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    [Detroit Bad Boys]



    Detroit Bad Boys on The Basketball Jones? playoff preview podcast

    FYI, I (Ian) repped Detroit Bad Boys for Episode 014 of The Basketball Jones podcast, with J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas last night. All 8 playoff teams from the Eastern Conference were profiled by a blogger, and the Boys in Blue/Detroit Bad Boys were the first out tha box as the #1 seed. [...]

    National consensus: Bucks bagged in 4

    No one should be surprised that I'm calling for a Pistons sweep over the Bucks in round 1. Despite my occasional rants on all things Lindsey or Ben's abysmal offense, I still walk the line of confidence/cockiness when it comes to the Boys in Blue.
    But I was a bit surprised as to [...]
     
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    [The Oakland Press]


    Hockeytown? Not so much anymore
    by PAT CAPUTO

    There was a time, not exactly in the distant past, when the Red Wings were the kings of this town.

    When the team's famed "winged wheel" flew in all its glory from the hoods of vehicle after vehicle.

    When the average sports fan identified with the Red Wings' players more than those on any other Detroit team.

    The reason wasn't complex. In a way, the Red Wings were the only game in town. Certainly, they were the only real winners.

    The Lions have been a mess for nearly five decades. The Tigers haven't had a winning season since 1993. The Pistons' "Bad Boys" era seemed like a distant dream. The apathy surrounding the Pistons at the turn of the century was the most notable thing about the franchise.

    Of course, that's changed. Since the Red Wings won their last Stanley Cup championship in 2002, the landscape of sports around these parts is much different.

    While the Red Wings were experiencing disappointing playoff losses to Anaheim and Calgary, then going away for a year because of the mother of all sports labor disputes, the Pistons emerged.


    Rip was tops in 3-point accuracy
    by DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - Larry Brown often rolled his eyes and shook his head when Richard Hamilton attempted a 3-pointer the past two seasons. Brown wanted one of the league's premier mid-range shooters to stick with his strengths.

    If Brown scans the league's final regular-season statistics, he'll probably shake his head again. Only this time, it would be with a look of complete surprise.

    Hamilton, a 29.8 percent 3-point shooter entering the season, led the league in that category with a 45.8 percent success rate. He finished a shade ahead of Atlanta's Tyronn Lue, who made 45.7 percent.

    Being the league's top 3-point gunner gave Hamilton plenty of reason to gloat, and he did just that.



    Redd is the Pistons' biggest concern now
    by DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - Many things need to go right for Milwaukee to make the Pistons nervous in their firstround Eastern Conference playoff series.

    Ranking at the top of that list is a succession of highscoring nights from Michael Redd.

    The sight of Redd rising up and releasing perfectly measured 3-pointers became quite familiar to Flip Saunders and his team this season. Redd averaged 30 points against Detroit and made an astounding 17 of 23 shots behind the arc against the team that led the league in defensive 3-point shooting percentage.
     
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    [Detroit News]

    Pistons free to let it fly under Saunders
    AUBURN HILLS -- Flip Saunders is the only significant difference between this season's Detroit Pistons and the team that came within a quarter of back-to-back titles last year.

    As a new coach with an established group, Saunders wisely chose to leave the Pistons alone on defense. But he turned an average offense into a good one with his shoot-if-you're-open scheme.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Flip that frown upside down
    The coach known in Minnesota for his seriousness has let himself loosen up a bit. And with the first round of the playoffs -- once Saunders' yearly failing ground -- approaching, that should help. The Pistons open their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday at the Palace.

    DREW SHARP: Don't discount Billups for MVP
    Billups believes he's the MVP. He's the best player on the league's best team -- simple deduction, as far as he's concerned -- but he won't campaign for the award because he understands the politics at work here.

    Pistons Corner: Saunders: Contest each play, shot
    "They can be a team that can get dynamic," Saunders said, referencing the Bucks' 132-110 victory over Phoenix on March 28. Milwaukee had 46 points in the third quarter of that game. "What we have to do is know that our strength is defense and we have to just lock down defensively and make them beat us up over the top and know that we're going to contest every play, every shot that's run."

