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Pistons can’t handle the Heat

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , on March 22, 2009 by dunkonu

I would go as far as calling this one of the best games I have seen the Pistons play all year. Had it all: scoring, defense, drama, last second heroics…

Too bad that we lost, but as long as the effort is there everything is alright. We’ll get them next time. We could have pulled this one out if it wasn’t for one or two bad bounces in the Heat’s direction and a few bad calls. Don’t get upset about the referees here, everybody knows that superstars get all the whistles their way, just live with the effort.

Burned!

Burned!

  • I’m the 1st guy to tell you that Dwyane Wade doesn’t belong into the MVP debate, because his team isn’t good enough, but after today…well, it is hard to deny that this guy is special. Not like all-star special, nope, more like Hall of Fame, ‘one-of-the-best-scorers-to-ever-lace-’em-up‘-special. You got to give respect where respect is due. 39 points, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Total game-changer. He single-handedly won this game on both ends of the floor.
  • Lady Luck shined on the Heat today. They were lucky more times than not in the final minute of the game. Jermaine O’Neal’s jumper with 1 second left on the shot clock, Jermaine’s follow-up that pretty much was offensive goaltending not being called, the way Haslem got the elbow jumper and the bad bounce of O’Neal’s hands after the in-bounds pass…man…them not being lucky on one of those possessions would have been a W for us.
  • Everybody has heard of Jamario Moon by now (or seen him on YouTube), but I didn’t know he could shoot threes like that. 3/5 and one bigger than the other. Sick!
In your face!

In your face!

  • We won the rebound war 36-29 thanks to McDyess and Jason Maxiell. Dyess grabbed a game-high 12 boards while Maxiell just crashed the offensive board – 6 out of his 7 rebounds kept possession alive for us. One rebound by Jason was unreal – the way he extended his arm to get it reminded me of the famous Dwight Howard alley-oop…
  • Speaking of Jason Maxiell: His two blocks against Jermaine O’Neal (or what is still left of him) were breath-taking! Maxiell is a bad, bad man.
  • Rodney Stuckey showed the world that he is ready to take over. What a game by Stuck! He wasn’t the best #3 on the court tonight, but he held his own against a top 3 active player. 24 points – doing it all! Driving to the rim, hitting jump-shots – if only the whistles weren’t going the wrong way…
Good call, ref, good call!

"Good call, ref, good call!"

  • Michael Curry put Walter Herrmann into the game with a few seconds left to stretch the floor for a Stuckey drive to the hoop to get the lead back. Well, Stuckey drove and chose to pass it out to Herrmann who had an opportunity like this already twice this season and couldn’t take advantage of it…til today! Walter hit a big corner three to give us the lead! The crowd absolutely loved it.
  • Miami got their 1st lead in the 4th quarter. We let them hang around for too long and they burned us in the end. Too bad…
  • Kwame Brown – I can’t praise him enough. Maybe he is finally blossoming?  He played good against Yao, even better against the Clippers a few days later and now he delivered the goods against the Heat. A tied game-high +10 plus/minus and a few awesome moves in the post that totally surprised Jermaine O’Neal. Way to go, Kwame!
One call away...

One call away...

  • I got used to superstars getting the calls when the game is close (even tho I don’t like it, but it is what it is), but why not be consistent on both ends of the floor at least? If Stuckey would have done that to Wade – Wade would be shooting free throws. No doubt about it.
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Pistons – Mavericks Preview 03/17/2009

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by dunkonu

We usually don’t write previews, because in 95% of them you are pretty much wrong about everything other than maybe guessing the winner. Anyway, today we will give it a shot, because some things are so obvious that they just will happen.

Rodney Stuckey will score 20+ points tonight

Rodney had a hard time in February and parts of March with doing what he is supposed to do – attack the rim and make things happen. In his last 28 games he only scored 20+ points twice. Yeah, you read that right. In ten of those games he scored 8 or less points.

Why will that change tonight? Because Dallas can’t prevent quick guards from taking them apart and that is what Stuckey can do best. Ason Kidd (you know the old joke about him having no J) can’t stay in front of him and Terry isn’t nearly strong enough to prevent Rodney from getting into good scoring positions.

