The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The Pistons' Long Week

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The Pistons' Long Week

Pistons 100, Kings 92

The Pistons began their four-game West Coast trip with a nice win in Sacramento. Once again, Rodney Stuckey was unavailable and the team started the game sluggishly. Allen Iverson stepped up and went to work, putting in 30 points and helping his team cruise to the win. Both Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace continued their shooting slumps.

 

Pistons 107, Warriors 102

The team repeated their sluggish start at Golden State the next night. They were trailing by 12 midway through the third quarter but the Pistons closed the quarter strong leading by seven. Rasheed Wallace's late triples had a lot to do with the comeback and the subsequent win.

Kwame Brown started the game up front with Wallace instead of Amir Johnson. Later, Michael Curry said he sees that as the most viable option for the future in order to compete with the other large centers scattered throughout the league.

 

Pistons 106, Lakers 95

The Pistons' win over the undefeated Lakers was the first glimpse of what this new lineup may be capable of. Rasheed Wallace's superb coverage of Pau Gasol and the team's ability to limit Kobe Bryant's shots were behind the win. All five starters scored in double figures and Iverson looked as if he'd always been playing with them.

 

Suns 104, Pistons 86

Phoenix spoiled the Pistons' shot at sweeping their West Coast trip. Despite the fact that Shaquille O'Neal was ejected after a hard foul on the returning Rodney Stuckey, the Pistons were never able to gain control of the game. Amare Stoudemire scored 29 and Steve Nash kept hitting his infamous threes.

The only bright spot was that Richard Hamilton seemed to finally find his shot again and Kwame Brown turned in another solid outing as a starter putting up 10 points, three rebounds, and a blocked shot.

 

Pistons 96, Cavaliers 89

This was another hard fought win as the Pistons returned home from their West Coast trip. The Pistons were once again down at halftime but put up 58 points in the second half leading to the win over Cleveland. Iverson, in his first Palace win, scored 23 points with Rasheed Wallace right behind him with 21. The struggling Rodney Stuckey ended up having a nice game down the stretch along with Arron Afflalo.

 

Celtics 98, Pistons 80

The score on this one was actually closer than it should have been. Boston had control of the game the entire way through led by Rajon Rondo's 18 points. The chemistry that seemed to be building between Detroit's starting lineup was nowhere to be seen on Thursday night.

Boston clogged the lanes and forced the Pistons to take bad jump shots while offensively taking charge. Boston's bench managed to dominate Detroit's as well. It's still early in the season and Detroit is still trying to find it's identity but it appears that Boston may still be too much for them.

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