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    [NBA.com]

    Hamilton, Prince rally Pistons past Bucks
    Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points apiece and Rasheed Wallace added 21 and 10 rebounds as the Pistons rallied from an 18-point third quarter deficit to post a 112-105 triumph over the Bucks, who wasted a 37-point performance by Michael Redd. [Video highlights included]

    Balanced attack leads Patriots past TBirds
    Detroit Pistons rookie Amir Johnson scored 21 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds and three steals, to lead the Fayetteville Patriots to a 106-89 win over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in NBA Development League action at the Crown Coliseum Friday night. Five Patriots hit in double figures as Fayetteville improved to 15-30. Albuquerque dropped to 23-21 .... Johnson's Detroit teammate Alex Acker added 20. [Amir Johnson picture here]

    [Detroit News - Associated Press report]

    McDyess rallies Pistons past Bucks
    After trailing 65-47 in the third quarter, the Pistons tied the game at 85 early in the fourth on Antonio McDyess' jumper, then took their first lead of the game moments later. McDyess added four more points as Detroit went up 100-92 with 4:35 left.

    "They went to him four or five times in a row, and when he makes that jump shot, it opens up everything else for them," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "He was effective and they took advantage." McDyess finished with 10 of his 18 points in the fourth.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    HE'S IN! Dumars to get Hall of Fame nod
    A team source confirmed Friday night that Dumars’ name is included in the 2006 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, which will be formally announced Monday in Indianapolis during Final Four festivities.

    [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    Motor City Mettle: Detroit shows poise in comeback
    Said guard Mo Williams: "We made them earn it tonight. I'll guarantee you they're tired. But they turned it up and made it a game on their home court. They picked it up and made some plays. They're a championship-caliber team.

    "They're poised. They know what they want to do. They been in situations before and we're still learning. We only play a few big games a year. It's ironic how at the end of the game, who always hits the big shot? They know what they want to do and they know how to get it."

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    More Big Ben contract talk
    More of the same regarding Ben's imminent resigning, from Chris Sheridan's ESPN chat today. [Note: you can also see a write-up on Sheridan's chat and a larger story about sports agents in general at the excellent truehoop.com.]

    One more: a great recap of Championship #2
    I know we've been bombarding you with nostalgia this week, but allow me to provide you with one more link. The Basketball Hall of Fame has an amazing recap of the Pistons 1989-1990 season.

    [Bucks Diary]

    Pretty good isn't good enough for Bucks
    At power forward Rasheed Wallace manhandled rookie Andrew Bogut. At times it appeared Wallace was playing defense against Bogut with a tennis racket in his right hand. Bogut couldn't shoot over him, and wasn't really creative when it came to conjuring some alternative approaches. Thus, he was overwhelmed. Wallace stamped "Return to Sender" on several of Bogut's rather weak shooting efforts. Joe Smith couldn't correct the situation either, as he was completely outplayed by Pistons reserve Antonio McDyess. At the center position, Jamaal Magliore had another awful game, and Dan Gadzuric was no factor at all.

    Bogut, Wallace and Detroit's "Bad Boys"
    To set the record straight with the authors of the DetroitBadBoys blog, in a recent post I did not compare Bogut in anyway to the present day Rasheed Wallace. They are not comparable, obviously.
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    [Detroit News]

    Pistons put Bucks back in their place
    The Milwaukee Bucks aren't exactly the second coming of Larry Bird's Celtics or Michael Jordan's Bulls. But they are still a decent NBA team - one that will almost certainly find themselves in the Eastern Conference playoffs in a few weeks.

    That means the Detroit Pistons had to stay awake for almost two entire quarters to beat them.

    Dumars immortalized as Hall of Famer
    "It is long overdue because of what Joe has meant to the game, and I'm not talking about on the court," Chauncey Billups said. "He wasn't just important to Detroit, he was important to the whole league. People with his class don't come around very often."