If Will Bynum gets some minutes (and he should), Dallas will see our very own Tasmanian Devil. He is a bundle of energy waiting to explode on someone’s defense.

Tornado

Dallas won the last game

Yeah, but how does that help the Pistons? Oh, we never forget, baby. They blew us out by 20 points by hitting every shot at the Palace of Auburn Hills. We don’t need more motivation than that. The loss hurt, because it was the time A.I. used to start for us and we won two in a row before that – which hasn’t happened for weeks.

If you see the Pistons playing with some little extra motivation, you know why.

Less turnovers, Rip

Rip set a new career-high in assists twice in the last few days and he is doing a great job distributing the ball, but sometimes he tries too hard and turns the ball over. He is getting better at it and you can see him progress. He still scores, but his shooting percentage is a bit down. For the future of this team, Rodney should start dishing out assists and running the offense again and Rip should go to what he does best – moving without the ball and getting to the right spot for his jumpshot…but that’s just my humble opinion.

Playoff race

Dallas has won .600 of it’s games while Detroit is one game over .500 and both are still fighting for a playoff spot. If the playoffs started today, Dallas would be the 8th seed in the West while Detroit would be the 7th seed in the East. Funny, isn’t it? Okay, probably not so much if you root for a team like Phoenix that could miss the playoffs completely even tho it would be the 6th seed in the East.

This game won’t be a walk in the park, it could easily turn into a playoff atmosphere match-up, because both teams need this W bad. Dallas has the reputation of being soft and when it gets rough, my money is on Detroit.

Detroit Pistons – State Of The Union

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

If you take a look at most of the Pistons blogs out there, open the latest post and check the comments section, chances are pretty big you will see one of the following: “Joe D doesn’t know what he is doing!“, “WE NEED STOUDEMIRE!!!!!” or “Why am I watching this games anymore? We are so predictable…” or how about “We need Larry Brown back” or “Michael Curry doesn’t know what he is doing” and so on and so on…

Sounds familiar?

To quote Doug Collins: “Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.” See, it’s not that bad. 🙂 People, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I’ll try to remind you of a thing or two and I’d love to get into a discussion in the comments if you feel like I messed up something.

1.) Joe D doesn’t know what he is doing

Are you serious? Dumars is one of the best out there doing what he does (President of Basketball Operations). If teams could trade their executives, Dumars would be the equivalent to LeBron on the court. Other team’s wish they had somebody like him.

Joe D

Joe D

He got the job in 2000-01 and build our ’04 Championship team. He traded for Big Ben Wallace in 2000, for Rip in ’02, signed Chauncey in ’02 and traded for Sheed in ’04. With the guys around him, he drafted talented players mostly at the end of the 1st or 2nd round. He is doing his job better than anyone else.

2.) Why did we trade Billups in the 1st place?

See, I’m a big Chauncey fan and I was sad when I first heard that the Pistons traded him, but a change was necessary. Everybody (me included) was a bit pissed because we couldn’t get as far as we used to in the Playoffs and we had to do something. (See, that’s why I said be careful what you wish for…)

Many people said our team system is nice and everything, but we need a superstar to trade blows with the Dwyane Wades out there late in the 4th, because superstars get all the whistles. Well, we got A.I. and it only cost us Chauncey, Samb and a month of McDyess.

Chauncey got expendable after Stuckey showed the world what he can do in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. It doesn’t get bigger than this…well, it does in the Finals, but you get my point.

3.) WE NEED STOUDEMIRE!!!!

Do we? Stoudemire is an incredibly talented player and I’d love to have him on my team, but it always depends on what you have to give up. Rasheed Wallace, Amir Johnson and a 1st round pick? Yes, sir! That’s a no-brainer! It’s not that easy, I guess, or Joe D would be standing next to Stoudemire tomorrow showing us Amare’s new Pistons jersey.

Deeeetroit Baaaasketbaaal?

Deeeetroit Baaaasketbaaall?

Would Stoudemire improve our team overall? A.I. is here since about 2,5 months and they haven’t really figured out how to play together (but they are much better than they were 2 months ago). Another 30 games of getting to know each other with Amare? Well, the season would be over by then. Does anybody know if we will resign A.I. or if he even would like to stay in Detroit? Would Amare leave us in 2010?

