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Pistons trying to close out 5-0 homestand

Essentials

  • Teams: Charlotte Bobcats (8-24) at Detroit Pistons (13-22)
  • Date: January 6, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

What to look for

The Pistons have a chance to close out a 5-0 homestand tonight against the worst of the five teams they face on that homestand. With Charlotte in town, this seems like as good a time as any to re-address a mini-rant I had earlier in the season, comparing the Bobcats favorably to the Pistons. The premise was basically that the Bobcats knew what they were, had committed to letting youth sink or swim and hired a coach specifically because his specialty was player development:

There is actually practical evidence of bad teams doing the right things to get better. The Charlotte Bobcats are owned by Michael Jordan, who might be the most competitive person (and most fashionable person) in the history of humanity. Via ESPN Chicago, check out these comments from Jordan about the Bobcats:

He knows it won’t be a quick, easy process.

“Are we a playoff team? C’mon, we can’t expect that,” Jordan said Thursday. “But we need to get the ball rolling in the right direction. I’m not real happy about the record book scenario last year. It’s very, very frustrating.”

See how he did that? Most people hate losing, so I understand where Gores was coming from in his ‘playoffs’ comments. But, as Jordan demonstrates, you can hate losing and still be realistic. Charlotte came into the season with low expectations. They added more young players through the draft and a couple of stopgap veterans on the cheap, not with burdensome long-term contracts. When they made one trade for a burdensome long-term contract, they picked up an asset (a future first round pick … the team who helped them do that shall remain nameless). They knew they’d be young, they knew they wanted to play and develop their young players, so they made an outside-the-box hire and brought in a relatively unknown coach (by NBA standards at least) in Mike Dunlap whose specialty is — get this — young player development. The bar was set low for them, and guess what? They’ve rolled with their young players, errors and all, and started the season 6-4. I certainly don’t think that will hold up, but imagine being a fan of that team. If you’d spent an offseason hearing angry but realistic comments from front office personnel and ownership who hate losing every bit as much as fans do then your team had a strong start while playing intriguing young guys in big roles, you’d be extremely happy, right? The Bobcats set themselves up to exceed expectations.

Since that time, of course, the Bobcats have fallen back to where they should be and the Pistons have played well enough of late that they’re getting closer to being at the level record-wise most expected them to be at. Although I’m certainly happy that the Pistons are playing better basketball since that low, low point that I linked to, I’m most happy that Andre Drummond, in particular, is earning a bigger role and more trust and that underperforming veterans like Corey Maggette aren’t still being relied on by Lawrence Frank. A win tonight and a give-game win streak heading into the team’s next game at Milwaukee on Friday will certainly be welcome, but even without the wins, it’s much easier to watch this team as the younger players are relied on incrementally more.

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31 Comments

  • Jan 6, 20135:15 pm
    by Gareth Masters

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    SI has us up to 19th in their Power Rankings, which were published before Fridays win against ATL.

    Must be the highest we have been in a long time. Haven’t seen the other site’s rankings as yet. 

    • Jan 6, 20135:25 pm
      by Anon

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      On Hollinger’s Power Rankings we are 18th

  • Jan 6, 20138:16 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Greg Flirting with a triple double

  • Jan 6, 20138:18 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I dislike Knight and Prince in the game together

  • Jan 6, 20138:31 pm
    by Fennis

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    Why does Frank go big when this is the quickest team we’ve seen this year apart from OKC? The Cats are absurdly quick without reverting to small ball. Our response is to play Prince at 2, Austin at 3, CV at 4 to close the half? Ugh. 

  • Jan 6, 20138:34 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight needs to stay aggressive 

  • Jan 6, 20138:36 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight needs to stay aggressive ….

    NOW I A TIME TRAP! 

  • Jan 6, 20138:37 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    against a player like Kemba is when you trap…especially off those screens…

    Walker lives off picks 

  • Jan 6, 20139:00 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    we are losing terrible in hustle points

  • Jan 6, 20139:03 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight can get his own everytime…..

    He looks good in pick in roll 

  • Jan 6, 20139:32 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    Anybody else notice world wide wes is all of a sudden attending piston games again?  Maybe because of Drummond, the next big thing? Just my 2 bit conspiracy theory.

  • Jan 6, 20139:37 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I feel bad for Knight…..

  • Jan 6, 20139:45 pm
    by Vince

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    Too late for Moose to get 4 assists for another triple-double?

  • Jan 6, 20139:46 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight needs a chance to play more with the 2nd line-up….

    Playing with Maxiel, Singler, …. is not doing it…

    All he does is come down, spot up…. and watch Prince play POINT FOrward…and they work to get Greg going ….

     

  • Jan 6, 20139:52 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight should have been in that game…. take that corner 3

  • Jan 6, 20139:58 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Thats the best play you can draw up?

    and Where is Knight or Daye? 

  • Jan 6, 20139:59 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    we should have won this game in regulation… very disappointing…

  • Jan 6, 201310:08 pm
    by Vince

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    GOD DAMNIT. HOW IS THIS HAPPENING.

  • Jan 6, 201310:09 pm
    by Fennis

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    Hindsight is 20-20 but I knew K Walker would be better than B Knight. One has to work his ass off to be effective the other looks effortless.

    • Jan 6, 201310:15 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      BS… The biggest difference…

      The Pistons take the ball out of Knight hand…

      The bobcats keep walker in the game with the ball in his hands…walker is like 8-23 shooting….

      They trust him even when he is struggling…

      The decision to keep Bynum in the game as a SG hurt the Pistons in regulation…

       

  • Jan 6, 201310:09 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    SMH…we gave this game away…

     

  • Jan 6, 201310:11 pm
    by Vince

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    Thats it, we lost it. Frank deserves an F , its his fault the Bobcats got away with this, how can someone be so slow to readjust? 

  • Jan 6, 201310:15 pm
    by Venice

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    I guess this is the only thing we can do. This past few games can be called “magical”. This might be the end of our run for playoffs.

  • Jan 6, 201310:18 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    oh well it was a nice run while it lasted

  • Jan 6, 201310:21 pm
    by Venice

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    i really miss the days where we contend for championship every playoffs. Since I started playing basketball, the Pistons was the team that I always root for. I think I understand what Billups is trying to say.

  • Jan 6, 201310:22 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    The decision to play Knight at PG or SG must be made….

    They cant keep doing what they are doing having Prince at PG….Bynum…Stuckey and Knight…

    He edged out the last year games in the 4th qrt…tonight it caught up with us….

    Bynum is not a 3 point shooter, he is a streaky scorer…. but he was spotting up in the corner like a 3 point shooter….

    Im upset because we lost to a team we should have beaten 

    • Jan 6, 201310:24 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      “We edged out the last year games in the 4th qrt…tonight it caught up with us….”

  • Jan 6, 201310:30 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Bynum 2-9 shooting 1-5 for 3′s

  • Jan 6, 201310:34 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    our 2nd poor 3 point shooting game

  • Jan 7, 20136:14 am
    by Vic

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    Live by the 3….

  • Jan 7, 20138:37 am
    by lisa

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    Die by the three……..

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