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  1. max

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    At Indiana Jan 29 7PM

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    Jermain O'Neal will be out for at least another week at the time of this writing and the Pacers have been struggling. They have lost the last 3 and only have won 3 of their last 10.
     
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    Just bought the League Pass and looking forward to this one. Checked out the Hornets beating the Spurs (sweet!) and some other games from now on.:MusicBigGrin:
     
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    We will expect detailed 6 page reports on every game you watch Oz. ;)

    Looking forward to beating up on the Hoosiers. Should be a good game for us to play the kids and find our legs again.
     
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    Between the last game and this statement, it sounds like Flipper might be back tracking on playing AJ. We will just have to wait and see.

    Pacers present unusual obstacle for Pistons

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    After reading Saunders quote, it sounded more like he was actually endorsing Amir, not back-tracking.
     
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    "...he's a guy who maybe can play against these guys because (they have a key deficiency that allows us to play inferior players)."

    I can see how it could be read like that.


    The thing is, it is clear to me that Flip just sort of rambles when he's being interviewed. He overpromises, underpromises, flip-flops, etc. I'm not really relying on anything besides his actions.
     
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    yeah it sounded more like saunders was planning to use AJ because he would play well against that style, not the other way around.
     
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    But he made it sound like this was a special case and that is why AJ will play.

    What if the Pistons bucked the system and got 2 coaches? Dumars could activate whichever coach would be most effective against each team. Tonight, he could put Flip in charge, because we are playing a team that we should beat. Maybe next game, Laimbeer could be activated for a change of pace. If a coach isn't doing well, he could be benched until he shows that he is able to communicate and earns his time back by consistently coaching well in practice.

    I can't believe it hasn't been tried before.
     
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    The players couldn't handle it, to say nothing about the coaches.

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    Closest to similar is situation where GM and coach try the both to do coaching. It has happened and always has ended with total mess. One Knicks is more than enough.
     
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    Defence was lazy and that forced even bench play well.
     
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    Nice game by AJ tonight

    +8 best on the Pistons
    6 and 6 with 2 assists and 1 block

    Murphy took him to school a bit. But that will change in the future.

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    Game of the year!!! That certain something was missing tonight. Instead of killing themselves chasing what probably wasn't there, Flip dusted out what looked like a rotation and got the win. Why it took so long is anyone's guess? Get Rip down and things will be good.

    When the NBA's many critics decry the thug image of the L, do you think they got the Tay v. 'Lil Dun match-up in mind?

    Stuckey did some things when needed.

    Is there a worse duo finishing on the break than Rip and CB? Granger must be icing his hand about now?

    That Deiner kid ain't bad........
     
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    He needs to work on moving his feet on D. He is real bad there. PT will help him there.
     
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    The bench won this game for the Pistons as the starters came out lackdaiscal in the first qtr. However Sheed led the 16-4 comeback run to close out the the second qtr. It was good to see that Flip left Amir out there during this close out run to get some burn with the starters. Overall AJ was a +8 and got his usual block and also got six boards and six points.

    The bench scored 31 points and we can only hope that Hayes with the 13pts has come out of his slump and Stuckey has gained his composure as he looked decent out there too.

    The starters almost blew this one down the stretch as CB had 2 turns and Sheed who was so brilliant playing down low decided to go outside down the stretch and missed 2 of 3 three ball attempts. He led the Pistons with 24 points and was the playa of the night...

    Both Billips and Hamilton seem to take the night off and you barely heard Rip's name called all night despite his 15 points.

    Believe it or not the Pistons outscored the pacers in the paint 48-36. However the 104 pts given up were largely due to the 12 three pointers that the Pacers hit. We also missed 9 Fts' as our 2 best ft shooters RIp and CB only went to the line 5 times and hit all 5.


    Good game, good win for the Pistons...Now 20-0 when scoring over 100 pts..and 20-1 when scoring 100 points or more.. (one loss when the scored only 100 pts to the Magic last Monday. )
     
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    No he's not.