    Tale of the Tape
    They have: World-renowned beer makers.
    We have: Lots of beer bellies.

    Staff picks: How far will the Pistons go?
    CHRIS SILVA - NBA CHAMPS. The Pistons enter the playoffs with the best record, best starting five and home-court advantage. The latter could make a huge difference, although the Pistons will have to win on the road regardless. The road to the NBA title might have to go through San Antonio, but if there's a Game 7, it'll be played here. Big difference.

    [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    Bucks want control in series
    The Pistons, who have been known to use a trapping defense to disrupt the opposition, not only are good at causing turnovers but they are also adept at turning those miscues into points. The Bucks averaged 14.6 turnovers per game this season to rank 19th in the league. Detroit averaged a league-low 11.5 turnovers per game.

    In the first three games between the Bucks and Pistons this season - Detroit rested its starters in the final game - the Bucks committed a total of 53 turnovers, which led to 71 Detroit points. The Pistons committed 30 turnovers, which led to 46 Milwaukee points.

    Kukoc will miss Game 1
    Reserve forward Toni Kukoc was injured during practice on Thursday and has been ruled out of the Bucks' first playoff game against top-seeded Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich. Game time is 6 p.m. Sunday (TNT and Fox Sports Net cable).

    [Wisconsin State Journal]

    TOM OATES: Ford's job becomes hard labor
    To be the best, you've got to beat the best and Billups is the man. His defense and his post-up game separate him from Steve Nash, last year's MVP. His 3-point shooting is something Jason Kidd can only dream about. And he is gaining a reputation for sinking clutch shots.

    "He's at the top of his game right now," Ford said. "He's one of the elite point guards in the NBA. This is my opportunity on national TV to battle and show people what type of player I am and what I bring to the team."

    Bucks: Shot at upset?
    "I know anything is possible," Stotts said after Thursday's workout at the Cousins Center. "When you gain some confidence, no matter what the level, you have a chance of winning. Having been on (the losing) side of it, I know what can be done."

    [Fox Sports]

    MIKE KAHN: Pistons poised to win it all
    Meanwhile, the Pistons shouldn't have a problem getting to the conference finals, regardless of whom they play. They won't have a problem with the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. And should young star LeBron James and Cleveland hold service in the first round, the Cavs will be Detroit's second round foe.

    [Yahoo! Sports]

    Motown's big mo
    This team has it all. Great shooters … a deep, quick front line … several go-to guys in the clutch, terrific defense. They're the team to beat in the NBA after dominating the regular season. Flip Saunders has made the Pistons better offensively, and they're playing with a swagger that says, "We're the best team in the league."

    [Toronto Star]

    Team health key factor for playoffs
    Not that anyone's wishing them ill, but it's hard not to play the odds that one of their first five will eventually succumb to some ache or ailment. As the song goes, everybody hurts sometimes. So the picks are Miami over Detroit in the Eastern final, as long as Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade aren't spending undue time in the trainer's room and some important Piston is; San Antonio over the Suns in the Western final, assuming Nash plays in a flak jacket and ice packs; and Spurs over Heat for a repeat, provided Duncan isn't limping with a cane.

    Pistons beasts of the East
    "Everyone is healthy and ready for the party," Detroit's Richard Hamilton said this week when Detroit finished its season with a 64-18 record. "That's good."
     
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    [Booth Newspapers]

    Pistons will try to contain high-scoring Redd
    Redd, who averaged 25.4 points per game this season, has been even better against Detroit. In four games against the Pistons, the 6-foot-6 all-star averaged 30 points while shooting 55 percent from the field and 73.9 percent from 3-point range.

