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    ~~Detroit News~~

    Red-hot Pistons make run at 70
    Only Jordan-led Bulls have topped season milestone. Is it Detroit's year?
    Angelique S. Chengelis and Chris McCosky

    AUBURN HILLS -- Jeff Reiter is an unabashed sports fanatic. He knows sports, he talks sports, and he appreciates their relevance in the everyday life of Metro Detroit.

    These days, the Pistons dominate his attention.

    Winning will do that, especially this season with the club off to a torrid 27-5 start and speculation that the team might reach the NBA's magical number of 70 regular-season victories.

    In Hockeytown, the Pistons just might be the hottest game in town.


    Rematch means more to Spurs than Pistons
    Popovich says his team isn't playing up to its potential, sees tonight's game as a wake-up call.
    Chris McCosky

    SAN ANTONIO -- If you think the Pistons are going to walk into the SBC Center tonight feeling a rash of negative nostalgia and weeping fresh tears in memory of their Game 7 loss to the Spurs last June, well, you haven't met these guys.

    "Nah, man," Pistons guard Chauncey Billups said when asked if he felt anything when he walked back into the arena for practice on Wednesday. "Nothing. Just back to work."


    ~~Detroit Free Press~~

    PISTONS CORNER: Intensity subdued vs. Spurs
    Midseason game lacks pizzazz of playoffs
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    SAN ANTONIO -- Seven months ago, this was where the championship changed hands.

    This was the building where the final shots wouldn't fall, where the confetti dropped and the streamers fell and the champagne flowed for the other guys.


    Pistons swat pesky Hornets
    Billups takes sting out of late charge
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Five other one-time division leaders had entered the Ford Center and left losers.

    San Antonio. Miami. Minnesota. Philadelphia. L.A. Clippers.

    The Hornets almost added the Pistons to that list. Detroit lagged through the first half, rallied in the third quarter, then nearly lost in the fourth quarter to the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.


    ~~Booth Newspapers~~

    Pistons focus on gaining a little revenge in San Antonio
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    SAN ANTONIO -- The Detroit Pistons have no intention of dwelling on the last game they played here at the AT&T Center (formerly the SBC Center). That's when their run at a second consecutive NBA title ended with an 81-74 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last spring.

    However, there's no denying that loss has served as the catalyst for what has been an unprecedented start to a season by the Pistons, who have the league's best record (27-5) heading into tonight's game.


    ~~The Oakland Press~~

    Pistons, Spurs set to tangle
    By DANA GAURUDER

    SAN ANTONIO - The psychiatrist's couch will have to wait. Meaningful therapy to alleviate the Pistons' inner demons remains months away. Even a return to the horror scene Wednesday failed to get them to open up.

    They entered San Antonio's SBC Center for the first time since losing Game 7 of last season's Finals, holding a short practice for tonight's meeting of the NBA's premier teams. A Pistons victory cannot undo the emotional damage still buried deep inside of them.


    ~~San Antonio Express News~~


    Mike Monroe: Detroit follows its freed leader in Billups

    Monroe Keeping it real about the Detroit Pistons, who are 27-5 entering their game tonight on a court where they were last seen losing to the Spurs in Game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals:

    Yes, the Pistons have been the NBA's best team this season.

    No, they aren't going to win 70 games.


    Spurs-Pistons fight to finish finds Round 2
    Johnny Ludden

    The oversized championship belt Rasheed Wallace slung over his shoulder 6 1/2 months ago was missing, as was much of the nostalgia. Even the SBC logo on the court beneath the feet of the Detroit Pistons would be replaced by day's end.

    As Wallace and his teammates picked up their practice gear and walked off the floor at the newly christened AT&T Center on Wednesday afternoon, the only reminder of last season's NBA Finals was a banner commemorating the Spurs' title.

    It hung in the arena's north rafters. Understandably, the Pistons declined to genuflect in its presence.

    "That Game 7," Wallace said, "left us messed up."

    The rest of the league since has felt Detroit's frustration.

    ~~The Sports Network~~

    Pistons prepare for big game

    (Sports Network) - The 27-5 Detroit Pistons continue to post an amazing .844 winning percentage and lead the tough Central Division by seven games. Four of the five teams in the division have winning records. Only one other division can match that production (Pacific).

    The Pistons' latest effort was a 96-86 win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center. Richard Hamilton poured in 30 points to pace Detroit. Chauncey Billups contributed 18 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have won three of their last four contests. Rasheed Wallace added 15 points and Tayshaun Prince scored 12 for Detroit.


    Pistons' Arroyo suspended one game

    New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Basketball Association announced Wednesday that Detroit Pistons guard Carlos Arroyo has been suspended one game without pay stemming from an incident that occurred in Tuesday night's win over New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

    ~~MSNBC~~

    Pistons, Spurs to clash in meeting of NBA’s best
    Detroit (27-5), San Antonio (27-8) own the league's top records

    (Associated Press) SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons have the top records in the league and one more game against each other on Thursday night before going their separate ways for the rest of the season. If they do meet again it will be for another NBA title.

    The two teams met on Christmas Day in a rematch of last season’s NBA finals and Detroit held San Antonio to just eight points in the first quarter and clamped down on the Spurs’ offense in the fourth in a 85-70 win.

    That point total was the lowest of the season for the Spurs, and the Pistons expect the rematch to also be dominated by defense.

    ~~The Austin American-Statesman~~

    Spurs face summit meeting against Pistons tonight
    San Antonio, with second-best record, faces league's top team
    By T.A. Badger

    SAN ANTONIO — To improve their chances in tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons, the San Antonio Spurs should forget their latest victory.

    The Spurs beat New Jersey 96-91 on Tuesday to end the Nets' 10-game winning streak, but San Antonio's fourth-quarter fade — a 16-point lead slashed to four in the final minute — might have been fatal against Detroit, which comes into the game with the NBA's best record.

