December 2005 Pistons Articles

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    December 13th

    ~ Detroit news ~

    Pistons' streak ends at 6 wins
    Okur, Kirilenko power Jazz past Detroit, which is outscored by 17 points in the fourth quarter.
    By Chris McCosky

    The tank ran dry, frustration boiled over and the Pistons six-game winning streak ended.

    All in all, it was another typical night at the Delta Center for the Pistons.

    Behind 24 points and 12 rebounds from former Piston Mehmet Okur and 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots by Andrei Kirilenko, the Utah Jazz (9-12) put a 92-78 spanking on the Pistons Monday.

    Home at last
    After a journey, Evans finds happiness as stimulus off bench​
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner

    All Pistons forward Maurice Evans has ever wanted is a chance. Just the simple opportunity to show what he can do, some precious minutes of playing time.

    His quest to make it has taken him on an unlikely path, from the NBA to Europe and back to the NBA.

    But it's all been worth it. Evans believes he has found a home with the Pistons, and the Pistons like the way he plays off the bench.

    Burning questions
    Billups deserves USA spot
    Colangelo is way off to show interest in Kidd, Hinrich
    By Chris McCosky

    Q. Why wouldn't Chauncey Billups be considered for a spot on the U.S. national team?

    A. I don't know, but it's mind-boggling. As far as we can figure out, Jerry Colangelo (czar of Team USA) has expressed interest in point guards Jason Kidd and Kirk Hinrich.

    Is he joking? The Olympics are in 2008. Kidd is slowing down visibly. He might need a walker by 2008. By the way, Billups has had Kidd's number the last two seasons. And Hinrich? Come on.

    Blessed backcourt
    By Chris McCosky

    Isn't it odd the Pistons have the best record in the NBA, were 10-1 on the road before Monday, and still not one team member has been honored by the league?

    Richard Hamiltongot 100 points in a week, shot 50 percent, the Pistons won all four games and he wasn't named player of the week.

    Chauncey Billups has been at the top of the assist-to-turnover charts all season, had a week in which he scored 64 points (with 29 assists and five turnovers), outplayed Mike Bibbyand Steve Nashand then embarrassed Sebastian Telfair. The Pistons won all three games, on the road. And he wasn't named player of the week.

    Basketball 101: NBA fashion police
    By Chris McCosky

    In the NBA, Big Brother is always watching.

    The league has stationed paid observers in every arena. And, the omnipresent NBA Entertainment cameras are always on.
    What they're trying to expose are violations of the NBA dress and uniform codes. They even monitor players' deportment during the national anthem.

    After a rash of fines levied against teams and players for wearing game shorts too long -- 13 players have been fined $10,000 apiece since the season started -- the NBA Players Association has started to fight back.

    Alley oop... to Pistons assistant coach Sidney Lowe

    Joanne C. Gerstner's top five - Feeling the heat

    Slam dunks


    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Pistons hit skids versus Jazz
    By Krista Latham

    Some games are so ugly they belong in a dust-covered box tucked in the corner of a grimy basement.

    Out of sight and out of mind, hopefully forever.

    Such was the Pistons' 92-78 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

    By the fourth quarter, the sound of the officials' whistles elicited sarcastic smiles from the Pistons, smiles that said something along the lines of "un-be-lieve-a-ble." The teams combined for 52 personal fouls, with each team getting 26.

    Ben expects better play from himself
    By Krista Latham

    Ben Wallace has a lot of pride. He isn't one to accept anything but the best from his teammates -- or himself.
    That's why Wallace hangs his head and stares at the floor in front of his locker some nights, even after victories, as he did Friday night at Golden State.

    Sure, he's happy with the team's record -- 15-3 after Monday night's loss against the Jazz.
    He just wishes he had a little more to do with it.

    "I'm totally frustrated with my game," said Wallace, after scoring 13 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, dishing five assists and blocking two shots Sunday against the Clippers. "I'm just not really happy with what I'm bringing to the table right now."



    ~ Booth Newspapers ~


    Former Piston Okur rallies Jazz past Detroit 92-78
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    The streamers came pouring down from high above, just moments after Utah's 92-78 surprising win over the Detroit Pistons.

    That's what happens when you're a bad team, and you just so happen to beat the team with the best record in the NBA.

    "They were more aggressive," said Detroit coach Flip Saunders. "Usually the team that's more aggressive gets loose balls, gets calls, a lot of things fall their way."

    Turmoil swirls around Eastern Conference foes, Pistons remain stable
    By A. Sherrod Blakely


    Catching up with the two-time Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons was the focus for both Miami and Indiana when the season began.

    As it turns out, both of those teams have bigger issues to contend with these days.
    Their troubles may result in Detroit's path back to the NBA Finals being a bit smoother than anticipated.


