In a game that featured little defense – the Pistons were able to use a hot shooting 1st quarter to propel them to victory over the Washington Wizards at The Palace, 113-102. 7 Pistons players scored in double digits as the Pistons lead for the entire game. While it was a fun game to watch for the high scoring, it’s definitely not the kind of basketball the old school Piston fans are used to seeing (or enjoying).
Super-rookie John Wall scored 24 points (including 12-13 from the free throw line) to go along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds (with 4 turnovers). Slam dunk contest finalist JaVale McGee finished with 12 points and 2 rebounds, after scoring 20 points and having 16 rebounds in the last matchup in November.
Let’s look at the highlights, shall we?:
- Austin Daye, described by many as the player with the best jumpshot in last year’s NBA Draft, scored an efficient 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Daye has really shown signs of improvement as the season has worn on, and it’ll nice to see what he can contribute as a starter, next season.
- Need4Sheed fan favorite, Rodney Stuckey, had a near triple double and a +22 +/- for the Pistons. Stuckey finished with 19 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. In the words of Junior – “take that, Boney”
- Wow – Detroit won rebounding matchup 45-29. To be honest, if I’m a Wizard fan that total disgusts me. The Wizards have 2 guys in the starting lineup who had a height advantage over the entire Pistons roster. The Wizards are a young team that need to prove they’re ready for the big time.
- LOL @ Nick Young’s hair
- I don’t know about you but, Trevor Booker reminds me of a young Jason Maxiell. Booker is a feisty post player, in his 1st year from Clemson.
- Pistons super rookie Greg Monroe contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
- Player of the night: Tayshaun Prince with 20 points on 10-19 shooting and the biggest poster of the year.
- Tayshaun Prince DUNK and HL’s
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- Richard Hamilton received the largest ovation on the evening when he checked in late in the 1st quarter
Need4Sheed’s thoughts and prayers go out to former Pistons coach Flip Saunders and his family on the loss of Saunders’ mother. We may talk bad about Saunders occasionally, but he is a good man and helped this team win many games. Saunders was not with the team tonight – he was in Cleveland with his family.
The Pistons now must pack their bags and head out for a 3 game road trip to face off against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. It’s not going to be an easy trip, but the Pistons got off on the right start with a win tonight.
McDyess is going to be playing in his 1,000th game against the Pistons!
take tha bon. . . . wait YOU already said it. lol. stuckey is the man though right?
boney you just made up for crossing off what i posted earlier in the year by mentioning me in your write up. that is sweet thanks.
cant wait to get home from work and watch the pistons actually win.
If this were youtube I’d be saying, “Thumbs up if you like having Stuckey over Nick Young.”
I say this because Stuckey was chosen a couple picks ahead of Young four years ago. We could have had Young with our pick if we wanted him. Since we just saw Young play, let the debate over Stuckey and him begin.
Stuckey. And it is not even close.
Looking at that 2007 draft, there are only 3 players I would definitely take over Stuckey – Durant, Horford, and Noah – and I would have to consider taking Oden as well because he has shown how dominant he could be if he stayed healthy. Other than that, I would take Stuckey.
Actually, looking back on that draft, who wishes we took Marc Gasol or Carl Landry with the 28th pick instead of Arron Afflalo? If Afflalo wasn’t in the long-term plans anyway, I woulf love to have Gasol or Landry alongside Monroe.
we have who we have and im more than happy with stuckey.
No words about the way Stuck run the PG ?
He seems to be more at ease on a more up tempo style…
It comes down to the basic debate. Is Stuckey a good player in a bad situation? Or is the bad situation because Stuckey was overrated and the Pistons would have been a better team if Stuckey hadn’t been pushed into the position that he has been (and still is) in. A lot of Stuckey hate comes from the sense that the Pistons could have returned to championship form without taking a step back. This was unrealistic in the extreme. Yes the team would have been better if it had kept Chauncey and dumped Hamilton. Hindsight is always 20/20. But I think Stuckey surrounded with better talent can still be a great point guard. My only hope is that saddling him with dead weight like Maxiel and Hamilton will have improved his game in the long run (although until players discover they can’t get offensive fouls on Stuckey by sticking their knees into him its going to still be a struggle .. maybe next year).
Great outlook on the whole situation, although I don’t understand what you’re trying to say between the parentheses above.
Can’t resist taking a swipe at the referees. It seems once a game Stuckey gets hit with an offensive foul where the defender has clearly stuck out their knee to make contact (which is of course entirely illegal). It’s gotten so bad, defenders don’t even attempt to hide it anymore. If the Pistons start to play better, I’m hoping these calls will stop. That’s all.
19-9-7 enough said
Stuck is Killin It! Go Stuckles!