    Don't forget to check our game thread for some re-match thoughts and statistics. We'd love to hear your take before and after the game. And while the game is going on, why not hook up with some of the best fans in our game chat? *Link*
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    Marty Burns piece from SI.com

    A win too far
    By Marty Burns

    Earlier this season, with his Pistons en route to a 24-3 start, Detroit guard Chauncey Billups was asked about his team's chances of winning 72 games and catching Michael Jordan's 1995-96 Bulls for the best single-season record of all time.

    "That's just crazy," Billups said. "I can't even fathom that."

    Turns out Billups was right.

    The Pistons go into Thursday's big showdown at San Antonio with a 27-5 record (.844). Impressive. Remarkable. Amazing.

    And yet nowhere near good enough to warrant any more talk about 72 wins -- at least until the All-Star break.

    The NBA season is grueling, and makes it increasingly tough on teams to avoid pitfalls as the calender drags into February, March and April. With five losses, Detroit is already halfway to the tragic number of 10 defeats -- with 50 games still to play.
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    January 13th -

    ~ Detroit News ~

    Pistons 83-Spurs 68
    Pistons pummel Spurs
    Detroit pulls another inside job, hoards boards
    By Chris McCosky

    Rasheed Wallace put it straight.

    "They still got the overall victory," Wallace said, after his 27-point effort led the Pistons to an 83-68 pasting of the world champion Spurs. "We got a couple of moral victories with these two wins in the regular season, but they still got the overall victory. They still got us in Game 7 (of the NBA Finals last June).

    "We are just trying to get back there and get back what is ours."

    The Pistons' two romps in less than three weeks, though, might resonate a little bit louder in the Spurs' ears. It was bad enough to get routed at The Palace on Christmas Day, but to lose the badly at home, that doesn't happen. It was the first time the Pistons have beaten the Spurs in San Anotnio since 1996-97.

    Pistons: Notebook
    Lack of calls angers Billups
    Guard is frustrated over not getting whistle when opposing defenses play more physical style.
    By Chris McCosky

    Chauncey Billups had a deep cut over one eye and several blotches on his arms.

    And he didn't shoot a single free throw in 41 minutes of intense action in the Pistons' 83-68 rout of the Spurs on Thursday night.

    "Just another one of those times I got beat up and didn't get a call," he said, explaining the gash. Billups was a picture of frustration for the better part of three quarters. While he wasn't getting any calls when he had the ball, he picked up three quick fouls at the other end. He felt the officials were punishing him for being stronger than Spurs guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

    "I guess that's the way they are going to defend me, now," Billups said.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Playoff intensity
    Pistons sweep season series against defending champions
    By Krista Latham


    By June, Thursday night's game between the Spurs and the Pistons will be just a blip in the memory bank. Another mostly meaningless night in an 82-game schedule.

    But judged by emotion, level of play, intensity, you name it, this was as close as it gets to a playoff game in January.

    One with a result Pistons fans hope to see again.

    Detroit (28-5) beat the defending champions, 83-68, on the same floor on which they lost their championship seven months ago.

    After the Pistons dominated the first quarter, the closest the Spurs got was six, and the Pistons earned a season sweep that means homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals -- should both teams finish with the same record.

    Acker gets long-awaited call to duty
    By Krista Latham

    All day Thursday, rookie point guard Alex Acker paced his hotel room, worked his cell phone and tried to calm his nerves.

    "My phone bill's a little high right now," he said.

    He had to spread the word that Thursday night, he'd get his first chance to dress for an NBA game, if not play.

    For the Pistons' first 32 games, Acker sat dressed in a suit on the bench as one of the team's three inactive players.

    But backup point guard Carlos Arroyo served a one-game suspension Thursday for initiating contact with an official in Tuesday's game, and Lindsey Hunter was rehabbing in Detroit.

    Acker looked at the roster and figured he'd get to put on his No. 6 jersey for the first time.

    "I got the feeling" as soon as Arroyo bumped the referee, Acker said. "It was just a matter of time before they told me."

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Motivated Rasheed helps Pistons dominate NBA's second-best team 83-68
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    When you talk to other players and coaches throoughout the NBA, most will tell you that Detroit's Rasheed Wallace, when motivated, can be one of the most dominating players around.

    Consider him fully motivated, at least when it comes to playing the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

    Wallace set the tone with his inside scoring and continued his assault on the Spurs from the perimeter as the Pistons took control and never let up in a surprisingly decisive 83-68 win.

    And while there were several Pistons who played a part in the win, none stood as tall as Wallace.

    He finished with a season-high 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.

    On top of that, he was instrumental in limiting San Antonio's Tim Duncan to 17 points on 17 shot attempts.

    "When he's playing the way he played tonight, we're unbeatable," said Detroit's Antonio McDyess.

    Prince is a 'luxury' because of his versatility
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Tayshaun Prince doesn't lead the Detroit Pistons in scoring, rebounds or assists.

    Instead, he leads them in most positions played, showcasing on Thursday night against San Antonio why he's considered one of the NBA's most versatile players.

    That ability to play multiple positions was among the many factors in Detroit's 83-68 win over the Spurs.

    The 6-foot-9 Prince, who was the team's backup point guard against the Spurs, finished with his third double-double of the season, scoring 13 points to go along two assists and a career-high 12 rebounds.

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Spurs can't stop Sheed
    Pistons forward schools champs
    By Dana Gauruder


    Chauncey Billups calls Rasheed Wallace the Pistons' most valuable player. A motivated Wallace has made the Pistons the best team in the league the first half of the NBA season. The source of Wallace's determination is Detroit's Game 7 loss to San Antonio in last season's Finals, which convinced him to come to training camp lighter and hungrier than ever. On Thursday, Wallace gave the Spurs and their fans a firsthand look at how much he wants the title.

    Led by their emotional power forward, the Pistons physically dominated the Spurs for the second time this season and swept the season series with an 83-68 win. Wallace outplayed Tim Duncan, racking up 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the Pistons led by double digits most of the game.

    "He's one of the great ones, and the great ones make it easy for everybody," Billups said. "When he's rolling, everybody has easy shots and everybody gets the shots they want because they have to gear their defense to stopping him. They have to shift their whole focus."

