vs Atlanta Hawks Monday February 14 7:30 pm

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  1. roscoe36

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    Walter All-Star Forum Donor

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    This being February 14th, but the Huggernaut will probably be handing out Valentines after the game. Each comes with a hug that comes from the heart.

    Prediction:
    Pistons: 79
    Al Horford: 85
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    Stuck did have quite a few hugs at the end of this awful game...
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    yep I saw that...he was in a valentines day mood I guess?
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    Four losses in a row at home with only a road win vs the Cavs to show that they are not the worst team. Pistons have not looked good since it was announced that Gores had struck a purchase deal.....will he pull out before they get the owners approval?

    I only saw the last 7 minutes and they looked bad then. Not sure what happen as to why they lost a 15 pt lead, but if I were Q, I might go back to the line up that won in Cleveland...Gordon starting and Stuckey coming off the bench, since he swapped the two and brought Stuckey back to the starting role, the Pistons have lost all three games..

    Maybe the new owner gets busy and relieves Dumars and Kuester of their jobs right after the break......:sssh:
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    They never had a 15 point lead.....they got lucky with 5 consecutive triples in a row. That isn't a lead...that is a cushion built on thin ice. Apparently the only thing the Pistons have going for them are three pointers and so they have decided that the new identity of the team will follow that thought pattern. The players want to be a jumpshooting team like the Pacers and so many other fail teams have tried before. You can win on ANY given night if you are lucky enough. You will never win a 7-game series against anyone unless all stars align.

    Get rid of every player on the team and start over.
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    26 rebounds isn't very good (vs our average of 38.2).

    Our interior defense really looked pathetic in this one. It was pretty funny when Kelser and Blaha were answering the email question about how the Pistons can get better at finishing in close games. Kelser was describing how we need to get stops as Daye was backed all the way under the hoop and the Hawks got a little drop in bucket. Easy as a pre-game layup line.

    Not a great overall vibe coming from our team. Hardly anybody is getting excited out there even when we are building a lead. It's like a bunch of Greg Monroes out there.
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    Kuester is quite comfortable with losing. He will probably go another 7 to 8 games in a row losing before he changes anything.

    Some things never change. Like CV and Monroe paired together equaling no beef in the middle - and a too soft middle meaning a layup line for the other team. Like CV not playing any defense, so Kuester plays him more than ever. Hitting a few triples is no excuse for leaving CV in much. CV really hurts our defense something fierce.

    Some things never change. When you see that they are posting up Bynum with Joe Johnson, its time to change something. But Kuester won't change.

    Its clear as Daye that Tay is no 3-point shooter, so someone has to inform Tay of this. And start Daye if you want to help TMAC by spreading the floor. With TMAC and Stuckey both liking to drive in, all Tay does is clog the lane because he too wants to operate inside.

    You know, if you have a game plan, its kind of important to put the players in the game to execute that game plan. And if things ain't going right, and its obvious a change is in order - no you don't have to wait to the end of the quarter to make a change. Of course, with Kuester he typically makes the wrong substitution anyway.

    Its pretty simple. If your defense is not working - just maybe you had better put a better defensive player in the game. If your offense is stalled, maybe you had better make a substitution to correct the deficiency causing the problem.

    But somethings never change. Like Kuester having no clue what is going on in front of him, and apparently, not even caring.
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    Maybe with the new owner looming...Kuester sees the writing on the wall.
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    LOL.. all the players on the floor hug after the games, yet Stuckey is the only one we all watch, right?
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    T-Mac has not been playing like a point guard lately. Taking way too many shots out of the flow of the offense.

    Monroe has definitely hit the proverbial wall.
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    Chauncey was the ultimate hugger... and Isiah took it to another level entirely.

    These guys only see their buddies a few times a year and it's smart to be a well liked player within the league for future FA value.

    The key is that after your team loses, you have to say hi to your buddy, but you need to act like you are barely able to manage due to the pain of the loss.
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    That Starting lineup needs work. With Big Ben inside, and no shooters on the perimeter, you are asking for trouble. T-Mac and Rodney have ZERO driving lanes, which has seriously cutdown that nice drive and dish game we were seeing for a little while. Monroe's game has diminished because of it.

    Why did we go back to starting Rodney again? It certainly wasn't for fit, was it? Now it's a bench full of shooters who can't play a lick of D, and a SL full of guys who can't do anything outside the paint. Probably time to throw BG back into that SL.
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    I got it, the key was "to act like" :)
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    We had our most successful stretch of the year, starting T-Mac and Stuckey.
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    Ok, so we more or less decided that Stuckey wasn't a point guard and certainly the last couple of games are a clear indication that he isn't a very good shooting guard either. I'm thinking very small forward.

    He's only effective with the ball in his hands (doesn't move without it, doesn't use screens, can't hit jumpers), and no one else is effective then. Some of the basics of the game may need to change to accomodate this kid.
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    Maybe Joe is packaging Rip and Stuck in a 2fer offer.
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    I agree, awwww man! I hate it when you and I agree, takes away all the fun.

    When we lost to Charlotte at home I threw in the playoff towel, the teams ahead of us have more talent and are playing better basketball, no way we catch them in sneak into the playoffs.

    Time to move Tay (although I doubt we can get anything other than one of Joe's patented future 2nd rdrs) if for no other reason to have a clear reason to get Rip back into the rotation and get more minutes for Daye: Rip, Stuckey, T-Mac, Wallace, GM. That team won't win either but at least the Rip-opera can end, we can showcase him again (although the more he played the worse he looked, driving down his value), and possibly move him by Feb 2012.
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    But with Stuckey coming off the bench, does it really make sense that Bynum still gets to play. Stuckey coming off the bench threatens Kuester's fantasies about how the team should lose, er, I mean play. A couple game back, with Bynum and Stuckey in the backcourt, it was Stuckey who we ended up going to to set up plays. Next game, Stuckey goes to the starting unit.

    Stuckey on the floor with TMAC makes Stuckey pretty much worthless. He can't shoot with any consistency from long range, TMAC is better at handling the ball. On the other hand, even though a lot of people don't like Stuckey as our starting point guard, I think he was an ok starting point guard, but would be an even better 2nd unit point guard.

    In addition to putting Gordon back in starting, putting Daye in for Tay would also shore up our outside shooting. Further, to really add even more outside shooting, along with a decent defender - Summers should be starting at power forward with Monroe at center. Now you got TMAC, Summers, Daye, and Gordon all threats from the outside, while at the same time posting up Monroe a lot with all the defenders drawn out the perimeter. Then you got TMAC, or Gordon, driving inside and dumping off to Monroe as soon as they leave Monroe to address the driver.

    When Rip gets healthy, you got for a second unit: Stuckey, Rip, Tay, Ben Wallace, and perhaps Wilcox if he can stay healthy enough.

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