Amare would be an awesome addition to the Pistons, but don’t expect him to turn the team around on his own the day he’d arrive.

4.) Fire Michael Curry / We need LB back… / We need Flip back… / Get Avery…

Larry Brown? The guy we hated for flirting with other teams during our playoff run? The guy who is well known for not letting rookies play? We want this guy back? I respect what he did for us back in the day, but times have changed. We don’t have the same roster anymore and we have talented rookies to develop – that is not LB’s thing.

Flip Saunders? The players didn’t respect him, nobody was listening to him, he just couldn’t get through to the players…he isn’t a bad coach at all, but there was nothing he could do with this team.

Avery Johnson? I don’t know about him, he has to proof he is a good coach first. What? He won 150 of his first 191 games as the Mavs coach? Don’t get me wrong, but even I could have coached that Mavericks team to 60+ wins a season. My dog could have, probably. He wasn’t able to make any changes when it was playoff time. When teams scout their opponents and make game plans for the series, he wasn’t able to keep up. Don Nelson’s Warriors took Nowitzki out of the game and Johnson couldn’t do anything about it. I don’t want a guy coaching my team who isn’t able to utilize a 7-footer who can shoot like a guard.

Michael Curry doesn’t look great right now, but he is in a tough situation. He has so many weapons, a new player who is a future Hall of Famer, rookies that want (and need) playing time and it’s his first season. Trying to stay competitive and rebuilding at the same time is hard. I’m against firing coaches while the team rebuilds. There is only so much you can do.

Give me some time...

Give me some time...

He should have handled the whole smallball thing better (and faster) and at least try to call plays (especially on defense) during games – but he is a rookie. Give him a year before you judge him.

Detroit Journal – Day VI

Posted in Life, NBA with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by dunkonu

The best day ever! I can’t even tell you how much we enjoyed this day, you wouldn’t believe me, but I’ll still give it a try.

We started the day at Jimmy John’s which is a very nice place to eat. The prices are okay and the sandwiches are the best we’ve had here. Forget Subway, don’t know about Quiznos yet, but til now Jimmy John’s is the real deal. Too bad we don’t have one in Austria, I would go there every day.

After another trip through the city, we went back to our hotel. Our plan was to go to a mall today, but after we read that Stuckey would be at the Meijer at Royal Oak to sign autographs…F the mall, we are going to Meijers today!

We took a cab and guess what…we met the first taxi driver who didn’t try to hustle us. The first time here the driver started this taxometer thing – I thought this was a radio til now. (Just kidding…on the radio part.)

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Rodney Stuckey is for real

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , on January 15, 2009 by dunkonu

There are moments in sports when you know you are watching something special happen. Watching a player develop at light speed and just feeling that he is going to be a great player for years to come.

It is awesome every time a player comes out of nowhere with the ability to dominate most other players playing the same position. This is exactly what is happening with Rodney Stuckey right now (so tune in and watch every Pistons game you can).

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Maybe I’m a bit of a fanboy right now, but the way Stuckey is playing gets me exited to be a Pistons fan again. He is bigger, tougher and faster than 90% of his opposition and he is getting better every day with doing the right thing at the right time…plus, his pull-up jump shot is pretty sweet right now and you can bet everything you have that he is out-hustling everyone at every given moment on the court as well. You see improvement every game. New crossovers, new post-up moves, pull-up jumpers…everything.

It’s not like years past when everything was looking good for Detroit until we had to battle the Boston Celtics or the Cleveland LeBrons in the playoffs. Now we need to watch players like Stuckey to feel like everything is gonna be alright.

We have a guy coaching (yup, looking at you, Mr. Curry) who can’t man up and tell his players what to do. Changing your rotation from game to game and doing everything to please every starter instead of looking what the team needs just isn’t what a coach is supposed to do. Either lead them or leave them

Another thing you have to love about Stuckey is his ability to get to the rim. When you get the chance, watch him when he blows by his defender…most times they aren’t even fast enough to turn around til Stuckey already got to the rim to get his team 2 points. Amazing quickness.

The way he finishes with contact without acting all cocky afterwards or rubbing it in makes him just a class act all around.

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I’m not the first guy to say it and I definitely won’t be the last one, but here you go: This kid is special.

