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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! 🙂

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!

Tayshaun Prince blocks Hedo Turkoglu

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2008 by dunkonu

Here is the video of this great block. Incredible…he won the game on the defensive end for the Pistons.

Magic vs. Pistons – Game 5 (Quick) Recap

Posted in NBA, Photoshop, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2008 by dunkonu

Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons

86 – 91

Here we go again, bullet-style.

Pistons:

  • 6th straight trip to the Conference Finals
  • Chauncey Billups didn’t play, he prefers to look good on the bench nowadays
  • Richard Hamilton scored 19 points in the 1st half (10/10 free throws), he finished the game with 31 points (16 FTs – perfect from the line)
  • Rip is now the Pistons all-time playoffs topscorer
  • Billups not playing means more shots for Rip and he loves it
  • Detroit only lost control of the game in the first half 2 minutes into the 2nd quarter, but they fixed it with a 9-0 run
  • The Pistons’ bench scored a total 4 points on 11 shots
  • Biggest difference tonight? Detroit: 3 turnovers – Magic: 21 turnovers – take care of the ball and good things will happen
  • Great defense! You can’t defend Howard any better and stop the other teams’ three-point shooters at the same time
  • Sheed’s defense is still underrated – he is one of the best defenders in the post – scary good – he stole the ball from Howard three times one-on-one, that’s not easy
  • McDyess is playing great right now as wellcrashing the boards, knocking down mid-range shots, hustling for loose balls – you can see that he wants to win really bad – scored 17 points (2nd on the Pistons)
  • TAYSHAUN PRINCE! TAYSHAUN PRINCE! TAYSHAUN PRINCE! Play of the Game. The block on Turkoglu’s drive in the last 20 seconds was absolutely crazy! Tayshaun is well-known for blocking big shots, but this one still came out of nowhere…so important and beautiful. Clean block, he took Turkoglu’s dunk attempt right to the board and squashed it.

Magic:

  • Started the game the way they wanted to – pounding the ball inside and getting Dwight Howard going, but the Pistons took that away from them
  • Dwight Howard: 14 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks – not enough tonight
  • Gortat is just…special…like in special school
  • They had like 2000 turnovers in the 1st half alone, because of sloppy play and the great Pistons’ D
  • Missed way too many free throws (7/16 in the 1st half)
  • Superman can’t stop Rasheed Wallace

Kryptonite Sheed

  • Orlando started the 2nd half with a 8-0 run – actually, both teams scored in runs the whole time
  • Every time they where down big, Rashard Lewis made a crazy three pointer
  • You know what they say – live and die by the 3 – R.I.P. Orlando Magic

Live and die by the 3

Pistons vs. Magic – Game 4 (Quick) Recap

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2008 by dunkonu

What a game! Nice finish…loved it.

Detroit Pistons – Orlando Magic

90 – 89

  • What a game. What a finish. I thought it was over at halftime – Detroit couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end and their defense was average, but did they turn it up in the 2nd half – incredible.
  • Chauncey Billups didn’t play
  • All of Dwight Howard’s field goals came in the 1st quarter – 8 points, 12 rebounds and 1 block
  • Orlando’s big three combined for 43 points
  • The Magic went into halftime with a 11 point lead, but they got ice cold in the 3rd and just couldn’t score
  • Detroit tied the game on a 15-0 run in the 3rd quarter
  • Rip Hamilton was great – screens, post-up, fadeaways – everything – he scored at will -> 32 points
  • You know you are in trouble when McDyess ties or outscores Howard in every category – points, rebounds, assists, blocks…
  • It was a rough game – several hard fouls
  • Prince “Tayshaun’d” Evans on a dunk attempt – crazy block! You will definitely see it in the top 10 tomorrow
  • Prince scored every time the Pistons needed a basket really bad including the gamewinner
  • Rasheed Wallace was cold in the 1st half, but got hot at the right time – 4th quarter
  • Stuckey left his A-game at home, but Hunter gave the Pistons some good defense and great shooting. He knocked down 2 threes on his way to 8 points
  • The Pistons totally took Rashard Lewis out of the game in the 2nd half. I’ve only seen him when Prince fouled him twice early in the 4th…did he even score a basket in the 2nd half?
  • 1st 30+ points playoff game from a Piston since 2006

How did the Pistons outscore Orlando in the 2nd half 46 – 34?

  • Great defense, they forced turnovers and scored in transition or on mismatches if the defense recovered fast enough
  • Hamilton and Prince posted their defenders up and scored in or near the paint
  • Rip was on fire, he scored from everywhere – he carried his team through the 2nd half
  • The Magic couldn’t hit a shot in the 3rd, but they still had 46.6% from the field and 55.6% from three – it is hard to win a game against an opponent that shoots that well and when your point guard is hurt and can’t play – great all-around effort from Detroit
  • Knocking down all but one freethrow helped the Pistons win this game
  • Orlando – 64.7% FT – they lost this game on the freebie stripe
  • I just have to write it one more time: great game!

Chauncey will probably play in game 5 and this should be the last game of this series. The Magic lost to the Pistons without Mr. Big Shot at home and there is no chance in hell that they can win on the road when the Pistons are healthy.

Prince Magic