Thursday, February 28, 2008

Where Was Amir Johnson In The Game Against The Jazz?

While The Pistons were losing to the Jazz Wednesday night, all I kept wondering was...Where is Amir Johnson?

What I can't understand is why Flip Saunders didn't play Amir against the Jazz, after playing him for 16 games straight. Heck, if The Pistons ever needed Amir it was last night against the Jazz...

Honestly, I don't understand Flip sometimes. Doesn't It seem like, if The Pistons keep getting their butts kicked by the Jazz, that he would try something new? Like playing Amir perhaps.

The Pistons led by 18 at one point, but then the Jazz started making runs, Mehmet Okur ( who dropped 24 points on the Pistons ) kept hitting 3's, and before you know it it was all over. The Jazz beat the Pistons 103 - 95

Another question...Why did Joe Dumars get rid of Mehmet Okur?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pistons Beat Nuggets

It was a close game, but they Pistons got the win. Oh yeah!....

The Pistons led a balanced attack and all of the starters scored in double digits.

Tayshaun Prince was excellent. He led the way with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists.

'Dyess had a doulbe-double 16 points and 13 rebounds. Chauncey Billups had 20 points and 8 assists. Rip Hamilton scored 20 points...

The funniest site I've seen in a long time, was Allen Iverson chasing Rip Hamilton around... Its funny because Little A.I. is fast, and he looked like he was running faster than Rip, but some how Rip managed to lose 'em every time... That was hilarious.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Pistons Give The Suns a Beatdown

O.k, The Pistons whipped Phoenix's butt so bad, that I don't even have any words...I'll just say this...Giving up Shawn Marion was a huge mistake. The Suns are not even half the offensive threat that they used to be.

The Pistons leading by as many as 36 points and wining by 30 against the old Phoenix Suns, would have been more than unthinkable...It would have been impossible.

Do I have to go into anymore details?...

Oh yeah...

Shaq was so frustrated that he tried to rip Amir Johnsons arm off going after a rebound. And Chauncey Billups had a big boo boo. By boo boo I mean a huge knot on his head, after being accidently elbowed by Amare Stoudemire. Ouch!

The Pistons beat the Suns 116 - 86

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Pistons Spank The Bucks In Re-Match

The Pistons pounced on the Bucks early in Friday nights game and whipped their butts. Chauncey Billups who finished with 21 points and 12 assists, apparently still had the All-Star game on his mind. In the 1st quarter he threw the ball behind his back, but somehow made it curl in front of him to Tayshaun Prince who was headed to the basket. That was sweet!

Then in the third quarter he made a bounce pass behind his back to a trailing Jason Maxiell for a dunk, that resulted in a three-point play. In the second quarter Amir Johnson and Rasheed Wallace both went up for a block and both got a piece of it. The block was given to Amir who finished with an amazing 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steal in 23 minutes. I'm really liking Amirs hook shot. He made a couple of those over Andrew Bogut.

Rasheed Wallace was very active. He set the defensive tone early and finished with an impressive 17 points 6 rebounds 3 blocks and a steal.

The "'Dyess Man" Antonio McDyess scored the first point for the Pistons in the first quarter. That was new and refreshing. 'Dyess was very active as usual. He finished with 15 points. Rip Hamilton had 16.

Tayshuan Prince who finished with 10 points, made a great play in the first quarter, knocking the ball off of Michael Red as he was falling out of bonds, giving the Pistons the possesion.

In the second quarter, The Pistons scored 10 straight and outscored the Bucks 32 - 11. The pistons led by 25 at the end of the 3rd.

In the fourth quarter the two new comers Juan Dixon and Walter Herrmann entered the game and made plays for each other. That was fun to watch. During an 18 - 3 Pistons run in the fourth quarter, Juan passed the ball to Walter for a dunk. The two of them also showed off their 3-point shooting skills. First Walter knocked one down, then Juan. The Pistons beat the Bucks 127 - 100.