    NBA Notebook
    Maybe it's because the reward is a first-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons, but nobody seems to want the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia 76ers are in eighth place, but have done little lately to strengthen their spot. Then again they haven't needed to, because the teams chasing them haven't capitalized.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons wake up in 4th
    Bucks guard Michael Redd scored 41 points the last time he visited the Palace this season, and he wasted no time reestablishing that pace. He finished with 37 points, scoring 24 in the first half.

    "There's nobody else in the game who shoots the ball like that," said Tayshaun Prince, who led the Pistons with 25 points and three blocks. "Off-balance and the ball's not hitting any rim. Sometimes when he shoots it, you don't even want to look at the rim because it'll go in."

    Pistons Corner: Bell ringing in NBA
    Bell has started five games this season, filling in for injured starter T.J. Ford, who could return to the starting lineup tonight. But whatever his minutes -- he's averaged 21 this season -- Bell is happy to take them.

    [Booth Newspapers/MLive.com]

    With eye on playoffs, Pistons seek improvement
    "With us, we're just trying to keep on improving so that we're at the top of our game come playoff time," said Antonio McDyess. "That's what we're concerned about, just trying to keep on getting better."

    Blakely radio notes: Bench, rebounding keys to playoff run
    ASB: I honestly think that the Mavericks would be a much tougher matchup in the Finals. If the Pistons meet the Spurs, I think the Pistons win that series regardless of whether they have home court or not. In my opinion, Detroit is better on both sides of the ball.
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    Dyess Shines In Pistons Win Against Bucks *VIDEO*

    It was an uphill battle at Palace last night. The Bucks started the game on a 15-0 run forcing the Pistons to play from behind most of the game. Michael Redd was on fire hitting almost everything he threw up, but despite his 37 point the Pistons pulled it out in the fourth quarter to beat the Bucks 112-105.


    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Report: Joe Dumars is a Hall of Famer

    We'll deal with last night's schizophrenic win over the Milwaukee Bucks later, but at the moment we can't think of anything more important to Piston fans than Joe Dumars being named to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The good news was reported yesterday in the Detroit News and reiterated by George Blaha and Bill [...]

    Bogut-Sheed II

    A rebuttal of sorts from the Milwaukee Bucks Diary:
    To set the record straight with the authors of the DetroitBadBoys blog, in a recent post I did not compare Bogut in anyway to the present day Rasheed Wallace. They are not comparable, obviously. I don't think the post even implied that they were, to be [...]

    Pistons poach Bucks in the fourth

    Just like the last time the Pistons played the Bucks, Michael Redd put on a show Friday night, putting the Bucks in position to win until the Pistons used their veteran savvy to pull out a last-minute victory. Redd, who previously scored a career-high 42 points in his last game against Detroit, scored 37 on [...]
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    [Detroit News]

    Dumars joins game's greats
    Joe Dumars is going to Springfield, Mass., to be immortalized. Dumars, the Pistons' president, has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Pistons Notebook: Billups: It's not about the MVP
    The truth is, if Billups was able to vote for the MVP, he might pick Nash. "If it's not going to be me, it has to be him," Billups said. "He makes everybody on his team better. That's what the MVP award should be about. They have a defensive player of the year award, right? Well, they should have an offensive player of the year award, too, and a separate award for MVP."

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Dumars headed to the Hall
    A team source confirmed Friday night that Dumars' name is included in the 2006 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, which will be formally announced Monday in Indianapolis during Final Four festivities.

    Pistons Corner: Bell ringing in NBA
    Flint native Bell rolled into the Palace on Friday night as a starting point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. And he knew how to make an entrance. Bell scored 18 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and threw 13 assists in a Bucks victory Tuesday.

    [Booth Newspapers/MLive.com]

    Pistons won't let high-scoring Suns dictate play
    One would never confuse driving around a few blocks in the neighborhood with racing in the Indianapolis 500. So you can understand why the Detroit Pistons aren't the least bit delusional about the fact that, despite playing recently against high-scoring teams like Dallas and Milwaukee, those experiences will pale in comparison to what they have to contend with today against the Phoenix Suns.

