playing SO WELL but it would still be nice to see Hermann out there.

  17. Amer ican Prince

    you know there are so many bad things I could say about that game, but I won’t because truth be told, I think the fans needed that win, just about as much as the players. So I’ll leave it for another time.

    I think the reason Will is considered better than Stuckey (by some, Not sure where I stand just yet)

    1. Stuckey’s young it’s his second year whereas bynum has been in the league a couple years and i think he played overseas. Plus we’re only seeing hi spurts, which is what happened with Stuckey last year in the playoffs when he went off, no one was ready for him

    That fan had me cracking up all night long, I wish every game had a fan like that (was that the same guy who rasheed was talking to a couple seasons ago who was wearing a pink shirt and Sheed said “you know what they say about guys who wear pink?”

    This is a good starting point and hopefully the pistons get momentum off it.

    oh and I’m happy to see Tay driving the lane, finally Michael curry was like stop settling get it in there

  18. TDP

    No doubt Bynum’s been playing well, but I keep thinking that part of the reason he’s been performing so well is that teams really haven’t seen him play much yet.

  19. The Fluidics

    Herrmann has been strwaky the last few games, not surprised we didn’t see him.

    So you saw bunches of Tay, and tons of AI. Isn’t that what flip did, roade the starters all season for wins? That’s because it works, they are starters for a reason. I think Curry’s line-ups, while interseting, put out a bunch of guys who don’t normally play together, and it shows. Nothing against backups getting some burn, but you have to do some regular rotations so that these guys can get comfortable with each other.

  20. miguel

    mark my words. tayshaun prince all star this season. (if he keeps this up)


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