    Pistons unlikely to get Atkins
    By Dana Gauruder

    Don't get too excited about reports that the Pistons have talked to the Washington Wizards about Chucky Atkins.

    The Wizards are shopping around the disgruntled ex-Piston guard, but the only way to make that feasible for Detroit would be to trade Arroyo even up for him. That wouldn't make sense for Washington, even though the salaries are close (Atkins makes $4.5 million, Arroyo $4 million).
    Atkins has an expiring contract, while Arroyo has two years left on his deal.

    The Pistons have plenty of depth at that spot once Lindsey Hunter returns from his ankle rehab, which could be as soon as next week. New York and Memphis are reportedly interested in Atkins, Detroit's starting point guard before it signed Chauncey Billups. ​


    ~ San Antonio Express-News ~

    Detroit's rebounding edge sends Spurs scuffling in loss
    By Mike Monroe

    After getting outrebounded by 27 in the Christmas Day loss at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the Spurs were nearly as impotent on the boards on their AT&T Center court Thursday night.

    "We're going to have to take a look at the tape tomorrow to see what was the problem, but the numbers tell," center Rasho Nesterovic said. "Go by the numbers."

    The numbers to go by Thursday were these: 56 Pistons rebounds to 32 for the Spurs. Worse yet for the Spurs, the Pistons had 16 offensive rebounds, resulting in 10 second-chance points.

    The Spurs were so badly outrebounded that they weren't certain what to make of the differential. They seemed to be in partial denial of the truth.
    "They're not that much better a rebounding team," said Tim Duncan, more perplexed than angry. "Until I saw the stat sheet I didn't know they had that many offensive rebounds. I thought we did a solid job on the boards. The effort was there."

    Wallace's 'hoopin' sets Pistons' tone
    By Mike Finger

    To hear most of the Detroit Pistons tell it, establishing Rasheed Wallace's presence against the Spurs on Thursday was part of a preconceived master plan, hashed out in scouting reports and stressed in pre-game meetings.

    But after a performance in which Wallace dominated from his tone-setting opening salvo until his final shot, he insisted there was no real method to his magnificence.

    "It's just hoopin'," Wallace said of his 27-point, 12-rebound outburst in an 83-68 victory over the Spurs at the AT&T Center. "It ain't no concentrated effort or nothing."

    Regardless of how it came about, there was little doubt about the extent of the havoc Wallace wreaked. He made the first three baskets of the game on consecutive possessions and had 10 points by the end of the first quarter.

    The Pistons, who swept the two-game season series with the Spurs and won a regular-season game in San Antonio for the first time since April 2, 1997, fed off Wallace's early energy, jumping to a 20-point lead in the second quarter.

    Minute by minute, the Spurs can see the changes
    By Buck Harvey

    So how did the Spurs beat the Pistons four times in June?

    Then, Tim Duncan had ankle problems instead of foot problems. Nazr Mohammed played. Tony Parker often had games where he had an assist. And Big Shot Rob lined up threes instead of Big Shot Rasheed.

    But there was something else then. Manu Ginobili finished games and started them, too, cutting through the same solid, overwhelming Pistons who were solid and overwhelming Thursday night.

    The Spurs needed every Argentine bead of sweat then to win the title, and Ginobili averaged more than 38 minutes in those four wins in June.

    This season?

    He's played a total of 28 minutes in the Spurs' two losses to Detroit.​
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    Charlie Rosen's take on last night's game

    Spurs should fear finals matchup with Pistons
    By Charley Rosen

    As the NBA is currently constituted, San Antonio and Detroit are by far the league's best teams.

    Barring untimely injuries to any of their core players — or any forthcoming trades that might hugely benefit other ball clubs — it's highly likely that the Spurs and the Pistons will meet again with the championship at stake in June.

    Besides Thursday's date in San Antonio, the only regular-season game between these two rivals occurred in Detroit on Christmas Day, resulting in a lop-sided 85-70 victory for the home team. The key factor then was the Pistons' smothering defense, which limited the Spurs to only eight first-quarter points and which also stifled the Spurs' point-making prowess at the end of the game.

    The challenge for San Antonio on Thursday was to devise and execute appropriate tweaks in their previous offensive game plan, while Detroit's goal was to keep on keeping on.

    Not surprisingly, the determining factor in Detroit's overwhelming 83-68 win was the continued efficiency of their defense and the Spurs' failure to make suitable adjustments.
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    January 14th -

    (Slow news day. And I wish the Oakland press would get their stuff in gear and start updating their site earlier everyday. Unlike all the other papers, they don't update their site until around 7:30-8:30 a.m. Every single day they have me waiting to post my update. OK, enough of my rant. On to the news...)

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Prince proves point verses the Spurs
    By Kristen Latham

    Tayshaun Prince, backup point guard?

    "We'll see," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said.

    That was Saunders' reaction after watching Prince relieve point guard Chauncey Billups for portions of Thursday night's 83-68 whipping of the San Antonio Spurs. With usual backup Carlos Arroyo serving a one-game suspension, Saunders had only two options -- plug in rookie Alex Acker, who hadn't played all season, or use Prince and see what happened.

    Turned out, Saunders liked what he saw. He left open the possibility Prince could back up Billups again.

    "He did a pretty nice job," Saunders said. "He executed, and we do cause some matchup problems. We're long, and it helps us rebound. I don't know. We'll have to see. You never know."

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Pistons defense proves it can use power or speed to win
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Just imagine a vehicle that can change from being a military tank into a sports car.

    Now you have some idea of what opponents of the Detroit Pistons deal with -- they don't know if they're going to get run over, or if the Pistons will just run past them.

    Detroit's much-improved offense has received a lot of credit for the team's 28-5 start. However, it is the Pistons stingy defense, especially against the best teams, that keeps them among the NBA's elite.

    Detroit proved that point in emphatic fashion with an 83-68 win against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.