    Dumars selected to Hall of Fame
    "Joe is a one of the classiest guys you'll ever meet," said ex-NBA and Michigan State star Steve Smith, a Detroit native. "He's always striving for greatness, and for him, it really doesn't matter who gets the credit. Just as long as the job gets done."

    Pistons Weblog: A. Sherrod Blakely
    Joe Dumars being elected to the Hall of Fame is a bit of a surprise. It shows that the people who are voting on this stuff are actually looking for more than how many points and assists a player tallies in his career.

    Full-Court Press: Bucks marvel at Pistons' poise
    "That's the frustrating thing," Redd said. "We've played them tough every game and just come up short. I think it's their championship experience and getting tougher down the stretch that hurts us."

    [Arizona Republic]

    Suns lack Pistons' unity, rings
    San Antonio may be the bar that the Suns aspire to reach, but Detroit's is set just as high.

    "You're never going to find a starting five that's so close and knows each other on and off the court as much as these guys," said McDyess, who is averaging 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds off the bench in the past 11 games. "We've got such a family atmosphere around here and everyone is so close that it makes you want to go out and play hard. It's so easy when you're on the court and know each other like we do."

    [NBA.com]

    Thunderbirds take down Patriots
    The Albuquerque Thunderbirds rode a 15-3 third-quarter spurt – along with an impressive performance by point guard Tierre Brown – to break open a close contest and beat the Fayetteville Patriots, 103-88, in D-League action at the Crown Coliseum Saturday night .... [Alex] Acker led all scorers with a professional career-high 31. [Amir Johnson 13 points on 4-5 FG shooting, 4 rebounds, 6 turnovers]
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    [Need4Sheed]


    Pistons Read To Achieve

    The Pistons teamed up with Fox 2 Detroit, Rock Financial and others for The Read to Achieve book donation drive for students in need of proper literacy resources. The Palace collected books at Pistons home games in the month of March. For more information on how you can help click here. Here is the Fox 2 TV commercial for the program featuring Lindsey Hunter and Richard Hamilton.


    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Quotes about Joe Dumars

    Joe Dumars is often a man of few words, at least when it comes to talking about his own ability or accomplishments. It's a testament to his character, however, that so many other people are willing to speak about him. Here are some of the words used to describe him from the first wave of [...]
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Pistons stare directly at the Suns early, still see the bucket late

    I've decided to do a service to sports writers covering the Pistons by providing a generic introduction that apparently can in used almost every game recap the rest of the way:
    The Pistons allowed the hot-shooting [insert opponent here] to take a commanding lead on [insert day of game], at one point trailing by as [...]
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    [CBS Sportsline]

    Pistons storm past Suns to clinch East's No. 1 seed
    "This is the third of our five steps, but this one might be the most important of the first four, because of the 2-2-1-1-1 format in the conference finals," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said.

    .... Detroit expects to be without Rasheed Wallace on Tuesday at home against the Hornets. Wallace is subject to a one-game suspension for picking up his 16th technical foul. "I don't care about No. 16," Wallace said. "I'm just going to be cheering from home."

    [nba.com]

    Postgame Quotes
    Flip Saunders ... on making adjustments in the second half:
    "What was happening is that we were so concerned early about their perimeter shooting, we were guarding our man too close and we were giving them lanes. Protect the paint first, and get there and contest the shots second."

    Chauncey Billups ... On the difference between the first and second halves:
    "We changed up our scheme a little bit defensively and made them take tougher shots - contesting their shots once we got a little bit accustomed to how they played, because nobody in the league plays like that. Some teams are a lot of up and down, but nobody really plays it that well. Once we made our adjustments and changed our scheme a little bit at halftime, we started hitting some shots as well, and our defense picked our offense up, too."

    [MLive.com]​

    Full-Court Press: Starters' consecutive streak nearly ends; Darko trade an "all-time player jacking"
    According to the ABC NBA pregame show, Rasheed Wallace was late to the arena today due to the spring time-change. They also reported that because of the error, Wallace was going to be withheld from the starting lineup, ending the starters' consecutive game streak. But even though the PA announcer announced Antonio McDyess in the starting lineup, Wallace did start the game.