    ~ Deseretnews.com ~


    Back to life: Homecourt advantage returns in Jazz victory
    By Tim Buckley

    Carlos, Gordan, Deron and Big Rob all were out, and Greg left early.
    But The Boss was back.
    No, not George. No, not Bruce.
    Larry.

    With Jazz owner Larry H. Miller back in his usual Delta Center courtside chair for the first time since leaving that very seat to berate his club for its pitiful performance during a Nov. 14 loss to the New York Knicks, the Jazz merely beat the best team the NBA currently has to offer.
    Utah's 92-78 victory over Detroit not only handed the 15-3 Pistons just their second road loss of the season, but also restored a little bit of the luster the Delta Center has lacked since lads named John and Karl endeared themselves to Jazz fans in first-name fashion.
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    December 13th (cont.)

    ~ The Oakland Press ~


    Pistons endure a rare unraveling in 3rd loss
    by Dana Gauruder

    So many things have gone right for the Pistons this season, it's almost surreal to watch them unravel.

    On an odd night, Chauncey Billups' 3-point attempts clang off the rims. Shot-blocking attempts by Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace turn into goaltending violations. Tayshaun Prince can't make a free throw and Richard Hamilton's pretty runners get returned to sender.

    That's how ugly it got for Detroit in the second half against the depleted Utah Jazz on Monday night. Playing for the third time in four nights, the Pistons let a 13-point halftime lead evaporate and then got outscored 29-12 in the fourth quarter of a 92-78 loss at Delta Center.

    Arroyo tries to stick it to his former team
    by Dana Gauruder

    Carlos Arroyo left the Utah Jazz bitterly disappointed about the way Jerry Sloan treated him last season. He came back to the Delta Center looking for payback.

    "Definitely," Arroyo said. "It's something when you play against your old team, you always want to beat them. You try to make a statement."
    Arroyo didn't hold any animosity toward his ex-teammates or Jazz fans. He was happy to be back in the place he called home for 2 1 /2 seasons.

    "It's nice to come back and see familiar faces and say hi to people that used to show you love," he said. "It's good to see my (ex-)teammates. I want to beat them, talk trash and have fun."
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    December 14th -

    ~ Detroit news ~

    Frustrated Wallace unsure of role
    Piston hasn't been his usual shot-blocking, rebounding self, won't use pain as an excuse
    By Chris McCosky

    Beneath the happy surface of a 15-3 start, a potentially troubling issue is bubbling for the Pistons.

    Ben Wallace has not been Ben Wallace.

    When Kris Humphries of Utah dunks in his face, posterizes him without much resistance, something is wrong. When the Pistons get outrebounded for eight straight games, including a 55-27 drubbing by the Jazz on Monday night, something is wrong.

    When the Jazz get 16 layups and dunks, the night after the Clippers get 19 layups and dunks and score 58 points in the lane, something is wrong.
    Not all of that is on him, of course, but when Ben Wallace isn't in the top three in the NBA in rebounds and blocks -- well, he's not being Ben Wallace.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    The new Fab Five
    Pistons' starters are most balanced, unselfish in NBA history
    By Michael Rosenberg

    Larry Brown, Flip Saunders, blah, blah, blah.
    Coach? They don't need no stinking coach.

    "There have been times with Chauncey where I'm getting ready to call a play," Saunders said, "and he calls the exact same play."

    In the interest of protecting the Pistons' championship hopes, not to mention the Saunders retirement fund: There are some things the coach needs to do. Like send in a sub every once in a while. Yell at the refs. And, yeah, call some plays and stuff.

    Rebounding, Ben's struggles could create drama
    by Krista Latham

    As the Pistons' main Eastern Conference rivals, Miami and Indiana, dealt with soap operas this week, the Pistons finished 2-1 on the West Coast, moved to 15-3 overall and almost seemed boring in comparison.

    True, there's little drama in Detroit, although as coach Flip Saunders points out, there's always something if you want to find it.

    "If you want, you can look for drama anytime on any team," Saunders said. "If you really want to, you can look for controversy, you can look for conflict."

    OK, then, let's bite. There are two issues -- although small at this point. The first was clear in the Pistons' loss Monday, when the Jazz outrebounded them, 55-27. The second was on display in the locker room, when Ben Wallace said he was unsure what his role is on the team.

    Rivals Pacers, Heat have all the drama
    by Krista Latham

    Not a bad weekend, if you enjoy NBA drama.

    First, Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest proved once again that his brain isn't wired straight. He went to the press with his request to be traded, saying things like, "I like coach (Rick Carlisle) as a person, I just don't like playing for him."

    Then Miami president Pat Riley shocked no one when he succeeded suddenly family-focused Stan Van Gundy as coach of the Heat.

    You'd think this could only help Detroit. While their rivals regroup, the Pistons can keep floating along, unhindered by strife.

    Far cry from last season, ain't it?

