Saturday, January 31, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
- What's the thought process of Curry staying on Prince to guard Dirk, after continuing to score easier than reciting the ABC
- Do we still have Rasheed in our team? I can't seem to find him.
- Stuckey and A.I. on the backcourt staring line up....that's because of their attack mode and able to create their own shot....Stuckey were just doing fine with that, but his TO was a different story....A.I. forcing it and shooting jump shot instead of going to the teeth of the defense was nowhere to be found
- If Pistons' practice on Thursday was about defending pick and roll, then they must've practice on how to allow opponents score....I can't imagine the points Dallas got of off pick and roll.
- In general, the Pistons' defense was harder to find than looking for Bush' staff in DC
- Did Curry forget that the best defender that we had on Dirk was Walter?
- It was only the second game with the new permanent (right!) starting line up, but not having the intensity on both ends of the floor is no excuse
I expect to have a better Pistons team this Sunday against the Rockets, not that I care but there will be more eyes on it since it's on national tv once again. It may or may not be a treat for out of town Pistons fans depending on how they perform.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
If the Pistons are playing the Suns, Lakers, Celtics or the likes
If the Pistons are playing Golden State, Magic or the likes
These two different line up does not suggest that one is a small ball line up and one is a big ball line up. First, the key is keeping Prince as a small forward and Stuckey as a true point guard while Wallace becomes the floater on two big positions. Theoretically, TEAM 1 suggest that if the Pistons are playing a team with a big shooting guard with a big front court that Brown and Hamilton's presence is necessary for defensive intensity. TEAM 2 suggest that if the Pistons are playing opponents with a small shooting guard with a small frontcourt that Iverson's scoring ability may be more useful than his defense and Johnson as well. In essence, SG and PF positions are flexible depending on who they are playing:
Mandatory Starters: Wallace, Prince Stuckey
Starters Dependent on Opponent: Brown, Johnson, Hamilton, Iverson
Originally, this was Curry's plan and experiement in the very beginning of the season, except it was just revolving between Johnson and Brown. Now that Iverson came, it wouldn't be a bad idea to apply the same to Iverson and Hamilton.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
- Curry did not just filled the point guard position, but awaken Stuckey's development off the chart
- McDyess' consistency of nearly double-double a game has come back to life
- Curry realized and admitted that Amir's presence in the line-up gives them a better look on defense.
- Prince' continue to be the most consistent player in the team
- The A.I. -- Pistons marriage is starting to look like a marriage
- Technical fouls came down......a little bit
And the challenges.....?
- There is no way that Pistons are going into the playoffs with A.I. and Rip in the starting line up.......Something has to be done
- As I mentioned, Amir is better off in the line up if Pistons expect consistent defense and help defense...but the kid's foul issue early in the game is a conflict to relying on him
- Prince's is an amazing player AS A SMALL FORWARD........he's body is not built as a power forward
- A.I.'s injection to the team revitalize Rasheed's three pointer, due to A.I.'s attacking the opponent defense, but shouldn't Rasheed gets a fair share of being set up in the post?
- Curry needs to make a decision on who will be in the starting line up and stick with it....it's hard enough to mix A.I. in the team, but its even harder to keep changing the rotation and starting line up unless he's still experimenting.....I hope not, or if he is, I hope it'll be done very soon because its almost February.
- A.I. = could produce more points and create his own shot but less of a defender, Rip = way better defender than A.I. but less of a "create his own shot" type of player
Pistons are going to be featured several times this week on National TV...maybe this is what they just need unless they want to get embarass in national stage.
Friday, January 9, 2009
- Thanks to Afflalo for making all the free throw shots in the last seconds of the game
- Prince may have committed some TO, but he gave the Pistons something to fired up about when he made their last FG
- The defense picked up in the 2nd half....Personally, that's what got the Pistons over the hump where they were down the whole entire game, except the last minute.
- No excuse for the Pistons to be playing like this, even with Sheed and Rip's absence, not because Melo didn't play either, but because Pistons defense doesn't just rely on them.
- Pistons needs to have a freethrow drill practice with the exception of Afflalo. The team combined for 27 for 40.....That's terribly 67.5%
- A quiet night for Stuckey with 9 points but his buddy Afflalo compensate for him and came up with 17 points
- A.I. led the team with 23 points
- Dyess dominated the board with 12 rebounds
Back to back for Detroit heading to Utah tonight for tomorrows game. Will they finally get over the curse in Utah by getting a win? We'll see.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Stuckey led the Pistons to a perfect 4-0 week despite the absence of Rip Hamilton in all of them and Rasheed Wallace in nearly three full games, averaging 23 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds a game.
Since Stuckey moved into the starting lineup on Dec. 17, the Pistons are 10-3 and have won seven straight games – a streak that began with a win over Chicago in which Stuckey erupted for 40 points. Throw in Stuckey’s three other starts this season and the Pistons are 13-3 in those games.
Defensively Stuckey is no slouch either. He is usually bigger and stronger than his point guard counterparts (just like Chauncey was) and he’s quick and athletic which all makes it very hard for his opponent to score on him. He completely shutdown Beno Udrih yesterday - the guy averages over 11 points a game but against Stuck he didn’t score a single bucket. Stuckey gets in the passing lanes quite often which goes to show how well he reads the play for a young guy. Offense comes pretty naturally to Stuckey, but with more starting minutes his defense will really improve.