    Full-Court Press: Billups is Walton's MVP;
    How the Bucks can upset the Pistons;
    Predictions and prognostications

    Every year writers in two cities are forced to summon up stories of the eight-seeded Denver Nuggets shocking the Seattle Supersonics in the first round more than a decade ago. This year Jesse Osborne, of the Wisconsin State Journal, tackles the improbable story that the Bucks could play the role of David to the Pistons' Goliath.

    [Florida Today]

    Pistons, Spurs take another shot at possible return to NBA Finals
    If the Pistons and Spurs meet again, it would be the 12th time in NBA history that the same two teams have played in the NBA Finals two consecutive seasons. Six of the previous 11 times, the team that won the first title repeated against the same foe the following season.

    This time, Detroit would possess the home advantage. The Pistons also have a grudge that has driven them all season.

    [Racine Journal Times]

    GERY WOELFEL: Bucks will go to Motown with Kukoc
    Considering their wealth of playoff experience, the Bucks expect the Pistons to send them a message immediatley.

    "They're going to try to come out and smash us,'' said Bucks backup guard Charlie Bell, who will also be making his first playof appearance. "They're going to try and deflate us. We can't let them do that. We're not going to back down from them. We feel we got a chance to beat them. We're ready.''

    [Grand Haven Tribune]

    "Bad Boys" still the best Pistons team ever
    Sixty-four wins in a single season may speak volumes, but for me, it doesn't justify greatness. If this season's Pistons blaze a trail through this season's playoffs and then add an explanation point to their outstanding season with a victory in the NBA Finals this June, only then will they be able to boast about possibly being the best team ever to wear the Pistons' Red, White and Blue.

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Yet another reason to like Bill Walton
    Now I'm sure some of you will find fault with his choice of Bruce Bowen as Defensive Player of the Year, and some of you might take issue with his choice in music. But in my humble opinion Walton's Billups (MVP) and Flip (coach of the year) picks show much more love to the Boys in Blue than the trite and typical Big Ben for DPOY ballot.

    [Need4Sheed.com]

    Pistons - Bucks Playoff Matchups
    Fellow Sheedologist Dominique Wilford gives you his Head to Head matchups against the Bucks, for the First round of the Playoffs.

    [Bucks Diary]

    Bogut's new release overcomes Wallace problem
    Bogut revealed the revolutionary shot to the media today at the Bucks shootaround. As the crowd of reporters gathered round him in anticipation, Bogut took two dribbles and then executed a preposterous backspin release that took his shot attempt in an arcing path directly behind his body. As he did so, he was heard to mutter "Have a bit of this, Sheedy boy!"

    Stotts undecided about measuring Detroit's baskets
    In other news, the Bucks are still undecided whether they will utilize a new play known as "The Picket Fence" which Stotts installed yesterday. Critics of the play maintain that it has not worked in any organized basketball game in nearly 50 years. Stotts acknowledged that but defended the play insisting he added a new wrinkle to it that the Pistons won't be ready for.

    [Sports Illustrated]​

    MARTY BURNS: Pistons-Bucks breakdown
    The key for Detroit defensively will be to keep an eye on Redd. Hamilton will draw the main assignment, but it will be a team effort, as usual. The Pistons also might try to wear Redd down a little at the other by forcing him to chase Hamilton around the court and fight through screens.

    Offensively, Billups and Rasheed Wallace present major matchup problems for Milwaukee. As long as the Pistons play their game and spread it around, they will generate enough offense. Their D will take care of the rest.
     
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    [Sporting News]

    East matchup: No. 1 Pistons vs. No. 8 Bucks
    Learn his name: Maurice Williams, Bucks. Williams struggled with injuries and inconsistency down the stretch. If he can get his game in order, he should have a big impact on the series. When the Bucks use Williams and T.J. Ford together, they have the NBA's quickest backcourt and will force Saunders to juggle his lineup.

    X-factor: Detroit's reserves. One of the major questions about the Pistons is their bench. Detroit has such a strong starting five -- and went through the season with no injuries -- that it has not had to rely on the backups much. Sixth man Antonio McDyess has been outstanding, and the late-season addition of Tony Delk gives the Pistons the kind of pesky, veteran scorer the team lacked last year. With Lindsey Hunter and Maurice Evans behind them, the Pistons' bench is much better than its reputation.
     