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    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Pistons' board work leaves much to be desired
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Moments after the Detroit Pistons' humbling 92-78 loss at Utah on Monday, Carlos Arroyo passed a sheet of paper with the game's statistics to teammate Chauncey Billups.

    Billups' eyes quickly gravitated to the rebounding numbers: 55 for the Jazz, 27 for the Pistons. Billups shook his head in disbelief.

    He's not the only one dumbfounded by what has been the one kink in the Pistons' superb start this season.


    ~ SI.com ~

    Central solid from top to bottom
    NBA's Central Division loaded with talent, potential
    By Kelly Dwyer


    The Pistons are on top with a 15-2 mark, they've won six straight and Chauncey Billups is playing out of his mind. Averaging 18.2 points and 8.3 assists in just 34 minutes a game, Billups is shooting 44 percent from the floor and relishing the freedom that Flip Saunders' offense provides.

    Billups still appears to be the most "in-charge" player in the NBA, especially now that Tim Duncan grew his hair out. He exudes cool and confidence and should have no problem making his first All-Star team.
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    The Big Score
    Twenty-two years ago, on Dec. 13, 1983, the Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime. It was, and remains, the highest-scoring game in NBA history.

    Before they were the Bad Boys, Isiah and the Pistons were a high-scoring machine.

    186-184. 370 total points.

    (I remember seeing the game on TV, and I still don't believe it. Can you imagine? Both teams attempted a total of four three-pointers.)
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    December 15th, 2005

    ~Detroit News~

    Goggled Wallace sees way past Kings
    By Chris McCoskey

    Ben Wallace was back and he was wearing red goggles.

    "He looked like Blankman," Chauncey Billups joked, referring to the old Damon Wayans movie. "I don't know what that was about."

    Well, according to Wallace, it was about energy.

    "Magic glasses," Wallace joked. "They bring energy."


    Wallace meets with Saunders
    By Chris McCoskey

    Pistons coach Flip Saunders has spoken with Ben Wallace. He has heard his complaints. And, guess what? He agrees with him.

    "He's not saying he doesn't know what his role is," Saunders said before the Pistons played the Kings Wednesday. "Everybody in this league knows what Ben's role is. He was frustrated with the way we played (at Utah Monday). We did not play (our game). We were unorganized. We played one-on-one basketball. We did not move the ball. That's not us.


    BKN Kings Pistons
    -Associated Press

    Chauncey Billups had just one thing on his mind after one of the best games of his career: What was the deal with Ben Wallace's clunky red goggles?

    "I don't know what that was - he looked like Blankman,'' Billups said, referring to Damon Wayan's dorky superhero character in the movie of the same name.

    Billups scored 28 points and a career-high 19 assists in the Detroit Pistons' 109-98 win over Sacramento Wednesday.


    ~Detroit Free Press~

    Billups empowers Pistons
    By Chris Silva

    Give Chauncey Billups the ball, and the Pistons will score.

    That was the theme against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

    Billups had a golden touch. When he took a shot, chances were it would go in the hoop. When he passed to a teammate, chances were that player would score.


    PISTONS CORNER: Ben Wallace boggles in red goggles

    By Chris Silva

    Why in the world was Ben Wallace wearing red protective goggles Wednesday night?

    "They bring me a lot of energy," was all Wallace said after his five-point, 17-rebound, five-block performance against Sacramento.

    Wallace wore his trademark Afro for the first time this season, but he also donned funky red goggles that made him look a bit odd, to say the least.


    ~MLIVE~

    Pistons cruise to win against Kings
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    When Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace wore some goofy-looking goggles during warm-up drills on Wednesday, you had a feeling the Pistons were going to have some fun.

    Those feel-good vibes before the game continued throughout the night as the Pistons took control late in the first half while cruising to a 109-98 win against the Sacramento Kings.


    Billups shows his ability as a passer with 19 assists
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Chauncey Billups has made it a point to become a better passer this season.

    If there was any doubt about that, it should be put to rest after Billups had one of his best games ever in leading Detroit to a 109-98 win against Sacramento on Wednesday.


    ~SacBee~

    Detour in Detroit
    By Sam Amick

    On a tarmac runway in Minneapolis, the tiring of the Kings began.

    They sat there for an hour late Tuesday night while their plane de-iced, a process not so different from what the Kings had experienced themselves. The ice-cold team had turned hot with a scintillating win over the Timberwolves, momentum returning alongside hope. And then came reality.


    ~Oakland Press~

    Quite a spectacle
    By DANA GAURUDER

    As owners of the league's best record, the Pistons have the right to look through rose-colored glasses. Still, seeing Ben Wallace donning oversized glasses with red frames made for a strange way to start a Pistons game.

