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    Fox Sports Team Report

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/teamReport?categoryId=71082&type=InsideSlant

    During his first two seasons, third-year center Darko Milicic was in a funk over a lack of playing time. With a new coach and a strong preseason, Milicic appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season. But Milicic hasn't played as much as he expected, and he's showing signs of frustration.
     
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    The Sporting News, 11/23/05

    Pistons are even better without Brown

    It's almost as if the Pistons are toying with teams, but what they are going through, really, is a natural evolution: Virtually all of their players are in their primes, and given their natural tendency toward unselfishness, the team is also in its prime.
     
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    November 27th

    The Detroit news ~

    Travel-weary Pistons duck Bucks
    They withstand late arrival in Milwaukee; Billups and Hamilton are key in final minutes.
    By Chris McCosky

    In a week or more, this game will be long forgotten. Cold nights in Milwaukee at the end of November don't normally become instant classics.
    But as much as any of their victories this season, Saturday night's 85-76 triumph over the Bucks Saturday showed the championship mettle of this team.

    Pistons go on late show after loss
    Flight to Milwaukee is delayed because of snow and ice; team arrives at hotel at 4 a.m.
    Chris McCosky

    Just when they thought the night couldn't get any worse -- or any longer.
    The Pistons, following a grueling, three-hours-plus, 120-114 double-overtime loss to Washington on Friday night, had to sit on a runway for nearly two hours because of snowy and icy conditions before taking off for Milwaukee.

    They arrived at the hotel at approximately 3 a.m. local time, which, according to the players' body clocks, was 4 a.m. A short 17 hours later, they were tipping it off against the Bucks.

    The Oakland press ~

    Milicic's playing time shrinking
    by Dana Gauruder

    The first two seasons of Darko Milicic's career were a learning experience. At the moment, the Pistons' third-year center could pick up something from a rookie.
    Milicic has not played as much as anticipated after a number of strong performances this preseason. He hasn't been productive in his limited opportunities, and his body language suggests that he's once again frustrated by his role.

    Coach Flip Saunders says Milicic, the team's first pick in 2003, should take his cue from 2005 fi rst-rounder Jason Maxiell.

    Pistons grind out win over Bucks
    by Dana Gauruder

    The Pistons might have been tired, but their defense never rested.
    After an exhausting double-overtime loss the night before, the Pistons didn't look fluid taking jumpers against Milwaukee on Saturday night. They never stopped getting their arms into the passing lanes or contesting shots at the defensive end as they grunted to an 85-76 win at Bradley Center.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ~

    Pretty ugly
    Pistons do enough to prevail in sloppy affair
    By TOM ENLUND

    Ugly victories count in the NBA standings too, which was why the Detroit Pistons were not complaining about their unsightly 85-76 decision over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.

    The game matched two teams that had played the night before and struggled all night to find an offensive rhythm. In the end, the Pistons showed the perseverance that has carried them to the NBA Finals the past two seasons.
     
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    Here's a piece on Flip from yesterdays MJS

    Flip's no flop
    Saunders has Pistons off to impressive start
    By Charles F. Gardner

    Flip Saunders took his sweet time waiting for the Larry Brown saga to unfold last summer.
    When the inevitable happened - Brown parted ways with the Detroit Pistons and eventually was hired by the New York Knicks - it cleared the way for the 50-year-old Saunders to be hired as the Pistons' coach.

    Thus far, the marriage appears to be on solid ground. Saunders has loosened the reins on the Pistons' offense and led them to an impressive 10-2 record, following their 85-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on Saturday night.
     
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    November 28th

    The Detroit news ~

    Saunders to test bench strength
    Finding playing time for Milicic and Delfino is essential if Pistons are to achieve long-range goals.
    Chris McCosky

    Saunders knows championships aren't won in November or December. The early months of a season are for building foundations and trust so that when you hit the stretch drive, you know which players you can count on and which you can't.
    It's time, essentially, to separate the men from the boys on the Pistons bench.

    "We have to start playing some of these guys," Saunders said. "We have to get them some experience so we know where they will be at the end. … We have to make sure we work and develop our bench. Maybe we take a step back in some things to get those guys some more minutes and get them some confidence."

    The Detroit Free Press ~

    Professor Saunders likes early results
    by Krista Latham

    Through a long, 82-game NBA season, Pistons coach Flip Saunders prefers to evaluate his team in segments.
    Each 10 or 12 games, he said he sits down for a study session to comb the stat sheets, thumb through his computer programs, watch his game tapes and review his thoughts before concluding where the team is at and where it needs to go next.

    His first analysis was penciled in for after the weekend's back-to-back with Washington and Milwaukee. It's safe to assume the general results left him smiling, even if only momentarily.

    Booth Newspapers ~

    Poor shooting the cause of McDyess' early struggles this season
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    This isn't the first time Antonio McDyess has struggled to begin a season. However, he understands that the situation now is, well, different than those of the past.