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    Don't worry Zo, I got this one. ;)

    ~~The Oakland Press~~


    Pistons cruise into cushy stretch
    By DANA GAURUDER

    Every team wants one. Only the truly talented and cohesive teams get one.

    Like the commercials for a certain office supply store, the Pistons have an "Easy" button.

    Just look at what they did to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

    They got Tim Duncan frazzled. They threw up a roadblock against Tony Parker, the league's top scorer in the paint. They made the Spurs' strong complementary players disappear. They executed their offense with the precision of a first-class pianist playing Beethoven.
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    ~Sportsline.com~

    For now, Pistons clearly leading Spurs in mind game
    by Tony Mejia
    Gregg Popovich won't want to hear it, but undeniably, someone will ask him during this postseason whether his team is spooked by Detroit. If the two teams favored to stage a rematch of last season's NBA Finals manage to get there, the focus will not be on whether the Spurs feel confident having won last year's series in seven, but rather whether they can overcome the Pistons given this season's results.

    ~The Sporting News~

    The Pistons are the NBA's best team by far
    By Michael Deuser
    Thursday night's beat-down should settle any lingering debates: The Pistons are the NBA's best team. And second best isn't even close. Chauncey Billups out-assisted the entire Spurs' roster 14-9 while lockdown defense from Ben Wallace and his minions held the Spurs to 68 points, their lowest output of the season and more than 27 points lower than their season scoring average. It was a repeat performance of the Pistons' 85-70 thrashing of the Spurs on Christmas Day -- except this time, the Spurs were healthy and at home.
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    Roscoe

    Good lookin' out, Roscoe. :thumb:

    I'm going to have to let their online editor know that their late updating routine just doesn't fit into my schedule. :D :P
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    January 15th -

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Wallace fine after giving Pistons a scare in lopsided win
    By A. Sherrod Blakely


    The Detroit Pistons got quite a scare on Saturday night when Ben Wallace struggled to get to his feet after his left knee locked up following a rebound by the center in the first quarter.

    "Small thing to a giant," Wallace said afterward.

    Indeed, it proved to be nothing to worry about.

    The same could be said for the injury-riddled Charlotte Bobcats, who were no match for the Pistons as they pulled away for a 114-91 win.

    Saunders trying to find more playing time for reserves
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    It's only natural the Detroit Pistons would lean on a starting five that may be the best in the NBA.

    However, Pistons coach Flip Saunders knows that over the course of a long season, the team's bench must also contribute consistently.

    Here's the dilemma: in order to get the reserves to that point, it may require less playing time for the starters, which may impact the team's chances to win.

    "We might have to take a step back in order to develop those guys," Saunders said. "Those guys are going to have to work and develop."

    ~ The Charlotte Observer ~

    Wallace hurt in loss
    Bobcats forward re-injures hamstring against Pistons
    By Rick Bonnell

    The Charlotte Bobcats lost forward Gerald Wallace to a right hamstring injury in a 114-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
    In obvious pain, Wallace left the court late in the third quarter, with his team down 13. Wallace complained about his hamstring following Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but it was unclear how serious the injury is.

    Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 19 points and Primoz Brezec was the Bobcats' top scorer with 18.

    The Pistons led 60-43 at halftime, with perhaps as efficient and balanced an offensive attack as you'll see in the NBA.

    They shot 60 percent from the field and all five starters had six or more points. Point guard Chauncey Billups led the team with 13 points.
    As if to punctuate that performance, small forward Tayshaun Prince finished the half with a three-pointer with less than a second on the clock.

    The Bobcats started off without point guard Brevin Knight, as trainer Joe Sharpe recommended using Knight off the bench to address his back spasms. The Bobcats got 21 of their 43 first-half points from Brezec and Wallace, shooting a combined 9-of-15.

    Pistons cruise over Bobcats
    A/P

    The Detroit Pistons didn't get much of a scare from the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

    They did, however, get one from Ben Wallace.

    Late in the first quarter of a 114-91 victory, Wallace landed awkwardly
    while grabbing a rebound and stayed on the floor, holding his left knee.

    He eventually limped off under his own power, and to the relief of his coaches, teammates and the 102nd straight sellout crowd at the Palace, returned in the second period.

    "It just locked up on me - my leg got too far in front of me," Wallace said. "It's a small thing to a giant."

    Even while Wallace was down, his teammates weren't overly concerned.

    "When he doesn't get right up, you know he's hurting, but I just can't get too worried about that guy," Chauncey Billups said. "He's just a warrior."​
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    January 15th (cont.)

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Don't read too much into Pistons' sweep of Spurs
    By Dana Gauruder

    At this time a year ago, the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat were the dominant teams in their respective conferences. Two seasons past, the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers played the role of conference bullies in mid-January.

    None of those teams, of course, made it to the NBA Finals. That should serve as a friendly reminder to all Pistons fans giddy about their team's success that championships are not won in the first 2 1/2 months of the season.

    That's also why fans shouldn't put too much stock in Detroit's 15-point thumpings of San Antonio in the past three weeks. There are still nearly 50 regular-season games to get through, plus three conference playoff rounds if the Finals are once again their destiny.

    By then, the Spurs should look a whole lot tougher and ornery than they were on Christmas Day and Thursday night, when the Pistons overwhelmed them with superior defense, rebounding and execution. Tony Parker is the only San Antonio player who has performed at or above his normal level of production to this point.

    Pistons beat up Bobcats
    By Bill Roose

    At times Saturday, the 102nd straight sellout crowd at The Palace seemed less than enthusiastic about witnessing a less than stellar matchup for the Pistons against one of the Eastern Conference doormats.

    It seemed that the Pistons were cast under the same spell by the Charlotte Bobcats, who had entered Saturday's game with six losses in their last seven games.

    Coming off Thursday's statement win at San Antonio, the Pistons toyed with the Bobcats, as seven players scored in double figures and the bench chipped in with 44 points en route to an easy - but less than thrilling - 114-91 victory.

