Yes, but mostly NO!
An early 5:30 tip and a delayed flight left me unable to watch the Pistons win over the Grizzles until this evening. So what does a person take away from a game they didn’t get to see yet? A lot!
From what most of your commenting, news reports and the box score it took just about all the Pistons had to beat the lowly Grizzles. Yes they snapped the longest losing streak since the team acquired Rasheed Wallace, but that doesn’t make many of us feel any better.
- The three guard lineup still isn’t working. It’s almost tiring to keep saying it.
- Tayshaun isn’t productive when he plays out of position.
- Antonio McDyess is doing whatever he can to put us in the win column. Sixteen boards yesterday says it all.
- Rasheed can be invisible in stretches. He’s shooting too many threes, something that Pistons fans have been complaining about since 2005. Yes he looks tired, maybe it has something to do with the fact he’s got NO defensive help when he’s on the court.
- We are struggling on the defensive end and two of our best players in that department, Arron Afflao and Jason Maxiell, spend most of their time watching the game from the bench.
- Rip plays one of his best games all season scoring 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Yes it’s great but is Rip happy taking a back seat on the team this year after being Detroit’s leading scorer for so long?
- Outrebounded consistently.
- Muscled in the paint on both ends of the floor.
- Losing to teams we should steamroll, and when we do win….it’s by the hair of our chinny, chin chin.
We can moan and complain, vent and verbalize our frustrations, try to keep sane and give our “dream lineups” that we think will change things for our beloved Pistons. At the end of the day this thing is in the hands of Dumars, Curry and the players.
Panic in Detroit? I would say yes, but things could be worse. Oh no maybe they can’t …..the Cavs are in first place.
Is Rip really headed to the bench? A. Sherrod Blakely says so.
Detroit Pistons coach Michael Curry hasn’t decided when he will make a lineup change.
But if a change is made — and there’s a very good chance of that happening — it will likely involve Richard Hamilton coming off the bench and Amir Johnson being re-inserted into the starting lineup.
Hamilton appears more concerned with the team’s success, regardless of what role he plays in it.
“We just want to win, bottom line. We want to win games,” Hamilton said. “Guys are coming out, trying to figure out a way to do everything possible to help the team win. That’s the most important thing right now — just try to win games.”
Curry said he and his staff will have conversations regarding the past 20 games which, not surprisingly, will include discussions about what changes, if any, will be made to the starting lineup.
“That’s the number one thing,” Curry said. “I haven’t hid from that, not one time.”
While Curry wouldn’t say that a change was definitely going to be made, he did say whatever decision that’s made will be “what’s going to be the best way to play for us to compete and be an elite team. Once we make that decision, we’ll kind of stick with that for the rest of the way.”
We will see, but I do know one thing, a picture can really tell a story.