A few observations from my side. Nazr Mohammed. It's like the chicken and the egg. Which came first? His frustration or his ineffectiveness? Rasheed Wallace. Something is very, very wrong with Sheed. Is Webber being brought in to replace him? Still our best defender every night, and now our best rebounder. Dale Davis. The reasons for sitting Dale early can only (in my mind) be chalked up to preventing injury. He could be on the trade block. Antonio McDyess. The guy is playing through back spasms. We have Maxiell, Mohammed, Davis and we're playing the crap out of Dice. I hope he is on the trade block because I am not sure he can handle too many more nights like tonight. Great effort. Able to overcome his deficiencies and give KG a run for his money on post-ups. Flip Murray. Makes it hard to hate him when he is racking up nice offensive #s. Then he serves up an extra large bowl of free chili to his man, and waves him towards the hoop and suddenly, all of these childhod memories of being picked on in school and falling out of a tree start to resurface as I cry all over my keyboard. Rip Hamilton. He's at his best when he's asked to stay under control. Too much Rip can turn into diminishing returns. ahb put it great in chat, "Rip's back to his old jump-then-think ways" Another All-Star scoring night though. Chris Webber. For a saviour, he really didn't do much except keep the Pistons PR guy Matt Dobek busy bringing him beers. Maybe that is a good thing. The Jaric, Peterson, Wells rumours might start off slow tomorrow. Lindsey Hunter. I'm off his bandwagon. There are people in this league who can defend and shoot/pass. He is not one of them. More ahb... Tayshaun Prince. Out-muscled, out-hustled and plain old beat by [strike]Udonis Haslem[/strike] err Trenton Hassell. It seems kinda obvious to me that his development has plateaued. Carlos Delfino. This guy has been responsible for making Flip Murray look good. You couldn't find a more classic example of working against yourself. Responsible for starting up a lot of Pistons runs defensively lately. Short of the minutes he is earning. As an aside, ahb thinks he can't shoot with the leather ball, but I really think that he has been shooting great. It's hard to judge a guy on 4 shots. If he makes 2, he's a 50% shooter. If he makes one, 25%. It's a damn small sample size. When CD is able to go through his full shooting motion, he's money. In fact, I have taken to watching his mechanics because if he is able to maintain solid form and balance, it's consistently through the hoop, and likewise if his mechanics are off even a little, it's a miss of various proportions. Jason Maxiell. Lost $50 to Ronald Dupree in a craps game at the end of the bench (joke). This is what happens when Director of Player Development Ryan Hoover goes with Amir Johnson to Sioux Falls of the NBDL. Flip Saunders. Took the toughest job in basketball last season and continues to wilt under the pressure. The zone defense is not working. The team is not coming out strong on homecourt. The timeouts continue to come when you least expect it, usually after throwing your hands up in the air, spilling the popcorn and losing the remote control behind the sofa. At this precise point of stupification and disbelief, Flip will signal for a break. It's like water torture. Joe Dumars. Better get to work. No number of shadows in the Palace can hide him from the task at hand.