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Chris Wilcox can’t redeem the Detroit Pistons’ losing effort

When you amble back on defense so slowly, the opponent gets multiple shots before you decide its important to get back, you deserve to lose.

When you toss up lazy shots that are more likely to get blocked than not,* you deserve to lose.

When you throw away simple outlet passes, you deserve to lose.

When you do each of those things multiple times, you really deserve to lose.

*The Bobcats’ 13 blocks tied the third most a team has made in a game this season.

A flash-in-the-pan* sizzling Chris Wilcox (15 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 23 minutes) shouldn’t keep you from what you deserve – even against the Bobcats. He didn’t. The Pistons lost, 105-100.

*Before you suggest Wilcox belongs in the permanent rotation, read Royce Young’s assessment in Wilcox’s player preview.

The Pistons spent the first three quarters displaying one of their most uninspiring efforts of the season, and that’s a crowded race. The only conflict appeared to be whether Detroit would do a poorer job defending the rim or the 3-point arc. The Pistons seemingly did everything wrong until the fourth quarter.

  • They had no gas. Detroit played in a different city last night, and the Bobcats didn’t play the previous five days. That might be an excuse for 36-year-old Ben Wallace, whom John Kuester pulled early, and hobbled Tracy McGrady, who didn’t play much, either. But for the rest of the team? The NBA season is full of back-to-backs, so that’s not a valid excuse to me.
  • Their rotation was nonsensical. In the first quarter, Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon shot well and, although the results weren’t fantastic, hustled on defense. Villanueva wasn’t rebounding, and Gordon didn’t move the ball particularly well. But at least they were doing something. So what did that earn them? A spot on the bench in the second quarter, which the Bobcats opened on a 24-2 run.
  • Rodney Stuckey was awful. I think Stuckey gets a bad rap for how he manages the Pistons’ offense. He’s not Magic Johnson, but he he’s not Nick Young, either. Tonight, he forced shots and didn’t get anyone else involved, finishing with six points (1-of-6 shooting), three assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

Obviously, I’m pointing out a lot of negatives for a close game. But the game was close because neither team really played like it deserved to win. Both teams lacked energy most of the game. Several plays appeared to happen in slow motion, with none of the 10 players on the court capable of playing at full speed. Each team had only one good quarter – the Bobcats in the second and the Pistons in the fourth – and tied the other two.

Although they were nearly equally dismal, when two bad teams play, one must win. That doesn’t stain the victory. Everybody gets to play bad teams, and most teams look forward to the chance to beat up on someone weaker (or as weak) as them.

Not the Pistons. They played tonight like this was just another game. And if you’ve seen how they play any other game, nothing about the result of that attitude should have surprised you.


  • Dec 28, 201012:26 am
    by jk281


    Another 0 pt, 2 reb game for our starting Center, that makes 2 in a row.

    And Maxiell had a stellar night with 0 pts, 1 reb, and an alarming -17 in only 6 min of play.

    To think that has been our starting frontcourt tandem for much of the season BY CHOICE of the coaching staff, disgusts me.

    Neither should even be playing 1 min/gm, let alone ever starting again.

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  • Dec 28, 20101:14 am
    by Jeremy


    I haven’t seen the box score yet but I’m pretty sure we played them even in the first and third quarters. Beat them in the fourth by, what, 11 even with the padding at the end?
    The game was lost during the first half to two thirds of the second quarter when the Bobcats went on something like a 20-to-2 run. I don’t think you can blame Q for taking out Charlie and Ben though. He’s been switching to a bench lineup for the start of the second to good effect for the last few games, why change things now when the starters played the first quarter even? Who knew Rip and T-Mac would stop scoring today?
    To my eye Charlie had a killer game. Nice to see Daye get a little floor time.

  • Dec 28, 20106:29 am
    by Laser


    rodney stuckey is the worst point guard in the world.

  • Dec 28, 20106:46 am
    by gmehl1977


    You are wrong buddy. He is the worst ‘pretend’ point guard in the world.

  • Dec 28, 20109:52 am
    by detroitpcb


    this game highlights the one weakness of T-Mac’s game – pace. He is a very deliberate player now and while he can still create pace with long transition passes, he is unlikely to have a positive impact on games where the other team is pushing the ball effectively on every possession.

    hard to blame Stuckey for this loss although he played poorly. This was a true team effort.

    Every player on this team has weaknesses, some multiple, along with things they do well. Without a franchise type player to build around and with a coach who has no clue what is happening on the floor, each player seems to get exposed for what they do poorly every 3 games or so.

  • Dec 28, 20101:24 pm
    by Rodman4Life


    was at the game last night.  Stuckey was terrible, and the team’s body language during that second quarter was pathetic.  Stuckey looks like and plays like a rookie from what I have been seeing.  His ability to affect the game is limited and easily taken away.  He (as many of the Pistons) is too easily mentally conquered.
    Charlie V was on fire.  That guy makes some real junk shots sometimes.

  • Dec 28, 201010:58 pm
    by Laser


    correction: it’s always easy to blame anything on stuckey. he’s the worst. i blame dumars for wildly misevaluating his talent, but stuckey can safely be blamed for everything else.

  • Dec 29, 20106:59 am
    by gmehl1977



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