December 2005 Pistons Articles

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    December 21st (cont.)

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~


    Pistons look to Ben to grind out 93-89 win over Portland
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Flip Saunders called it a trip to the dentist, but it wasn't really like pulling teeth.

    No, the Detroit Pistons' 93-89 win over Portland Tuesday night was more like teeth grinding. Constantly.

    It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't really what we've come to expect of the Pistons, now 20-3 in their franchise-best start to this season. In fact, this was the first time in nine home games that the Pistons didn't reach triple-digits on the scoreboard.

    This wasn't typical. Or maybe it was, because when it came time to win this one, the Pistons looked where they so often look. Right at Ben Wallace.
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    Plan to give Wallace a lighter load Tuesday doesn't pan out
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Truth be told, Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders was hoping to play Ben Wallace for about 35 minutes Tuesday night against Portland.
    Or maybe he was going to play him for the first 35 minutes, non-stop.

    No, that wasn't the plan, not after the Pistons needed Wallace for 56 minutes in Monday's double-overtime Memphis marathon. The plan was for someone else to take some of those minutes Tuesday.

    But when Antonio McDyess got in quick foul trouble, and when Tuesday's game became a struggle that ended as a 93-89 Pistons win, Wallace ended up playing a little more than planned. He played 30 of the first 31 minutes and a game-high 40 minutes overall, and the Pistons needed him for every one of those minutes.
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    December 22nd -

    ~ Detroit News ~


    Saunders pleased with bench
    Coach says reserves have 'given us what we need for the most part,' despite off game Tuesday.
    By Chris McCosky

    He never shows it, but on some level it has to be exasperating for Pistons coach Flip Saunders.

    His team is 20-3, yet invariably after each game he has to answer two negative questions -- is he concerned about the bench, and what about the disparity in points in the lane.

    The reserve unit was a bit disappointing Tuesday. The Pistons had won a double-overtime game in Memphis the night before, and the starters played heavy minutes. Saunders would have liked to lean on the bench more against Portland, but for various reasons, no reserve played more than 13 minutes.


    ~ Detroit Free Press ~


    By Chris Silva

    The Pistons' 20th win of the season didn't come easily.

    The Portland Trail Blazers knew the Pistons would be a bit weary from playing three games in four nights, but thanks to some key defensive stops, the Pistons escaped with a 93-89 victory.

    The Pistons have been in five games decided by five points or fewer, and they've won them all.
    In those games, opponents have committed an average of 15.4 turnovers but have shot 47.1% from the field, slightly better than the Pistons' 43% shooting.

    That was the case against Portland, which shot 50% but committed 16 turnovers to the Pistons' eight.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~


    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    The Detroit Pistons are the best team in the NBA because players understand their roles.

    The same can be said for the coaching staff, with different contributions coming from each to help shape what has been the league's most dominant team this season.

    "They all bring something different to the table," said first-year Pistons head coach Flip Saunders. "I have great confidence in every one of them."

    That's because each understands that he has a specific role, and never loses sight of that.


    ~ DetroitPistons.com ~


    The Detroit Pistons will honor president, Joe Dumars at halftime when they host the Golden State Warriors this Friday at 8:00 p.m. at The Palace. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Joe Dumars figurine courtesy of Domino's and The Detroit Free Press.

    Hard Work Pays Off
    by Dave Howell

    Al Kaline. Gordie Howe. Barry Sanders. Isiah Thomas. Steve Yzerman. All of these men are Detroit sports legends. Their names have become synonymous with success in their individual sports. One trait runs through all of these men...hard work. Joe Dumars, the Pistons president of basketball operations, is another such Detroit sports legend. Dumars went from a small town in Louisiana to the top of the Motor City and the basketball world, as both the 1989 NBA Finals MVP and the architect of the 2004 NBA World Champion Detroit Pistons.

    Pistons and Shock Team Up with Meijer To Buy Presents for Underprivileged Kids in Metro Detroit

    Detroit Pistons players Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Dale Davis along with Shock star Swin Cash, will make the holiday season more cheerful for 85 less-fortunate children with a holiday shopping spree at Meijer.
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    December 23rd -

    ~ Detroit News ~

    No drama, no prime time
    Pistons-Spurs will be Sunday's national TV 'warm-up' game before Lakers-Heat contest.
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner

    Officially, the Pistons are not looking past playing the Warriors tonight at The Palace.