    Left knee injuries in the past led McDyess down an early season road of uncertainty -- were the injuries behind him, or just waiting to re-appear?
    Poor shooting seems to be the biggest hurdle for McDyess to overcome this season.
     
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    Steve Kerr's current ratings:

    Are they worthy?

    Yahoo! Sports:
    Only Detroit, Dallas and San Antonio have established themselves as legitimate upper-echelon teams this season as the rest of the NBA sorts itself out.
     
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    lol kerr is good at coming up with jokes about the raptors:

    "30. Toronto Raptors (1-13, Last week: 29) – The Raptors better not look past Dallas and Memphis as they anticipate Friday night's big matchup with Atlanta. "

    LOL
     
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    November 29th

    The Detroit news ~

    Garnett rumors won't die
    He's staying put, but it's jazzier to stir up pot
    Chris McCosky

    Q. Why won't all these Kevin Garnett trade rumors go away?

    A. Here's my theory on rumors and human nature. Fantasy is more fun than reality. It's why blogs and chatrooms are so popular. People sit in there and weave all kinds of dreams and scenarios. And if enough people talk about something, it takes on life.
    And once it has life, people don't want reality to intercede.

    The Timberwolves owner came out and said, emphatically, he wasn't trading Garnett and never had any plans to do so. Kevin McHale, vice president of basketball operations, said he had no talks with any team regarding Garnett and wouldn't entertain them anyway.

    Hamilton is a 'pest'
    Joanne C. Gerstner

    Everybody in the NBA knows Pistons guard Rip Hamiltoncan score. But many are discovering he can play tough defense, too.
    Hamilton starred Saturday defending Bucks guards Michael Reddand T.J. Ford. He will be challenged again Wednesday when the Pistons play at New Jersey, facing Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and even Jason Kidd.

    U-M was Garnett's choice
    He would have enjoyed being on same team as Traylor
    Chris McCosky

    Kevin Garnett was reflecting last week on what might have happened if the current age restrictions had been in place when he was coming out of high school. He would have had to wait at least one year before applying for the draft.

    "I was going to be a Wolverine," Garnett told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Plus, I wanted to play with (Robert) Tractor Traylor. He was a friend of mine."

    Driven to recover
    Hunter's desire propels rehabilitation efforts
    Joanne C. Gerstner

    It would be so easy for Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter to stay home and chill.
    He could take the day off, lounge in his warm bed and just let the cold winter world go by.

    After all, Hunter has been on two NBA champions and earned a good living playing in the league since 1993.
    Maybe it's time to retire and permanently become Mr. Dad for his wife and children.
    But that won't happen, especially if Hunter has anything to say about it.

    Basketball 101: Restricted area
    Chris McCosky

    There is still a great deal of confusion about those semicircles underneath each basket.

    This arc with a 4-foot radius is called the restricted area. It was instituted a couple years ago to stop secondary defensive players from drawing charging fouls while standing underneath the basket.

    The rule reads like this:
    "An offensive foul for charging should not be called if the contact is with a secondary defensive player who has established a defensive position within a designated restricted area "

    That seems cut-and-dried, right?
    Naturally, it's not that simple.

    Detroit News Power Poll

    Joanne C. Gerstner's Top 5: Youth movement

    Alley oop ... to Flip Saunders

    Chris McCosky: Slam dunks

    The Detroit Free Press ~

    Coach Harper still has moves
    by George Sipple

    At the end of Monday's practice, Dale Davis, Carlos Delfino, Maurice Evans and Amir Johnson took turns against each other in one-on-one drills. Assistant coach Ron Harper also participated, and he managed to school each of them at some point in the session.

    Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations, sat nearby and watched the performance with Rasheed Wallace and Lindsey Hunter. Wallace routinely yelled criticism, and his frequent target was Harper.
    Wallace yelled, "Oh, baby!" after an impressive basket. If he thought a player had been fouled, he yelled, "And one!"

    Booth Newspapers ~

    Hamilton faces big defensive challenges against Nets
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Richard Hamilton's name probably doesn't come to mind when you think about the NBA's better defensive players.
    Still, Hamilton understands there will be games -- such as Wednesday's contest against the New Jersey Nets -- when his ability to defend will be just as important as his offense.

    Hamilton's defensive challenge on Wednesday will begin with Vince Carter, the Nets' leading scorer whose size, strength and ability to play well above the rim pose matchup concerns. When he's not guarding Carter, Hamilton will try to defend Jason Kidd, still one of the NBA's top point guards.
     
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    Yeah, I think they really are. Although the top 3 may be interchangeable.

    Dallas looks awfully good, but I still think the Spurs are going to knock them out of the playoffs. I guess it's too early to be thinking about that stuff, though.
     
