At Atlanta Dec 4th, 7:00 PM

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  1. buddahfan

    buddahfan Retired from Forum

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    Funny question. Did Darko ever get 5 blocks in 8 minutes with us or for that matter 5 blocks in a game with us?

    Ask it again in a year or two and let us know what your answer is.

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    The third quarter blitz was all was needed for the Pistons to put away the Hawks as seven players were in double figures by the end of the 3rd qtr. Tay was the man hitting 9/12 shots for 23 pts as the Pistons shot 52% of their shots. Tay, Sheed and Hayes were all perfect from behind the arc at 2-2. Jr was 0-3.

    Max came in near the end of the third to spark the Pistons, but Hunter was up to his usual self stalling the offense and allowing the Hawks to creep back in it midway thru the second.

    Scrubs didn't do anyone any favors by allowing the Hawks a 34 point 4th quarter despite the five blocks by Amir in garbage time. Flip SR nervously looked at the clock as the lead went from 25 to 10 in 2-3 mins. Garbage time officially started at the 8:36 minute mark of the 4th qtr and during those last 8 minutes, Flip jr took 8 shots, hayes took 3, nazr took 1, Afflolo took 1 and AJ didn't take any.

    Luckily the game was in hand and in the future Stuckey will be running the scrub unit until he gets in real game shape.
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    Darko has gotten 3 duckdowns and 2 moveovers in 8 minutes with us.

    Multiple times.
  4. buddahfan

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    I don't think Darko ever played 8 minutes in a game for us. LOL

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    Things that make you go ummm??? Dupree needs to communicate and demand to be played or traded:):)

    Amir is the new Human Victory Cigar. However those Blocks could be used in the first half of any games to keep the opposition at bay.. hopefuly Flip and Joe realize this before February.
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    This is his third game in a row doing this. I actually kept track tonight from the 8:48 mark (when AJ came in) of offensive possessions. Ther were 6 times when Jr. brought the ball up the floor and did not make A pass. He was the only one to touch the ball on those possessions. One of those was his dunk but that is a pathetic number. Especially with a 24 second shot clock.

    You figure 2 possessions a minute per team and Flip was shooting the ball without a pass every third possession of ours. Nail his ass to the pine and let Stuckey come out and play. Pretty Please? :sssh:
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    Make that the third game in a four game five night stint....in four cities.
    Make that the third game in a four game five night stint....in four cities.
    Make that the third game in a four game five night stint....in four cities.
    Make that the third game in a four game five night stint....in four cities.
    Make that the third game in a four game five night stint....in four cities.
  8. buddahfan

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    As long as we continue to win I am happy with him getting 8 - 10 minutes a game right now. I don't care if its garbage time or not. This is still basically his rookie year even though technically he isn't a rookie.

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  9. Lee356

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    I don't know how many people noticed it, but mlive.com reported yesterday (I believe) that Flip Murray was out of the rotation now that Hunter was getting some playing time. Tonight marked the 3rd straight game where Hunter spelled Billups in the first half and Murray did not play except in the 4th quarter. (with leads of 19, 20, and 26 as he entered the game.


    Tonight, a lot of fans are quite angry with Murray. It was pretty obvious he was calling his own number before he even brought the ball up the floor - something he did not manage to do a few times as Atlanta quickly cut that 26 point lead down to 12.


    Amir kept getting blocks on one end, and was ignored on the other. Afflalo finally did get one shot - and made it - at the end of this crazy 4th quarter. Hayes scored about 5 points in the 4th. Murray did score some, just enough to have the starters not come back into the game.
    Ok, lets start with Hayes. Ten points in the first half when they counted. The guy gets his shots off quickly and accurately against pressure. He ended up with 17 points in 17 minutes to get sub of the game honors.


    Tay did not even shoot in the first quarter if I recall correctly, but ended up with 23, going inside right thru their shot blockers and making lots of outside shots as well. Very impressive. And a couple of blocks too.
    Dyess got about a dozen. Good outside shooting, and just enough inside play that I won't talk too bad of him for the moment. Keep it up. His defense was none too good in the first half as Atlanta continually was scoring at the hoop on us. Things did tighten up in the 2nd half though.
    Sheed played very little due to foul trouble, but did get into double digits with a pair of 3's and some inside scoring.


    Billups managed a double double, 10 points and 10 assists, in just 3 quarters. This is the 4th game in a row where he was not needed in the 4th quarter. Billups was very opportunistic, getting to the basket whenever they fell asleep.


    Rip hit some shots, dished 7 assists. Flip Saunders has quite pulling him early in the 1st and 3rd quarters. But Rip should quit crying about it and get use to it. The more Afflalo plays the more this team will be ready for the playoffs. Rip has to get more in tune with the greater good of the team.


    Afflalo did play. He got to help a bit in holding Joe Johnson to miserable 2-10 shooting. In other words, they were not letting Johnson shoot, and what he did shoot was forced.


    Amir played the last 8 minutes of the game. A lot of people were getting nervous about that, as the lead was dropping so fast we were worrying that Amir might not get time. Which is another thing. Why all the sudden is Johnson only getting garbage time? Coincidentally, thats all Murray is getting. A bargain was struck maybe? Amir had a bunch of blocks. Not sure if they all went in the books though. (maybe one or two were blocks of the shot, preventing the score, but after the guy was fouled by someone else already.)