Next opponent: Phoenix Suns, Sunday @ 2:30 on ABC

Friday, February 22, 2008

Primoz Brezec Traded For Juan Dixon

The Pistons traded Primoz Brezec for Juan Dixon, another combo guard. Dale Davis may come back to join the Pistons as well. What I would like to know is...Where is Cheikh Samb? I was hoping he would get some playing time this year. I really like Cheikh Samb. I think that he could bring a similar type of defense and swagger to the team, that Ben Wallace brought to the team. What do you think?

Ben Wallace Traded To The Cavaliers

Well, congratulations Cavaliers, or should I say Lebron James! You finally acquired Ben Wallace.

I must warn you though... Don't be too giddy! As good as Ben is, he was only good for the Pistons. Ask the Bulls, they'll tell you...Last year during the playoffs, whose Locker Room was Ben hanging out in for nearly an hour, after his team had lost to the Pistons? all give you a hint...It wasn't the Bulls.

Heck, he didn't even pick his fro out for them until the media complained about it. In fact, when Ben was asked about his former team the Pistons, he said "I miss my guys" despite the fact that he was then a member of the Bulls.

You see, Joe Dumars built the entire Pistons team around Ben Wallace, and did an excellent job finding guys who understood him and therefore could deal with his personality...That's why it worked.

Ben is something else... One of a kind... The type of guy that you build around if you want to be successful. Not just throw into the mix. That's what Joe Dumars understood.

Ben knows that he made a mistake by leaving the Pistons, and you'll soon find that you made a mistake by trying to be like the Pistons. It's a great compliment though!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Yep, I'm Spoiled Pistons But It's Not My Fault

I have to admit, I'm one of those spoiled fans the Pistons keep talking about. Yep, the Pistons won 10 in a row, and sadly I didn't even realize it until it was announced. I'm thinking... 10 in a row? that's nice. Keep winning Pistons! Keep winning!

The Pistons lose to the magic after winning 10 in a row and I'm thinking... thats it, I'm not watching the Pistons anymore... Now they're going to make Dwight Howard think that he's all that, with that cheesy grin on his face... ugh!!! No they didn't have the nerve to lose to the Magic! Why are they doing this to me? What happened to the good old days when they used to make Dwight Howard cry?

The next day I find myself watching the Pistons since I have to admit I'm addicted. The Pistons lose to the Bucks and I'm thinking... No they didn't just lose two in row! I can't stand the Pistons! What's wrong with them? Why are they doing this to me? I swear they had better win the next game...

Yep, I'm spoiled rotten, but you know what it's not my fault.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Rip!

Happy 30th birthday Rip!

Rips birthday is on Valentines Day and his sons birthday is on Halloween isn't that something?

Amir Johnson And Jason Maxiell Combine for 10 Blocks Against Pacers

Amir Johnson and Jason Maxiell played like monsters Wednesday night against the Pacers. Amir just about blocked everyone who attempted a shot. He had an unbelievable 7 blocks to go along with his 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Amir was very active. In the second quarter, he fought hard for a rebound while lying on the floor until the shot clock ran out. That was funny.

Jason Maxiell was excellent. He had a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds to go along with his 3 blocks.

Rodney Stuckey has been playing consistently well. He had 10 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds against the Pacers Wednesday night. The Pistons had 20 assists altogether.

The Pistons beat the Pacers 96 - 80.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Did The Pistons Make A Bet On Who Can Score The Most Points In The First Quarter?

Alright, the Pistons like to give the ball to whoever is hot. We all know that. However, by the way that they've been playing here lately, it seems like they've placed a bet to see who could make the most points in the first quarter.

Check out these stats!

Chauncey Billups scored 17 points in the first quarter against The Trailblazers Friday night.

Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points in the first quarter against the Bobcats Sunday night.

Rasheed Wallace scored 15 points in the first quarter against the Hawks Tuesday night.

I wonder who will be next...Rip?...'Dyess?

Chauncey Billups Saves Game Against Hawks

The Pistons blew a 15 point lead against the Hawks Tuesday night and found themselves in a grind it out type of situation in the 4th quarter. Luckily for them, Chauncey Billups made some big shots In the 4th.

He scored 12 of the Pistons last 15 points after being 0 for 8 through three quarters. 6 of his 12 points came from 2 3-pointers. He scored 10 in a row in the fourth quarter and finished with 16 points and 8 assists.

