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Jason Maxiell and Kenyon Martin face off for Cincinnati bragging rights

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Clippers
  • Date: March 18, 2012
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 16-28
  • Clippers: 25-18

Probable starters

Pistons:

Clippers:

  • Chris Paul
  • Nick Young
  • Caron Butler
  • Blake Griffin
  • DeAndre Jordan

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +7

Over/under: 188.5

Score: Clippers win, 97.75-90.75

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19 Comments

  • Mar 18, 20123:50 pm
    by Max

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    Think we’ll see any hungover players today?  Nick Young celebrating his escape?

    • Mar 18, 20125:04 pm
      by frankie d

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      nick young celebrates a good bowel movement.
      i’ve never seen an athlete so impressed with his own ordinary deeds.
      you’d think that he’d won a title whenever he hits a 3 pointer.

      • Mar 18, 20127:03 pm
        by tarsier

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        He’s just thinking ahead. In 50 years, he’ll be glad he made the most of all those good bowel movements. Most of us young folk take them for granted.

  • Mar 18, 20125:43 pm
    by tarsier

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    Of late, Prince appears to finally be out of his shooting slump. Too bad he couldn’t have been playing this well early on, maybe he could have been traded for an asset.

    • Mar 18, 20126:22 pm
      by frankie d

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      joe dumars will never trade tay.
      he will retire a piston.
      bet on it.

      • Mar 18, 20126:58 pm
        by tarsier

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        I refuse to bet on it. Once I give up hope, what do I have left? Not that I think you’re wrong on this count…

  • Mar 18, 20126:13 pm
    by tarsier

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    Also, Paul is the friggin’ bomb. 10-8-14-4 with ZERO turnovers in regulation.

  • Mar 18, 20126:21 pm
    by frankie d

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    why on god’s earth did frank go to a 3 guard line up with about 6 minutes to go?
    they lost the lead once he did that.  la started pounding detroit on the boards.

  • Mar 18, 20126:28 pm
    by tarsier

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    Wow, these teams are shooting a combined sub .400 FG%.

  • Mar 18, 20126:32 pm
    by frankie d

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    why has ben gordon been on the court in crunch time?

  • Mar 18, 20126:33 pm
    by tarsier

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    Pistons guards are a combined 7-32 including 1-11 from three. Also 12 assists and 11 turnovers. And Gordon just missed a huge free throw.

    • Mar 18, 20126:41 pm
      by frankie d

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      that is what makes the whole 3 guard lineup so dumb.
      the guards were playing poorly…the big guys were playing well…and in crunch time, you sit one of the bigs that had been playing well, to insert a guard who’s had an off-night…
      as i said, brilliant!

      • Mar 18, 20127:01 pm
        by tarsier

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        Yeah, it was definitely a bad move. But i won’t complain. Pistons aren’t making the playoffs, so I want as many close losses as possible.

        • Mar 18, 20127:08 pm
          by frankie d

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          actually, we agree on that point.  i actually liked this game in lots of ways.
          other than the inexplicable coaching move, they played well and it was a fun game to watch.  and they still lost, which is in the team’s long term interest.
          and monroe had a great game in la, which is always good for an athlete’s reputation.  you can bet he’ll get some good pub even though they lost.

  • Mar 18, 20126:39 pm
    by frankie d

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    wow…what a dumb thing to have done!
    you have a 6 point lead, your team is playing well, your big guys are playing well and containing the clippers’ bigs, and you go to a 3 guard line up, taking one of those big guys off the floor.
    JJ was killing la and frank sits him and runs 3 guards.
    brilliant!
    well, at least he understood that his best player, monroe, should be on the floor at the end of games.

    • Mar 18, 20126:49 pm
      by RationalSportsFan

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      I’m more confused by the constant Tay isos at the end of the game.  Tay’s offensive abilities are not found in isos.

    • Mar 18, 20128:25 pm
      by Max

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      I don’t feel like they lost because of defense though.  After getting ahead by 10 points, the Clippers ramped up their defense, Griffen and Monroe went at each other like a playoff game and the Pistons just couldn’t score much.   CP3 hit at least 3 crucial shots down the stretch when the degree of difficulty of each shot was such that he should have missed at least one.  This game really came down to him taking over as the best player on the court.

      • Mar 18, 20129:42 pm
        by tarsier

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        Unless he is playing the Heat (maybe the Magic), CP3 will virtually always be the best player on the court.

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