    [The Oakland Press]​

    Nets could wind up helping Pistons
    It's nearly impossible to find anyone who does not foresee a Detroit-Miami rematch in the Eastern Conference finals. The late surge by New Jersey won't change that sentiment, but it could make the Heat work harder than expected to get there.

    [azcentral.com]

    Pistons pound Suns in second-half comeback
    Public-address announcer John Mason included Wallace in the starting lineup, then after Saunders said he was not starting, Mason was told to say McDyess was starting. But with Wallace on the court for the tipoff, Mason was told to say Wallace was starting .... When Rasheed Wallace was charged with a technical, it got so testy that Mason was admonished by official Steve Javie for contorting his face. [Javie's a nazi. Give all the TV views a T, Steve--you know they deserve it.]

    [Motoring]

    A little bit of history repeating
    In essence, that was a replica of the Milwaukee game. Play good O all game, but completely flip the switch at the half defensively. These kind of things make me think they’re just toying with people during these last few games.
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    Chauncey Outshines The Suns In Pistons Win Over Phoenix

    Chauncey's 35 points helped The Pistons beat the red hot Suns 109 - 102 while clinching home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Suns led at the half 63-49, which was the most points given up by the Pistons at halftime all year. The Suns didn't miss many shots in the first half but the Pistons clamped down on defense in the second. The Pistons trailed by as much as 17 in the first half and 16 in the third quarter before coming back and finally taking the lead 87-86 with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter and never looking back.
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Chauncey Billups is Clyde Frazier cool

    Chauncey Billups goes by the nickname "Smooth." How smooth is he? The Association is comparing him to Walt Frazier, one of the smoothest players (on and off the court) ever to play the point:
    Growing up, I remember my dad always telling me how cool Clyde Frazier was. He told me the guy was a good [...]

    Chuck Daly still in Zeke's corner

    When Chuck Daly speaks, Pistons fans listen. . . even if they think he's a little crazy. From the NY Post:
    Daly, who coached Knicks president Isiah Thomas in Detroit, believes his former superstar point guard knows what it takes to build a perfect team, even giving him credit for helping Detroit construct its two [...]
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    [Detroit News]

    Hall honors team player
    Basketball legend Michael Jordan swears by Dumars, calling him and Dennis Johnson the toughest defenders he ever faced. Barkley and Wilkins said Dumars was the best all-around player on the Pistons -- even ahead of Isiah Thomas.

    "The guys who played against Joe Dumars know he was spectacular," Wilkins said. "He was a workmanlike guy. But he was also a guy who could make you raise your eyebrows and say 'wow'. What he has done during his career and what he's done after his career has been pretty amazing."

    "Joe Dumars was the best player on that team -- period," Barkley said.

    Editorial: Basketball fame fits demure Joe Dumars
    ["Demure"? Somebody get an editor for the editorialist.] Detroit Pistons legend Joe Dumars has never really sought fame, but his on-court and off-court exploits ensured it would find him anyway. He is deservedly going into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Twist of fate
    Here's a peek at Detroit's most likely first-round opponents.

    Wallace suspended one game
    Saunders said he would "more than likely" start Davis and not sixth man Antonio McDyess.

    "There's a different temperament to being a starter than a guy that comes off the bench," he said. "When you are talking about something short-term like this, you don't want to get anybody out of their rhythm."

    Alley oop to Carlos Delfino
    "I go to the supermarket and get my own food. People ask me why I do that. I like to know what is in my food, and I do not want things that are bad. So I cook my own food. I like the pasta. But cleaning up, that I do not do very well. That's no fun."

    [Booth Newspapers/MLive.com]

    Inside the Pistons
    In their last three games at home, the Pistons had double-digit deficits to playoff-bound teams who needed a win a lot more than Detroit. In the third quarter of each of those games, the Pistons made it close and went to their go-to players in the fourth quarter to bring home the wins. To his credit, Pistons coach Flip Saunders seems to have settled on an ideal playing rotation for the fourth quarter. Specifically, he's using Antonio McDyess like a baseball manager would use a middle relief pitcher, and Ben Wallace finishes off games similarly to a closer. It's a formula that has been working extremely well lately. And chances are, it will continue to be effective when the playoffs begin later this month.

