Pistons vs. Cavaliers

by | Feb 1, 2009 | 41 comments

Pisotns vs. Cavs
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The Pistons host the 36-9 Cavaliers this afternoon at the Palace. Tough Detroit won their first meeting with the Cavs this season, Detroit has lost 8 of their last 11 games while Cleveland is the #2 in the Eastern Conference standings.

Peter Vecsey of the New York Post seems to think Curry has lost all control.
“Has Michael Curry lost control of the 25-20 Pistons and the respect of the players? Did he have it to lose? Numerous players didn’t much care for Flip Saunders. Now it’s more a lack of confidence in the rookie coach than a dislike of him, from what I’m told. “No confidence” is more like it, a veteran confided to a friend. “Psychologically we’ve lost confidence in him and I don’t know how you get that back.” Biggest gripe from two veterans: They’re convinced Curry is being told who to play by Joe Dumars.”

Can’t read much into it considering Vecsey sources (if you can call them that) are rarely accurate. But I still thought I should put it out here for you.

Good News/Bad News

  • LeBron James is having an MVP like year, a year in which he has help around him.
  • Rip isn’t happy with the way things are right now. “This is tough for us,” said Hamilton. “We’re so used to being the bully, the team that actually goes out and wins, and wins a lot.” Via MLive
  • Ben Wallace returns along with my NOT so favorite forward Anderson Varejao.
  • The injured Zydrunus Ilgauskas is back.
  • It’s Cleveland

This will be Vladan and Martin’s second Pistons game of their life, and just because they are all the way from Austria doesn’t mean they don’t have Detroit spirit.  They know how to hate Cleveland just as much as we do.

Just check out the shirt Martin has on!

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So if you are headed out to the game this afternoon and see our friends from Austria, (who, I just found out have an NBA Blog of their own) please give them a Pistons welcome.

Tip off is at 2:30 P.M. and Nationally Televised on ABC. If you can’t watch the broadcast, tune into 1130 AM WDFN The Fan.  Can’t do either? Follow the game on NBA.com.

Comments and  Chat.

41 Comments

  1. Steve the hated

    Another Day another loss..

    Go Steelers

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  2. Amer ican Prince

    Oh my god that Flopper thing, is freaking funny Nat.

    Though I could see what Vescey is saying is true. There are just so many questions in my head that make me question. One in particular, name me one Piston you think would use the phrase “Psychologically we’ve lost confidence in him”. It’s possible it’s true, but I doubt Vescey is the guy who would break the story.

    I hope “bully” was just a poor choice of words of Rip. Bully’s pick on weaklings, is that what he thought the Pistons did before. They won a championship and got back to the finals and6 ECFs.

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  3. Mike S

    True Pistons fans alright, give em hell Vladan and Martin.

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  4. Whatsittoya

    This game otta be fun.

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  5. Amer ican Prince

    “We wanted to come in and take over Detroit,” Doc Rivers said. “You know, like the American taxpayer.”

    I’m not even sure what that means. Is he talking about the bail out money?

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  6. Nate

    Awesome shirt Martin.

    Ahh, I hope we beat Lebron and his nut riding Cavs. I know we’re struggling and all odds are heavily against us, but if we can just come together for this one game and stick it to em. If Sheed can take over down low and AI and Rip can destroy the net while Stuckey controls play to perfection….long shot, but I still believe in these guys.

    I can already picture Varejao’s hair flopping around as he flops to the ground….

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  7. ben

    i wont be surprised to see rasheed and varejo get into it down low and rasheed pick up a technical in this game

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  8. Amer ican Prince

    I think techs might be good for Sheed, get him a couple games rest, cause he does look tired.

    I’m interested to see Amir and Ben matchup. wonder how early Curry will bring Dyess in, as he said he would.

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  9. Metah

    hey natalie, you spelled “hate” wrong.

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  10. Slim Shady

    does anybody think dyess has been taking too many jumpers lately… he also hasn’t been making them and it’s pissing me off…. id rather see our gaurds or sheed taking those shots… were up for now at least

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  11. Nate

    AI just humiliated varejoke. Feed that man the ball! And Amir, wow. Everyone is hitting the boards and sheed is disrupting a ton of cleveland plays. one more quarter guys!

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  12. aaron

    its been a great game so far. im actually enjoying watching my team!!!!

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  13. Kyle C.

    good game so far and Amir is really giving a HUGE boost.

    just saw Rip’s NBA commercial… loved it!

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  14. Mike S

    Amir is Huge!!!

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  15. Whatsittoya

    Well I call a loss for the Pistons. Cavs 83 Pistons 76. Two or three minutes left. Forget this.

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  16. augustslady

    Liked Rivers untill I just resd what a I read on here….WOW HOW CLASSY!
    ALL PUFFED UP ARE WE?
    Hope some day you have the weight of the world put on your back,and then someone kicks you in your well padded posterior.
    What a putz…

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  17. aaron

    no no no dont fire the man. wont solve anything plus WE LOST THE GAME, the team didnt make shots. the coach cant get out there and make shots man, stop sayin that stupid comment its getting annoying

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  18. Chris

    8 point lead end of 3rd. Booby 7 straight points. Doesn’t that remind you of game 6 ECF 07 Finals? 25-21 ugly record

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  19. Tariq

    i was so excited until the fourth, this is really embasrsing, i have been denying the fact that we lost our swagger, but its gone and probally gone for good, we are officially four games away from .500. FOUR FRIGGIN GAMES IMAGINE. is it just me or is dumars completly blind of what is goin on. This was suppose to be a statement game. and we blew it

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  20. Tariq

    and martins shirt should really be saying
    “The King Fucked Us UP”

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  21. pistonsfan01

    Why wasnt amir out there in the fourth. he was having a good game.. we needed energy. OMG!!! I HATE losing… especially when its to cleveland.. this is soo sad. the all star break cant come soon enough.. and the february schedule gives me a headache when i look at it.. the pistons need to pick it up. too much talent being wasted.. and poor dyess AHHHHHHH! i just dont knwo what to say anymore..i want to roll up in a ball and cry!