Rodney Stuckey did an excellent job against the Hawks, making it possible for Chauncey to rest for 18 minutes and therefore have enough energy to be "Mr. Big Shot" in the fourth quarter. Rodney finished with 12 points and 2 assists in 18 minutes.

Rasheed Wallace was on fire early against the Hawks scoring 15 points in the first quarter. 9 of his 15 first quarter points came from three 3-pointers. Rasheed finished with 21 points.

The Pistons Beat The Bobcats 94 -90 for their 9th straight win.

Next Opponent: The Indiana Pacer, 7:30 On FSN

Monday, February 11, 2008

Tayshaun Prince Rain 3's On Bobcats

Tayshaun Prince act like he was in a 3-point shooting contest Sunday night against the Bobcats. In the first quarter he knocked down 4 3-pointers and had 14 points. He made his 5th 3-pointer in the third and finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds.

The Pistons bench was solid once again, scoring 21 points in the first half. Jason Maxiell made a three point play when he dunked and drew a foul in the first quarter. Then in the second quarter, Jason made a great pass to Rodney Stuckey who cut to the basket for a layup.

It wasn't a play called by the coaches. That was just good recognition between the two players. They are definitely going to need that type of chemistry from the second unit if they expect to win the Championship. So, I was really excited about that.

Latter, in the second quarter Rodney Stuckey lobbed the ball to Amir Johnson for a dunk, giving the Pistons a 23 point lead. The Bobcats were only able to cut the Pistons lead to 17 at the end of the second quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the bench continued making great plays. First Rodney Stuckey made a great pass to Jason Maxiell who threw down a monster dunk and drew the foul for a three point play. The entire bench got up for that one.

Then after the Bobcats scored 5 straight, Jason Maxiell stole the ball and passed it to Rip, who passed it to Jarvis Hayes, who knocked down a shot, putting the Pistons back up by 19. The Bobcats fought back and cut the Pistons 19 point lead to 12, however the Pistons went on an 11-2 run sparked by Rip Hamilton, pushing the Pistons lead back up to 23.

During that run Rodney Stuckey leaped in the air, stole a pass and ran to the basket for a layup. Then Jarvis Hayes knocked the ball away and passed it to Rodney, who threw an alley-oop to Amir Johnson for a dunk.

Walter Herrmann And Primoz Brezec got in on the dunk fest as well. As soon as those two entered the game, Primoz lobbed the ball to Walter for a dunk.

The bench continued to make great plays. Amir saved the ball from going out of bounds, then passed it to Arron Afflalo who knocked down a shot. Then Amir made a block at the other end. Then it was the guards turn to have a dunk contest. First Rodney Stuckey made an impressive dunk, then Arron Afflalo.

The Pistons Beat the Bobcats 113 - 87.

Rip Hamilton had 18 points. Chauncey Billups, 11 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Rasheed Wallace, 7 points and 4 assists. Antonio McDyess, 8 points and 9 rebounds. Jason Maxiell, 8 points and a steal. Rodney stuckey 13 points, 6 assists.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Rasheed Wallace will replace Kevin Garnett in All-Star Game

The NBA announced today that Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace will replace Celtics forward Kevin Garnett on the Eastern Conference team in next Sunday's All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed that Wallace would replace Garnett, who's missed the last seven games for Boston with an abdominal strain.

The announcement was made by the commissioner’s office after Garnett missed his seventh consecutive game with an abdominal strain. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who will coach the East in the Feb. 17 game in New Orleans, said Garnett will not play until the team returns from the break.

“He’s out until after the All-Star break,” Rivers said after the Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-90 to improve to 5-2 since Garnett was injured.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Chauncey Billups And The "Zoo Crew" Trample Over Trailblazers

Chauncey Billups was on a roll against The Trailblazers Friday night. He scored all of his 17 points in the first quarter. He also had 5 assists, including a sweet pass to Anotnio McDyess on a Pick And Roll.

In fact he got the team rolling so well and so early, the game was practically decided in the first quarter. The Pistons led by nine at the end of the first.

The Pistons bench was excellent once again. The "Zoo Crew" as Chauncey dubbed them, started the second quarter with a 10 - 0 run, sparked by Jarvis Hayes who knocked down a three.