    "Our focus today was to just come out and play our game and take what the defense gives us," said Chauncey Billups, who had 13 points and six assists. "I love when our bench gets the opportunity to play a lot of extended minutes. Whenever we get that opportunity, it's a big plus."​
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    ~~Detroit News~~

    Pistons: We're 'more focused'
    Unlike last season, they're better prepared for losing teams in effort to nab home-court edge.
    Chris McCosky

    AUBURN HILLS -- Thus far, the Pistons have stayed true to their mission statement, which is to treat every game with the same focus, win as many as possible and secure home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

    "That's what we're playing for," Ben Wallace said Sunday after a short practice. "We aren't worried about who they put in front of us or who we are playing. Just go out and win."


    ~~Detroit Free Press~~


    PISTONS CORNER: Saunders won't rush Hunter back
    BY CHRIS SILVA

    The Pistons remain cautious with guard Lindsey Hunter.

    Hunter won't make his season debut this afternoon against the Boston Celtics and isn't expected to play this week.

    Hunter has been practicing, looking like he's at full strength. But coach Flip Saunders said: "I think it's a little bit better to be cautious than it is to be aggressive for him to play at this point."


    ~~Boston Globe~~


    Pistons model for the Celtics
    By Shira Springer

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- Paul Pierce has seen the Celtics' future. And it looks a lot like the Detroit Pistons.

    Go ahead, laugh.

    It seems ridiculous to compare the Pistons (29-5) and the Celtics (14-22) in any way before they play each other today at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Coming off Thursday's 15-point win over defending NBA champion San Antonio, Detroit solidified its standing as the most dominant, most complete team in the league this season. The Pistons appear poised to repeat as Eastern Conference champions and finish what they could not last June. Under new coach Flip Saunders, Detroit is undeniably on a mission to reclaim the title. That much was clear when it held the Spurs to a season-low 68 points.


    ~~Boston Herald~~


    Heat definitely on Green: Celtics are growing but slowly
    By Mark Murphy

    DETROIT — His team is functioning at the low end of the basketball IQ scale, with a record that is eight games under .500.

    Doc Rivers knows then that regardless of the weather, it’s hot in Boston right now.

    “I don’t mind the heat,” the Celtics coach said after yesterday’s practice at Oakland University. “We’re not winning, so that’s going to happen.”

    But regardless of the criticism — or frustration from a triple overtime loss in Philadelphia Friday that he again called the worst of the season — Rivers isn’t going to change now.


    Davis’ Star is crossed
    By Mark Murphy

    DETROIT — Ricky Davis isn’t the only NBA player who suffers from insufficient respect.

    The difference is that Davis, hounded by his petulant past, may forever suffer when his merits are put to a vote. Little wonder that in the NBA’s most recent release of fan balloting for the All-Star game, Davis wasn’t even in the top 10 among Eastern Conference guards.

    Paul Pierce, listed seventh among forwards behind the perennially injured Grant Hill, is considered a lock to be voted onto the team when league coaches pick the conference’s seven reserve players.

    Davis, however, has no such guarantee.


    ~~Booth Newspapers~~


    With new plays, Hamilton getting more scoring chances
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- Scoring has ever been a problem for Richard Hamilton.

    With Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders adding a few new plays last week, points seem to be coming even easier for Hamilton.

    Hamilton, known primarily for his ability to shoot while coming off screens, has found other ways to score lately.


    Inside the Pistons
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    INSIDE THE PISTONS

    A look at the Pistons heading into this week:

    Who's hot: Antonio McDyess showed why he's one of the best reserves in the NBA. In three games last week, he averaged 10 points and four rebounds per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the field.


    ~~The Oakland Press~~

    Pistons playing well against lightweights
    By DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - Playing against inferior opponents often led to head-scratching results last season. The Pistons obviously have learned their lesson.

    Often, they'd have letdowns after winning a high-profile game like they did Thursday night in San Antonio. They didn't get complacent Saturday, thumping the undermanned Charlotte Bobcats, 114-91. Detroit will have to retain that mentality against their next four opponents, all of whom have losing records.


    ~~ESPN~~

    SPECIAL WEEKEND EDITION - Daily Dime
    By Marc Stein

    In case you're still wondering about these things, Detroit fell well short of the record for most victories to start a season with only four defeats.


    Daily Dime
    And you get to play Detroit

    By Greg Anthony

    The Eastern Conference as a whole has gotten better over the last few years, from top and bottom. Looking ahead to the third week of April, the regular season finish is shaping up with Detroit and Miami as the clear-cut 1-2 seeds. After that, everything else is up for grabs in the conference's eight-team playoff order.


    ~~CNN - Sports Illustrated~~

    Undisputed
    Pistons clear 2006 leader after wins over San Antonio
    By Marty Burns

    Well, the Pistons sure made it easy for the Power Rankings staff this week. By dismantling the Spurs on San Antonio's home floor Thursday night, Detroit left no doubt who rules the NBA. The Pistons have now defeated the Spurs by identical 15-point margins in both meetings. If you're looking for another telling stat to illustrate Detroit's dominance over San Antonio this season, how about this one: in the two games, the Pistons have outrebounded the Spurs 113-62.
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    ~ Detroit News ~

    Pistons 94, Celtics 84
    Rasheed puts bite on dogged Celtics
    Wallace's 18 third-quarter points help secure fourth straight victory
    By Chris McCosky

    There was 5:48 left in the third quarter Monday and the Pistons were clinging to a two-point lead against the stubborn Boston Celtics.

    During a timeout, coach Flip Saunders and Chauncey Billups arrived at the same conclusion -- get the ball to Rasheed Wallace.

    "With great players, you can look in their eyes and tell when they've got it going," Saunders said. "And when they do, you better get him the ball."

    Wallace got the ball and scored 14 of the Pistons' next 16 points, finished with 18 in the quarter and 23 in the game, a 94-84 Pistons victory.

    Bob Wojnowski
    Wojo: Amazing Pistons could care less about the spotlight
    Team is getting through the dog days and stands 30-5.
    By Bob Wojonowski

    You know how good the Pistons are? This is how good the Pistons are.

