Pistons @ Wizards Recap, 03/28/2009

The Pistons snapped their three-game losing streak with a win against the Arenas’ lead Washington Wizards. The Chicago win over Indiana put some pressure on Detroit tonight.

  • Detroit shot 66.7% from three tonight. Just been lucky? No, sir! The Wizards did a very bad job on the defensive end, forgetting to rotate on defense and leaving the Pistons wide open for corner 3s – Rip drained four threes from exactly the same spot in the 3rd quarter.
  • Only looking at your opponent isn’t good defense, Washington. Rotating is better.
  • Gilbert Arenas played his first game in a long time and he looked pretty comfortable out there. He was doing his thing, finding open teammates, getting to the line…and he drained a three from far, far away. A bit rusty, but looking way better than I expected. His highlights:
  • Agent Zero finished with 15 points and 10 assists in 30 minutes.
  • Antawn Jamison is still one of the most underrated players out there. We had no answer for his shooting, but the Wizards stopped going to him for some unknown reason.
  • The only Wizards playing some defense were McGuire and Crittenton – their hustle brought the Wizards back into the game in the 4th quarter.
31 points - 5/9 from 3pt

31 points - 5/9 from 3pt

  • Rip led our team with a game-high 31 points on 11/29 shooting. The rest of our starters was a combined 17/31 so Rip nearly took as many shots as the rest of our starters.
  • Our three-point shooting was key in this game. Rip hit 5/9 while Prince hit all 3 of his attempts from deep and Herrmann was also flawless on his 2 shots from downtown.
  • Kwame Brown and Antonio McDyess both grabbed double digit rebounds.
  • Will Bynum and Jason Maxiell really brought some energy from the bench. Will scored 9 points and dished out 4 assists, but also fumbled a few balls in the 4th quarter that were very costly.
  • Maxiell brought his A-game for this one. 10 points, 7 boards (5 on the offensive boards) and 2 blocks.
13 pts - 6 assists - 5 rebounds

13 pts - 6 assists - 5 rebounds

  • Rodney Stuckey was all over the place when he was on the floor. Scoring, dishing out assists, crashing the boards.
  • The game was close at the end of the 4th and as you can see in the video, the non-call was a big one for us. I’m not saying it should have been a foul (because it wasn’t), but Wade would have got some free-throws – if you know what I’m saying. Good that the players were allowed to decide the outcome this time.
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