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    [Oakland Press]

    By DAVID BIRKETT
    Of The Oakland Press

    AUBURN HILLS - Tony Delk can't help but look back at his time in Atlanta - NBA purgatory, where rebuilding is a rite - and think of it as a blessing.
    It kept him healthy, for one. The 32-year-old played just one game this year for the Hawks, and he fi gures he's "probably one of the freshest players that's going to be in the playoffs."

    Everyone gunning for Spurs, Pistons
    By DANA GAURUDER
    Of The Oakland Press


    In an NBA season without a clear choice for its most prestigious individual award, there's no disputing which teams stand out entering the playoffs. The Detroit Pistons won their first eight games and never relented, earning home-court advantage throughout the postseason.
     
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    [MLive.com]

    Bogut looks to win first, score second
    "It's human nature," Bogut said. "Some guys want to be the best, and that's how they show it. Me? I think being the best means winning games."

    Bogut does have one stat in his favor: Only three other No. 1 picks since 1985 — Tim Duncan, Chris Webber and David Robinson — have taken their team to the playoffs as rookies. Any deeper meaning there?

    "I think I was just lucky to get drafted by a decent organization," Bogut said.

    Full-Court Press: Barkley: Larry Brown "getting what he deserves"
    On Friday's Pardon the Interruption on ESPN, in a "Five Good Minutes" interview Charles Barkley had a choice comment about Knicks coach and former Pistons coach Larry Brown.

    ".... I love Larry Brown, now, but the fact is he won a championship there [Detroit]. They should win it this year. They probably got another three or four year window in which they'll be one of the two or three best teams in the NBA. And he screwed that up. He got himself fired in Detroit, so he's getting what he deserves."
     
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    [Associated Press]​

    Pistons seek 2nd title in 3 years
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The wait is over for the Detroit Pistons. They can finally get started toward their goal of a second NBA title in three years Sunday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. That's exactly 10 months after losing Game 7 of the Finals at San Antonio.

    [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]​

    Full Speed: Ford's ready for team's playoff run against Pistons
    St. Francis - When T.J. Ford is right, the Milwaukee Bucks' point guard can take his team on a fast-as-lightning trip up and down the basketball court. Full throttle, warp speed, you get the picture.

    Ford has been pushing the pace for the Bucks in the latter part of the regular season, and he hopes to keep it up as eighth-seeded Milwaukee challenges the top-seeded Detroit Pistons in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    Redd's turn now
    Now, in his sixth season, Redd is one of the veteran leaders. He is the team's leading scorer, he has been with the team longer than anyone, and he's the one the team rewarded with a maximum, mega-million contract last summer.

    The others have long since departed and now it is Redd who will lead the Bucks into their first-round playoff series tonight against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    MICHAEL HUNT: Let's hope Bucks are fast learners
    It would be way too easy to ridicule the Milwaukee Bucks' first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons, seeing as how it will match the only team in the post-season with a losing record against one that should win its second NBA championship in three years.

    Trial by fire begins for Bucks
    St. Francis - A playoff baptism awaits five key members of the Milwaukee Bucks, including three starters, tonight in Auburn Hills, Mich.

    Bucks power forward Andrew Bogut figures he can only benefit from playing his first post-season game, which should be a hefty challenge against the top-seeded Eastern Conference team, the Detroit Pistons.

    Bucks vs. Pistons: How they match up
    The Pistons have the home-court advantage, a huge edge in playoff experience and a burning determination to win another championship. The Bucks, meanwhile, have played well in Detroit and can play pressure-free since little is expected of them in this series. And, if the Pistons haven’t gotten their game faces back on properly after lounging through the final week of the season, the Bucks could go into Detroit and steal Game 1. Stranger things have happened in the playoffs. Edge: Pistons

    [Wisconsin State Journal]​

    Bucks: Redd comfortable despite bull's-eye
    "I think our team is pretty well defined as who it is," Stotts said after a workout Friday at the Cousins Center in St. Francis. "I don't think you can go in with the personality of your team defined and say, 'OK, now we're going to be more balanced or vice versa.' We need Michael to score and take his opportunities. And when teams try to take him out, he needs to make plays for other guys."
     
