The Pistons handled the Orlando Magic Monday night thanks to some great performance by Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady and a career high for Austin Daye. Each put up 20 points, but it was Daye’s clutch shots that really propelled the Pistons their 103-96 over the Magic
- 20 x 3
- T-mac with 14 points in the first quarter alone. Feb 08
- Great defense from the Pistons, who recorded 9 steals on the night.
- Can someone tell Dwight Howard that he doesn’t have to manhandle pleaple when he’s trying to put a foul on someone.
- Career high 20 for Austin Daye with 9 of those coming in the fourth quarter when the Magic were closing in. Daye added 7 boards and 2 steals in 34 minutes on the floor.
- The Pistons led by 10 at the half and again by 10 at the start of the fourth. No third quarter collapse.
- Ben Wallace stepped in off the bench to help contain Dwight Howard and help the Pistons on the boards. Wallace with 11 boards and a ton of tips in 19 minutes on the floor.
- This was posed by many people on Twitter during the game. How many third quarter collapses have the Pistons had since Rip has been on the bench?
- Austin ankle breaker.
- Great win for Detroit and a fun game to watch. So fun that I really though George Blaha was going to have an aneurism. He was on fire with his calls all night long. I saved the game and have to pull some audio for those who didn’t get to see or hear his broadcast.
- Outrebounded 39-46.
- The Pistons biggest lead was 14, Orlando’s 6.
- Tay – Austin – T-Mac Highlights
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- Shocked Jason Maxiell logged less than a minute with Charlie V out and Monroe and Wilcox in foul trouble.
- Ben Gordon finally with a glimpse of his shot back. Gordon with 15 on 6-for-13 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor with 2 board and 2 assists.
- From game saver to awful…Will Bynun 0-for-7 with a board and an assist in 15 minutes.
- Stuckey with 16 and a cool 7-for-7 from the line.
- T-Mac loves to shine against his former teams. He finished with 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting with 7 boards and 5 assists.
- Anderson leads the Magic with 21 and 5 boards. Dwight with 20 and 16.
- This just in…I still can’t stand ReDICK
- The Magic wouldn’t go away, pulling within 91-86 with an 8-1 run. It was nice to see them close this one out.
- Highlights of the game via NBA.com
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- Wednesday at the Palace…Chauncey
awwww… the highlight recap video was good until they showed Rip. After that I started to feel sorry for him. I don’t know about you guys, but it’s kind of hard to celebrate a win when somebody from the team is not as happy about it as the other guys. Well at least Q didn’t make Rip his human victory cigar.
What a fun game! As I posted on Twitter, been a long time since I have yelled at the TV like that during a Pistons game. Felt like the good old days. Now my new neighbors know who moved in next to them!
But this recent stretch (Jersey stinker aside) has me thinking playoffs. Look at our schedule the rest of the way. A LOT of games against the lesser of the East with some games at the Palace against mid-range Western teams. This should be a playoff team, I thought so at the beginning of the season and believe so more than ever now. A lot of fun watching Daye and Monroe play key roles and as credit to Stuckey for the HUGE Chauncey-like cool at the free throw line when we needed them the most in crunch time.
Things are getting fun again in Piston-land. If only we could make the Rip sideshow go away.
WOW!!! I was waiting for the Magic to come back, but the boys are giving me reasons to have faith in their defense again.
I liked one particular swipe by Monroe on Howard under the basket. It wasn’t a block or steal, but it was kinda Sheed-esque. I hope Monroe watches more of Sheed’s reels on playing bigs.
Did you see T-Mac staring down Gilbert at the end of the first half? McGrady has talent in poking the ball away from guys driving to the basket.
Defense = Glowing Ball
I just stared at Daye’s ankle breaker for about 10 mins. Nice one
I hope Charlotte loses to Sacramento tomorrow.
I hope Indiana loses to Orlando on the 26th.
I hope Milwaukee loses to Atlanta on the 26th.
I hope Detroit wins against Denver on the 26th.
7th and 8th seeds are still in reach!!!
Where’s all my Austin Daye haters at!? Do yall reeallly want Rip back in the rotation??? The only problem I got with the Rip situation is that his trade value has gone from low to nada. Joe might have to end up paying someone to take him off our hands.
buy out is the only solution I could think of.
buy out baby!
From ESPN Insider: Greg Monroe is joining rookie elite
This year’s crop of rookies has been a bust thus far. Aside from Blake Griffin and John Wall, and second-round surprise Landry Fields, first-year players have provided relatively little production for their teams. It may be time to add Greg Monroe to that list of exceptions. The Detroit center has stepped up as a starter in the month of January, moving up to fourth among rookies in estimated wins added, John Hollinger’s measure of player value. He’s fifth in Basketball Prospectus’ wins above replacement player, trailing the aforementioned three players and Al-Farouq Aminu of the Los Angeles Clippers.
During the month, Monroe has averaged 10.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His performance was highlighted by four consecutive double-doubles. Monroe benefited from additional playing time with Ben Wallace sidelined by an ankle injury, averaging 33.9 minutes per game after playing just 19.3 minutes a night during November and December. Even accounting for the playing time, however, Monroe has been more effective as he adjusts to the NBA game.
Monroe has been strong on the glass all season. He’s grabbed 16.0 percent of all available rebounds, good for fourth among rookies, and that figure has not changed appreciably in the month of January. What has improved has been Monroe’s accuracy. He shot 44 percent from the field in November and December, but has made 58.5 percent of his attempts this month.
Instead of operating in the high post as he often did at Georgetown, Monroe has been able to hang around the basket to finish feeds from teammates or convert second chances. According to Hoopdata.com, two-thirds of Monroe’s field goal attempts this season have come at the rim. In the month of January, he’s been hitting 76.9 percent of those shots. While he surely will not continue to shoot such a high percentage — Wilson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince are the lone two players so accurate at the rim in at least 100 shot attempts this season — Monroe’s judicious shot selection should enable him to keep his shooting percentage safely above 50 percent. In combination with his rebounding, that will make him valuable to the Pistons, who have gone 5-6 this month as they try to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Rip must have been sick watching the highlights of this one.
“and as credit to Stuckey for the HUGE Chauncey-like cool at the free throw line when we needed them the most in crunch time. ”
Did you see the orlando fan waving the superman cap behind the rim on stucks ft? poor guy
yes that was funny
I really can’t help but feel totally sorry for Rip after watching the highlights. Send him somewhere where he’ll be used already.
The rotation as it is right now seems competitive, if not yet great. A few more trades and tweaks and we’ll be back at the top of the East.
did you see hedo turkaglu trash talk prince until prince just completely lost his cool?
Hedo cant play that good anymore, but he sure can gibber gabber. If we had lost it would have made me furious but as it is, hedo’s mouthing off is merely amusing.
where are all the t mac haters at? im confident that he will only improve as time goes by. hopefully he will want to stay with us since we are the team that gave him his chance.