    The Pistons want to play well, quell the Warriors propensity for shooting the three, and hopefully win.

    But there is definitely something much bigger than the Warriors looming on the horizon -- Sunday's showdown with the San Antonio Spurs on national TV.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Warriors in love with three-pointers
    By Chris Silva

    The Golden State Warriors dig the long ball.
    They've launched a league-high 657 three-pointers, rank 21st at 33.5% shooting, and with a 14-12 record have been slumping after starting the season on a hot streak.

    The Pistons, on the other hand, lead the league in three-point shooting at 41.5% while only taking 352 shots from behind the arc, putting them right near the middle of the league for three-point attempts at 14th.

    But the Pistons aren't a three-point shooting team. They have plenty of players who can make the shot, but only when it's within the system.

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Three-point shots will fly when Warriors face Pistons
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    The 3-point shot can be an intoxicating elixir for teams when taken to liberally.

    The Detroit Pistons, despite being the league's best 3-point shooting team this season, have resisted the temptation.

    However, the same can not be said for the Golden State Warriors, a team that's totally hooked on jacking up as many 3-point shots as possible no matter how poorly they may shoot.

    That much is clear based on the Warriors' shooting an NBA-high 657 3-point attempts this season, despite being ranked a lowly No. 22 out of 30 NBA teams in 3-point shooting accuracy.


    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Pistons-Spurs getting overlooked
    By Dana Gauruder

    U2 doesn't get treated like a warmup act. Neither do the Rolling Stones.

    So why do the NBA's two best teams feel like a couple of bar bands?

    ABC and ESPN promos and media attention for the league's Christmas Day doubleheader are focusing on the Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup. It's all about Shaquille O'Neal playing against Kobe Bryant, Pat Riley coaching against Phil Jackson. The Finals rematch between the Pistons and San Antonio Spurs is receiving second billing.

    That's nothing out of the ordinary for the Pistons, who always feel slighted by the national media.
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    Pistons-Spurs should be headlining act
    By Mike Kahn

    We're getting a rerun of the finals for the network premiere of the NBA on Christmas Day as the opener of a double-header.

    Strangely enough, there is a problem with that for hoophead purists.

    The wise old money men have decided that game only merits second billing.
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    The Oakland Press

    Love those Pistons
    This team deserves everyone's attention
    By Pat Caputo

    Oh, by the way, the Pistons are having one of the best seasons in NBA history. You'd think that after winning a world championship one season and reaching the NBA Finals the next, the last thing the Pistons would have to be concerned about is attention.

    But where is it? The Pistons will carry an astounding 20-3 record into tonight's game against Golden State at The Palace. Yet, they are an afterthought.

    They seem to do everything right, but we pay much more attention to the Lions, who do everything wrong.
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    "The Pistons have been so good thus far that their road record is better than any other team's home record, except of course, for the Spurs."

    man i love that fact :D
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    Spurs-Pistons Rematch is NBA's Holiday Gift to Fans
    by John Hollinger

    For NBA fans of every faith, there's a special treat awaiting this Christmas: Detroit vs. San Antonio. Despite the networks' baffling decision to make this the warm-up game for the tired, overhyped Shaq vs. Kobe melodrama, there is no doubt that the Spurs-Pistons showdown is the main event. The two clubs met in a hotly contested Finals a year ago and picked up right where they left off this fall, dominating the league thus far.
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    December 24th - Merry Christmas!

    ~ Detroit News ~

    Hamilton leads Pistons to sixth straight win
    Rasheed Wallace, mourning death of cousin, adds 18 points
    A/P

    The Detroit Pistons had plenty of reasons to be distracted.
    Rasheed Wallace was playing less than 24 hours after his cousin was killed in a shootout with Philadelphia police, Richard Hamilton had a bad back and the whole team is looking forward to an NBA Finals rematch with San Antonio on Sunday.

    All that wasn't enough for the Golden State Warriors.