    Wallace shed the eyewear after a few minutes, but the Pistons had the look of a champion again, save for a bizarre field-goal drought during the first half. They responded to a streak-breaking 14-point loss to Utah two nights earlier won with a 109-98 win over the Sacramento Kings at The Palace Wednesday.
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    December 16th -

    ~ Detroit News ~

    Rasheed, who laughed at Bulls last time and scored 26 in win, has business-as-usual tone.
    By Angelique S. Chengelis

    More than likely, the Chicago Bulls have short memories.
    It was nearly two weeks ago at the United Center when Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, seemingly scoring at will in a 92-79 victory, openly laughed on court at the Bulls.

    The Pistons play the Bulls tonight at The Palace.

    "Don't matter to me," Wallace said Thursday after practice when asked if he thinks the Bulls will come in tonight remembering his laughter. "(I'm) still going out there to play. They can try to bring it, or do whatever. It don't matter to me."

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Salad days for state hoops fans
    By Michael Rosenberg

    Although they had the nerve to actually lose a game, the Pistons have had a wonderful week.

    Ron Artest dipped the Pacers into a vat of super-unleaded, then lit a match. Then Heat coach Stan Van Gundy resigned; he now gets to spend more time with his kids and less with Antoine Walker.

    And this was all wonderful for the Pistons because it happened to somebody else. That's how they like it. No drama this year. No circus.
    Except for all that winning, there is no reason for anybody to pay attention.
    But you are anyway.

    Rasheed gets last laugh at the Bulls
    by Chris Silva

    The Chicago Bulls were irked by Rasheed Wallace's joviality and the smile he flashed nearly every time he scored in the Pistons' 92-79 victory Dec. 3 at the United Center.

    And Chicago coach Scott Skiles especially took Wallace's actions to heart, saying after the game that if he were still playing, "I would have done something about it."

    Well, if the Bulls are still bothered by his 26-point performance, they can do something about it tonight when the teams play at the Palace.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Bulls have extra incentive after experiencing Rasheed's laughter
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace has gotten under the skin of a few people.

    The latest group peeved at Wallace are the Chicago Bulls, who were bothered by the way he continually laughed at them during Detroit's 92-79 win in Chicago on Dec. 3, even calling bank shots off the backboard before they went in.

    "I would not have taken that very well as a player," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said after that game. "I would have done something about it."


    ~ Chicago Tribune ~

    For Bulls, it's no laughing matter
    They must get tough, Nocioni needs to step up to topple Pistons
    By Sam Smith

    Ball don't lie! Ball don't lie!

    That was the taunt of Detroit's Rasheed Wallace as the Pistons were blowing out the Bulls 92-79 at the United Center earlier this month.
    Bulls players clanked free throws during a third-quarter meltdown and missed 17 in the game. Wallace wheeled in for a shot, yelled, "Bank!" and the ball went in. Wallace chortled loudly as he ran back downcourt.

    The Pistons flexing their muscle and confidence as early-season championship favorites?

    Nothing of the kind. Once again, a team had decided to attack the Bulls' Andres Nocioni, who last season committed an ugly foul--the Pistons called it dirty--on Tayshaun Prince.


    ~ NBA.com ~

    Flashback Fridays Celebrate Second Longest Tenured Owner in NBA

    The Detroit Pistons will honor William Davidson, the team's majority owner since 1974, on Friday, December 16 when they host the Chicago Bulls at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Davidson's name will be secured on the sidelines of the Pistons court as part of "Flashback Fridays."
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    December 16th (cont.)

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    By Bill Roose

    Rasheed Wallace often is seen as an irritant.
    He revels in knowing that he can verbally get to opposing players, coaches and fans.

    Yet Wallace, who is sometimes known more for his bad reputation than his 3-point shooting, believes he knows the boundaries when it comes to chatter on the floor.

    "I don't talk about nobody's mom, wife or kids," Wallace said. "I just talk about, maybe that person and their game. There is a line, and I don't cross that line. Like I said, I don't talk about no one's parents or family members, kids, nothing."
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    Bulls could be gunning for Sheed

    Kinda goes back to LB's statement about Sheed being the most misunderstood player in basketball.

    When I see Sheed laughing on the floor, I truly believe it's cuz he's having FUN with his teammates...not cuz he's trying to mock anyone.
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    December 17th -

    ~ Detroit news ~
    Pistons win another laugher over Bulls
    Rasheed Wallace scores 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
    A/P


    Rasheed Wallace was prepared for any defense the Chicago Bulls tried.
    Wallace scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter and led the Detroit Pistons to a 110-82 victory over the Bulls on Friday night.

    "I knew they were going to come at me," Wallace said. "I could see the double-teams coming, and I just got the ball to the open man."

    Wallace even had time to take part in the crowd's "Fire Millen" chant during a late timeout, referring to Detroit Lions president Matt Millen.

    "That was all in good fun," said Wallace, who jokingly offered to play quarterback for the Lions earlier in the season. "I hear there's going to be a big march on Sunday, but we'll be out of town."

