Well, Curry coached a good game. Thru 3 quarters. But then, as per usual, his game is way off to start the 4th quarter. He brings in Rip as his only substitution to start the 4th. No Afflalo, no JMAX. And of course, we lose our lead pretty fast. Curry did manage though to bring a couple of brain cells tonight and put in JMAX for a while to calm things down. Sheed hit a clutch 3, Afflalo ended up hitting some very clutch free throws, and there was that crazy great double clutch jumper from Stuckey that he banked in over Wade. Dyess had a good game, 17 bounds, made a few jumpers, and did some work inside. But when paired with Sheed, it does not look that good on our D. Dyess, as Curry threatened, is now playing starters minutes. I wonder if that is why we had our sellout streak snapped? Yeah, like people want to see two old men playing center and center out there for us, while we have no power forward in the game. JMAX played plenty, the whole 2nd quarter, and much of the 4th quarter. Mostly, he just played solid D. Afflalo played the whole 4th, and was seen often playing fine D on Wade. Plus he gave us some points after missing his first two shots. He drove Wade for an impressive score, and hit a three. Nine points in all for the night. Yes, Curry gets kudos for being smart enough to leave Afflalo in the whole 2nd quarter since he was doing so well on D, but why not start him in the 4th quarter? Its just wrong not too, AI's feelings aside. Its just wrong. AI gave us some scoring in the first. Not much else positive to say about him for this game. Stuckey had a fine scoring game. He hit shots inside and out. Compared to Wade, who got more points, but took 30 shots getting them, gee, Stuck shone well. Rip hit some shots. He does work inside some. Its not all just midrangers. One thing Rip did not do is bring the offense to start the 4th quarter. (Which is why he is coming off the bench - in part supposedly.)Me, I say bring the D off the bench to start the 4th. JMAX and Afflalo should start every 2nd and 4th quarter. Tay had a fine game. Including 3 triples made. I think that may the first time since the first few games of the season? Just maybe he is getting his legs back a bit. About time. That small ball about did him in. Tay did not play the 2nd quarter at all, so he had something left for those triples in the 2nd half. But no, he still should not play a whole half. (like he did in the 2nd half of this one. Miami has some pretty darn good scrambling D that forced a lot of turns this game. Good job by them. Some of it was just being sloppy on our part. Its tough to win when you give up what, a dozen or so more turns vs. the other team. The Pistons played stifling D in the first half. Marion's shooting kept Miami close though - that and all the turns we gave up. Sheed made a few threes plus several closer in shots. Good game for him for sure. Not much to guard in Magloire. Amir did little but contribute some good D. He only played 10 minutes. He came out with 2 fouls in the 1st quarter - and I believe with 4 fouls in the 3rd quarter - but Dyess was ready to come in already in the first quarter. Curry is just simply planning to play Dyess starters minutes, even though in theory Amir is the starter. We went up to a 13 point lead in the 3rd quarter. In contrast, the first quarter started out poorly, and Dyess was called to come in as we only had scored 2 points. Sheed hit a triple though before Amir went out. Amir ended up plus a couple of points in all for the game. When Dyess came in for Amir, we lost a double digit lead pretty much, but ended the quarter on an uptick, going into the 4th with an 8 point lead. Gee, free throws. Tay missed a tech, then Rip missed a couple. In crunch time. Somebody has got to get these guys practicing their free throws. Detroit, once the standard, is now I believe 27th in free throw shooting. And Ben don't work here no more. And Kwame is not playing. But yet we are still that bad? The whole league has found out a way to teach their guys how to make free throws. It does not seem to be a state secret. Sum of game. We stay in command thru 3. Curry forgets what got him the lead. The game is way too close down the stretch, but we make some clutch shots and win. Curry could have skipped all the dramatics, started the 4th quarter with Afflalo and JMAX out there.