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The Detroit Pistons – helping to improve YOUR team

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2011 by dunkonu

Well, it’s Christmas time and we all know what this is about. Being unselfish, helping those in need and handing out a present or two to people you like (or are related to…).

That’s exactly what the Pistons are doing for the other NBA teams since a couple years. Very nice…unless you care about things like improving your own team or small things like that. Let me explain:

Chicago Bulls

Man, I really do miss Rip Hamilton. He had his fair share of problems in the last few seasons, because of the coaching changes and a few other factors we probably don’t know enough about to judge him. I don’t know what it is with the Bulls, but they kinda love the players the Pistons don’t want to keep or can’t keep (see Ben Wallace a couple years ago).

Rip will probably have an outstanding year in Chicago, at least this is what I hope. He used tob e a class act and the last few seasons kinda dimnished that (which I think is unfair). Of course I’m rooting for Detroit, but he brought a championship to Motown – this has to count for something, doesn’t it?

The only game he has played with Chicago so far was a pre-season game, but man…did he look good on the court. Liket he commentator said: he played like he is part of the roster since years. He can shoot (as we all know), but he can make plays for other guys too and he has a very high basketball IQ. Everybody will act all surprised when he goes back to his usual self (aka before Curry and Kuester took the fun away for him).

Los Angeles Clippers

When you have Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on your team and you go for one point guard, it gives you a new nickname: Lob City. That is a fitting nickname! CP3 to Blake Griffin all day long…yeah, they ain’t former Pistons, but Chauncey Billups is. He is getting older, but his style hardly was based on speed and flash – he is more about size, making good decisions, playing hard defense – effort. Those skills don’t go away with age. Being the back-up for CP3 is the perfect role for him at this age.

Let me just say one thing: it is very sad, as a Pistons fan, to see your starting backcourt from the championship days separated – one guy in Chicago and one in L.A. – but I guess that’s the business part of the game.

 

Anyway, what I don’t get about this thing is why we are keeping Tayshaun Prince. It doesn’t fit. Don’t get me wrong, I really do like Prince and I hope his former, humble self will rub off on our young guys, but getting rid of about everyone and re-signing him for a couple years just doesn’t really make sense. I doubt that we are going to trade him. He has a lot left and he can teach our youngsters a lot, which I’m totally looking forward to. I trust in Joe D and I think he knows what he is doing.

Tayshaun Prince

People tend to forget how much those players meant (and still mean) to Detroit. Sports fans can be cruel – they want to get rid of you as soon as you aren’t at your best. They hardly ever give you a chance for redemption – players are treated like animals sometimes. Well…animals that get paid millions of dollars, but still…that’s not fair. Tay will make this team better – on the court, off the court – overall! Go TAY! 🙂

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Is Courtney Lee the 2nd coming of Rip Hamilton?

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2009 by dunkonu

Yeah, I know what you are thinking: Just because they both wear masks to protect their face and play shooting guard, they aren’t the same kind of player. True. But if you have seen game 4 of the Boston Celtics – Orlando Magic game you will agree with me on the following:

  • Both have a very nice pull-up jumpshot they can drop on their opponents any time they have a decent look.
  • If you don’t believe me, check the following video at 1:38 and 1:44:
  • They are quick defenders and have a physical advantage against most other guards (Lee – strength & speed, Hamilton – height).

One big part is missing, of course: the moving without the ball and coming off screens to bury deep jumpers, but Lee will get those if he stays consistent with his mid-range game for another year.

Comparing their rookie season stats, Lee is actually better, but you can’t compare those numbers – too many factors like teammates, minutes and off the court stuff have to be considered.

Anyway, Lee is scoring 0.6 points less, but on way more effective shooting (.450 FG%, .404 3pt%). It is too early to tell how good Courtney Lee can be, but a comparison to All-Star guard Richard ‘Rip’ Hamilton is probably just the beginning…

Bynum’s 26 pts in the 4th too much for Bobcats

Posted in NBA, Photoshop, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by dunkonu

32 points – 7 assists – 4 rebounds – 1 steal – 1 turnover – in 26 minutes.

26 points in the 4th quarter! Sounds like a nice day at the office for Dwayne Wade or LeBron James, right? Well, tonight it was Will Bynum, the Pistons back-up point guard. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, read this.

This game was big, obviously. Detroit and Charlotte were fighting for a playoff spot and I’m very happy the Pistons managed to win this game even tho we needed a big contribution by Will Bynum off the bench after Rip Hamilton got ejected after the 3rd quarter.

Now Detroit is 3 games ahead of Charlotte and there are only 5 games left. That should be good enough if you ask me.

Career-high 32 points (26 in the 4th)

Career-high 32 points (26 in the 4th)

  • Will Bynum is obviously the story of the game. 32 points in 26 minutes, 26 of those points coming in the 4th quarter – setting a Pistons record for most points in the 4th, previously held by Isiah Thomas with 24 points vs the Lakers back in 1988. He carried us through the 4th! He either scored himself or dished out the assist. Bynum scored 26 of Detroit’s 32 4th quarter points and assisted on 4 of those points.
  • Almost forgot to mention it: Bynum also set a new career-high in points in this game. Congrats!
  • The Pistons starting backcourt combined for 21 points, 13 from Rip who got tossed before the 4th quarter and 8 by Stuckey who played less than a minute in the 4th, because Bynum was killing them.
  • Tayshaun Prince was solid, playing through the injury he suffered in the game vs the 76ers the day before.
  • Rasheed Wallace made some important plays in this one, including a crazy shot clock beating turnaround 3-pointer. He finished the game with 12 points, 6 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Roscoe, doing it all!
  • Arron Afflalo scored 12 points on perfect shooting (4/4) and 3/3 from those came from downtown.
  • Next stop: New York Knicks on Wednesday!

