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Archive → March, 2010

Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics

Essentials

Date: March 2, 2010

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 21-38

Boston: 36-21

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C
Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Jonas
Jerebko
Ben
Wallace

Boston:

PG SG SF PF C
Rajon
Rondo
Ray
Allen
Paul
Pierce
Kevin
Garnett
Rasheed
Wallace

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +4.5

Over/under: 189

Score: Boston wins, 97-92

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 103.7 (26th)

Detroit defensive rating: 108.6 (20th)

Detroit pace: 88.7 (29th)

Boston offensive rating: 106.8 (15th)

Boston defensive rating: 102.2 (2nd)

Boston pace: 91.7 (21st)

Score: Boston wins, 97-93

Outlook

  • If Rajon Rondo has 10 assists today, he’ll set a Celtics record with eight straight games with double-digit assists. So maybe the Pistons could stop that streak. It’s more likely than snapping their three-game losing streak.
  • Check out Celtics Hub’s preview.
  • Join me in Daily Dime Live tonight. It’s awesome.

Why you should be joining Daily Dime Live

Every night, ESPN hosts a chat about the NBA. On many nights (usually when Detroit plays), I join to talk about the Pistons or other NBA topics.

Jared Wade of Hardwood Paroxysm compiled some of the best excerpts of the chats. Here are the two he pulled involving the Pistons and a third, which is my personal favorite:

Dan Feldman (PistonPowered/TrueHoop Network):
Ken, you’re right. He’s at his best next to Chucky Atkins

[Comment From stash: ]
@ dan. no one is at their best next to chucky atkins

[Comment From Noam: ]
Aren’t we all at our best next to Chucky Atkins?

[Comment From pistons4lif: ]
do you guys know anything that could save the pistons’ season

RH (Salt City Hoops / TrueHoop Network):
A time machine.

[Comment From JohnDJohnD: ]
How do you get the name DeMar DeRozan?

Matt Moore (Hardwood Paroxysm/TrueHoop Network):
Your DeMom And Your DeDad DeLove Each othe very DeMuch.

[Graham: I’d highly recommend following the link and reading all the quotes. There’s a lot of funny stuff there that made me laugh even on my second time through.]

Unless something comes up with work, I should be around to chat during tonight’s game. So come by with your questions and comments. Maybe we can make the next edition of “Best of Daily Dime Live.”

Pistons won’t make playoffs – now with in-depth numbers

Sports Club Stats has an awesome amount of info (hat tip: Royce Young of Daily Thunder). I’m going to bookmark this for – hopefully – next season. But here are a few things I learned about the Pistons’ playoff chances this year.

  • The Pistons odds of making the playoffs are 0.009768 percent.
  • Besides a win over the Celtics, Detroit fans should root for the Lakers to beat the Pacers tonight.
  • If the Pistons finish the season 16-7, they’ll have a one percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • To tip that percentage over 50, they’ll have to finish 20-3.
  • Its not all doom and gloom. If they finish 23-0, they’re a playoff lock.

Jonas Jerebko named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

First thought: Wow, good for him. Second thought: How long before he’s so recognized for being underrated, he becomes overrated?

From a team release:

NEW YORK, Mar. 1, 2010 – The Detroit Pistons’ Jonas Jerebko and New Orleans Hornets’ Darren Collison today were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.
Jerebko ranks first among Eastern Conference rookies in field goal percentage (.564) and second in scoring, (10.2 ppg) rebounds, (6.0 rpg) steals (1.0 spg) and blocks (0.54). On Feb. 16, Jerebko scored a team-high 21 points in 21 minutes, in a 108-85 win over Minnesota.
Among all rookies, Collison ranked first in scoring (21.6 ppg), assists (8.3 apg), steals (1.8 spg) and minutes (41.7 mpg) in February.  He also finished his first month as an NBA starter by scoring 35 points in the Hornets’ 108-100 loss at Dallas. Only one other rookie in the last 25 years had scoring and assist averages that high in the same month with a minimum of three games played: Allen Iverson (April 1997 — 33.6 ppg, 8.7 apg).
Here is a recap of the month for both Jerebko and Collison:
Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons
Feb. 6 vs New Jersey Registered 20 points, seven rebounds and shot 9-9 field goals in a 99-92 win over the Nets.
Feb. 10 vs Sacramento: Scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 88-95 loss to the Kings.
Feb. 16 vs. Minnesota: Notched 21 points and two rebounds in a 108-85 win over the Timberwolves.
Feb. 17 @ Orlando: Posted 13 points, three rebounds and two steals in a 91-116 loss to the Magic.
Darren Collison, New Orleans Hornets
Feb. 10 vs. Boston: Scored 25 points and dished nine assists to go with four steals and three rebounds in a 93-85 win over the Celtics.
Feb. 19 vs. Indiana: Finished with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, adding 12 assists and three steals in a 107-101 victory over the Pacers.
Feb. 21 vs. Houston: Posted 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 102-94 win over the Rockets.
Feb. 28 @ Dallas: Recorded a career-high 35 points to go with three rebounds and three assists in 100-108 loss to the Mavericks.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month were Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings, Minnesota’s Jonny Flynn, New Orleans’ Marcus Thornton and Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans.

Tayshaun Prince wants to be wanted for Olympic team he almost assuredly won’t actually play for

Despite playing in Beijing, Tayshaun Prince wasn’t on the initial list for Team USA’s 2010-12 roster. It appears that may have been only due to Jerry Colangelo not having Prince’s cell phone number. (Doesn’t that seem a little amateurish?).

So, the door is still open. But despite his dismay about being left of the list, it doesn’t seem like Prince will actually want to play. From Chris Tomasson of FanHouse:

"I look at it this way,” said Prince, who averaged 4.3 points and 11.1 minutes while getting into all eight 2008 Olympic games. "They know what I can do. If they decide they want me down the road or what not, I’d be willing to take the call or what not. But I think they just assumed what happened to me during the course of the season, my ruptured disk in my back, I would take this summer off, and they’re probably 100 percent right. We’ll see what happens.”

Besides his rehabilitation, I doubt Prince would make the team. I hope he regains the defensive form that landed him on the team in the first place. But I imagine Team USA can do better this time around.