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    [Detroit News]​

    ROB PARKER: Hamilton ready to rip
    "We knew he had talent," Dumars said. "He made a niche for himself almost as a one-dimensional player, just kind of a mid-range guy when he got here.

    "And we talked about expanding his game, becoming better at passing, three-point shooting and defense. He's done it. He became an All-Star. When you talk about guys getting better and how it can work out, just point to Rip. He's an example of it."

    Pistons are eager to get started
    "The one word I would use is 'anticipation,'?" president Joe Dumars said Saturday. "We are healthy. We are motivated. We are experienced. We have all of those things lined up. All there is now is the anticipation of getting out there and getting this thing started."

    Pistons: Notebook
    "Getting as close as we did (in 2005) …I definitely want to win it," Pistons forward Antonio McDyess said Saturday. "… Which I think is probably why we came in with a little chip on our shoulders this year.

    "And trying to win it again … we've just got to keep it going. I think this season we've got a better chance than last. You work so hard during the season to get to this point. And it seems like right now that it's all out the door and we're working toward getting a championship."

    Guide to Game 1
    Antonio McDyess doesn't want to jinx anything, but to say he's as healthy as he's been in five years wouldn't be a stretch.

    "I am feeling good," he said with a smile. "I did a windmill (dunk) the other day in practice. I surprised myself. Hadn't done that in a while."

    Barkley roars Pistons' praises
    Barkley is an old school type of guy. He believes the Spurs and Pistons are ahead of everybody else because of superior front office decisions, coaching and talent. But he also believes there is a larger picture involved. NBA expansion and high school kids have diluted the talent.

    He believes the golden age of basketball occurred in the 1980s before Charlotte, Miami, New Orleans and Minnesota came into the league. When the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Bad Boy Pistons ruled they also had to fight off teams like Portland, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Cleveland who were also filled with talent and could challenge many of today’s teams.

    “Miami is a solid team but can they beat the Pistons four out of seven times,” Barkley asks. “Hell no! Detroit and San Antonio are so far ahead of the other teams in the NBA it is scary.”
    [Hmmm. Is the News actually shoring up its TERRIBLE blog coverage of the Pistons? This is supposedly from their "archives." We'll see.]

    [WBRZ - Baton Rouge, LA]​

    Dumars Way continues with success
    The Detroit Pistons have employed Joe Dumars since 1985, when the team drafted him 18th out of McNeese State.

    There were 14 seasons as a player, including two NBA titles, that ended in 1998-99. And since 1999-2000, he’s been in the front office, constructing a team that won the 2004 title, got to the Finals last season and is a favorite again this season, with Detroit hosting Milwaukee tonight in the first round.

    [Macomb Daily]​

    Delk is the latest super sub for Flip
    AUBURN HILLS -- Tony Delk can't help but look back at his time in Atlanta - NBA purgatory, where rebuilding is a rite -- and think of it as a blessing.

    It kept him healthy, for one. The 32-year-old played just one game this year for the Hawks, and he figures he's "probably one of the freshest players that's going to be in the playoffs."

    [Need4Sheed.com]​

    Playoff Madness
    It would be wrong if you didn't go see what The Cavalier was up to with his Playoff Previews at YAYsports NBA.

    You should also check out The Basketball Jones.net Playoff Podcasts. Where the Pistons are represented by our good friend Ian from Detroit Bad Boys.com.

    [On-Hoops.com]

    2006 Playoff Preview - East
    If the Pistons have an achilles heel, it’s living up to their lofty expectations. Traditionally, Billups, Hamilton and the Wallaces seem to peak when they’re written off - down in a playoff series, or behind on the scoreboard. It’s harder to play with a chip on your shoulder if you’re always being patted on the back - and when the press is overwhelmingly positive, the Pistons find it hard to band together and play with a scowl.
     
