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Archive → March, 2009

Professional Game Coverage: Detroit 108, Los Angeles Clippers 90

Detroit News

Shorthanded Pistons beat Clippers,” by Chris McCosky

Tests are ‘good’ on Iverson’s bad back,” by Chris McCosky

Detroit Free Press

With 4 starters out, Pistons stitch together a win,” by Vince Ellis

Iverson nears return,” by Vince Ellis

Booth Newspapers

Short-handed Pistons top Clippers 108-90,” by A. Sherrod Blakely

Iverson undergoes more tests on back, may return to Pistons’ lineup soon,” by A. Sherrod Blakely

Game Preview: Detroit vs. Los Angeles Clippers

When

Date: March 20, 2009

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 33-34

Los Angeles Clippers: 17-51

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Will
Bynum
Arron
Afflalo
Tayshaun
Prince
Jason
Maxiell
Antonio
McDyess

Los Angeles Clippers:

PG SG SF PF C

Baron
Davis
Ron
Artest
Al
Thornton
Zach
Randolph
DeAndre
Jordan

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -6.5

Over/under: 190

Score: Detroit wins 98-92

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.8

Detroit defensive rating: 107.4

Detroit pace: 86.9

Los Angeles Clippers offensive rating: 102.6

Los Angeles Clippers defensive rating: 111.4

Los Angeles Clippers pace: 92.3

Score: Detroit wins 98-94

Outlook

Rodney Stuckey probably won’t play because of the flu, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson will probably miss the game, too, although there’s a slight chance Hamilton could play.

The last time the Pistons were missing three regular starters was late last season when Billups, Hamilton and Wallace had the night off to rest for the playoffs. Detroit started Stuckey, Jarvis Hayes, Tayshaun Prince, Antonio McDyess and Theo Ratliff and beat the lowly Timberwolves.

The Pistons played 12 players in that game. But nine will be the max for tonight, unless one of the four injured players or Walter Sharpe plays.

 

Professional Game Coverage: Houston 106, Detroit 101

Detroit News

Weary Pistons run out of gas,” by Chris McCosky

Iverson return not any closer,” by Chris McCosky

Detroit Free Press

Pistons lose in 2 OT,” by Vince Ellis

Allen Iverson still in pain, return unknown,” by Vince Ellis

Booth Newspapers

Pistons have no answer for Yao, fall to Rockets in 2OT,” by A. Sherrod Blakely

Pistons still looking for consistent effort as playoffs near,” by A. Sherrod Blakely

Houston Chronicle

Commentary: Rockets coming of age, and it shows, 103-101,” by Jerome Solomon

Double the drama,” by Jonathon Feigen

Game Review: Setting the stage for a return

The Pistons needed a scorer last night.

Arron Afflalo’s career-high 24 points led the team. Arron Afflalo.

But the Pistons took the Rockets to double overtime before falling, 106-101. And they lost to the Mavericks by just two the night before. With Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson out for both games, close losses are sort of encouraging.

The Rockets’ field-goal percentage last night was 11.6 points higher than Detroit’s. The Mavericks out-shot the Pistons by 12.4 percentage points.

Besides those two games, the Pistons’ opponent’s field-goal percentage has been at least at least eight points higher than Detroit’s seven times. The Pistons are 0-7 in those games, and the average score is 101-83. So, these last two cases are way better than the norm for a huge shooting differential.

The Pistons did the little things needed to win. Turnovers were down in both games. And their 21 offensive rebounds tonight were huge.

But those are only blocks to build on once the talent return.

It’s obvious the Pistons need Wallace back. Yao Ming torched Kwame Brown for 31 points and 15 rebounds. And Wallace would’ve stretched Yao enough to lower his four blocks. It was telling the Pistons turned to Antonio McDyess to guard Yao in key situations. Detroit just doesn’t have enough depth at center to be without Wallace.

But there’s obviously not enough room for Hamilton and Iverson to play big minutes with Detroit. And today’s game adds to the evidence Hamilton should get them (if a 23-28 record with Iverson didn’t prove it already).

The Pistons played the half-court game Hamilton thrives in, they type Iverson has been stifled in all season. And they took it to the extreme — the pace last night (76.3) was ridiculously low.

The TrailBlazers, last in the league in pace, are closer to the pace of Golden State, fastest in the league, than they are to last night’s game’s pace.

The last two game are encouraging for the Pistons. Once Hamilton is healthy, the pieces seem to be coming together around him. Coupled with news that Iverson’s tests have been pushed back, the direction of this team is even clearer.

Hamilton is steering the ship, and Iverson might be sunk.

Live Blog: Detroit at Houston

Iverson Hamilton and Sheed out

Iverson told Georgetown doctors he’s still in pain, so his test have been pushed to Thursday and Friday, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

McCosky also reports Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace are out against the Rockets tonight.

Game Preview: Detroit at Houston

When

Date: March 18, 2009

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 33-33

Houston: 44-25

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Jason
Maxiell
Antonio
McDyess

Houston:

PG SG SF PF C

Aaron
Brooks
Ron
Artest
Shane
Battier
Luis
Scola
Yao
Ming

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +9

Over/under: 176

Score: Houston wins 93-84

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.7

Detroit defensive rating: 107.3

Detroit pace: 87.1

Houston offensive rating: 108.1

Houston defensive rating: 103.9

Houston pace: 90.7

Score: Houston wins 96-94

Outlook

Richard Hamilton and Yao Ming are both questionable with injuries, so there’s plenty of room for swing here.

The Rocketes are one the league’s best defensive teams, but the smallish Aaron Brooks is a weak spot. Rodney Stuckey must take advantage, especially if Hamilton is out.

Professional Game Coverage: Dallas 103, Detroit 101

Detroit News

Mavericks top short-handed Pistons,” by Chris McCosky

Pistons’ McDyess increases in value,” by Chris McCosky

Detroit Free Press

Lingering injury keeps Richard Hamilton out of game,” by Vince Ellis

Booth Newspapers

Injury-depleted Pistons fall short against Dallas,” by A. Sherrod Blakely

Pistons’ Richard Hamilton sits against Mavericks,” by A. Sherrod Blakely

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas Mavericks sputter past short-handed Pistons, 103-101,” by Eddie Sefko

Game Preview: Detroit at Dallas

When

Date: March 17, 2009

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 33-32

Dallas: 40-27

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Jason
Maxiell
Antonio
McDyess

Dallas:

PG SG SF PF C

Jason
Kidd
Jose
Barea
Antoine
Wright
Dirk
Nowitzki
Erick
Dampier

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +5.5

Over/under: 188

Score: Dallas wins 97-91

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.5

Detroit defensive rating: 107.1

Detroit pace: 87.1

Dallas offensive rating: 109.6

Dallas defensive rating: 108.1

Dallas pace: 91.8

Score: Dallas wins 97-96

Outlook

Richard Hamilton is out, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

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