    Maxiell was not quite as dominant as last game, but he had himself a pretty good highlight real with some spectacular dunks. One alley - oop did not work out as planned, so Maxiell landed, went back up and softly layed it in. He also hit an outside jumper, knocked down both free throws when fouled to stop him, and even knocked down a free throw to complete a three point play. Last game we saw a blip in his free throw shooting. Hopefully, only a blip, and tonight he was looking very good at the line again.


    Hunter did not do much. He has always been able to get the ball up the floor though, and he lets other people shoot. I will take that any day over the display we saw from Murray tonight.


    There ain't that much negative to say really about a 4th straight blowout win. The starters minutes are staying down. Afflalo is playing. Maxiell is getting that expanded role promised us fans. Stuckey's return is around the corner. And people hope that Stuckey will be giving Amir the ball.


    GO PISTONS!!!!!

    Gee, he really did get 5 official blocks. (and a couple of unofficial ones that still prevented some scoring.)
  10. Lee356

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    Like Dumars said, he fights complacency everday. Do you want to be one of the people he fights, or join him in encouraging constant improvement in this team? Amir needs to play - for the Pistons to become the best they can become.
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    AJ is playing.

    Would I put him ahead of Maxey at this point? No
    Would I play him at the 3? No
    Would I put Maxey at the 3? No
    Would I play AJ ahead of Nazmo? Yes

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    Just got back from the game and have to say I missed the hometown crowd versus this lame ATL one. My only observation is that Nazr produced 1 bobbled pass, a missed rebound, and a few blown defensive assignments. I know he has been playing "OK" recently, but are you telling me AJ couldn't have produced that stat line? I am not for playing guys for the sake of playing them, but if a young guy is as good as the other play him. For the record, Nazr is not in any of the longterm team plans so there is no feasable explanation for his PT unless he is contributing something, which he isn't. Also, Maxiel is really coming into his own. I always thought he would only be a bench guy, but the guy could start on many teams. Also, Afflalo is a keeper, reminds me of a shorter version of Battier.
  13. Dumars4Ever

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    That's cool that you got to see the game, kpaav. You could hear some Pistons fans whooping it up in the midst of the typically sparse Atlanta crowd on the TV broadcast; I assume you were one of them!
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    Real good Piston game tonight. I like to look at things from an objective position, and this season FlipM and Nazr have been doing OK, even though most folk hate those guys. But Tonight......uuugghh.

    FlipM, what a dope. That type of performance should be an automatic DNP-CD for at least 2 games. Sad day in Piston land when I'm screaming for Lindsey Hunter to come into the game.

    FlipS did a VERY GOOD job on the sub patterns tonight with one exception, Nazr. Atlanta has a bunch of tweener players that Amir could have really matched up well against, Marvin Williams and Josh Smith will often play the 4 and face up the oppositions bigs, not a good game for Nazr to be in, but a perfect one for Amir and MIP. Normally I'm not one to scream for PT for AJ, but tonight the coach missed a great opportunity to get Amir alot of meaningful-quality PT.
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    He sure as hell is playing like a guy upset about being out of the rotation, jacking up all those shots. Man oh man. I hope Stuckey can get acclimated quickly otherwise this backup PG situation could get very awkward.
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    It could be that AJ's ankle is still giving him some problems and tightening up after he comes out, so Flipper doesn't want to give AJ a few minutes here and a few minutes there during a game but play him in longer time stretches for now,which would mean garbage time until AJ's ankle is completely healed. That is the type of problem that the Lakers are faced with regarding C. Mihm, though Mihm's injury was a lot worse than AJs.

    Of course this is just speculation or maybe rationalization. LOL
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    But isn't 6 minutes quality PT > 8 minutes garbage time?
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    That is true.

    Their is and advantage to playing a 20 year old rookie in garbage time and that is that there is a lot less pressure on him and when he messes up, which all players do, especially the young ones, he probably won't get so stressed out about it and as a result compound his errors.

    I don't think it would be too good to give him quality playing time and have him not initially cut it because of mistakes due to lack of experience, and then have to put him back to playing garbage time.

    Look at Maxey. He was a four year college guy at a very good program and he is just now in his third year getting some serious burn as the main big off of the bench and he is still making mistakes due to lack of experience. Could he have played more the last two years? Yes. Would we be better off today for it? Probably. Would we have been better off the last two years? Open to debate.

    AJ is only 20 and this would be his junior year in college. The season is young and he is young. We are winning and playing good ball even without Hot Rod, who will lots of mistakes, especially as a rookie at the point, but will still be a big upgrade from Murray and Hunter, so why put the pressure on AJ.

    Let the game come to him. Who knows what his role will be by the end of the year.

    My only concern if that if we get a stretch of 5 or so games or even more that are all close that AJ may not get any burn for a couple of weeks. This I don't think would be good, but for now I am glad to see him out there and gaining experience, but I will be a lot happier when he can play at the same time as Hot Rod rather than Murray.

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    FM was definitely ball-hogging, I can't deny that, but that dunk was sweet.

    Maybe Dumars let Murray know that we are trying to trade him and he needs to increase his ppg by any means necessary. The Pistons are probably mailing DVD's of all his highlights to other teams and editing out the misses.


    Amir with 5 blocks? That is insanity.


    The best part about this game was that Saunders didn't freak out and re-insert the starters when it got close at the end.


    Also, just a note for all you guys on the local feed, the Atlanta announcers were in shock at how much better Det looked than in the last meeting.
  20. jzchen

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    Totally agree with you here.

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