    Hamilton scored 28 points and Wallace added 18 to help the Pistons improve to 21-3 with a 97-85 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Detroit has won six straight.

    Wallace plays through emotional pain
    After Sleepless Night, Rasheed Suits up against Warriors
    By Dana Wakiji


    No one would have blamed Rasheed Wallace if he decided not to play Friday night against the Golden State Warriors.
    Thursday night, Wallace learned his cousin, Tyree, was killed in a shootout with Philadelphia police officers.

    Coach Flip Saunders spoke with Wallace's wife, Fatima, Friday and she said Wallace had not slept much of the night. She told Saunders, however, that she expected her husband to play.

    Wallace decided to play and logged 43 minutes, more than any other Piston.

    Cousin of Rasheed Wallace killed in gunfight with police
    A/P

    A cousin of Detroit Pistons star Rasheed Wallace was killed and a police officer was wounded in a shootout that police said occurred after an undercover drug buy.

    Tyree Wallace, 22, was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Sgt. Mike Mitchell, 41, a police veteran, was in stable condition Friday at Einstein with a groin wound.

    Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek confirmed that Tyree Wallace was Rasheed Wallace's first cousin. Wallace did not participate in the team's shoot-around Friday morning, Dobek said. Wallace, however, was at The Palace in suburban Detroit for Friday night's home game against the Golden State Warriors, and coach Flip Saunders said he was expected to play.

    Like him or not, Artest sparks plenty of debate
    By Brian Mahoney A/P

    Stephen Jackson once ran into the stands to help Ron Artest, so there is no question how he feels about his Indiana Pacers teammate.
    But one thing became obvious after Artest made, then rescinded, his request to be traded: Few players can spark as many different opinions as he can.

    While there is no argument he's among the NBA's most talented players, everything else about him seems to depend on who is being asked.

    Jackson knows which side he's on. He followed Artest into the stands during last season's brawl at Detroit, and still is behind him now.

    But in the same locker room, there is a differing opinion from Indiana's best player.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    True warriors
    Pistons honor Dumars, cope with tragedy and stay focused
    By Krista Latham


    Did they look past this game? Maybe just a tad, but you couldn't tell from the result.

    With the Christmas Day rematch of the 2005 NBA Finals with San Antonio on Sunday, the Pistons surely felt like the Golden State Warriors were a warm-up Friday night, the bread basket that's passed around the table before the meat's done cooking.

    And with one starter, Rasheed Wallace, playing despite learning of his cousin's death the day before, it seemed like an acceptable letdown game.

    But the Pistons, pros that they are, kept their focus for most of Friday's primer. They never let the Warriors enjoy a lead, not even after rookie Ike Diogu put on a scoring clinic in the second quarter to keep the Warriors' chances alive.

    Wallace deals with tragedy
    forward still in the lineup day after cousins that
    By Krista Latham


    The bad news spread to Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace sometime Thursday night.

    His 22-year-old first-cousin, Tyree Wallace, had been shot and killed by a police officer in a shootout authorities said occurred after an undercover drug buy in a Philadelphia neighborhood that evening.

    Little more than 24 hours later, after sleeping most of the day Friday to recover from a sleepless night before, Rasheed Wallace arrived at the Palace, headphones in place as usual, and suited up at his locker. He started and scored 19 points in the Pistons' 97-85 win over Golden State.

    Shine's off these Spurs
    mediocre stretch deflates champions
    By Mark Snyder


    Remember how good Sunday's NBA Finals rematch looked two weeks ago? Back then, the Spurs and Pistons were side-by-side running away from the rest of the teams in their conferences.

    Well, the Pistons (21-3) are still out in front, but the Spurs have fallen off the pace entering Sunday's 12:30 p.m. tip-off at the Palace.

    Since opening the season 16-3, the Spurs were just 5-3 after Friday's 95-90 win over Toronto. In their last eight games, they have hardly looked like a champion, especially considering two losses were to New Orleans (11-15) and Atlanta (7-18).

    Christmas game lacks TV hype
    By Krista Latham

    This week, NBA commercials panted over the Christmas Day matchup between the Lakers and the Heat, and then mentioned, oh, by the way, there's this other game before it, the one between the league's two best teams.You know, a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, San Antonio vs. Detroit?