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    [Oakland Press]

    By DANA GAURUDER
    Of The Oakland Press

    AUBURN HILLS - Just about the time the clock struck midnight on that fateful June night, the Pistons saw everything they built over the previous eight months turn to dust.

    Alone with his past
    By DANA GAURUDEROf The Oakland Press

    AUBURN HILLS - Those long, lonely nights in his Birmingham home have reduced Flip Saunders to the level of the average teenager.
     
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Update! Kukoc is out for Game 1

    You notice how fairly insignificant news appears much more important when placed in the title of a post? That's definitely what's going on here.
    I'm fairly certain that this is the last headline Toni will garner outside of his native Croatia. But in what has been damn near a vacuum with regards [...]
     
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    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    By Keith LANGLOIS

    A word to the wise: Sweep the Milwaukee Bucks. Squash the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deep freeze the Miami Heat. And then take on whoever survives the West - the Spurs again, the reconstituted Dallas Mavericks, the mercurial Phoenix Suns - with a hale and hearty and rested team.
     
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    [Booth Newspapers]

    By A. Sherrod Blakely
    AUBURN HILLS -- When the names of the Detroit Pistons starters are announced before each game, Ben Wallace is the last one who is introduced.

    Championship is the only thing that matters to Pistons
    By A. Sherrod Blakely
    AUBURN HILLS -- This has been one of the greatest seasons ever in Detroit Pistons history, with plenty of franchise and NBA records falling by the wayside

    Column:All signs point to Saunders getting first title
    By A. Sherrod Blakely
    AUBURN HILLS -- In less than a year, Flip Saunders went from being:

    An agent of change because of his innovative and successful offenses in Minnesota

    Pistons enjoy huge advantage in experience against Bucks
    By A. Sherrod Blakely
    AUBURN HILLS -- The wait is finally over for the Detroit Pistons.
    No more meaningless regular-season games with lineups that play only during the preseason. No more waiting to see which team in the Eastern Conference plunges to the bottom of the playoff barrel to be the first-round opponent of the Pistons
     
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    [Milwaukee Bucks Diary]


    Game One: Pistons Pull Away in the end

    As feared, the Bucks could hang around in the first game of their playoff series with the Detroit Pistons only so long as the Pistons allowed them to. The Bucks did not embarrass themselves in Detroit Sunday night, but they didn't come close to winning either. Therein lies the conundrum. The Bucks simply cannot play their ordinary game and hope to win. They must play way, way out of their asses just to stay in each game, and then hope the Pistons give the sort of halfhearted effort they displayed at times tonight. That's the Bucks only chance.


    [Hoopsworld]
    (late, my bad)


    Milwaukee Draws Detroit
    by Andrew O'Connor

    As the 8th seed, the Bucks have earned the right to play the Detroit Pistons for their first round matchup of the playoffs. That’s as tough as earning self-esteem when you find out you’re the only kid in gym class who hasn’t grown his first pit hair. With the possibility of being seeded as high as 5th if they wrapped up the final game of their regular season, the Bucks squandered a chance to be numerically considered a respectful team.
     
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    [Associated Press]

    Balanced Pistons Attack Overwhelms Bucks
    [Rasheed] Wallace scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half and Richard Hamilton had 21 to lead Detroit to a 92-74 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their first-round series.

    The top-seeded Pistons were so balanced offensively that they started the final quarter with four scorers in double figures, and were so tough at the other end that Milwaukee didn't have one.

    [ESPN]

    Bucks not crying foul, yet
    Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Milwaukee Bucks coach Terry Stotts was sitting by himself in the corner of the visiting locker room some 45 minutes after Game 1 had ended, keeping all the bullets in his gun for use another day.