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    All business
    Pistons don't toy around in blowout of Bulls
    By Krista Latham

    When the Pistons played Chicago two weeks ago, Rasheed Wallace laughed the Bulls off their home court.

    This time, as Detroit methodically picked apart the Bulls, levied a 32-point lead and dominated from start to finish, the Pistons kept smiles, taunts and trash talk bottled.

    Why bother? This win came as easily as any.

    Big Ben gets back armbands
    by Krista Latham

    The NBA's new on-the-court dress code might have contributed to Pistons center Ben Wallace's many aches and pains.

    The rules state that players can't wear armbands that extend three or four inches beyond their wrists. That means Wallace can no longer pull on the long forearm band he has worn the past few seasons.

    But Arnie Kander, the team's strength and conditioning coach, brought the bands back out for Wednesday's game, rationalizing with the league that Wallace needs them as much as a player with a knee problem needs a knee brace.

    ~ The Oakland press ~

    By Dana Gauruder

    The Pistons play just as well on the road as they do at home. Part of the reason is that opposing arenas are starting to sound more like The Palace.

    Pistons fans have been following their team around, and Detroit also has gained new fans in other cities because of its style of play. Those extra cheers have helped them build a 10-2 road record.

    "Last year, it was never like that," Antonio McDyess said. "They've jumped the bandwagon. After people watched how we played the last two years and showed how much effort we give on the court year in and year out, a lot of people have jumped the bandwagon."

    ~ Chicago Sun-Times ~

    Bulls handed a Motown beating
    By Brian Hanley

    Rasheed Wallace didn't so much as giggle.

    But the Detroit Pistons still won another laugher over the Bulls on Friday, a 110-82 decision in front of a capacity crowd of 22,076 at The Palace.

    "They basically, from the moment the ball went up, dominated us all over the floor,'' Bulls coach Scott Skiles said after his team's most lopsided loss of the season. "We had no answer for them early; they got all over the glass, second-chance points. We had one of the lowest-energy nights all season. And when they started playing well, we mailed it in. When you let that team start feeling good about themselves, you're in for a long night.''

    ~ Chicago Tribune ~

    Nothing to laugh at
    Skiles dismayed by Detroit's dismantling of Bulls
    By Marlen Garcia​


    At least Rasheed Wallace didn't laugh this time, at least not in the Bulls' faces

    Wallace and the Detroit Pistons methodically ripped apart the Bulls 110-82 on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 22,076.

    The last time the Pistons defeated the Bulls, on Dec. 3 at the United Center, Wallace chuckled as the Pistons reeled off a 13-point rout. This time they handed the Bulls their worst defeat of the season, a 28-point pasting.

    By the fourth quarter, the Pistons' lead had swelled to 27 points, and soon Wallace no longer was needed to pummel the Bulls. He departed with 19 points to lead six Pistons in double figures, and he pulled down 10 rebounds.


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    December 17th (cont.)

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Pistons steamroll Bulls, sans laughter
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Rasheed Wallace wasn't laughing at the Chicago Bulls like he did the last time the Detroit Pistons played them.

    Most jokes aren't quite as funny the second time you hear them.
    But the way Chicago played against Detroit was indeed comical, as the Pistons (17-3) had little trouble in defeating Chicago, 110-82.
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    December 18th -

    ~ Detroit news ~

    All five starters contribute double-digit scoring before the bench comes out to finish the job.
    By Chris McCosky

    There is just no let-up in these Pistons.

    Playing in their third game in four nights against a Charlotte team that had been off since Wednesday, the Pistons took care of the Bobcats, 103-78.

    Passive Milicic earns more time on bench
    Frustrated Saunders: 'Sooner or later age isn't going to be an excuse' for 20-year-old forward
    By Chris McCosky

    Needless to say, Darko Milicic didn't win any favors with the coaching staff with his lackluster nine-minute effort in the 110-82 romp over Chicago on Friday.

    What he did win, most likely, was more bench time.

    "I noticed the same thing you noticed," coach Flip Saunders said, when asked about Milicic's 2-point, 2-rebound performance. "I told him and I have told all of our players -- nothing is given. You earn your minutes. You earn what you get. What we're going to do is put guys on the floor that are going to compete on a daily basis."


    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    A/P

    Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff thought the Bobcats would have to play a near perfect game to beat Detroit. When they came out flat, it was more than Bickerstaff could stand to watch.

    Chauncey Billups had 21 points and 12 assists and the Pistons routed the Bobcats 103-78 on Saturday night to improve to an NBA-best 18-3 — the best 21-game mark in franchise history.

    Richard Hamilton added 15 points and Ben Wallace had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, 11-2 on the road.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~



    By A. Sherrod Blakely


    There are a number of things that might help teams defeat the Detroit Pistons. Plenty of rest, apparently, isn't one of them.

