Not this again – Pistons can’t hold on against Chicago

by | Jan 11, 2011 | 11 comments

Another game against Chicago with the same outcome. Pistons come out strong, play well, have the lead at half time (55-43) and collapse in the third quarter. The Bulls grabbed the lead midway through the third quarter and no matter how the Pistons tried, they fell short 82-95 losing to the Bulls for the 10th straight time.

Key Points:

  • I was surprised by all the Pistons based trade talk on the broadcast. They usually keep things like this hush hush, but I guess with the magnitude of it and the saturation by the media they had to put it front and center.
  • The Pistons were 11 for 40 (27.5 percent) from the field in the second half.  Scoring just 27 points after the break.
  • This is the Austin Daye we want to see. Another great night for Austin, who was 6-for-6 in the fist half with 14 points. I’m guessing his shot to save the game against the Sixers gave him a huge boost of confidence. This tomahawk dunk just made me smile.

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  • What I was a little annoyed with was the fact that Austin’s hot hand sat for most of the second half.
  • Not sure what happened to Charlie Villanueva who gobbled up 6 boards before the first quarter was over but didn’t play much more after that. He finished with 7 boards, and 3 points in 16 minutes on the floor.
  • Ben Wallace fell the wrong way on the opening jump ball. He played the first two minutes and didn’t return. No updates as of yet.
  • With no Ben, Greg Monroe logged the most time on the floor for any Piston with 43 minutes. With each game this kid is improving. Monroe recorded his third consecutive double-double with 10 points, 11 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals.
  • Highlights of the Game via

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  • Ben Gordon just can’t put a game together against his former team. Another sub par night for Ben who went for just 5 points on 2-10 shooting.
  • Rip Hamilton didn’t fair much better, going 0-for-5 for 2 points. He may just have a New Jersey state of mind right now.
  • Kuester…where are the adjustments?

Kuester: “It was a tale of two halves. We did a nice job offensively in the first half. We also forced missed shots and got the rebounds. In the 3rd quarter, they went on a spurt and we just couldn’t control it. If we could have generated anything offensively, we would have been in this. We had a a good pace and took advantage of their mistakes but in the 2nd half we couldn’t get anything from that. Their team capitalized on our mistakes.”

  • Surprised by the MVP chats for Rose in Chicago, but his climb the latter dunk was ridiculous.
  • Stuckey continues to struggle against quality point guards no matter how hard he tries. Now he didn’t play horribly…in fact he shot 5-for-9 for 11 points with 4 assists in 19 minutes on the floor. He just couldn’t keep up with Rose (29), but really who can.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 15 points on 6-for-16 shooting in 33 minutes.
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  • Nine points with 2 assists, and 2 boards for McGrady who seems to be at the 30 minute mark playing time constantly now.
  • Maxiell and Bynum DNP’s.
  • Huge game from who I always thought was going to be the X-Factor of this team when they signed him. Chris Wilcox played solid with 13 points and 9 boards in 21 minutes. He may have been the reason Villanueva played limited minutes.
  • At this point it’s just a wait and see for this team as we wait for the trade and new ownership. Until both happen we are sort of in limbo until this team and organization has a plan.
  • Make sure you Follow Danny and myself on Twitter for any updates on the Pistons. Especially the Rip Hamilton trade.


  1. gordbrown

    I don’t really have time to go back and research this extensively, but … A lot of what Rose did was when Stuckey was not on the floor in the play. For example the spectacular Alley oop happened when Hamilton turned the ball over and Stuckey was trapped on the other side of the floor in the corner. On another play that the Chicago announcers inexplicably highlighted, Stuckey was taken out of the play on what was a blatantly illegal screen. I saw more than one play where Stuckey was able to corral Rose. In some sense, I think Stuckey is a better player than Rose. Unfortunately, Rose gets to play on a team that carries him a little (reputation with the refs for example). Regarding Hamilton, I think the Pistons honestly have to start thinking about buying him out (I think the trade idea is now dead). He has become a black hole that is both wrecking Gordon and losing games all by himself (although obviously lots of other culprits last night).

    • Michael

      Did you say “Stuckey is a better player than Rose”? Really? What a typical Detroit homer. Really?

      • Drew

        He said “in some sense.” It’s still bold, but perhaps he’s not that far off. Rose’s outside game doesn’t impress me any more than Stuckey’s. Rose will always be the better distributor, but these two’s games are similar in a number of ways.

        • junior

          except rose ALWAYS gets the benefit of the call when he drives the lane. if stuckey got all those calls he would get to the free throw line 15 times a game and score 30 points too. so yes i also think stuckey is just as good as rose. rose only took stuckey twice 1 on 1 of the dribble to thwe basket, the rest of the time stuckey was either screened off of rose or stuckey was roses “snuggie”. every highlight from rose was a screen off or some one else was guarding him.

    • rai_from_the_philippines

      out of retirement… to join the Celtics. That’s a bit unclassy for Sheed to do, come out of retirement at the midpoint of the season to be in the finals.

  2. blamus

    obviously Stuckey is our best player. McGrady is too slow to play the point and just little effort is enough to make him loose the ball. I dont know where this carrying offense talk came from but it is ridiculous as one can tell from yesterdays game, dribbling for 10 seconds after which hes still barely at halfcourt then just passing to however is easiest to get the ball too.

    Every single Pistons shot looks like a tough/forced shot while every single Bulls shot looked easy, they had so many open look shots that its weird we didnt lose by more. Theres no player in Pistons uniform that is worth doubleteaming while on defense they are not much better letting Rose dribble inside like its a high school game opening shooters around him. Stuckey is the only player in Pistons that has decent speed, makes shots in traffic and sometimes even gets doubleteamed, everybody else should play in Europe.

  3. daddy

    blamus maybe your a bit too hard, or just staight pissed at everything. These players belong in the nba, they should be coach a hell of a lot better. The rotation and lack of leadership is what is missing, in my opinion.

  4. Fariduddin

    im beginning to think that our coach isn’t doing a good job with this current group. please tell me why Austin Daye sat for most of the 3rd quarter and enters with under 2 minutes in the 3rd!!!!!!!!!!! he had a groove going on in the 1st half and was playing with great confidence… the coach didn’t utilize a time out when the offensive was stagnant in the 3rd quarter… in the 4th when the Bulls cam back we made several defensive stops but couldn’t convert a damn bucket… not understanding what is happening with my Pistons….!!!! im a fan to the end… buts lets be honest and admit that the chemistry and flow of this team is way off…

  5. Drew

    Actually, Stuckey was keeping up with Rose: 9 points in the third compared to Rose’s 11, and Rose played the whole quarter. The only times Rose really scored on Stuckey were when he got awesome picks from Thomas. I kept yelling at the screen for Wilcox to do a reverse-direction box-out on Thomas (if that even makes sense), so Thomas couldn’t reach and pick off Stuckey.

    Funny how you were annoyed with Austin sitting for SOME of the second half. Perhaps you missed all his bricks when he came in. Were you not annoyed when Stuckey sat out the entire fourth after having a hot hand in the third? We needed somebody in crunch time to break down the defense a little bit, and everybody we put out there (especially Tracy) was too slow.

  6. junior

    ya really why was rip and bg in there and not stuckey? like you said he had the hot hand he scored 9 of the pistons 15 points in the 3rd.


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