2 in a row. And this win was against a good team that had just won 8 of 9, and which had its top players doing very well tonight. We just flat out beat a good team tonight. Why? Due to a bunch of injuries, it made it almost impossible for Kuester to go small. No Gordon. No Bynum. Stuckey gets his knee banged into in the 1st half. So Kuester is forced to play with regular rotations thruout the game. Why the bad run to start the 2nd quarter after we started with a 15 point lead? Daye was out there, sure. JMAX was out there, sure. But so was Atkins, and the Hornets were keying on Atkins to get easy buckets. Atkins, if you get him on a switch, can't guard anyone who he is switched out on. (and really, he can't guard their point guards either.) Just my opinion. Atkins did hit 3 triples for the game to make up for a lot of his points given up, so I won't say he had a really terrible game this time. I do object strongly to how Atkins slow mo's the ball up the court. Speed it up. JJ hustled his way to quite a game. 13 points, lots of bounds. Big Ben pulled in 20 boards and scored 13 as well. He frustrated their hack-a-Ben strategy by splitting at the line a couple of times. (effectively like shooting 50% when you are put at the line and make half.) Big Ben and JMAX played D. We always had one or the other in the game. And again, never both. One of Wilcox or CV was always in the game, but again, never both. So again, Kuester managed his bigs right. CV scored plenty, and you got to like the mix he used. He got inside plenty and drew many fouls. Rip is definitely back on his shooting. Still lacks that 3 ball range though. He got 30 plus tonight. Stuckey shot poorly in all, but you got to like that he stayed aggressive even after the knee knock. (and he crashed his head into the back of a player later, forcing us to call a timeout while he shook that off.) Any you just have to like that he went into cluth mode in OT. We do harp on CV's D, but when healthy, and playing with an otherwise solid defensive unit, the fact he is a lengthy 7 footer shines thru well enough. He can do his share. Daye hit some triples on his way to double digit scoring in short minutes. Wow, we actually got to see Daye play a whole quarter. Not bad. And Kuester mind you left Daye in even after that long run by N.O. Its great that he did not pull Daye to make him get singled out. Ben hit a jumper. News there. He stepped into it nicely. A simple practice shot, since the other team was just letting him shoot unchallenged. Wilcox is playing just fine: the team still has to do major work as far as learning to feed Wilcox in the post. Wilcox made 3 of 4 at the line or so tonight. Enough made free throws to call for him getting the ball more inside. Also of great importance. Other than Stuckey playing thru an injury sustained in this game, the Pistons played healthy tonight. (and Stuckey's injury by the way may have factored in also in that run by the Hornets - as we had Atkins playing the point while Stuckey was moved over to shooting guard there while playing on the injured knee.) We play again tomorrow night. With it ending up in OT, a couple of guys ended up playing too many minutes. But oh well, we got two in a row, going for 3. GO PISTONS!!!!!