    His team had attempted as many foul shots as the Detroit Pistons had missed, but Stotts wasn't going to gripe publicly about the 34-10 disparity in free throws attempted. There may come a time when he'll have to, but that time has not yet arrived.

    [SI.com]

    MARTY BURNS: Fast Breaks
    Dud of the Night: Michael Redd, Bucks. Milwaukee's best was more like flat beer in this one. Redd finished with just 11 points (on 4-of-15 shooting) and one assist in 36 minutes as the Bucks got steamrolled at Detroit. Hounded by Richard Hamilton and the smothering Pistons D, the sweet-shooting lefty just never got it going. Redd missed six of his first seven shots, and was barely a factor in the Bucks' late rally that got them back in the game for a while before the Pistons stopped messing around. It will be a short series if Redd keeps getting outscored by Charlie Bell (13 points).

    [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    A Piston pounding: Detroit shuts down Redd, Bucks
    "I never really got into a position to do anything," Redd said. "They always had an extra body around if I ever did get past Rip (Hamilton), which was hard to do in itself. They just surrounded me and I was never in a position to do anything. We've got to make adjustments to combat what they did against me because I saw (two or three) people every time. So we have to adjust that."

    Sunday game report
    PLAY OF THE GAME: With Milwaukee trailing in the third quarter, 59-45, Redd scored on a twisting drive down the lane, but the basket was disallowed when an offensive foul was called on Redd with 6:13 left. It was Redd's fourth foul and he took a seat on the bench for the rest of the quarter.

    MICHAEL HUNT: Five Pistons starters vs. Redd - you do the math
    Auburn Hills, Mich. - On the whole, I would've rather been somewhere more exciting, but the Greater Detroit Society of Philately was closed Sunday night. So was the Oakland County Fellowship of Bottle Cap Collecting.

    This is meant in the kindest possible way, but to watch the Detroit Pistons play basketball is the amusement equivalent of an evening before a junkyard crusher. And right now, the Milwaukee Bucks are the '74 AMC Pacer. The roof and the windshield, along with a couple of tires, have collapsed. It's only a matter of time now.

    Notes: Bucks lose composure in third quarter, game to Pistons
    With Detroit leading, 55-43, T.J. Ford and Andrew Bogut were both whistled for technical fouls after Ford had been called for a foul on Rip Hamilton. The Pistons made two of the four fouls shots afforded to them for a 57-43 lead with 7:21 left. A short time later, Chauncey Billups hit a three-pointer and Hamilton added two free throws to give Detroit its 19-point lead.

    "It's part of the game," Bogut said when asked about his technical. "But it's frustrating because I was saying the same thing that Detroit was saying but I said it and I get T-ed up. And then the possession they say it but they don't get T-ed. I guess that's one of the things I have to deal with. I'm still a rookie."

    Sharpshooting Wallace bags Bucks
    The one game in which the Milwaukee Bucks managed to get a regular-season victory against the Detroit Pistons, Rasheed Wallace diddn't play.

    Coincidence? Probably not.

    [Racine Journal Times]

    GERY WOELFEL: Pistons are good, real good
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – One of the hallmarks of a truly great team is its ability to effectively respond to adversity.

    The Detroit Pistons are an exceptional basketball team, and, yes, they’re adept at dealing with pressure. Case in point: Sunday night’s Eastern Conference playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich.
     
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    Bucks freeze in Piston headlights; Redd mess results

    The beginning of the "real" season couldn't start quick enough for most Pistons fans. While most people expect the first-round to be a mere formality for the Pistons' march to the Finals, it's never safe to underestimate any team in the NBA, especially one with no expectations and nothing to lose. With that in mind, [...]
     
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    Pistons Handle Bucks; Hamilton Injures Ankle
    "It seemed like when they wanted to turn up their defensive pressure, they did," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "They challenged a lot of our shots, but during that stretch on the offensive end, we had three or four opportunities that didn't go, and they ran the other way with it. The lead went from four to 12 pretty quickly."

