went to the game...refs killed it in the early 4th quarter by calling rip for 3 fouls on the SAME possession. wilcox and rip set up for 2 straight alley oops, and while sometimes he just stands around doing nothing, he can become a useful player for us if he can learn the game of basketball. all of our bigs need to learn to box out. one thing i like about charlie v is that he likes to put the ball on the floor and go to the hoop. he's got some nice post up moves. jerebko also made 2 very good offensive plays via a kareem-skyhook and a nice dribble-drive to the basket. rip is mostly deferring but his game is regular-season ready. bynum was a non-factor along with tay. would've liked to see daye get in there, but hopefully we'll see him tomorrow. gordon is clearly trying to fit in but when we go on those cold streaks i'd like to see him just try to take over the offense himself. stuckey had an excellent game. he controlled the tempo well and was aggressive when he needed to be. there was a definite difference when he was in the game and when he was not. several problems are going to hurt us this season and we're going to lose games because of it. first, we have a lot of penetrators and not a lot of distributors. either the guys have to penetrate and kick out for 3s, are they're going to have to start looking for other guys when they drive. second, we have a plethora of mediocre bigs, but no one who's going to consistently grab 8-12 rebounds per game or play solid defense. third, our defense is just weak. i do think the defense can be drastically improved with proper coaching though. tonight the pistons played pretty when guarding their own man, but where we gave up a ton of points was not rotating, not defending the pick-and-roll, and letting guys get down low because of improper switching. all of these things are correctable as long as the coaching stuff knows how to fix it and our players are willing and smart enough to understand and implement it. we'll see.