    They can dig a healthy little 14-point deficit against Boston and nobody -- trust me, nobody -- thinks they'll lose the game. They can be 30-5, as they are after a 94-84 victory over the Celtics on Monday, and nobody seems surprised anymore.

    Goodness, this is greatness, and yet everyone has to say it softly until June, when the Pistons can reconfirm it.

    These are the dog days for the Pistons, beating up on dog teams, trying not to get dog tired, doggedly chasing scents and ghosts. You watch this team keep blasting away, playing with methodical professionalism, and you wonder if they're still underappreciated, somehow.

    Pistons: Notebook
    Delfino's dynamics pain Celtics
    Saunders impressed with reserve, who gets 11 points and plays stout defense against peers.
    By Chris McCosky

    On more than one occasion, Flip Saunders has gone home after a game wondering why the heck he hadn't played Carlos Delfino more.

    "I have been impressed with him from Day One," Saunders said. "He always seems to be pretty effective for us. He has a chance to be an impact player in this league. He's still young and he's still learning, but he plays with a lot of aggressiveness."

    Saunders didn't have to second-guess himself Monday. Delfino not only played, but he also helped spark the Pistons in a 94-84 victory over the Boston Celtics.

    "I felt great," said Delfino, who got 11 points off the bench and played some stout defense against one of the league's best scorers, Paul Pierce.

    Roundup
    Magic return Francis to team
    Detroit news wire services

    Guard Steve Francis was reinstated by the Orlando Magic on Monday, three days after he was suspended for "conduct
    detrimental to the team."

    Francis, who missed two games, met with team officials Monday.

    "We now consider the matter closed and look forward to Steve's return to practice tomorrow," assistant general manager Otis
    Smith said in a statement.

    It was reported that Francis was suspended for refusing to re-enter the fourth quarter of a blowout loss last week.
    Francis, a three-time All-Star, is averaging 16.6 points and 5.4 assists this season. He's expected to play Wednesday when Orlando plays host to Washington.

    Pistons Rap
    Trading Times
    Pistons remain calm, but rumors are swirling through NBA
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner

    Ah, feel the Zen-like calm emanating from The Palace's basketball office.
    Pistons president Joe Dumars and vice president John Hammond are all smiles, partially thanks to an NBA-leading 30-5 record.

    Another secret behind their good cheer is the lack of acute pressure to pull off a blockbuster trade to set up the Pistons for a playoff run.

    As of right now, the Pistons don't need a major overhaul and can afford to play it cool.

    The rest of the NBA can't claim a similar sense of calm, as many are working the phones to figure out a move or two before
    the Feb. 23 trading deadline.

    Yes, there is a lot of time to go until the witching hour. Meaning, there are a lot of intriguing scenarios and rumors swirling around about who might be going where.

    Burning questions
    Milicic isn't a bust, but is wrong fit
    By Chris McCosky

    Burning questions as we near the season's midway point:

    Q. Almost halfway through his third season, can we officially call Darko Milicic a bust?

    A. No. If the Pistons were to release him today or trade him, thus essentially acknowledging they've given up on him, then, yeah, you could call him a bust.

    They haven't given up on him. He still is only 20. He still has NBA skill, and he does some things (quickness, footwork and passing skills) that most guys his size can't do.

    There is still some serious upside to this guy. I don't think he's ever going to be a star, and given he was a No. 2 overall pick, most might use that and conclude he was a bust.

    But I still see him having a long and somewhat productive career, perhaps one similar to that of a Rik Smits or Detlef Schrempf, guys who averaged around 14 points and eight rebounds over long careers.

    Pistons have a thing for team
    By Chris McCosky

    It's a sight you probably wouldn't see at a lot of other NBA practices.

    The Pistons' reserves, broken into three teams, were playing a spirited three-on-three tournament at the end of practice Sunday. All five starters were seated under the basket watching, hollering and hooting.

    "We all push each other," Rip Hamilton said. "It's like we are all one big family. We all know that every guy on that bench can step in and help us."

    Ben Wallace had a different take: "It's not like we have jobs," he said, laughing. "We've got nothing else to do."

    The buzz
    Weather, urban realities tough sell for Super Bowl
    Many critics believe the NFL's showcase game should be held in a warm climate and big party city.
    By Lynn Henning

    It's an uneasy conviction, but we're tempted to say NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue set up Detroit for a drubbing by national media, most of whom believe the Super Bowl ought to be a warm-weather party.

    Frankly, we agree. The Super Bowl is a global spectacle and football festival that, like a premier college bowl game, is
    best suited to a warm-weather, open-air site, minus the Eddie Bauer outerwear.

    But the NFL also is a North American game played by North American teams at northern-latitude cities. And in that sense you can make the case -- occasionally -- for the NFL's prom being staged at one of those traditional NFL towns. Detroit got the nod for 2006 in spite of a generally forgettable experience here at Super Bowl XVI.

    So, what will the throngs like and not like about Detroit when a Super Bowl stampede assembles in two weeks?

    JoAnne C. Gerstner's top five: Players who love fouls
    Some players hear more whistles than others. Here's who are the NBA's worst offenders for commiting fouls.

    Alley oop ... to Ben Wallace

    Slam dunks

    Next 5 games
    Looking ahead

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Delfino Royale
    Reserve proves a good bet with block, 3-pointers
    By Chris Silva

    He was surrounded. Nowhere to go. And one after another, the gathering grew larger. They all wanted to know what it felt like, how he did it.

    Carlos Delfino was in the spotlight. Before he could even pull up his pants in the locker room after Monday's Martin Luther King Day matinee at the Palace, reporters and camera crews had closed in on the second-year Pistons reserve.

    Delfino had sparked his sluggish teammates in the second quarter of a 94-84 victory over the Boston Celtics, ending up with 11 points in under 15 minutes.