Pistons vs 76ers Recap, 03/29/2009

Posted in NBA, Photoshop, YouTube with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by dunkonu

This win was a total team effort – you can’t credit just one guy, they took turns at carrying the team. Prince put the team on his back in the 1st half (especially at the end of the 2nd quarter), Stuckey carried us through the 3rd quarter, Bynum opened the 4th with a big effort and Rip Hamilton came in and played the role of the closer.

Your Starting Backcourt

Your Starting Backcourt

  • Allen Iverson finally returned from his injury and I think that a lot of fans owe him an apology. All the talk about his faked back injury and that he would never return to come off the bench for us…he is back and you could see that he was still in pain. He still scored 8 points and dished out a couple assists. Welcome back, A.I.!
  • Tayshaun Prince was big in the 1st half – he scored 19 points in the first two quarters on his way to a team-high 21 points on only 11 shots. Tay also finished with a game-high +18 +/-.
  • I was joking a bit about the two offensive juggernauts Kwame Brown and Samuel Dalembert going at each other in this one, but I have to apologize to Kwame for that one. 13 points in 22 minutes. Well done!
Bynum scored 9 points in the 4th quarter

Bynum scored 9 points in the 4th quarter

  • Bynum had the hot hand at the beginning of the 4th scoring 9 points, most of them coming on mid-range jumpers. He was simply feeling it.
  • Rodney Stuckey carried the Pistons through the 3rd quarter – scoring 12 of his 16 points. Philly was ahead by 4 with 7:57 in the 3rd to go when Stuckey decided it was time to go on a 8-0 run of his own and get the Pistons up by 4.
  • The 76ers were surprisingly good yesterday. I knew they are a good team, but I didn’t know how good they really are. Igoudala looked like LeBron light out there, getting to the rim at will and hitting shots from downtown. 27 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Is there more to say?
'The Closer'

'The Closer'

  • Richard Hamilton replaced Allen Iverson on the court with 3:17 to go in the 4th. He scored the next (and also last) 4 points for Detroit!

Pistons @ Wizards Recap, 03/28/2009

Posted in NBA, Photoshop, YouTube with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by dunkonu

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.

Pistons Injury Update

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by dunkonu

Detroit has a big week coming up. We need a few wins if we want to get the 6th seed in the East. The Pistons are 2.5 games ahead of the 8th seed (Chicago) and 1.5 behind the 6th seed (Philly). This is the up-coming schedule:

  • Chicago Bulls, March 24th
  • Los Angeles Lakers, March 26th
  • Washington Wizards, March 28th
  • Philadelphia 76ers, March 29th

Pretty big games, if you ask me. We have to win against Chicago and Philly and a win against Washington would be nice too. So, who will play?

“Yep, he’s on board with it,” Curry said. “I was comfortable with that from the beginning. No great player wants to come off the bench, but that’s how we’re going to utilize him.” Curry didn’t appear to be overly concerned about the dynamics of re-integrating Iverson into the rotation.

  • According to the same article, Curry expects Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton to play against the Lakers on Thursday. Rip could return tomorrow, but that will be a game-time decision.

Asked whether there was any chance of Hamilton playing against the Bulls, Curry said: “I don’t know. I think Rip’s … it’s a matter of feel. I would say not likely, but I don’t want to rule him out.”

After the team’s morning shootaround, Arenas was asked by a Washington Post reporter if the news was true.

“It’s only true if I play on Saturday,” he said.

Arenas then told The Washington Times by phone that playing Saturday is “the plan” — but isn’t set in stone.

UPDATE:

According to the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News Sheed and A.I. will not play against the Bulls.

The Detroit News wrote that Sheed and A.I. definitely won’t play, but with Rip it’s a matter of feel.

According to the Detroit Free Press Sheed, A.I. and Rip are out tonight, but the Bulls’ Derrick Rose is a game-time decision as well.

Pistons beat Raptors in OT

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on March 14, 2009 by dunkonu

I really thought we won this one in the 3rd quarter, but that is why we watch this games til the end. After the Pistons outscored the Raptors 28 – 12 in the 3rd I was sure we would just cruise to the W.

Wrong.

The Raptors outscored us by 11 in the 4th to get this game to overtime. The game ended with a forced shot by Mensah-Bonsu that Jason Maxiell swatted away and an easy dunk on the other end of the floor…by Jason Maxiell.

Some observations:

  • Chris Bosh showed us his best Kobe Bryant volume shooter impersonation. 31 shots and only 11 found the net. I’m not sure if this is the way to go, but on the Pistons roster Hamilton was actually doing the same so you can’t really blame him. 8 out of 26 for the guy they call Rip.
  • Shawn Marion still has one of the funniest shots I’ve ever seen, but he hits ’em nonetheless…
  • Jose Calderon was playing great – 20 points & 11 assists & 4 steals.
  • Richard Hamilton dished out 16(!) assists in this one, a new career-high after he already set a new one with 14 a few games ago. A guy with a jumpshot like his and those passing skills…man, I hope he can keep this up. A joy to watch!
  • Antonio McDyess and Jason Maxiell scored 16 points each. Dice grabbed 13 boards along the way while Maxiell ate a few babies.
  • Good to see Arron Afflalo getting some minutes lately and taking good advantage of it. He hit two big threes for Detroit.

The only major flaw in our game right now is that we don’t take enough care of the ball. Yes, Rip dished out 16 assists, but he also turned the ball over 6 times (he turned it over 8 times the last game). He is trying too hard to find the open man, but his role is new to all of us – shooting guard coming off screens and playing point guard from time to time. He will get better at it even tho he should stick to what he does best and let Stuckey run the show, but I’m fine with it as long as we win…