Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Game 5: Chauncey Is Back, Pistons Take 3 - 2 Lead

Well, for those who didn't see Tuesday nights game, The Pistons beat the 76ers 98 - 81.

Chauncey Billup's put up 14 points and dished out 5 assists in the first quarter. Chauncey finished with 21 points and 12 assists, helping the Pistons beat the 76ers to take a 3 - 2 lead.

Rookie Rodney Stuckey seem to have had more confidence in game 5, knocking down 6 points and dishing out 4 assists in 14 minutes. In the fourth quarter he made a sweet pass to Antonio Mcdyess for a dunk, after catching Rip Hamilton's blocked shot.

Jason Maxiell had 6 points 11 rebounds and three blocks. Rasheed Wallace, 19 points 7 blocks. Tayshaun Prince, 17 points 4 rebounds.

Arron Afflalo did an excellent job defensively... I don't know why Flip didn't play him sooner...

Anyways, the Pistons have a chance to end this series Thursday night and I think they'll get the job done.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Game 4: Pistons Beat 76ers, Series Tied 2-2

The Pistons were down by 6 at the end of the 1st quarter, down by 10 at the end of the 2nd, and 14 in the 2nd half. But did I worry?


I didn't worry because I saw that the Pistons were playing the right way... Once I saw Chauncey Billup's aggressively driving to the basket, I knew the Pistons were good. It didn't matter if he missed, he kept going until the shots started going in. This is how Chauncey must continue to play in order for the Pistons to win this series. Mr. Big Shot finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.

Tayshaun Prince had another great game. He was very active, going after rebounds and fighting for loose balls. Tayshaun led the way with 23 points, 4 steals and 6 rebounds.

Rip Hamilton shot lights out. He finished with 18 points scoring 12 of his 18 in the fourth quarter. He also took a charge from Andre Iguodala.

Antonio Mcdyess was excellent despite having to wear a face mask due to a broken nose. Neither the face mask nor the broken nose seemed to affect him. 'Dyess came off the bench and shot 5 for 8 and finished with 10 points, and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Jason Maxiell started in his place.

Rasheed Wallace had a double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds.

In second half of Sunday nights game, the Pistons were the quicker team, out hustling the 76ers and beating them every spot. The Pistons beat the 76ers 93 - 84.

What the Pistons need to do now is stop waiting 'till they're down a game or two in this series to decide to get up. It's time to stop playing around with this young team, 'cause the 76ers are certainly not playing around with them. They seriously want to win this thing.

The Pistons need to put their feet to the pedal and burn some rubber.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Game 2: Pistons Lead A Balanced Attack And Win Against 76ers

The Pistons led a balanced attack against the 76ers in game 2 Wednesday night. The entire team was aggressive offensively and defensively.

I love the way Tayshaun Prince played. He was very assertive making most of his points in the paint. He finished with 16 points and was responsible for helping the Pistons get that big lead over the 76ers.

Antonio Mcdyess acted like he owned the court. He had a double-doulbe, 16 points and 12 reounds. Rasheed Wallace played great once again. Sheed finished with 16 points as well.

I was very happy with the way the guards played. Chauncey Billups did a solid job, although his stats doesn't necessarily show it. He was aggressive like he suppose to be and finished with 9 points and 6 assists. Rip Hamilton played like a maniac. He was very aggressive and led the Pistons with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

I really enjoyed watching Rip. I don't know what it is about him, but he makes me laugh when he gets upset, just like Rasheed. Perhaps its that sad puppy dog look he has in his eyes. Some people are just unintentionally funny. Anyways...The referee hit him with a tech for arguing a call and he argued his way straight to the bench. That was hilarious.

Rodney Stuckey, who had the Rookie jitters in game one, must have put on his big boy pants for game 2. He did a great job and finished with 12 points and 4 assists. I'm really proud of the Rookie.

Amir Johnson had 8 points and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. He was great on help-sided defense alongside Jason Maxiell. That's always fun to watch.

The Pistons beat the 76ers 105 - 88

What you talk'n 'bout Rip?

Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince was having a conversation on the bench. I couldn't here what Rip was saying, but he was counting on his fingers. Perhaps he was complaining about how many times he got fouled and didn't get the call. wouldn't you like to be the towel around his shoulders? (I'm talking to the ladies)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pistons Lose Game 1 Against 76ers

The Pistons did not play their usual game against the 76ers Sunday evening. It looks like their plan was to get the front court going early, particularly Rasheed Wallace who did an excellent job. However the guards Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton were too passive and therefore never got it going.

Everyone knows how important Rasheed is to the team. Without him the Pistons would not have won the 2004 Championship, but Sundays game proved that even with Rasheed playing extremely well, the Pistons can not win without contribution from the guards.

You can actually read Chauncey's body language and tell whether he's going to be passive or aggressive. Hence, the moment he took the ball up the court, I knew the Pistons were in trouble.

I think Chauncey got too caught up in th idea of letting Rasheed lead?

It's important to get Rasheed going, but Chauncey has to remember that theirs no greater leader on the team than the Point Guard. what Chauncey needs to do if he expects his team to win the Championship, is to continue to play like hes been playing all season, and that is...getting everyone on the team going, including himself.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Playoffs Begin This Evening For The Pistons

Just reminding everyone that the playoffs start @ 6:00 this evening for the Pistons...

They're opponent in the first round is the 76ers.

I'm excited. I can't wait to see what the young guys are going to do.

Yeah baby!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Rip Back, Maxiell A Monster, Pistons Beat Wizards

The Pistons game against the Wizards friday night was very entertaining. There were a number of reasons why the Pistons were so fun to watch...

First of all Rip Hamilton was back after missing five games with a hip injury. He didn't score in the first quarter but he contributed nicely with assists. When Rip finally shook off the rust he scored nine points in the 3rd quarter, to go along with his 10 assists. One point shy of a double-double. Yep Rips back baby!

Jason Maxiell was a beast after getting a day off from practice. He had a season high 28 points, 8 rebounds and two blocks. Rasheed Wallace and Antonio Mcdyess was loving it... giving each other Hi-5's on the bench. Yes, Jason let every one know that he's ready for the playoffs...

The Pistons beat the Wizards 102-74

Just three games left in the regular season so I'm excited It's like Christmas...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Pistons Young Blood Run Show Against Timberwolves

For those who came to the game thinking they were were going to see Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton...April Fools!!! Yes, with the Playoffs near Flip Saunders decided to give the trio some rest.

The Starters looked more like this...Tayshaun Prince, Antonio Mcdyess, Theo Ratliff, Jarvis Hayes and Rodney Stuckey.

With only two regular starters playing for the Pistons, The Timberwolves were dominating. Yes, they made more runs than someone with a bad bout of diarrhea. They led by 12 in the first quarter. In the second quarter their 12 point lead grew to a 21 point lead and the Pistons were looking more and more hopeless.

Finally in the second quarter, Amir Johnson stopped the Timberwolves run with a block. The Pistons then went on a 14 - 0 run cutting the Timberwolves 21 point lead to 5 at the end of the second. The guys who played part in the run was the bench, Walter Herrman, Juan Dixon and Cheikh Samb, along with Rodney Stuckey who did a superb job filling in for Chauncey Billups.

In the third quarter the Timberwolves got the runs once again, but the Pistons fought back and was only down by 7 at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, the Pistons got off to a great start by scoring 7 straight. First Juan Dixon scored back to back points, cutting the Timberwolves lead to three, then Amir Johnson made a three point play tying the game 72 - 72. Later in the fourth, Rodney Stuckey tied the game 80 - 80 after driving to the basket for another three point play.

With the clock winding down and the game tied 88 - 88, Amir Johnson made another great play, stealing the ball and handing it off to Rodney Stuckey who knoced down a point, giving the Pistons their first lead. From then on, Rodney took over the game Chauncey Billups style, knocking down big shot after big shot and driving hard to the basket. Rodney's last four points was made at the free throw line. That was very exciting to watch, because you can see how much he's learned from the veteran Chauncey Billups. The Pistons beat the Timberwolves 94 - 90.

Rodney stuckey led the way with 27 points and 3 assists in 33 minutes. Amir Johnson had 5 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 30 minutes.