How the Pistons are doing so far (2009/11/05)

Well, you could say that the Pistons are 2-3 right now and leave it at that, but that would be like saying that the movie “The men who stare at goats” will be awesome…you’d be right, but you kinda wouldn’t help anybody with that. We’ll try to tell you about the things you probably didn’t know…it’s not as easy as 2-3 with the Pistons.

Who did we beat?

The Memphis Grizzlies and the Orlando Magic. How? We beat the Grizzlies by 22 points by holding them to 36% shooting from the field. We got outrebounded pretty bad (yeah, we got a pretty small frontcourt), but we took better care of the ball and our guards were pretty much scoring at will. I was really surprised by Ben Gordon. Everybody knows that he is one of the best shooters out there, but this guy knows how to attack the rim and by the time we got to the Orlando game he also showed an awesome floater that we’ll see pretty often this year, I guess.

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Shooter? Scorer!

I know what you are asking yourself: Yeah, we beat the Grizzlies (which was no gimmie, btw), but Orlando? Orlando? Superman, the artist formerly known as Vinsanity and Co.? They had an off-night and we took advantage of that. I’m not trying to take anything away from the Pistons, it is hard to outplay a good team even on one of their weaker outings, but them shooting 36% from the field and 28% from three? Believe me, you won’t see that again tonight in the 2nd game against Orlando this season.

Who beat us?

The Thunder, the Bucks and the Raptors. Yeah, I know what you are thinking…not exactly the elite teams this year, but we ain’t in the that group ourselves anymore. On one hand it is kinda sad that all of those games were winnable and we lost them, but on the other hand: hey, we could have won!

So, are we lucky to be 2-3?

To be honest, I expected to see worse before the season began and so I’m actually surprised how good our squad looks on the floor. We move the ball, we attack the rim, we play pretty beautiful basketball most of the time and we look like we are able to win every game during some point of it. I didn’t really expect that. I was expecting to see more of a struggle, especially in the beginning…think about it:

  • Two new guys (starting PF and 6th man – actually, starting at SG since Rip got injured a while ago)
  • A coach that fell off the Cavaliers bandwagon, because there simply wasn’t enough space anymore

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The Cavaliers Bandwagon
  •  Our starters in the frontcourt during the preseason where Ben Wallace and Kwame Brown…both are great defenders (or at least one is great, the other is decent), but it ain’t exactly Sheed and McDyess on the other end of the court
  • More on Ben Wallace in another post – the guy is playing better than anyone could have thought
  • Same goes for our backcourt – those guys deserve their own post

Well, I expected to win against the Grizzlies and the Bucks and loss to the Raptors and Magic. The game against the Thunder was a toss-up to me. I didn’t know what to think about it, because the squad they build around Kevin Durant is pretty good – they’ll surprise some teams this year. So, being 2-3 is about right even tho we could be better, but getting Rip and Tay back will definitely help.

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