    [DetroitPistons.com]

    Dale Davis and Pistons to host charity pool tournament
    Dale Davis of the Detroit Pistons will host a charity single elimination 8-Ball tournament on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at Slapsticks Billiards & Spirits in Clinton Twp. The event titled, “The Dale Davis Foundation & Detroit Pistons All-Star Charity 8-Ball Tournament,” will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The proceeds from this event will be used towards scholarships for Detroit area students. Slapsticks Billiards and Spirits is located at 35691 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, MI.

    [New Orleans Times-Picayune]

    Hornets look to shine on the road
    "San Antonio's still the team to beat, they're the defending champions," Scott said of the team that beat Detroit in seven games in the 2005 NBA Finals. "But I think if anyone can beat them, it's Detroit. They're almost tailor-made for each other, both built on the defensive end, and they have interchangeable parts on offense. If they meet in the Finals, it's going to go to seven. And I'll watch every one."

    [BlackSportsOnline.com]

    The Top 50 Sexiest Athletes' Wives and Girlfriends We Forgot
    We admit it, we left out some very attractive Wifeys on our last list [also included on the web page], but we have corrected the problem, by listing the Top 50 Sexiest Athletes Wives and girlfriends we missed the first time around, so sit back, relax and enjoy. [Rip, Chauncey, Sheed, Prince and Lindsey all make the list with their better halves. Maybe Ben, too, I stopped after a while.]
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    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons Corner: Starting five altered with Rasheed out
    With Wallace out tonight, Davis is ready to play a larger role.

    "I haven't really had a lot of opportunities to get out there and mix it up," Davis said. "It'll be good. The season is winding down, and I definitely want to get my timing back and play a little bit and hopefully be able to contribute during the playoffs."

    An easy call to make: Dumars Hall of Famer
    Dumars couldn't hear a thing. He asked his barber, Willie Rowls, to be quiet. Then he got the news of a lifetime. And then he calmly resumed getting his hair cut.

    [Blue Collar Blueprint - Eli Zaret]

    Of Stars, Egos and Emotional Ties
    Hill may be one of the more selfless stars of this generation. His interests in art and charity give him character and depth well beyond the court. I think he’d be able to be a sixth man if it meant winning a championship and helping him soothe the pain and anguish six years of injuries has caused him. I find myself rooting strongly for this story to happen.
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Streak snapped at 73; Rasheed Wallace's suspension upheld

    Any hope the Pistons may have had that the NBA would rescind the ticky-tack technical foul issued to Rasheed Wallace on Sunday has been dashed: Stu Jackson, NBA Senior Vice President Basketball Operations, announced today that Wallace has been suspended one game for receiving his 16th technical foul. Wallace will miss Tuesday's game against the [...]


    100 Reasons (and more) to love Rasheed Wallace

    We got a little nostalgic last week reminiscing about Bill Laimbeer and the rest of the old school Bad Boys. But of the current Pistons, no player more closely embodies Laimbeer's attitude and spirit than Rasheed Wallace. Plus, long-time fans can't help but see the similarity in their games: they're both big men with three-point [...]

    [Need4Sheed]

    Kung Fu King Lindsey Hunter Shows His Skills

    If you were paying close attention you caught Lindsey Hunter showing off his Karate skills right before the tip off of the Bucks game. Now I almost missed this because I was at the game but a Need4Sheed reader wanted to see it again and brought it to my attention. This is a good one, even Dyess thinks Lindsey is nuts. The Pistons are truly a close knit bunch.

    Micro: Hilarious Video.
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    [The Oklahoman]

    You gotta register to read


    Hornets visit Detroit as race gets intense

    By Darnell Mayberry

    DETROIT - The race for eighth intensifies tonight as the top two contenders for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot begin their remaining schedules against two of the league’s best teams.