    It certainly didn't do much to help the Charlotte Bobcats, who were soundly beaten, 103-78, by the Pistons on Saturday night.

    "I thought we came out with great focus," said Detroit coach Flip Saunders.

    The Pistons (18-3) were playing their second game in as many nights, while Charlotte (6-18) hadn't played since a 91-83 upset win at New Jersey on Wednesday.
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    "I wake up and eat bacon, eggs, and grits…no Fruit Loops. My wife cooks, I clean. Then I go to practice, come home and take a two hour nap. I wake up, shave my head, then it's time to ball."

    Interesting article, a little different than we're used to. Thanks.
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    Great article/Q&A piece. Thanks a lot for posting it. :thumb:

    I got a good laugh from these two comments. :)

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    L.A. Daily News:
    The same week Pat Riley stepped down from his president's office to take over the Miami Heat and Ron Artest demanded a trade from the Indiana Pacers, Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace and Pistons coach Flip Saunders watched the final moments of the Dallas Cowboys-Kansas City Chiefs football game together.


    The Pistons are a tight group
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    ~~Detroit News~~

    Billups stays hot
    by Chris McCoskey

    It's almost unfair how well Chauncey Billups is playing these days.
    "He's just playing with a great amount of confidence right now," coach Flip Saunders said.

    Let's recap Billups' past three games.....



    ~~Detroit Free Press~~

    Jazz loss a reality check for Wallaces, teammates
    by Krista Latham

    The 92-78 loss at Utah a week ago apparently was a blessing wrapped in sloppy play.

    The Pistons have dominated three opponents -- the Kings, Bulls and Bobcats, since dropping the unsightly game to the Jazz on Dec. 12.



    ~~Booth Newspapers~~

    Despite NBA's best record, Pistons see room for improvement
    by A. Sherrod Blakely

    If you look hard enough at the Mona Lisa painting, you'll find an imperfection or two.

    That's how the Detroit Pistons (18-3) feel about themselves, despite being the most dominant team in the NBA.

    While many see greatness, the Pistons see room for improvement.



    ~~The Oakland Press~~

    Billups at ease with his game
    by Dana Gauruder

    Chauncey Billups might sound cocky or even conceited. To anyone who has seen him play this season, he's merely affirming the obvious.

    Billups heard Flip Saunders' comment to the media last week about Billups being the best all-around point guard in the NBA. Not only does Billups appreciate his coach's support, he embraces it.
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    ~ Detroit news ~

    Billups' 3rd try trips Grizzlies
    Pistons need two OTs to pull out victory over young Memphis team
    By Chris McCosky

    You don't give Chauncey Billups three chances to win a game in the final seconds.

    "Three for a dollar,” joked Rasheed Wallace after Billups drained a 16-footer over Damon Stoudamire with .3 seconds left to give the Pistons a thrilling and hard-earned 106-104 double-overtime win Monday over the Memphis Grizzlies.

    It was the Pistons fourth straight win, their 10th in the last 11, and it raises their record to 19-3. They are an incredible 12-2 on the road.

    It's been a feast on the east
    Drama stalks pursuers of Pistons, who silence doubters
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner

    Ah, how quickly things change.

    It was three months ago, during the NBA preseason, when national pundits openly questioned if the Pistons could remain a top team.

    Many believed the Miami Heat would roll. Others put strong faith in the Indiana Pacers or New Jersey Nets to overtake the Pistons.

    But a quarter of the season is over, and a truth has been revealed: The Pistons, 19-3 following Monday night's 106-104 double-overtime victory in Memphis, are running away with the East, and the rest of the conference is running a distant second.

    Burning questions
    Pistons' best is yet to come
    A lot of traveling is done, and wrinkles on offense loom
    By Chris McCosky

    Q. Do you think it's wise for the Pistons to keep three rookies this season?

    A. Yes, and here's why.
    The Pistons won't have a first-round pick in the next draft. They gave that up for Carlos Arroyo. So, president Joe Dumars stockpiled some rookies in the last draft to compensate.

    It's another example of his proactive management style.
    Even though Amir Johnson, Alex Acker and Jason Maxiell technically will be in their second seasons, they will be, in essence, rookies with an edge next season.

    Ben Wallace set free
    By Chris McCosky

    In the past, it would have been on Ben Wallaceto guard Memphis' leading scorer, Pau Gasol, Monday night. And, no doubt, Wallace would have to take a turn on him throughout the game.

    But, for the most part, coach Flip Saunderswould prefer that Wallace guard a less offense-minded Lorenzen Wright.

    Saunders likes to use Wallace as a sort of free safety, allowing him the freedom to wreak havoc all over the floor.