    But it's no biggie.

    "When I came here, a lot of the players told me it'd be like that," coach Flip Saunders said. "We float under the radar a lot. So I think that's fine with us."

    Such is life when you're anti-drama, anti-ego teams from non-sexy locales such as the Spurs and the Pistons.

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Focused Pistons
    Hamilton, Wallace lead way past Golden State
    By Dana Gauruder


    Rasheed Wallace played with a heavy heart. Richard Hamilton played with a little chip on his shoulder. Together, they made sure their team did not look ahead to their biggest game of the season to date.

    After dealing with a family tragedy over the previous 24 hours, Wallace played a gamehigh 43 minutes and scored 19 points in the Pistons' 97-85 win over the road-weary Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

    Detroit's sixth consecutive victory and 12th in the last 13 games improved its leaguebest record to 21-3 heading into the Christmas Day showdown with San Antonio.

    Piston plays after cousins death
    by Dana Gauruder


    Until Rasheed Wallace walked into the locker room of The Palace of Auburn Hills about an hour and 20 minutes prior to the Detroit Pistons' tipoff against Golden State on Friday night, there was some question about whether he would play.

    Wallace's 22-year-old cousin, Tyree, was shot to death by Philadelphia police during a gun battle Thursday night. Police allege that Tyree Wallace, a student at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., pulled a gun on an undercover officer when the offi cer tried to arrest him for selling drugs. A police officer was wounded in the shootout.

    Rasheed Wallace had a sleepless night dealing with the family tragedy. He missed the team's shootaround Friday morning.

    Hunter taking his time to return
    By Dana Gauruder

    Don't be fooled by the limp and the slow shuffling of his feet. Lindsey Hunter may look like he's still a long way from returning to action, but he's practicing at full tilt. Hunter, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Nov. 5, should be back in uniform next month.

    "For a playoff game, he's probably back tomorrow," Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander said. "That's how good he looks in practice."

    With the team off to a franchisebest start, there is no need for to rush back. He wants to be in top physical condition before he starts playing again to reduce the risk of having a setback.

    ~ The San Francisco Chronicle ~

    A silver lining
    Diogu posts big numbers in latest loss
    By Janny Hu


    At a time when so many things weren't working for Golden State, the Warriors stumbled upon something that did Friday night.
    Ike Diogu.

    The Warriors' rookie took over the offense by scoring 19 of his team-high 27 points in the second half against Detroit. He posted up Ben Wallace and spun past him for a reverse dunk. He faced up Rasheed Wallace on the right block, spun, and hit a turnaround jumper.

    His performance wasn't enough to avoid a 97-85 loss at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but it was enough to spin the Warriors' offense 180 degrees. Suddenly, the Warriors had somewhere to go with the ball. Someone giving them an inside presence.

    ~ Inside Bay Area.com ~

    Diogu only bright spot for slumping Warriors
    Rookie's 27 can't stop 4th straight loss
    By David Birkett


    If not for rookie Ike Diogu, Golden State's five-game road trip might have been almost a total loss.

    In and out of the rotation since his return from a hand injury a month ago, Diogu scored a career-high 27 points and tied a career high with seven rebounds in 32 minutes Friday, but the Warriors still lost their fourth straight game 97-85 to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace.

    Golden State (14-13) has lost seven of its past nine to fall to fourth place in the Pacific Division after toying with first much of the first six weeks.
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    December 25th - Merry Christmas PF.com!

    ~ Detroit News ~

    Pistons, Spurs meet again
    They aren't in ABC's main event, but teams bring NBA's best records into the Finals rematch.
    By Chris McCosky


    On one hand, the Pistons are well aware of where this game fits into the big picture.

    "We know you can't win a championship in December," Ben Wallace said. "We've been there before."

    On the other hand, it's the kind of challenge for which these players live.

    "I know I am looking forward to it because they are the 'other' best team in the league," Chauncey Billups said. "Of course, you want to play against the best. We've gotten off to a great start, and so have they."

