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  1. Dlev59

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    OKC Thunder Dec. 26th, 8:00 PM
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    The weak Thunder visit the Palace. They have three wins at the time of this post.
     
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    Well i think MC will schedule practise on the 25th and AI won't show up so he will start this game on the bench, and we win because of that :)
     
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    If that is the way to win one than I am all for it..no way we want to be embarrassed by a loss to the Thunder.

    Make sure Tay stays home too to rest and for Christmas dinner he has a nice ham with Red Bull poored over it. He will need that extra energy to check & stop Kevin Durrant.
     
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    Nope, he's going to be tired from lugging the sack of presents around.
     
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    Iversons game status is questionable due to groin injury.
     
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    I may panic mode if the Pistons get blown out by the Thunder.

    I watched them play last year in Seattle, and it was a Pistons victory at the buzzer. This year, The Thunder are worse, so it should not be close.
     
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    Let's hope the Pistons end their "playing weak teams"-ritual today.
    So no sleepwalking, no non-defense, and none of the Thunder gets away
    with a career high on points, rebounds or assists

    Merry Christmas!
     
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    The Pistons will play well tonight. AI will be focused becuase they did not practice the last 2 days so he was able to spend some quality time with [strike]his family[/strike] his weed connect and some strippers.
     
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    i found it interesting where detnews mentioned today that in 5 of our 11 losses we had double-digit leads. that's concerning if we keep doing it, but might also signal that we're better than our record, and if we can just figure out how to keep our feet on opponents' throats then we'll be alright.
     
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    If we lose to Thunder should Curry be shown the door before he gets to the locker room ?
     
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    Yes, especially if we play small ball and have utterly confusing rotations.

    Doesn't the Pistons organization (Bill D./Joe) always give head coaches at least two years though?
     
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    Not if they abuse our trust.
    [losing just to taste defeat]
     
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    AI wins the game for the pistons at the end.. 0.2 seconds..
    he is now more integerated to the pistons family..
     
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    Yup, and now you are more integrated into Pistonsforum family! :D
     
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    I just don't know what to write. Curry should have called a time out with about 8 ahead.....anyone could see that the thunder were surging....its like he waits too long to make decisions. I have ittle confidence in curry's ability to make decisions on the fly...that is what coaches do.

    Kwame will never get into a game again. Curry tore into him about missing a defensive assignment. Kwame is the official whipping boy. Seems like every team he is on he becomes the whipping boy.
     
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    back when brown was coaching he commented about not always being concerned about the rebounding totals as much as getting back on D. If you watch the offensive glass time after time on a missed shot there is just nobody even in the picture. I have to believe part of our lack of rebounding at times is out of design.......

    But, who is the guy out there pretending to be max? It was even more glaring tonight when you had a 2nd half of Amir getting a major burn and seeing the difference of night and day in hustle and effort. Max needs to forget he got his pay day and remember the hunger he used to have

    As much I hate close games it is good for Stuckey to be put in these type of game conditions as he continues to learn the role of PG for us. So there's a postitive out of a blown lead..... :victory:
     
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    The first of this game was a ongoing battle between the Pistons and OKC. OKC is so athletic, that any team that plays them must keep working on the defensive end seriously. The Pistons defense tonight wasn't all that but individual's defense like AI's was ugly most of the night and so was Dice's. Amir came in the game and had some key impacts. Even though Rip was 4-13, the ball/offense moved better with him out there also I wonder why he wasn't on the floor when it came down to the last seconds. OKC brought some firepower tonight and was really hoping for their 4th win of the season. What I tell you Lin, every time Kev celebrates, OKC loses. He really need to stop that.
     
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    Just watching the press conference and Mike is saying that his player of the game is Amir who contained Wilcox who was "kicking our butts in the 1st half." If Amir can play like he did tonite without the excessive he absolutely needs to be in the starting lineup. Until then he needs to be next to MC on the bench.
     
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    Yes, a lot of bad coaching down the stretch. Curry froze, would not call a timeout when momentum shifted. Would not sub in fresh players. Took the wrong two guys out, the ones who were playing the D.

    However, good coaching in the first place to actually put something resembling an NBA team on the floor to get the lead. AI for the scoring punch. Afflalo, playing shooting guard where he is best defensively. Tay, playing small forward, where he can play very well defensively. Amir, an actual power forward who can get over to the basket and stop a shot. And Dyess, poor on D tonight, and yet he was part of the run that put us up 14 midway thru the 4th quarter. As a center, asked to simply guard the middle, he ain't bad. As a power forward, hopeless. Dyess did go inside a lot tonight, and absolutely and big time helped with the offense.

    AI was cooking in that stretch, and that was all the offense we needed, as Seattle at times could do not a thing against our D. Amir came into the game with Seattle at 61 points, and man, they did not get too far past that for quite a while. Great defensive stand, something small ball could not even come close to matching.

    How weird, not seeing Rip in the fourth quarter. Not at all. The unit, of again, AI, Afflalo, Tay, Amir, and Dyess stayed out there. And stayed out there a bit too long. Dyess needed to come out. AI needed to come out. Instead, Afflalo and Amir sat? Well, they did bring in Stuckey, and he got another lesson in crunch time. He did manage to score a couple of times, and he got a key assist to Dyess in the last seconds of the game.

    A lot of one on one basketball tonight, for both teams. AI in particular just went into one on one mode for much of that run of ours. And he won the game on one last one on one bucket, leaving just .1 on the clock. What a shot. Although AI did get all the way to the bucket a couple of times, what he did mostly was just create separation with his dribble and can the shot. Anywhere from maybe 18 feet out in, and that last one was from about 6 or 8 feet.

    We looked pretty darn bad in the first half, but managed to end the half with a 2 point lead. Tay's double double stood out tonight, and even when it was just 6 and 6 it looked pretty big compared to the rest of the team. Tay got most of his going right in to the bucket, although he did hit some shorter jumpers too. He even did something he has not done in several games, hit a shot out toward the three line. Yeah, a couple of steps in maybe, but still he actually showed some range.

    Sheed scored some. Rip hardly did a thing in the game but miss shots. Stuckey ended up in double figures after missing on several drives in to start the game. I don't think he ever made an outside shot though, on several tries. His boxscore probably does not look so good.

    Afflalo was put on the much taller Durant some in the first half. That did not work out for us. But Curry used him right in the 2nd half for sure, playing him at shooting guard. For the game, Afflalo had a couple of buckets inside, but missed his outside shots.

    Maxiell barely played at all, just a few minutes to end the first quarter. The Pistons were struggling to do anything right at that point. Some good play by Afflalo helped.

    Kwame made an appearance, played perfectly ok really, for maybe all of five minutes? I'll say this, at least that brief appearance by Kwame kept Dyess out of the game a bit longer. Dyess can only play so much, and he can't play defensively as a power forward at all. (and really, neither can Sheed for the most part anymore.)

    Here is something nice: AI sat much of the 2nd quarter. Good sign that maybe Curry is beginning to understand basketball. Now if he can remember to also give him some rest in the 2nd half too, we may have a coach afterall.

    As bad as Seattle is doing this year, they do have some talented players. And they use an NBA team, with people suitable for their positions playing each position. Tonight, we see that even the most mediocre team can beat us if we go small. I hope Curry gets the hint. Everyone else has.
     

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