    Pistons provide obvious answer
    By Larry Sanders II

    Larry Sanders II, an eighth-grader at Bates Academy in Detroit, sat on press row Monday for the Pistons-Celtics game after winning a Free Press contest. The newspaper asked young readers to suggest ways for Rasheed Wallace to avoid more technical
    fouls, and Sanders, 13, suggested that he listen to jazz and gospel music to calm his spirits before games. Here is Sanders' account of Monday's game:

    Pierce off-track in his comparison
    By Chris Silva

    The Pistons realize a game against Boston isn't a cakewalk. But Celtics forward Paul Pierce might have gone overboard comparing his team's starting lineup to Detroit's.

    "We play them pretty tough, and they're the best team in the league right now," Pierce told the Boston Globe. "I don't know
    if it's because they don't get up for us or because we match up well. You've got me and Tayshaun (Prince), and Ricky (Davis)
    and Richard Hamilton. (Kendrick Perkins) is like a young Ben Wallace to me. We don't know if he'll be a great offensive player, but he's taken his strengths and worked to make the most of them. He has long arms. He knows his role is getting rebounds. Delonte (West) reminds me of Chauncey (Billups)."

    Pistons coach Flip Saunders said he could understand Pierce's reasoning. The teams' personnel aren't the same, but they do share the same up-tempo style of play.

    The Pistons just have more talent, which led them to a 94-84 win over Boston on Monday and an NBA-best record of 30-5.

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Matinée idol
    Delfino gives a live to win over Celtics
    By Dana Gauruder

    Carlos Delfino often gives Pistons coach Flip Saunders a guilt trip without saying a word.Saunders will review that evening's game and wonder why he left the second-year forward on the bench.

    "I've been impressed with him since Day One," Saunders said. "At times, when I don't play him, I always go home at night, sit and watch the film and try to find ways why I didn't play him."

    There were no regrets Monday. Saunders not only got Delfino in the game, Delfino delivered his best performance of the season. With his team fumbling around for points, Saunders waved in Delfino and got the boost his team desperately needed.

    Delfino scored eight game-changing points in the second quarter and wound up with a seasonhigh 11 in a 94-84 Pistons victory over Boston, Detroit's 30th win in 35 games this season.

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Celtics learn another lesson from Pistons
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    The kids stood around, in awe as the Detroit Pistons pulled away for another victory -- and we're not talking about the youngsters in the stands, either.

    It was the Boston Celtics, one of the youngest teams in the NBA, who could do nothing but watch their double-digit first-half lead evaporate as the Pistons rallied for a 94-84 win on Monday.

    Detroit swept the regular-season series (three games) for the second time in the past three seasons, improving their record to an NBA-best 30-5.

    Delfino gives Pistons a lift off bench
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Detroit Pistons reserve guard Carlos Delfino has accepted the fact that he won't play as much as he would prefer to this season.

    That doesn't mean he can't impact games -- he certainly did on Monday in the Pistons' 94-84 win against Boston.

    Delfino's play in the second quarter provided the Pistons with the lift they needed. He scored eight of Detroit's 26 points in the quarter as the Pistons erased a double-digit deficit to take a 41-40 halftime lead.

    "He does something that we need," said point guard Chauncey Billups. "He makes plays, he slashes."

    Delfino also played solid defense on Celtics all-star Paul Pierce.

    ~ The Boston Globe ~

    Celtics sputter again
    Pistons overcome double-digit deficit
    By Shira Springer

    Doc Rivers saw no similarities between the way the Celtics played yesterday at the Palace of Auburn Hills and the way they played against the Pistons in the same venue two months ago.

    Even though the Celtics squandered double-digit leads in both contests, collapsed in the second halves, and watched one Piston singlehandedly grab momentum in the third quarters, Rivers felt better about what transpired yesterday. Perhaps it was the perspective of a coach desperate to see some improvement, any improvement, in the wake of the Celtics' 94-84 loss.

    Boston has lost 9 of 12 games, seemingly backsliding while other teams in the Atlantic Division and the East make up ground.

    While there were definite, even glaring, differences in the two most recent losses to the Pistons, the players were quick to pick out the parallels. In both contests, the Celtics understood their lead was tenuous, that it was only a matter of time before the Pistons would make a run. In both contests, the Celtics also expected one of the Pistons' many offensive threats to step up. They just did not know which one it would be.

    ~ The Boston Herald ~

    C’s watch Pistons pull: Green let 14-point lead slip
    By Mark Murphy

    “One of these games,” they have to be thinking.

    One of these games, after looking so good early — like they did yesterday against the Detroit Pistons — the Celtics are going to check out for the night with their ties in place, their creases still military crisp, and their shirts tucked in.

    But after yesterday’s 94-84 loss to the Pistons — this time after leading by a hollow 14-point margin in the second quarter - the Celts have to revise their sense of time.

    “One of these years” could be more like it.

    “They looked like they were just having fun out there, playing together the way they do,” said center Kendrick Perkins, who had 10 points and eight rebounds, of the Pistons.

    The problem is that Perkins, like the rest of the C’s overmatched front line, had to worry about people like Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace.

    The problem is that for the third time this season, a game they had in hand against the defending Eastern Conference champs
    fizzled like seltzer water.

    Point-less effort by Davis
    By Mark Murphy

    For a guy who has a mission statement — Get Buckets — engraved on his wristbands, a scoreless game has to hurt.

    Ricky Davis also found his 0-for-8 effort during yesterday’s 94-84 loss to Detroit downright baffling.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever gone scoreless in my career,” the Celtics guard said with a broad statement intended to include every NBA minute he has played. “The first time since I started playing basketball, I think.

    “They just did a good job of running me off of shots,” Davis said. “I spent most of the time passing the ball, instead of trying to get my shot.”​
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    ~ Detroit News ~

    Pistons: Notebook
    Two road tests await
    Games with Hawks and Knicks will be back-to-back, and Evans says focus is important.
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner


    The test could be this for the Pistons over the next two days: It's not the opponents, per se, but the sequence.

    The Pistons embark today on two games, back-to-back, starting tonight in Atlanta. Then it's on to New York to play the Knicks on Thursday.