The Bench made some great plays and shared the ball beautifully in the second quarter. Jarvis had a nice pass to a back cutting Arron Afflalo who scored underneath the basket. Rodney Stuckey threw an Alley-oop to Amir Johnson for a dunk.

Moments latter he drove down the lane and passed the ball to Amir for another dunk. Amir fought hard for a rebound while lying on his back. When he finally got the ball in his possession, he passed it to Rodney, who passed it to Rasheed Wallace, who knocked down a three.

The young fellas played some great defense as well. In fact, Arron Afflalo and Amir Johnson played such tight defense on Jarret Jack that he was forced to commit a back court violation. He had no where else to go.

There was absolutely no drop-off whatsoever with the young guys playing the entire second quarter. In fact they turned a 9 point pistons lead into a 24 point Pistons lead at half-time. Rasheed, acting as the leader was the only starter on the floor in the second quarter.

Rip Hamilton, who only played for 22 minutes, finally scored his second point in the 3rd quarter. Tayshaun Prince finally scored his first point in the 3rd quarter, when Rip threw him an Alley-oop pass for a dunk.

Moments latter, with what looked like a replay, Rip threw another Alley-oop to Tayshaun for another dunk. The Pistons ended the third quarter with a 24 point lead.

In the fourth quarter, Jason Maxiell made a monster block that looked like he was spiking a volley ball, and the rest is history. The Pistons beat The Trailblazers 91 - 82.

Rip Hamilton scored 8 of his 10 points in the third quarter. He also had 4 assists. Tayshaun Prince scored all of his 9 points in the third quarter. The Pistons had 26 assist.

The Piston Bench are averaging 25.4 points this season. They scored 39 points against The Trailblazers Friday night and outscored Their bench 28 - 4.

Amir Johnson, who scored his first point by tipping in a missed free throw by Chauncey Billups, had 10 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Rodney Stuckey had 13 points and 4 assists. The two of them combined for 23 points.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Pistons Beat The Heat Despite Slow Start

The Pistons had a hard time getting up energy to play against the Miami Heat, who had lost 19 of their last 20 games, but they got the win. Rasheed Wallace was excellent, he led the Pistons with 26 points and 9 rebounds.

He had a nice dunk that led to a three point play in the 3rd quarter. In the second quarter Rodney Stuckey, faked out his idol Dwayne Wade by pretending to pass the ball to his teammate Rip Hamilton, when Dwayne turned his head, Rodney went for the shot. He missed but it was great play by the Rookie. Dwayne laughed about that one.

Rip Hamilton, who had 18 points hit a buzzer beater to tie the game 48 - 48 at the end of the second quarter. The Pistons led by eleven at the end of the 3rd. In the fourth quarter, The Heat cut The Pistons eleven point lead to one, but the Pistons were able to maintain their lead and got the win. The Pistons beat the Heat 100 - 95.

Antonio McDyess had a double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chauncey Billups had 15 points and 10 assists. Rip Hamilton had 18 points. Tayshaun Prince had 14.

Shaquille O'Neal Traded to Phoenix Suns

Shaq was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Marcus Banks and Shawn Marion Wednesday. The news was announced before The Pistons played The Heat Wednesday night. Now, I know Shaq is going to dominate every where he goes, but I don't think The Suns is a good fit for him. I just can't picture him and Steve Nash on the same team... Anyway, who cares! I'm just glad he's moving West. Yep, he's out of here people. Woo hoo!!! Now, Rasheed don't have to worry about guarding that monster during the Eastern Conference Finals. No affense Shaq!

Monday, February 4, 2008

I'm Liking Rip Hamilton As A Combo Guard

Rip Hamilton didn't score in the first half against The Mavericks Sunday afternoon, but he still contributed nicely with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. What I love about Rip getting more assists this season is that it proves that he can play both the Shooting guard and Point guard positions. So its like having two Point guards on the floor at the same time. Therefore whenever Chauncey is being double-teamed like he was last year during the playoffs, Rip can free him up by stepping in and playing the Point guard position. Also, since Rodney Stuckey is a combo guard, he can play the Shooting guard position, while Rip play the Point, whenever Chauncey is resting. Hence, The Cavaliers won't easily be able to shut down The Pistons like they did in the Playoffs last year, by "cutting off the head of the snake" as their coach put it.

