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Transition game makes Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey more valuable to the Detroit Pistons

What a time for a two-day break.

After snapping a 13-game losing streak with a 99-90 win over Washington last night, the Pistons can extend their newfound good feelings without the risk of a loss.

And selfishly, I’m swamped at work, so posting will be light the next couple days. But I want to share a quick thought from watching last night’s game.

The Pistons really do need to run more

I’d love to see the Pistons’ offensive rating on possessions when Richard Hamilton or Rodney Stuckey has the ball inside 15 feet with at least 15 seconds left on the shot clock.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is probably the only person who knows, but I’d bet it’s sky high. When those two guards get near the basket that quickly, they’re excellent at creating – for themselves and teammates.

And the best way for them to get in that position: running the ball.

Hamilton can’t penetrate well against a set defense. Stuckey can, but he doesn’t distribute well against a set defense.

Both can get obviously make the short jumper in this situation, especially Hamilton. Hamilton also has underrated on-guard skills, which he learned under Larry Brown.

When Hamilton or Stuckey hold the ball five feet behind the 3-point arc, the Pistons are easy to defend. So why not try to run to get easier looks?

If it doesn’t work, Stuckey or Hamilton can just kick the ball out to the other and run the usual offense.

4 Comments

  • Jan 14, 201012:57 am
    by pistonsfan4l1f3

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  • Jan 14, 201012:58 am
    by pistonsfan4l1f3

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    sorry about the last comment, i’m not familiar with how this text hting works, but you are sooo right! what a great analysis!

  • Jan 14, 20103:06 am
    by xyu022

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    I totally agree.  They need to take advantage of that strength.  They can’t play like chauncey is still on the team.  Cut back on the half court sets & push the ball up & into the paint.  On a side note, nice move putting wilcox in the starting line-up.  Not only rip and stuck have that instant quick tempo offense but they can throw the ball up to wilcox for the easy dunk as well.

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