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    Amir/AA had the highest +/-.

    Starters were lazy. Rasheed's aversion to small ball has made him go into the post when we play these type of teams. He seems to enjoy proving his point. :)

    We scored more than 15 in the 4th quarter!

    The bench definitely won this game. Only negative is Flip is going to have to learn that the starters don't always have to finish the game. Amir should have finished this game.

    Oh and Jarvis Hayes continues to give points to the opposition. Luckily, tonight he actually scored some points. Afflalo needs to play more 3.
     
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    Post game interview on Pistons Live C-Bill said that AJ was great. He said it three times.

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    Great game. I don't mean the win. Great coaching. Great preparation for the playoffs. The use of a rotation that will win in the playoffs. The use of a rotation that will get stronger and stronger game by game as we continue to use it.


    Rip played the most minutes. He did hit some hoops for us, but he also shot the worst for us in the game. Just maybe letting Afflalo play a bit more, who did a fine job with the minutes he did get, would have helped Rip have a bit better of a game. Other than that, can't complain about a thing really.


    Dyess got plenty of rebounds, hit an outside shot or two, and worked the post enough to be helpful. Sheed did major damage in the post tonight. But I don't totally agree with Cureton's comments about how Sheed is so much more effective in the post vs. shooting outside. Remember, this is Indiana without O'Neal, without any decent post defense. Of course I want to see Sheed go inside more, but it won't always be this easy. Sheed added 10 rebounds to go with his 24 points. Not to mention some seriously good D, especially in crunch time. His block of Diener on a corner shot helped seal the deal. Notice all that energy late by Sheed? He did not get over played. What a difference having that 4th big in the rotation makes.


    Tay hit a shot late. Another guy who did not get overplayed. Hayes played plenty in this one, as he got hot on his shooting. His defense did hurt us some, but he more than made up for it with that shooting. Tay for the game had 17 points, and played good solid D.


    Billups had a good all around game. And he got plenty of rest from Stuckey. Stuckey did some scoring himself in this one, and played good D. His highlight was a made pullup jumper. He missed 3 of 4 at the line, something not like him. (He would have had a double digit scoring game if he had made all his freethrows.)Stuck also scored on a cut to the basket, and on one drive to the basket.


    Maxiell did not really have a bad game. He just did not play that much. He did manage some pretty good work on the baords, drew some fouls, and did a bit of scoring. And good D.


    Amir was pretty sensational. A couple of offensive rebound putbacks, one a slam. (or were there 3 of them-can't recall but I know he got a 3rd bucket in there somewhere.) Amir had plenty of rebounds for his time on the floor, and also fought for it a couple of times resulting in a teammate getting the bound. Speaking of rebounding, I must mention that Stuckey looks good going up for bounds too.


    Afflalo did not score, only played about 10 minutes. But he was helping. Good D mostly. Indiana had jumped out to a lead in the first quarter and Afflalo was one of our subs who came in and started cooling Indiana down a bit. (JMAX being the other.)


    I must say, Indiana did shoot very well in this game. Thats one thing about letting your team hoist at will, they will get sharper on their shooting. But in the end, our going inside often, and tightening the screws a bit on the perimeter defense, did Indiana in.


    Indiana was killing us on the boards to start this game. JMAX and then later Amir did a lot to stop that. When we finally caught all the way back up, and even took a lead, Amir and Sheed were up front. Like someone mentioned, Amir was the highest plus guy in the game for us. And it was his play that was responsible for a lot of it. (Although the announcers gave pretty much all the credit to Sheed's offense, hey, its was Amir's defense just as much that was hurting Indiana. We went on a 12-2 stretch there.)


    This is the right way to play. The other team was ahead of us. Coach did the right thing, played his bench extensively, and in the end our starters had the gas needed to win the game. If this continues, no team will stop us this year. (Yes, I mean in the playoffs, when it counts. We will win a championship this year if we stay on this course.)


    GO PISTONS!!!!!
     

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