    Pistons vs. Spurs. It might be the 'B' game on ABC's docket -- the Lakers-Heat game is at the top of its Christmas Day marquee -- but it's a matchup of the two best teams in the NBA right now (the 21-3 Pistons vs. the 21-6 Spurs), a matchup of the last two NBA champions, a rematch of last season's NBA Finals and possibly a preview of this year's Finals.

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Pistons, Spurs game overshadowed by Heat, Lakers melodrama
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Just imagine boxing greats Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, in their prime, being the undercard to a couple of underachieving light heavyweights.

    That's what the NBA's two best teams, the Detroit Pistons (21-3) and the San Antonio Spurs (20-6), are dealing with today.

    Despite their having played in the NBA Finals last season, and coming into today's game with the best records in the NBA, most of the attention leading up to today's nationally televised doubleheader has been on the game that pits the Miami Heat (15-12) against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-11).

    ~ San Antonio Express News ~

    Spurs-Pistons as compelling as it gets
    By Mike Monroe

    The Spurs and Pistons match up today on national network TV as ABC kicks off its coverage of the 2005-06 season, so expect to see lots of replays of the key plays of Game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals, plus a few of Robert Horry's game-winning 3-pointer in Game 5.

    The Pistons have the best record in the league, the Spurs the best record in the West. Most everyone who really understands what it takes to win in the playoffs anticipates a rematch in the 2006 NBA Finals.

    In fact, a rematch next June may be only the start of something bigger. Check the Spurs' and Pistons' rosters and what ought to strike you is the fact nearly all the key players are locked up at least through the 2007-08 seasons. One notable exception is Ben Wallace, but he already has hinted he doesn't intend on going anywhere else when he becomes a free agent this summer. A less notable exception is Nazr Mohammed, who occasionally has looked replaceable through the first 27 games of the Spurs' season.

    Spurs (21-6) at Pistons (21-3)

    Spurs scouting report: The Spurs have lost four of their past five games at the Palace of Auburn Hills, including the playoffs ... Four of the Spurs' past five opponents have shot at least 45 percent ... Tim Duncan is shooting 58.5 percent in the past three games ... Rasho Nesterovic has made 16 of 24 shots the past four games ... Bruce Bowen has made at least one 3-pointer in 17 consecutive games.
    Spurs injuries: Manu Ginobili (sprained right mid foot) is out.

    Spurs projected inactive list: Ginobili.

    Pistons scouting report: Detroit has won six consecutive games after beating Golden State 97-85 Friday night ... The Pistons have become a more prolific offensive team under new coach Flip Saunders. Their scoring, field-goal percentage, assists, free-throw percentage and 3-point percentage have all improved from last season ... Detroit is 8-1 at home, averaging 108.2 points while holding its opponents to 93.2 per game.

    Injuries: Lindsey Hunter (left ankle surgery) is out.

    Projected inactive list: Hunter, Alex Acker and Amir Johnson

    Spurs return to Palace of dreams
    By Johnny Ludden

    As the din in the Palace of Auburn Hills began to peak, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich shooed Robert Horry onto the court with one order: Let fly.

    The Detroit Pistons had already evened the NBA Finals at two games apiece, and were now poised to take control of Game 5. Midway through the third quarter, they had begun to methodically erase the Spurs' seven-point lead.

    Horry had spent most of the first eight minutes of the second half sitting on the sideline. His first-half performance had consisted of two turnovers, an errant hook shot, a layup swatted away by Pistons center Ben Wallace and another blown point-blank attempt.
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    Pistons spoil Spurs' Christmas
    by Dana Wakiji / The Detroit News

    AUBURN HILLS -- It doesn't matter who the opponent is, the Pistons are all business.
    After outrebounding the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, 57-30, and outscoring them, 85-70, the players remained low key.
    "It's just another win on the record, no significance, just another win," said Chauncey Billups, who led Detroit with 20 points.


    Detroit 85, San Antonio 70 - Just an appetizer
    Krista Latham / Free Press Sports Writer

    .... Sunday's 85-70 whipping of San Antonio, the team that topped the Pistons for last season's NBA title, sure seemed like validation, as if the previous 24 games were just the evidence and this one finally hammered the truth home that, yes, this is the best team in the league.
    Not that the Pistons would ever admit that.