Tayshaun Prince And Rasheed Wallace Lead Offense Against The Mavericks

It wasn't the three-time All-Star guards, Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton who did most of the scoring for the Pistons this time. In fact, Rip Hamilton was scoreless the entire first half, but still contributed nicely with 6 assists and 4 rebounds.

It was the forwards Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince who did the majority of the scoring for the Pistons, Sunday against the Mavericks. In fact those two nearly scored all of the Pistons 1st and second quarter points.

Tayshaun was the first to score for The Pistons, then Rasheed quickly made a block on the other end, before knocking down a three. Tayshaun made a block, then Rasheed knocked down another three...

Rip didn't make his first shot until the 3rd quarter. He finished with 10 points, to go along with his 6 assists and 4 reounds.

Rasheed Wallace finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Chauncey Billups had 9 points. Rookie Rodney Stuckey was great once again with 11 points.

The Pistons beat The Mavericks 90 - 67

Friday, February 1, 2008

Young Blood Help Pistons Beat Lakers

The Pistons got off to a slow start against the Lakers Thursday night. However they quickly heated up and shot 10 straight, after being 0 for 5.

Rip Hamilton who scored 8 straight in the first, had 12 points and 3 steals in 10 minutes. The Pistons had 7 steals in the first quarter and led by 7 at the end of the 1st.

The young guys, Arron afflalo, Amir Johnson and Rodney Stuckey were excellent. In the second quarter, they gave The Pistons a huge spark off of the bench, and helped build a 17 point lead.

Lets face it, The Pistons were just toying with The Lakers in the second quarter. First Rodney Stuckey drove down the lane and finished with a dunk, that had the crowd oohing and aahing, then Rasheed Wallace stole the ball, passed it to Rip, who passed it behind his back to a trailing Tayshaun Prince for a dunk, then Rodney Stuckey stole the ball and passed it to Arron Afflalo, who passed it to a trailing Amir Johnson for a dunk.

Apparently the referees decided that The Pistons was having too much fun, because the next thing I know they were being called for fouls left and right. With the help of the referees, The Lakers were able to cut the Pistons 17 point lead to 7 at half-time.

In the 3rd quarter The Pistons offense became stagnant, and it was The Lakers turn to heat up. The Lakers scored 12 straight and led by 5 at the end of the 3rd.

In The fourth quarter, Flip Saunders went to his bench and once again had some success. With the help of Jarvis Hayes, Rodney Stuckey and Amir Johnson, The Pistons went on an 8 - 1 run and re-gained the lead.

Rodney Stuckey and Amir Johnson both made some great plays in the fourth quarter. First Rodney stole the ball then drove straight down the lane and scored, then he set Rip Hamilton up nicely for a shot.

Then Amir Johnson blocked Kobe Bryants shot on the other end. The Young guys were excellent both defensively and offensively, but it was veteran Tayshaun Prince who made the winning shot.

With The Lakers up by two and the game clock ticking away, Tayshaun calmly stepped behind the three point line and knocked the shot, giving the Pistons a one point lead, with 4 seconds left. The Lakers last shot attempt was an air ball.

The Pistons beat The Lakers 90 - 89.

Tayshaun Prince finished with 22 points and 4 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey finished with 10 points, 3 assists, a steal and 0 turnovers. Amir Johnson finished with 4 points and 9 rebounds.

Rip Hamilton And Chauncey Billups Chosen To Be All-Stars

The back court mates, Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton was chosen to be All-Star reserves for the 3rd straight time. The news was announced before Thursday nights game against The Lakers. Rip Hamilton is clearly excited about it. He says that he's also going to enter into the Three Point Shooting Contest and win. Of course Kobe Bryant's reply to that was "not if I'm it". Well, think I'm high or crazy all you want, but I think Rip has a pretty good chance of winning. Here are the stats for Rip Hamilton and Kobe Bryant this season. Rip is shooting 47% from behind the arc, Kobe Bryant 37%.