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  22. Amber

    Well, Detroit did look better than they have in quite some time. Still lost. Not that big of a surprise. Although when they did lose the 8 point lead it was when the lineup was changed….apparently all of a sudden Stuck, AI, and Tay can play together. The team is all over the place. Joe wanted an unpredictable team, and he certainly got it. The only problem is, they’re so unpredictable that it’s difficult to know whether or not they can even beat Oklahoma…….let alone Cleveland or Boston.

    I do wish Dumars would watch the game more closely, rather than texting people the entire time….Unless of course he’s texting to find a center and trying to get Billups back (I can wish). Possibly if he watched the games a bit closer, he’d realize what shape we’re in.

    My heart goes out to Rip. He lost Chauncey, he’s now a bench player, and arson in his home town…oh and now Detroit loses all the time. The man is going through quite a bit.

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  23. Amber

    Tariq,

    Mr. Dumars does not pay attention to wins or losses, as he said himself. So yeah….he’s blind, and he’s too busy texting people during the games to see what’s going on. Lebitch really didn’t hurt us that badly…it was actually when he was out and when our lineup changed.

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  24. Franz

    I don’t know what to say. It’s just like every other game. We play well for two quarters and the other two we collapse.
    In the fourt, the defense, should I even mention the defense, there was no defense. When some Cav got into the paint, there was no “body” there to protect the basket or to help someone out. It’s just the little things that realyl prove that there is no chemistry. People say Iverson didn’t defend Gibson and that is why we lost. Come on, if the problem would have been Iverson, then Lebron or Mo Williams would not have scored a couple of times in the paint. Then the offense, a couple of minutes into the fourth, there was no flow at all. If Iverson didn’t have the ball in his hands, then everybody watched the guy with the ball. It kind of started when Johnson went to the bench.

    Which I don’t get either: Where was Maxiell? I came into the third quarter and he didn’t play a bit. Normally against guys like Varejo he’s even more productive. I mean how can you not play a guy in a half, when the other nights he get you the energy for the games.

    I do start to question Curry. But I am not jumping off just yet. I’m waiting until the All-Star break.

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  25. pistonsfan01

    ^^^ i completely agree with u on the whoel rip thing… i feel so BAD for him.. and u wanna knwo what pisses me off the most? is when i see some pistons laughing or even smiling after the game.. when im about to burst into tears. why dont they care.. they shold all be pissed and trying to play hard. i just dont understand

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  26. pistonsfan01

    ^^ that was to amber HAHAHA lebitch, FUNNY!!

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  27. ..313..

    DAM!
    A QUICK LOSS FOR DETROIT
    I THINK ABOUT IT OFTEN THAT THE PISTONS COULD OF HAD CARMELO ANTHONY IN THE NBA DRAFT BUT WE NEEDED CAP SPACE
    BUT WE STILL NEED A BACKUP SF FOR TAY
    WE DONT PLAY HERRMANN..
    AND WHEN TAY AND DYESS ARE ON THE BENCH WE PLAY SMALL
    ******THE HEATS SHAWN MARION IS UP FOR GRABS********
    WE SHOULD TRADE BYNUM AND HERRMANN FOR HIM!

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  28. Chris

    wow. Gibson was scoreless until that 7 straight points in the 4th.

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  29. Tariq

    Hahahahhahaha Amberr
    yes i definatly agree, and the “lebitch” LMFAOOO
    OHH THAT MADE MY DAY, EVEN AFTER THE SAD LOSS.

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  30. Vanalope

    hahah that tee shirt made me laugh. Nice!

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  31. ben

    we should go after marion but i dont know if he would like comin off the bench because wont start unless curry gives his starting position away just like he did rips but allen iverson had a good game he looked like his old self out there tearin it up we need more of that

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  32. Whatsittoya

    Well now Miami can get Half a game ahead of us or a half game behind us. Than we get to play them Tuesday. It would suck to go back to the sixth spot in the east. Heck we will not win the finals anyways so why not just become the worst team in the NBA and get a good draft pick.

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  33. Walter5

    another game, same result.. whew!

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  34. Amer ican Prince

    I wouldn’t totally mind if we slipped to 6th, We would play the Magic, and I think we can beat them. Then it would be like we had the 3rd seed if we beat them. We have a lot of the same guys as last year, and we started winning when Chauncey went down and Stuckey started. Might not be the worst thing in the world. Might actually be a blessing in disguise

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  35. atlee

    wood we be better playing the hawks or magic in the first round??

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  36. Amer ican Prince

    Hawks I guess, still not sure about them. But I’m saying since there is a good chance we might get overtaken by the Heat, 6th place might not be the worst thing.

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  37. Amer ican Prince

    And we match up okay with the Magic, especially if we can get one more wing defender.

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  38. Alwayzreal

    Man we suck…point blank period. Take your blindfolds off,this season is a wash….Rebuilding begins

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  39. Onin

    The Cavs made I think 2-3 layups on the fourth and the majority of their points came from perimiter jumpers. There are alot of reasons the Pistons lost today, wrong roation, missed open jumpshots, etc. But part of it was the Cavs weren’t missing on their jumpshots. It may not see like it now, but the Pistons aren’t that far off from the contenders in the east. It all counts during the playoffs.

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  40. CincyBrown

    To Bones: Stuckey greater than Mo …laughable.

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  41. augustslady

    CincyBrown:
    Who cares what you in your infinate wisdom think?
    Go haunt yourself….

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