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    November 30th

    The Detroit news ~

    Trio of Nets will be a test
    Perimeter players Kidd, Jefferson and Carter earn respect of Saunders and Billups.
    By Chris McCosky

    The way good teams stay focused throughout a long, grueling season is to break the 82-game grind into a series of little challenges.
    Tonight's challenge in New Jersey? Well, for one, the Pistons could and probably will face the Nets in the postseason. Second, with Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter, the Nets think they have the best perimeter trio in the NBA.

    Thomas is let loose by Bulls
    Forward, who was obtained in trade with Knicks, will draw salary while awaiting a trade.
    By Phil Miller

    Forward Tim Thomas apparently will not play again for the Chicago Bulls.
    The sides agreed to split, with the Bulls attempting to honor Thomas' trade request, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times reported in Tuesday's editions.
    Thomas, who is in New York tending to a family matter, will continue to collect his $14 million salary.

    The Detroit Free Press ~

    Tri-state soap opera
    Brown’s return another chapter in Pistons-Pacers-Knicks saga
    by Michael Rosenberg

    Larry Brown returns to the Palace Friday for the first time since he was fired in July. Will it be special? Or will he get booed, then take another job at halftime? Whatever happens, it's just another chapter in the ongoing Pistons-Pacers-Knicks hate triangle. Think of these franchises as the Montagues and Capulets, except there is a third family, and endings are never as sweet as young lovers poisoning themselves. A breakdown:

    Nets will challenge perimeter defense
    by George Sipple

    The Pistons will face one of the best perimeter offenses in the NBA when they play tonight at New Jersey.

    Coach Flip Saunders talked about the challenge Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince will have against Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson.

    "Those three guys are as good as any three perimeters in the league," Saunders said Tuesday. "And we've always said our perimeters are as good as anybody. Each one of those guys has a challenge. Jason over the last 10 years has been the premier point guard."

    Flip's message to Mo: Concentrate on the basics
    by Krista Latham

    Maurice Evans got the message, but he still isn't sure what to make of it.

    Coach Flip Saunders had mentioned to reporters last week that he likes what Evans has brought to the team so far, but he wants to see him make more of the routine plays, not just the "spectacular" ones.

    Guess who's coming to dinner Friday?
    So, Larry, you're coming to Detroit on Friday. How you doing?
    Not so well, eh? The Knicks are 4-9. Brown has criticized point guard Stephon Marbury. Marbury has criticized Brown. Brown has criticized president Isiah Thomas' roster, too.

    NBA Ticker

    ~Two cents worth~

    Larry Brown left town the wrong way. But it shouldn't tarnish all the right things he did for the Pistons.

    Give our favorite coaching diva a hand when he returns to town. It'd be the right thing to do.

    Will you boo Larry?
    We asked Pistons fans whether they would boo Larry Brown when he returns to the Palace on Friday. A sampling of the responses:

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    Hot topics

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    The Oakland press ~

    Pistons exploiting switch on guards
    by Dana Gauruder

    The Pistons have added a post player. Sorry to disappoint the Internet rumor mills, but he's not named Kevin Garnett.

    No roster changes have been made, but one starter is showing a new dimension to his game. Judging by the Pistons' most recent win, an NBA scout might conclude that Richard Hamilton makes his living near the basket.

    Booth Newspapers ~

    Pistons-Nets isn't the rivalry it once was
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Not that long ago, games between the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets seemed destined to become this decade's version of the Boston-
    Detroit battles in the late-1980s and early 1990s.

    There's just one problem: the Nets (7-7) are no longer one of the NBA's elite teams.
    Meanwhile, the Pistons are coming off back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals and have the best record (10-2) in the league this season.

    The New York Post ~

    Surging Nets face big test in Pistons
    By Fred Kerber

    Of course, it all gets a severe test tonight when Detroit, with the NBA's best record at 10-2, invades the Meadowlands. This could be a true gauge for the Nets (7-7), who came home from their trip with a share of the Atlantic Division lead.

    But the Nets also came home a different team than the group that looked so lost starting the trip. After defeats at Golden State and Sacramento, the team began defending in Phoenix. The bench started contributing. Confidence rose. Phoenix was a defeat, but it may have been the turning point.

    The New Jersey Star-Ledger ~

    Nets to test defense, confidence against Pistons
    by Dave D'Alessandro

    Maybe the Nets had to get slapped around in the first three games of the road trip, if only to finally face up to their defensive shortcomings. And maybe they have truly turned the corner on their season, holding their last two opponents to 35.4 percent shooting combined, including 22.5 percent from 3-point range.

    Maybe they're even ready to face an opponent such as the Detroit Pistons, who visit the Arena tonight, but let's not get too carried away.
     
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    This article will tickle your ribs or make you slap your knees.

    From ESPN Page 2
     
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    Being a sports writer does it make you look more dumb if you don't know what you're talking about? :confused:
     
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    Great article. I loved the last paragraph on Detroit. Absolute classic!

    The Sports Guy always cracks me up. Thanks for posting it, Merc.
     
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