Rasheed Wallace – more important than ever?

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on December 15, 2008 by dunkonu

Have you seen the Detroit Pistons play against the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday? No? Here is a quick recap:

Detroit lead the game by 22 entering the 4th quarter, but the reserves weren’t able to keep the lead and it was a one point game with about a minute to go. Sheed bailed the Pistons out with a nice three pointer and got them the 4 point win. If the game would have gone a minute or two longer, there is no way the Pistons would have won.

(For a longer recap, click here.)

I don’t know where to start. Coach Curry had to bring the starters back in – he did, but he left Allen Iverson on the bench. Is that a good decision? A.I. scored 20 on 13 shots earlier and was pretty hot, but I guess Curry had his reasons. Maybe we wanted to prevent his team from handing the ball to A.I. and watch him go to work. I guess Iverson isn’t too happy about this, but we’ll see.

The real problem is the Pistons bench. I like them, I really do. I’m a big fan of Rodney Stuckey, Maxiell, Johnson…I love to root for Herrmann and Kwame Brown. Now that McDyess is back, they are even better…so, why can’t they keep up a lead? Why do the Pistons tend to lose the 2nd quarter by a big margin (the 2nd unit starts the 2nd quarter)…what is wrong?

Sheed hit that 3 pointer, but what if he would have missed it? Thank god he didn’t, the Pistons already have an identity crisis and a lose like this would have killed them for good. Wallace hit a few big shots this year for the Pistons and he will have to in the next couple of months to take the Pistons into the playoffs. He is playing his best basketball stats-wise since 2005 and he does a great job mentoring the young big men on the Pistons’ roster.

Is he the guy who holds the Pistons together now that Billups is gone? Of course I can’t say for sure, but to me it looks like the Pistons would fall apart without him on the court and probably off the court as well.

Let’s hope that the Pistons learn how to play decent basketball for a whole 48 minutes.

Here is a little reward for everybody who read this whole thing. A video of Rasheed Wallace showing us the Pistons Practice Facility – Sheed the Tour Guide.

Is this guy kidding when he says “there is no logical reason why he would call Rodney Curtis“? Stuckey looks like 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson). C’mon, this one was easy.

The Denver Nuggets are very entertaining

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by dunkonu

As you probably already know if you have visited this blog, I’m a die-hard Pistons fan and if you still remember the Iverson – Billups trade a few weeks back, you know that it was pretty tough, because I wasn’t willing to give up on the Pistons starting 5 of the last few years.

On the Detroit side it was pretty crazy. Iverson is still Iverson, he is who he is and he does what he does. We didn’t know what to expect, but we knew one thing: We will definitely miss Chauncey Billups aka Mr. Big Shot. He knows how to run an offense and how to keep your team in the game when it matters. He is willing to take big shots and he makes ’em. For somebody who knows how to take over a game, he still had no problem with sacrificing his stats for the team and that is probably his biggest strength. He is the total package, but he kinda went under the radar for most of his career. I still think that most people forgot that he was the FInals MVP once and that he is easily one of the best old school/not-too-flashy point guards in the league.

Well, now the good people in Denver know what I’m talking about…right? I was watching as many Denver Nuggets games as I could even before the trade, because they always played a pretty entertaining style of basketball. Now, with Cuancey, the game flow got so much better and the game is more beautiful to watch. Hardly any prayers to beat the shot clock anymore, not as many isolations on offense…just a team run by a great point guard. You can see it. The difference is huge.

Chauncey Billups #7

Chauncey Billups #7

Plus, Chauncey is a real leader and a good locker room guy. I always thought that he keeps the different Pistons personalities in check. See, here is what Kenyon Martin had to say after yesterdays 104-94 win over the Houston Rockets:

“We just have somebody on the court who loves winning and knows game situations and controls the game. It’s great having him. I told him right after the game: ‘I appreciate you being here’.”

That’s what I’m talking about, but it doesn’t stop here. Give it up for Rockets coach Rick Adelman:

“You’ve got to give Billups a lot of credit, he really took the game over that second half. Made a lot shots, which he’s capable of, and he made some nice playmaking plays to find other people when we were coming at him.”

Everybody knows what Billups can and will do for his team.

Rodney Stuckey better turn out to be great. 😀