Pistons bench seems to be getting rave reviews throughout the country. People notice their contributions. Here's one of the articles: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/marty_burns/01/10/pistons.reserves/ What I wonder about is the actual utilization of the bench. Sure, on the paper it looks good with starters minutes being down and bench production equaling that of the 2004/05 version that had James/Okur/Corliss. However, most of the minutes and production are coming from the garbage time and even though the bench players can bring that spark and favorable matchups Flip totally refuses to bring them in during the tight games, even when the starters are obviously looking flat, being overmatched, and plain not producing. Flip's inflexibility to go to the bench early in the 3rd quarter was one of the most glaring issues. Unless a starter is in foul trouble, the starting 5 will remain on the court regardless of performance. We have talked about Flip not being able to adjust when an opponent does something that throws a wrench into Pistons system and it was painfully obvious during the last year's series against Cavs when undermanned team was able to throw Flip and Pistons off their game and Flip couldn't make the adjustments. He seems to be walking down the same path again. Also, Joe D. promised to be more hands on, to demand playing time for the youngsters. The promise was that AJ will not have DNP-CD. However, it looks as if Joe has taken the walk down the old path of stepping away as soon as the games begin and it worries me that the ending to this season will be similar to the past two seasons.