Prophetic, Bill. Up by 23 at one point, let the bobcats get it down to 12 but put it away. Not before needing to get some starters back on the floor, though. First game new owner Tom Gores has watched that ended with a win, too. Greg with the first 20 rebound game of his career to go along with an efficient 19 points on only 9 shots. They kept him in there so he could get to that 20 rebound milestone despite the lopsided score, but he did a great job on the boards all night, having 10 at the half, a big part of the reason for the Pistons' advantage on second chance points and rebounds overall (55-37). He also had two blocks. He was perhaps a tad bit too unselfish at some points, such as, after getting a pass inside from Knight, he opted to pass to JJ who fumbled it in traffic rather than try for the layup. May or may not have made it, but he probably would've been shooting free throws there even if he didn't make the shot. Stuck had a solid game, had a very nice dunk on the break in the second. Was just a tad careless with the ball with 3 turnovers after having 5 against Philly, but he scored 29 along with 3 assists. Outshot everyone with 18 shots, hitting 10. Nice and efficient. If he could hit his jumpers more consistently he'd be so much better. Good game though. Brandon had a nice game as well, as Bill mentioned very quiet in the first quarter taking only one shot, but had a much better second quarter, scoring 14 and finishing with 20 overall, shooting 50% with 5 assists. Not sure if it's related, but he seemed to get more aggressive with Kemba Walker coming in and guarding him. Ben Gordon took 11 shots en route to 10 whole points with some truly awful defense. He got torched by his man all night, and if it weren't for the 'Cats awfulness I would've been far more concerned. The pick and roll with Monroe that Bill mentioned was his best play. Tayshaun played well. He wasn't playing as much isolayshaun basketball and did a nice job on the boards as well, getting 10 overall to go with 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He, along with Greg, Brandon and Rodney in the starting lineup shot quite well. JJ was...okay, I guess. He hurt the team a little bit with his excessive fouling and turnovers (4) right at the end of the third/start of the fourth when Charlotte made their run. He also fouled out in only 20 minutes. Good energy guy, decent rebounder, but he is most definitely got a SF's game rather than a PF's. Wilkins was good. The important thing is he didn't hurt the team. He did bobble a few passes though and was lucky to recover them. Max was ok. Only shot 1 of 7, with 7 rebounds but had two nice blocks. Big Ben was good. He's still the best at setting screens, and had 2 points, a block and 5 boards in only 13 minutes on the floor. Walker D got some garbage time burn. Austin was a DNP-CD once again, despite his team having a double digit lead for a majority of the game. Heck, even Vernon Macklin got some garbage time play. He's in the doghouse for sure. Playing against a league-worst Bobcats team who lost its starting PF and best shot blocker in the first half is hardly indicates vast improvement, but they played with a lot more energy and didn't have too many lapses throughout the game. Interesting to note that Lawrence Frank went with a three-guard lineup for the entire game outside of 2 minutes in garbage time, and there wasn't as much of a drop off in terms of scoring/defense even with an ugly, non-scoring front line of Big Ben, JJ and Wilkins in. The only difference between that lineup and the momentum killing one from last night was that Knight in the first half and in the second half Rodney was kept in with BG. Will Bynum? DNP-CD.