    Pistons Playoff Central: Game 1
    Postgame Quotes/Flip Saunders: “I told our guys that offensively we wanted to do it too quick. We wanted to win big right away, we didn’t let things happen, we tried to make too many spectacular plays - especially when we got up by 19."
     
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    Attention frustrates Redd
    The Pistons overcame a sluggish start to toss aside the Bucks 92-74 Sunday night in Game 1 of the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
    There were three primary malfunctions for the Bucks:

    They allowed the Pistons to race for 21 fast-break points. They scored just 37 second-half points while shooting 35.6 percent from the field. And, most importantly, leading scorer Michael Redd, who scored just 11 points and made only 4 of 15 shots.

    Joanne C. Gerstner grades the Pistons
    Overall: B
    Not a bad start.
    [High praise, indeed, coming from the great Joanne C. Gerstner.]

    ROB PARKER: Competitive playoff opener will help the Pistons stay focused
    Sure, it would have been great had the Pistons scored the first basket of the game and never looked back en route to totally destroying the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs at The Palace on Sunday night.

    Instead, the Pistons had to grind it out to beat the Bucks, 92-74, before a sellout crowd. And don't let the final score fool you. The Pistons were challenged for most of this contest.

    Rasheed Wallace's start is helped by open looks
    "I was just taking what they gave me," Wallace said, with a wry smile, "open shots." Wallace had to sit out much of the third quarter, though, after picking up two ticky-tack fouls 13 seconds apart two minutes into the second half.

    MVP race has no clear favorite
    We predict at least seven players will receive first-place votes: the Pistons' Chauncey Billups, Elton Brand, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons net win; Rip's ankle appears OK
    X rays taken after the game were negative and the injury is not thought to be serious. Pistons coach Flip Saunders said that had the game been close, Hamilton could have come back.

    DREW SHARP: Hamilton holds key to title
    "We got caught up early in trying to look pretty," said Hamilton, "and it took us awhile to realize that that isn't our game. We're all about playing tough defense and we went back to that when we needed it."

    Resolute Rip keeps Redd under wraps
    Hamilton was like a fly on garbage. He didn't give Redd any room to maneuver. Hamilton pestered Redd, followed his every move, and kept him in check.

    Pistons Corner: Sheed's T no cause for alarm
    Just like in the regular season, players now can earn suspensions if they acquire too many technicals. The magic number in the playoffs is seven. So that leaves six more before Wallace would have to sit.

    As usual, the Pistons are unconcerned.
     
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    Game 1 - Pistons 92 Bucks 74
    Rasheed got called for his first tech of the playoffs after he got for two quick fouls early in the third quarter. About three minutes after Sheed got his tech, T.J. Ford and Bogut also got called for techs and as the crowd went wild I noticed something that really surprised me. I was lucky enough to be pretty close to the Pistons bench, so I looked over at Sheed when the Bucks got their techs, thinking he would be happy and vindicated, but I was wrong. Sheed even thought their techs were bull, he shrugged them off, said a few choice words and waved his hand in disgust just like if he had been called for one himself. I don't know what to think of that, I always thought with Sheed it was always about the call against him, but maybe he just hates techs in general.

    [Booth Newspapers]

    Hamilton's defense on Redd a key in Pistons win
    "Phenomenal" was how Pistons reserve guard Lindsey Hunter described Hamilton's defense on Redd.

    "Tonight, every minute he was in there, he was right in his (Redd's) jock," Hunter said.

    Rasheed Wallace sets tone for Pistons
    Wallace wasn't just scoring points, either. He also did a solid job defensively, with two blocked shots and three steals. It was the kind of all-around game that leads many to believe Wallace is among the most talented power forwards in the NBA, even if his statistics might suggest otherwise.

    Full-Court Press: Latest MVP chatter
    Here's some of the latest national perspective on the MVP race.

    Let's start with a vote for Chauncey Billups. David Boyce, of the Kansas City Star, says Billups deserves the award over Kobe Bryant because basketball is a team game.
     
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