    Ben Wallace controls the rebounds and Pistons win again
    A. Sherrod Blakely / Booth Newspapers

    AUBURN HILLS -- Ben Wallace is usually in a giving mood.
    But there are times when he can be, well, a bit greedy.
    Sunday afternoon was one of those moments, as Wallace grabbed most of the game's missed shots in Detroit's 85-70 win over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.


    Pistons give Spurs an "L" for Christmas

    Brett Edwards / The Association

    As predicted earlier this week, the Pistons dominated the Spurs in this Christmas day rematch of last year's Finals. DET simply wanted this game more, and showed it by outworking SA on nearly every possession, holding them to 70 points (including a franchise low 8 in the first quarter), and out-rebounding them 57-30.
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    December 26th -

    A big thanks to Lanierfan for posting the articles this morning. :thumb:
    So don't forget to check out his post right above this one folks, for the rest of the day's articles.

    Here's a few more of todays articles.


    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    McDyess gets some back against Spurs
    By Krista Latham and Chris Silva


    No player can suffer a Game 7 NBA Finals defeat and walk away with his spirit intact.

    But of all of the Pistons who felt that agony last summer, no one's wounds cut as deep as those of Antonio McDyess.

    Last June's tilt with San Antonio was McDyess' first real playoff run, let alone his first championship series.

    To get within minutes of winning a title and fail is a feeling he'll never shake.

    "I won't ever forget about it," he said. "That was my first Finals, and to lose like we did, it's going to stick with me the rest of my life, I feel."

    So that explains his extra effort Sunday, when the Pistons played the Spurs for the first time since the series. McDyess had a double-double off the bench, scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

    Wallace's 21 rebounds key victory
    By Chris Silva


    Except for his socks and shoes, Ben Wallace had just finished dressing at his stall as he turned around, sat down in his black leather chair and started fielding questions from reporters in a nearly empty locker room.

    Since Wallace isn't one to elaborate on his own play, the first few questions seemed to be icebreakers.

    One reporter asked Wallace if the game against the Spurs -- an 85-70 victory -- had the same defensive, grinding feel that last year's NBA Finals between the teams produced.

    "Nah," Wallace replied. "It's December."

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    McDyess tries to overcome disappointment of losing in NBA finals
    By A. Sherrod Blakely


    All summer, Antonio McDyess couldn't quite shake the pain he felt following Detroit's Game 7 loss to San Antonio in the NBA Finals.

    He says that game and the pain it left him feeling won't ever be forgotten.

    "That was my first (NBA) Finals, and to lose like we did ... that's gonna stick with me the rest of my life," McDyess said.

    McDyess left that same San Antonio team with something to remember on Sunday, turning in arguably his best game of the season in helping the Pistons defeat the defending NBA champion Spurs, 85-70.

    ~ San Antonio Express News ~

    Pistons outrebounded, outwork Spurs in victory
    By Johnny Ludden


    In the end, after Antonio McDyess turned one more offensive rebound into another Chauncey Billups 3-pointer, after Ben Wallace flushed yet another put-back dunk, the Spurs smiled, wished their hosts a Merry
    Christmas and headed home.

    The Detroit Pistons didn't strip the Spurs of their holiday spirit Sunday afternoon before 22,076 fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but they took just about everything else from them. Rebounds. Loose balls. The game.

    In pounding out an 85-70 victory over the NBA's defending champions, the Pistons won the same way they did when pushing the Spurs to a decisive seventh game in last season's Finals. With defense, grit, timely shooting and, most of all, muscle.
  19. Warthog

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    this guy is incorrect in the 'The Assocation' link with this statement:

    "Best part of the game was near the end, when Pistons fans started the college basketball "O-ver-RAT-ed (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) chant at the Spurs. Very funny to hear that in the NBA."

    how does he not know of the "fire millen" chant by now? cause that's what they were saying heh.
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    ~BlogMaverick.com~

    Back to backs in the NBA

    (Not exclusively about the Pistons, but an interesting team-by-team breakdown of just how much harder it is to win the second game of a back-to-back. This year, only Detroit, Minnesota, Memphis and Chicago have winning records, with 2 of the Pistons' three losses coming on the back end.)

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