Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by Lee356, Feb 28, 2011.
shout that again and again...
I agree. Remember how Atlanata took Boston to 7? Not saying we would do that but we cannot assume they will get blown out everygame.
I remember one of our bench players singlehandedly taking Boston to game 7 when he was with the Bulls.
Play the utes and forget about tanking. I'd really consider taking a lot of looks at Daye, Wilcox, Monroe, Bynum, and Summers. Not with the plan of tanking, but with thoughts to the future...
Also...If you're gonna kiss and make up with Rip (the coach), then play him a lot so that other teams can see his worth.
Rip has been in the league for 12 years. Do you really think other teams do not know his worth right now?
Well, Dumards, his own General Manager, didn't seem to realize Rip's true worth when he let him sign that fat [STRIKE]situation[/STRIKE] contract.
I'm not saying the team should tank (nor do I think they have to, they're bad enough as is), just that I see no tangible benefit to a playoff push basketball wise. It won't make our talent better or solve any of the team's basketball issues.
The same Atlanta team with All Star Joe Johnson, the league's 2nd best shotblocker at the time and a top defender in Josh Smith, future all star Al Horford, and the forward combo of Marvin Williams and Josh Childress (who sported a FG% of 57% that season)? A team that posed matchup problems due to length and athleticism for the Celtics? A developing team that was trending upwards?
Don't really see any parallels there. The Pistons pose no matchup problems to anyone, especially the elite teams.
John Salmons, Derrick Rose, and Joakim Noah would like to have a word with you.
I'd have the final word. 170 points in a playoff series? That's why we're overpaying him.
Good point Bill, but I believe that T-Mac proved his worth this season for the Pistons. I'd like to think that Rip could benefit by being placed in the right situation on another team. Put him in with the yutes and he may surprise a lot of people.
No tanking. The team you have (if any) builds on a tremendous experience. You are furthermore considered to have potential with perhaps 1-2 players coming in that gains you depth for the next year. Nothing like a playoff to show outstanding weakness and perhaps a surprise or two. Gores needs more time for observation, and this provides it.
Tuesday, Mar 1...........@Bucks W
Wednesday, Mar 2.......Timberwolves W
Sunday, Mar 6.............Wizards W
Wednesday, Mar 9.......@Spurs L
Friday, Mar 11.............@Thunder L
Saturday, Mar 12.........@Nuggets L
Wednesday, Mar 16.....Raptors W
Friday, Mar 18.............Knicks L
Sunday, Mar 20...........@Hawks W
Wednesday, Mar 23.....Heat L
Friday, Mar 25...........@Cavaliers W
Saturday, Mar 26.......Pacers W
Wednesday, Mar 30...@Pacers L
Friday, Apr 1............Bulls L
Sunday, Apr 3..........@Celtics L
Tuesday, Apr 5.........@Wizards W
Wednesday, Apr 6.....Nets W
Friday, Apr 8.............Bucks W
Sunday, Apr 10..........@Bobcats L
Monday, Apr 11..........Cavaliers W
Wednesday, Apr 13....@76ers W
I am thinking 12-9....at best, that is not enough to make the playoffs unless the three teams ahead us play .300 ball. And I am being generous since there are 5 back to backs...
A fairly good estimate would be to assume that we beat all teams with a record worse than ours and lose to all teams with a record better than ours.
Yep they would surely miss the playoffs then going 6 and 15...
So you're telling me they have a chance!
Update. No game mattered to us on Monday. Tonight, we play the Bucks, who are even with us, while Indiana (4 wins better than us) host GS.
Charlotte (4 more wins than us), does not play, but since they chose to tank the season, it might not matter much soon what they do. (Being somewhat hopeful we can outdo a team that has chose to tank the season.)
So really, if you don't count Milwaukee, since we have already "caught" them, its just a matter of catching one team - Indiana, a team with just 4 more wins than us. With about 22 games remaining, that does not sound anywhere near impossible.
Your post makes it sound exciting to watch the Pistons try to make the playoffs and I like your positive effort. My concern is that this would be difficult for a winning team to achieve. That is...to win at least at a .600 clip for the rest of the season. Our roller coaster season may not have that in the cards.
Nemo, you are such a downer. You've got to believe!!
It's been hard to believe since they got rid of my buddy...
You make it sound realistic, Lee. It doesn't hurt to hope.
But even IF the Pistons turned around their current .361 and went say....a tad over .500 (11-10) then the Pacers (current winning pct. of .448) would need to get horrible and go 7-17 in their final 24 for Detroit to pass them.
Not impossible...but highly improbable and I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to happen.
Agree with Tater....Granger would have to go down like this week for the Pacers to go 7/17 and I didn't even look at their opponents.
I am optimistic, but they have been an average four games out the last playoff spot for the last 4 weeks and have not gained any ground. I say lets look at how the Pistons fair the next six games (after returning from Denver) to make a true assessment. If they are 5-1, then we can start some talking playoffs...
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