    The Hornets, just two games out of the eighth seed, start their final 10 games with a road game against the league’s best team, the Detroit Pistons. The Sacramento Kings, currently in the eighth spot, have eight games left, beginning with tonight’s road game against the Dallas Mavericks, the league’s third best team.

    “We’re still looking at other teams and what they’re doing,” Hornets coach Byron Scott said. “We got to keep pace. I think our guys - it took them 70-something games - but they understand that we can’t have a letdown.
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    [Fayetteville Observer]
    (Better late than never - a more substantial article on the Pistons' D-Babies)

    The two Detroit Pistons rookies returned to their parent club during a break in Fayetteville’s NBA Development League schedule for some physical therapy and training. They came back to the Patriots with a vengeance Friday, combining for 41 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a 106-89 victory over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds at the Crown Coliseum.
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    [Pistons.com]



    FSN SPOTLIGHT - Chauncey Billups
    Premiering Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
    Check local listings

    Be sure to tune in to FSN Detroit this Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 p.m. (EDT) to catch the next SPOTLIGHT on Pistons guard Chauncey Billups.

    Excerpts from the show:

    Billups on his "other" sport as a youth:
    "Actually football was number one for me. I love football, man I love football. The only reason I got into basketball was I needed something to do when it wasn't football season. I needed something to do, so I started to play basketball and I just fell in love with it. I played both for like three or four years and then I just quit playing football all together and focused all my attention on playing basketball."

    Billups on why he wore uniform #4 in high school:
    "It was because of Joe Dumars. I just loved Joe Dumars' game. Magic (Johnson) was my favorite player that I like to watch, but my favorite backcourt was always Isiah and Joe. I wore number 4 because like I said, it had a lot to do with Joe and how he played the game, just so graceful, just so respectful and you never (saw) him out of character out there. And I just think we're similar in that way sometimes."

    ** Pistonsforum.com registered members, click *here* to get an automatic email reminder that this show will be on. You must be logged into your account to use the link provided.



    [The Salt Lake Tribune]


    No clear-cut choice for top individual honor
    The NBA MVP Race
    by Steve Luhm

    A heated race in the NBA is coming to a boil.

    No, not the less-than-crowded scramble to reach the Finals in June.

    Only three or four teams have a legitimate chance to do that, and anything other than a rematch of last year's championship series between San Antonio and Detroit will be a surprise.

    A much closer race involves as many as 10 viable candidates for the Most Valuable Player award.
    ~
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    [Detroit News]

    Pistons reach 60
    APRIL 5 - Spooky things were everywhere at The Palace Tuesday night. The bathrooms flooded in lower parts of the arena, sending small rivers of water flowing through corridors and banishing the Hornets from their locker room. Dale Davis started because of Rasheed Wallace's suspension, thereby stopping the 98-game starting streak for the customary five. The Pistons, normally very careful with the basketball, became turnover-happy. And Antonio McDyess set a scoring high as Piston.

    In the midst of all this oddity, the Pistons beat the Hornets 101-93 for their 60th victory of the season. The Pistons are closing on the highest victory total in club history, set by the 1988-89 team that finished 63-19.

    Pistons are too busy winning to think about history
    If the Pistons win their final eight, they will finish 68-14. That mark would tie them with the 1972-73 Boston Celtics for the fourth-best record in history. One loss would give them the fifth-best mark. Michael Jordan's 1995-96 Chicago Bulls posted the all-time best at 72-10.

    McDyess thrives off bench
    McDyess finished with 26 points, the most in his Pistons career, and 14 rebounds. He played 37 minutes, just short of his season high of 38.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons hold off Hornets
    The 101-93 win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Palace on Tuesday night was the Pistons' 60th this season. Not since the 1989-90 championship season has Detroit won at least 60 games -- and there are still eight games to play.

    At halftime, 'The Calm' brings ease to concerns
    "When we go into the locker room at halftime, we won't be down, we won't be frustrated," forward Tayshaun Prince said. "We won't be down at all. We won't be nothing. We're like, 'All right, let's go out there and see if we can pull this out.' "

    The coaches, plus team president Joe Dumars and vice president John Hammond, meet together in one room, while the players sit in their lockers and talk about those first 24 minutes.

