Memphis leaves the Pistons “all shook up” on Elvis Night

by | Jan 13, 2011 | 10 comments

New starting lineup tonight y’all:

PG: McGrady
SG: Stuckey
SF: Tayshaun
PF: Won’tcox Wilcox
C: Monroe

Same great results!

Ben Wallace was out with an ankle so rookie Greg Monroe stepped in.  Chris Wilcox stepped into the lineup for Villanueva after putting together some pretty solid performances lately (I think it was to showcase him for a trade).  Ben Gordon was placed back on the bench and Rodney Stuckey started at the 2 guard spot.  There is a name you won’t see on the box score tonight and that is Richard Hamilton.  Hamilton earned the dreaded “DNP-CD” or Did Not Play – Coaches Decision tag tonight.

It doesn’t matter who plays when you lose, you still lost.  The Pistons played well early on, mainly due to the Grizzlies’ poor start offensively.  In typical fashion, the Pistons allowed the Grizzlies to build a big lead in the 3rd quarter and even though the Pistons were able to make the games close, the Grizzlies were able to hold on until the end with a 107-99 win at the Palace.  Let’s get to the highlights:

  • Former Michigan State Spartan, Zach Randolph, put up 34 points and nabbed 17 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
  • Tonight’s game is a perfect example of Tayshaun’s offensive output will be determined by the person he is guarding.  Prince scored 8 points on 3 of 13 shooting while Rudy Gay scored 26 points on 10 of 13 shooting.
  • Ben Gordon lead all Pistons’ scorers with 25 points off the bench, having scored 0 points in the first half.
Ben Gordon scored 25
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  • Not 1 Grizzlies player had a negative +/- while only 1 Piston player had a positive +/- (Wilcox).
  • Jason Maxiell sighting!  The baby eater saw 10 minutes of action and provided 3 points and 4 rebounds but was a team worst -15 during that time.
  • The Pistons’ starting 5 had a combined 6 turnovers, which is not bad considering there is not a natural Point Guard in the bunch.
  • I wonder what DaJuan Summers and Richard Hamilton talked about during their time together on the bench.
  • No Will Bynum either 🙁 – Bynumite has had an off-year due to injuries and slumps.  I think I speak for Natalie when I say we hope he gets back to playing how we all know he can.
  • Why is OJ Mayo not starting in Memphis? lol
  • Greg Monroe with 4 straight double doubles – I think as he continues to grow as an NBA player, this will become the norm for The Moose.  Over his last 5 games Monroe has averaged 11.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Greg Monroe multiple double-double highlights.

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Chris Wilcox circus shot.
Greg Monroe multiple double-double highlights.
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  1. Rashit Flawless (Go_Osebumps)

    As I tweeted to Nat, some progress from Daye and Monroe should make us feel good about the future
    What comes to the game…same sh*t different day, we let any zach randolph get 15 shots plus 15fts, so how can any of us expect great unless we shoot the ball lights out like Clippers did vs Miami?!
    We are the lottery team, we have some issues, but we’ve got some strenghts, young players, we can be a playoff team in a season if Joe D will trade RIP for expiring contract
    Have fun, there are lots of good moments, hustle to watch, the result will come, but it will happen later. It’s not a party time, it’s a hard rebuilding process where you can be good like Gregg Popovic’s squad finding Blair, Hill, Neal, when you even can make Bonner a good player for your team…or you better be lucky. Joe is not so lucky with his decisions, but there’s always a second thought about him as of genius that made 2004 Pistons happen.
    Let’s have fun, let’s give the office some time and see what will happen next, because there’s no positive result for us this season, you better understand that and you better hope for the best to happen

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      • Enoc

        That’s Right! Say whatever you want but i’m with Tay…

  2. jayg108

    “The Moose”?????????? Is that a new nickname for Monroe? I like it. But I just never heard anyone use it yet.

  3. edt

    moose apparently is his college name, that’s what detroit bad boys dot com like to call him. MOOOOOSE.

  4. Lori

    I may have complained about Q, but at least I didn’t call him a buffoon!

  5. terry

    Man it’s a little late in the season to still be experimenting with lineups isn’t it? I was kinda on Kuester’s side at first, but he has been showing his ineptitude and seems to really have lost this team. It may be time to ship Q out of here at seasons end but who replaces him? There’s also an article about Avery Johnson’s and Brooke Lopez’s relationship being highly strained. Joe should make a play for him.

  6. edt

    “A couple of days ago, when asked if he dreamed of coaching someone like Carmelo Anthony, Nets coach Avery Johnson had a snappy comeback:

    “No. I dream of our center getting 10 rebounds.”

    Because the third-year center has taken a clear step backward, and it can’t be coincidental that Johnson is talking smack on- and off-record about the guy every damn day.

    This is what separates good coaches from great coaches”

  7. edt

    “Serving Richard “Rip” Hamil ton with his first-ever bench warrant as a Piston for Wednesday night’s loss to the Grizzlies was nothing personal, unreasonable, disrespectful or brainless as represented by various seemingly conscious bystanders, most notably Tayshaun Prince who branded the “decision” by coach John Kuester as “buffoonery.”

    In fact, Hamilton’s 48-minute crouch was simply Pistons president Joe Dumars eliminating any chance of injury until the three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony either goes down or is categorically called off.

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