    JoAnne C. Gerstner's top five: Mr. big game
    Guard Chauncey Billups is having an All-Star-caliber season. Here are five games that show why:

    Shaq vs. Lakers? It's huge
    Buss' comments add fuel to fire for Christmas game
    By Chris McCosky

    Only six more days until Christmas, so you know what that means.
    Time to start pumping the hype for Shaq vs. Lakers. Never mind the undercard on Christmas Day features the NBA's best teams -- the Pistons and Spurs. If you were to watch ABC's promos, you would be hard pressed to know there was an early game.

    But, hey, this is what the league wants -- Heat vs. Lakers. Shaquille O'Neal vs. Kobe Bryant. Pat Riley vs. Phil Jackson. The fact the teams have muddled about for most of the season is irrelevant.

    Alley oop to Pistons mascot Hooper
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner

    Since Hooper doesn't speak English, his stable boy, Taylor Griswold, served as translator for this interview.

    Q. Part of the Pistons' home pregame tradition involves the starters bumping into you. Do you ever get hit hard?

    A. It's not bad until the end, when Ben Wallace knocks me to the floor.
    I never know how far I am going to travel from his bump. He hits me hard.

    Basketball 101: Technical fines
    By Chris McCosky

    If the Pistons are being whistled for fewer technical fouls this season -- and they are, but only slightly -- it's because the cost has gone up.

    The standard fine for technical fouls used to be $500. Now it's $1,000 for the first five, $1,500 for technicals six through 10 and $2,000 for 11 through 15. Every technical foul thereafter costs $2,500.

    Slam Dunks

    Next five games

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Double trouble
    Mr. Big Shot Billups hits another clutch winner
    By Krista Latham

    Give the Memphis Grizzlies this -- they almost pushed the Pistons to their breaking point.But that point just keeps growing more distant, more difficult for other teams to reach.

    And the Pistons should thank Chauncey Billups.

    After a long night of drama, Billups, who missed buzzer-beaters at the end of regulation and the first overtime, rectified his reputation as Mr. Big Shot by nailing his final game-winning attempt. His 16-foot jump shot over Damon Stoudamire with .3 seconds left Monday gave the Pistons 106-104 double-overtime victory at Memphis.

    Delfino gets more time off the bench
    By Krista Latham

    Little by little, thanks to his professional attitude and consistent production, Carlos Delfino's minutes on the court have increased.

    Finding time for the backup small forward is difficult considering how well Pistons starters Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton have played. Factor in a brutal march of defensive assignments at small forward -- Paul Pierce, Tracy McGrady, Carmelo Anthony, to name a few biggies -- and it's easy to see why coach Flip Saunders felt more comfortable keeping Prince, an excellent defensive stopper, in games for long stretches.

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    3rd try's a charm
    By Dana Gauruder

    Once, twice, three times Chauncey Billups had the ball in his hands in the closing seconds. On the last try, Billups finally buried the pesky Memphis Grizzlies.

    Billups, who missed shots at the end of regulation and the first overtime, dropped in a 15-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds left in the second overtime session to give the Pistons a hard-earned 106-104 victory Monday night.

    "We had some good chances at it," said Billups, who finished with 30 points and nine assists. "I know I did. We just couldn't get it to go, but you know how we do it; we just keep sticking around, keep sticking around. Keep giving us chances and we'll take it."

    Delfino making most of time
    By Dana Gauruder

    Carlos Delfino decided before training camp this season to let his play do the talking. The unspoken statements he's made thus far demand that he see more action.

    Delfino's rookie season was a washout. Though his playing time has been inconsistent in his second year, he feels refreshed playing under coach Flip Saunders. Delfino, a 6-foot-7 swingman, has made good use of his limited minutes backing up Tayshaun Prince. Against Chicago and Charlotte over the weekend, Delfino produced a combined 13 points, seven assists and eight rebounds.​

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Unshakeable Pistons escape Memphis with a 106-104 win in double OT
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    The Detroit Pistons said before Monday's game that the Memphis Grizzlies, in many ways, remind them of themselves.

    But there is one difference.

    The Pistons, regardless of the score and regardless of who the opponent may be or where the game's being played, just don't get rattled.

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    ~ Detroit News ~

    Hamilton rescues Pistons
    He scores eight straight at end of game to help his tired teammates rally and beat Trail Blazers.
    By Chris McCosky


    Flip Saunders came over to the scorer's table in the third quarter and said, "I should have been a dentist."


    Why not, as much teeth-pulling as he had to do Tuesday night trying to get his mentally and physically drained basketball team to respond.


    And, again, the Pistons somehow found the wherewithal to do so.
    Richard Hamilton, who had missed nine of his first 13 shots, scored eight straight points and the Pistons erased a five-point deficit in the final five minutes to beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-89, before the 94th straight sellout crowd at The Palace.

    Billups' growth makes him NBA's best point guard
    How can you argue with the Pistons' record?
    By Rob Parker

    In years gone by, it was easy to overlook Chauncey Billups.
    Oh, he was good. It's just that other point guards were better.
    Hence, a trip to the All-Star Game was nothing more than a pipe dream.