    Dive into the NBA's No. 1 rivalry: Pistons-Heat
    Thursday is the final time the Pistons and Miami Heat square off in the regular season, but just about everyone thinks the teams will meet again in the playoffs -- potentially in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals. The Pistons have locked up the East's top seed and the Heat is holding the No. 2 slot.

    Pistons Corner
    Dumars said the best comment he has heard so far came from his 15-year-old son, Jordan, who said, "Well, I guess you were good."

    Whom do the Pistons want to face in Round One?
    The top-seeded Pistons open the first round of the playoffs against the eighth seed in less than three weeks. Potential first-round opponents, with seedings through Monday.

    [Booth Newspapers]

    Minus Rasheed, McDyess sparkles in Piston win
    McDyess, who already had a season-high 19 points by the end of the third quarter, finished with a game-high 26 points to spark the Detroit Pistons' 101-93 victory against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Tuesday night. It was the 60th victory of the season for the Pistons.

    Saunders pleased with Davis' play
    With Rasheed Wallace sidelined with an automatic suspension due to having accumulated 16 technical fouls this season, Davis was inserted into the starting lineup for Detroit's 101-93 victory against the Hornets. Davis, who had averaged just five minutes per game in his 21 previous appearances this season, played 23 minutes, scoring four points and getting five rebounds.

    "Dale did a nice job. He helped us defensively and scored some in there," said Pistons coach Flip Saunders. "I thought for the first time with extended minutes, he did a lot of positive things for us. We'll continue to play him."

    [New Orleans Time-Picayune]
    Hornets tank chances; winning streak ends
    AUBURN HILLS, MICH. -- If there was ever a harbinger that the Hornets would soon go in the toilet, it was at halftime. Down six at the Detroit Pistons, they walked into their locker room -- which was flooded with toilet water.

    In their 101-93 loss to the team with the NBA's best record, the Hornets flushed away their chances in the third quarter, and entered the fourth trailing by 13.
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    No Need4Sheed in Pistons' 60th win
    I am now officially on my Dyess for sixth man of the year campaign. Now I know this is probably not going to happen but I just want a little more attention called to Antonio's great play, then maybe the refs can give the guy a break on the foul calls. Antonio never seems to get any calls go his way. You would think he was a rookie by the way all the calls go against him. Respect for McDyess I say! [Includes new McDyess desktop wallpaper.]

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Question: Why would a team lose on purpose?
    Ian mentioned in jest the possibility of the Pistons dropping a game on purpose to help the Hornets into the playoffs and push Ron-Ron and the Kings out. Of course it's ridiculous to think the Pistons would do that, but Mark Cuban has thought of a scenario in which an NBA team might want to lose a game.

    Previous topics:
    The buzz before tonight's matchup with the Hornets; Joe Dumars sees himself in Chauncey Billups; How do you split nothing?; Darko does Disney: a Magic fan's perspective; 100 reasons (and more) to love Rasheed Wallace [That one's an oldie but a goodie -- highly recommended. - Ed.]
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    [Sporting News]
    Billups pops Nash's MVP balloon
    BLOG - MICHAEL DEUSER
    I say you don't deserve to win the MVP if you can't play your best game and lead your team to victory against your primary competition for the award. Too bad the rest of the Pistons are so good, or Billups would win the voting in a landslide after this performance. No one has ever accused Billups of being a lockdown defender, but playing against Nash makes him look like Ron Artest and Ruben Patterson put together.

    The East's first round could see four sweeps
    BLOG - SEAN DEVENEY
    Suppose the Pacers continue their 2-7 slide and wind up out of the playoffs .... You'd have to give the Pistons, 4-0 against Chicago this year, a pretty good shot at a sweep. ​
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    Heat don't expect Williams to play for remainder of season
    The Associated Press

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat do not expect to play point guard Jason Williams in the final eight games of the regular season, so he can rest his sore right knee.

