Sunday’s matinee against the Cavs looked like another game in which the Pistons played like they could hold their own against one of the powerhouses of the league, until a fourth quarter collapse after holding their biggest lead of the game doomed Detroit to their 4th consecutive home court loss – the most in a row since 2001. What makes things worse is the fact that they let the Cavs go on a 15-2 run to take over the game with the league’s best player sitting on the bench. The Pistons allowed the Cavs to outscore them 32-14 in the fourth in their 90-80 loss at The Palace.
- Outrebounded 42-35.
- Detroit shot 42% to Cleveland’s 47%.
- 22% from three point range for the Pistons to 46% for Cleveland.
- Lackluster game from Rodney Stuckey, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince who scored 26 points combined.
- Allen Iverson led the Pistons with 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting in 43 minutes on the floor. He also had 3 takeaways, an assist, 3 boards and 5 of the Pistons’ 9 turnovers. Ouch…
- The Pistons record on Sundays is now 1-8.
- I’m not going to say I smiled when Antonio McDyess unintentionally clocked Anderson Varejao and sent him to the locker room bleeding so he could get stitched up. But I did.
- A lot of time for Dyess. McDyess played a season-high 38 minutes in Friday’s loss to Boston, and 29 more on Sunday. He finished with 6 points and 8 boards and a knockout.
- NBA.com Highlights of the Game.
- Ben Wallace and his 2 cents “Billups brought a lot of leadership to the team and made sure everybody got the ball where they needed to get it,” Cleveland’s Ben Wallace said. “He was more of a floor general. Iverson is more of a scorer. Chauncey would make sure everybody got their looks and if he needed to score, he would. “It definitely hurt the chemistry of the team. I guess it’ll take a little getting used to.” Via NBA.com
- You might want to ask yourself why Amir didn’t play more when he sparked the Pistons’ biggest lead, scoring 8 points and 7 boards in the third quarter. Hustle plays like this are what Amir was doing all game long.
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- A 15 to 2 fourth quarter run for the Cavs with LeBron on the bench just makes Pistons fans feel worse than they need to. Especially since it looked like they were going to pull out the win.
- The Cavs are now 12 games ahead of Detroit in the standings.
- Forget the Pistons, The Palace has their own troubles. A Waterford couple embezzled 1.8 million dollars from the organization.
- Van Gundy and Mark Jackson both tried to coach the Pistons from the broadcast booth. You can tell they haven’t really watched much of the team play other than when they are on the sidelines. Sure they may have good points from time to time, but they sound like they are auditioning for someone’s job.
- The Pistons have now lost four straight home games for the first time in eight years.
- Amir scored 10 points with 9 boards in 21 minutes on the floor. Is this enough to warrant the argument for him to keep starting for the Pistons?
- An Amir Johnson Highlight Reel.
- Maxiell with just 4 minutes of playing time. He did manage to pick up a technical foul though.
- Did you notice just because Amir started the Pistons still played small ball at times. Rip defending LeBron…
- Rip played well, scoring 16 on 6-for-12 shooting. He’s playing better since coming off the bench not that he’s getting the ball and coming off screens again.
- NBA.com “Does Iverson think the Pistons would win more if he had the ball as much as he did in that quarter?” “Don’t do that to me. You’re opening up a can of worms,” Iverson said, playfully. “But I trust the way everything is going. I don’t have a choice. What I say don’t matter.”
- Our friends from Austria deserve better, they traveled almost 5000 miles to see the Pistons. They are now 0-2 and have one more chance to see this team win before they head back home. We are rooting for you Vladan and Martin. By the way, they are keeping a journal of their trip at Dunk on U. I strongly suggest you head over there and read their journal of their time in Detroit. If something can put a smile on your face after the last two games it’s their trip.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3 (the day I met them and realized that Wallside Windows and the Dr. Ramini are legends in Europe)
- Why does small ball still exist?!? We go big in the 3rd and have our biggest lead of the game, at 8 points. Then Curry sits Amir and we go small, resulting in a 15-2 run for the Cavs. Need I say more?