    Until this season, that is.

    Not only does Billups, the Pistons' starting point guard, deserve to be an All-Star, a case can be made that he also should be voted an Eastern Conference starter by the fans.

    Wallace was a key to victory
    Ben's defense held Gasol to four points in OTs after the Grizzlies forward scored 28 in regulation.
    By Chris McCosky

    So much happened through the course of the Pistons' 106-104 double-overtime victory in Memphis on Monday; and so much was overlooked.

    Specifically, a valiant 56-minute, 14-rebound, five-block, four-steal performance by Ben Wallace was lost in the dazzle of dramatic buzzer-beating makes and misses.

    "Ben was great," said Flip Saunders, and even that is an understatement.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Pistons play survivor
    They overcome fatigue, Randolph in victory
    By Chris Silva

    The symptoms were there.

    There was little ball movement in the half-court offense. Too many guys stood still. And no one seemed to play defense.

    All of these problems spelled trouble for the Pistons on Tuesday against Portland in the first of a five-game set at the Palace.

    It wasn't Detroit basketball.

    And there were times when the Pistons looked drained, still recovering from a double-overtime victory at Memphis on Monday.

    Coach Flip Saunders said he was happy that the Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-89, but he wasn't pleased with how they played.

    Homestand no relief to Saunders
    By Chris Silva

    The Pistons will be home for the holidays, and you would think they would feel great with five straight games at the Palace.

    But, coach Flip Sanders said, "we never feel relieved."

    Tuesday night's game against Portland started the five-game home stand, which will come in a 10-day stretch. After Tuesday, the Pistons will have played nine at home and 14 on the road. They're an NBA-best 12-2 on the road.

    The marquee matchups will be Christmas Day against defending NBA champion San Antonio and Dec. 29 against Eastern Conference finalist Miami. Golden State plays Friday at the Palace; Toronto plays there Dec. 27.

    Bruise brothers
    Abdenours share all the aches, pains as NBA athletic trainers
    By Chris Silva

    Last week, the Pistons' athletic trainer, Mike Abdenour, was curious about what happened when the Golden State-Houston game went to overtime.

    So he dialed up the Warriors' athletic trainer to get the dish.

    "Mike's my respected colleague, my older brother and my best friend," said Warriors athletic trainer Tom Abdenour, Mike's younger brother by two years. "To have someone like that a phone call away 24/7 is great."

    Arrival of Spurs, Heat holiday treat
    By Krista Latham

    The countdown is on. Four days until the big day.

    Not Christmas.

    The rematch.

    This is the season for giving, and the NBA schedulers gave the Pistons plenty. They gift-wrapped a five-game homestretch that began Tuesday and sprinkled the Pistons' holiday season with a few big-name opponents.

    The first comes Sunday, when the Pistons host the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals.

    And the holiday fun extends until Dec. 29, when last year's Eastern Conference Finals opponent, the Miami Heat, comes to town.

    The sole of the Pistons
    by Krista Latham

    NBA players might be second only to sorority girls as shoe aficionados. The most important piece of equipment an NBA player wears is the one he pulls on and laces up each day, the sole barrier between the hardwood and his million-dollar body. You've known shoes were a big deal since Michael revolutionized the field, right? Well, here are shoes from the Pistons' perspective.

    Hot Topics

    Q&A: How do you do your holiday shopping?

    Soundoff

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    By The Numbers

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Pistons are riding starting five
    By Bill Roose

    Riding five starters from opening night to the season finale of an NBA campaign is tough to fathom. A lot must depend on avoiding injuries and team chemistry.

    So far this season, the Pistons have been fortunate that its Fab Five has remained healthy.

    Detroit is the lone team in the Eastern Conference to stick with its regular starting five through the first third of the year. Coach Flip Saunders' previous team, Minnesota, is the only Western Conference team to have started just five players this season.​



    ~ The Oregonian ~

    Randolph's 37 points not enough for a win
    Despite a career effort from the Blazers' forward, he is left fuming after a bitter 93-89 loss to the Pistons
    By JASON QUICK

    There will be debate as to when, and why, all this fell apart so unceremoniously on Monday.

    But first, to understand the Trail Blazers' bitterness, their hurt, and their frustration with Monday's 93-89 loss at Detroit, it must be understood that everything was going so well.

    Zach Randolph was having a career night. Ruben Patterson was abusing Rasheed Wallace underneath the basket. And coach Nate McMillan was confidently strutting down the sideline, pointing to assistant coach Dean Demopolous in recognition for diagramming a play that Jarrett Jack executed perfectly, resulting in a dunk by Joel Przybilla.

    It was crunch time, and the unheralded Blazers had the vaunted, albeit tired, Detroit Pistons wobbly-kneed and ready for the knockout.

    And then it all fell apart.​

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