    Williams has been bothered by tendinitis in the knee for much of the season. In his place, Gary Payton is expected to start at point guard for the Heat, who are trying to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    Heat coach Pat Riley said Wednesday that surgery is not an immediate option, but cautioned that it may be needed in the offseason. Riley said he was confident the rest will allow Williams to return for the first round of the playoffs.


    [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


    Riley gives wake-up call
    Coach keys on power game, holding lead
    by Ira Winderman

    MIAMI · Substance, not style, is the goal for the balance of the season.

    For two hours Tuesday morning, Pat Riley's focus at the Heat's shootaround was returning his team to its power roots.

    "To get our overall collective game in sync and clean up some things offensively, get back to really understanding what kind of team we are, which is a power team that attacks," Riley said before his team faced the Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena. "We haven't done that for a while, really.
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    [Detroit News]

    Pistons stay cool with Heat
    Pistons coach Flip Saunders said he doesn't think his players are focusing on Wade's offensive outburst in Miami. "Last time he was here (in Detroit), he didn't (score)," Saunders said, laughing. "So that will be in his mind, too. It should be a good game. (It's a) nationally televised game, coming down the stretch, they're going to want to win so they can split the series.

    "We'll go down there with the idea of being competitive and continue to play some different lineups, more guys."

    A Palace coup for Pistons: Their ratings top the the Red Wings'
    Ratings trends indicate the Pistons have surpassed the Wings. Up until the lockout season in 2004-05, the Wings traditionally outdrew the Pistons on FSN Detroit. The disparity was often large, as many as four ratings points in favor of the Wings.
    Now, the Pistons are averaging 6.0 for the regular season, while the Wings are at 4.7.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons Corner: Plenty of reasons to beat the Heat
    There might not be anything tangible on the line, but when the two top teams in the East play, it means something. Every time. Just ask Chauncey Billups.

    "It's nothing," Billups said. "Nothing really, just trying to win."

    And then, in the next breath ... "We gave a game away when we went down there last time," he said. "So we just want to go down there and try to get it back."

    [Booth Newspapers]

    Saunders' first priority for Pistons is staying healthy
    Saunders has made it clear that his No. 1 goal -- more than setting a franchise record of victories in the regular season or even home-court advantage through the playoffs -- is staying healthy and keeping fresh over the final eight games.

    This doesn't diminish the Pistons' desire to win the game, since they're still as hungry as ever. However, it does reveal just how much the Pistons are willing to lay on the line to get that done. "I don't know if it'll take any buzz away because we're trying to win, don't get that all twisted," said guard Chauncey Billups. "It's going to be a playoff game, regardless of who's out there playing."

    [Miami Herald]

    Williams shut down for remainder of regular season
    .... The Heat is 2-11 against other division leaders, with the wins against New Jersey and Detroit. Wade rescued the Heat in that Pistons game Feb. 12, scoring Miami's final 17 points, including the winning basket with 2.3 seconds left, to help overcome a 13-point deficit.

    Walker said tonight's game is "psychological for people that don't believe we can beat them in a seven-game series.''

    Israel Gutierriez Blog: Falling apart
    First it was Mourning's calf injury. Then James Posey and Jason Williams miss games with usage injuries. Then we learn today that Jason Williams is going to shut it down until the playoffs, in hopes that it helps him stay healthy for the playoffs (they're basically crossing their fingers), and Udonis Haslem even has a partially separated left shoulder, which he plans on playing through, but who knows how it could affect him.

    I know there are still a couple weeks before the playoffs, but none of these things can help the team prepare for the games that really matter.

    [Palm Beach Post]

    Ira Winderman Blog: JWill Won't
    While Riley said he would consider adding an additional ballhandler, options are limited. With the Heat already at the roster limit of 15, such a move would require waiving a player, such as Earl Barron or Jason Kapono.

    The Heat could possibly bring back guard Gerald Fitch, who was with the team until the Feb. 23 trading deadline. But because Fitch was released by the Rockets on March 13, he would not be playoff eligible. The list of playoff-eligible point guards on the free agent market is limited to the likes of Mateen Cleaves, Anthony Goldwire, Travis Best and Kenny Anderson, with some of those already committed to overseas teams.
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