    Neither the Hawks (10-26) nor Knicks (13-23) seem that formidable, but the road and back-to-back factors could make the games tougher.

    Two of the Pistons' five losses have occurred in the second game of road back-to-backs (Dallas on Nov. 19 and Utah on Dec.
    12).

    Rob Parker
    Pistons' dominance rivals or surpasses Tigers' 35-5 start
    By Rob Parker

    Without question, the most famous start by a sports team in this town is the Tigers' 35-5 record in 1984.

    To this day, just about everybody knows that number, whether you're a Tigers fan or not. That's how gaudy and impressive it is.

    But the Pistons' 30-5 start is more impressive when you take a closer look. The Tigers' start represented roughly 25 percent
    of baseball's 162-game schedule. The Pistons' start is nearly 50 percent of the NBA's 82-game regular season.

    Though it's hard to compare sports, it says a lot when team can win at such a rate for such a long time. The Pistons have done that.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    30 seasons of George Blaha
    By Bill Dow

    "Four and 26 to go, Chauncey on the sideline, lobs to Rasheed, Rasheed turns and faces, FIRES OFF THE GLASS AND HE HIT IT! COUNT THAT BABY AND A FOUL!"

    In his 30th NBA season, with more than 2,600 games under his belt as the voice of the Pistons, George Blaha's up-tempo and unique play-by-play calls have thrilled fans since the days a once-struggling franchise sometimes hosted 4,000 diehards at Cobo Arena.

    Time to unmask Rip's defensive skills
    By Krista Latham

    The defensive strengths of Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace are as well-known around the NBA as Larry Brown's good-bye speech.

    Richard Hamilton's defensive skills? Not so much.

    Hamilton is known for his shooting, his conditioning, his curls, his touch, even his mask. Not his shutdown ability.

    But Hamilton's main defensive assignment, usual 20-point scorer Ricky Davis, went scoreless Monday. Hamilton said he tried to deny Davis the ball, and it worked. The Celtic took just eight shots and was scoreless for what he said was the first time in his NBA career, according to the Boston Globe.

    It was just one game, keep in mind, but a nice chance to ask a few questions.

    Upcoming games have reunions
    By Chris Silva

    Tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks marks the middle of a five-game stretch for the Pistons against teams with losing records.

    After disposing of Charlotte and Boston over the holiday weekend, the 30-5 Pistons have shown they still can get up for the league's bottom-feeders and keep their focus during the snoozer portion of their schedule.

    After tonight, the Pistons travel to New York on Thursday and play host to Houston on Sunday.

    The Pistons' next two opponents will bring reunions of sorts. Hawks coach Mike Woodson and the Knicks' Larry Brown were on the same staff that helped bring the NBA championship to Detroit in 2004.

    An NBA Wolverine-Spartan rivalry
    By Chris Silva

    The Free Press' Chris Silva caught up with two Charlotte bobcats who used to be college rivals.

    NBA Ticker
    By Al Toby

    Chicago Tribune columnist Sam Smith is stumping for Rasheed Wallace to make the 2008 Olympic team. "Even I can't believe I wrote that," Smith said in his weekly NBA column.

    Smith's first encounter with Wallace was memorable. As president of the basketball writers' association, Smith approached Wallace, then a Trail Blazer, to discuss the importance of speaking with reporters.

    "Wallace removed his omnipresent headphones briefly, stared down at me and said, "I don't give a (darn) about anyone but me and my family."

    What a difference a couple of years make, eh?

    By The Numbers

    Pistons Planner

    Soundoff

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Delfino, Evans starting to click together
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    For months, the only time Carlos Delfino and Maurice Evans were on the basketball court at the same time was when they were guarding each other in practice.

    Lately, Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders has felt more comfortable playing the two together for key stretches in games.

    They were both instrumental in the second quarter of the Pistons' 94-84 win against Boston on Monday. Delfino and Evans scored 13 of their combined 16 points in the quarter, and played solid defense against Celtics' all-star Paul Pierce.

    With four of the Pistons' next five games against teams with losing records, Delfino and Evans may get more playing time.

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Pistons' backups step up
    By Dana Gauruder


    Michael Finley spurned them and signed with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Latrell Sprewell priced and self out of the market.

    The Pistons knew they needed help at the wing positions last summer, but they didn't wind up with any big names. Instead, president of basketball operations Joe Dumars signed little-known Maurice Evans on the freeagent market last summer and expected better results from second-year player Carlos Delfino.

    At times this season, there was good reason to doubt whether Dumars took the right approach. Evans has been inconsistent, and Delfino often hasn't received enough minutes to make a difference.

    But a tweak in the rotation has made both of those unheralded players more effective. Evans scored a season-high 18 points against Charlotte on Saturday, and Delfino contributed a season-best 11 points against Boston on Monday afternoon.

    ~ Atlanta Journal-Constitution ~

    Hot Pistons next for Hawks
    By Sekou Smith


    The Hawks had all of 48 hours to come up with the perfect game plan for the juggernaut that is the Detroit Pistons.

    They could have used another 48 and it wouldn't have helped with the task they'll face Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

    Because when a team is playing as well as the league-leading Pistons, 30-5 and on a record pace for wins in franchise history, no amount of trickery or gamesmanship will slow them down.

    Hawks coach Mike Woodson knows that better than anyone, having been on the inside of the machine two years ago as Larry Brown's top assistant when these same Pistons starters rolled over the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to claim the NBA title.
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    ~ Detroit news ~

    Pistons 117, Hawks 89
    Starters get valuable rest in lopsided win
    Bench players lighten the workload, keeping starters fresh for game against Knicks tonight.
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner


    There are many words in the English language to describe what the Pistons did to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Many are unprintable in a family newspaper.

    But the ones that fit include annihilation and sheer decimation.

    The Pistons defeated the Hawks, 117-89, at Philips Arena, clearly showing the difference between the best and the worst in the NBA.
    The Pistons are 31-5, the Hawks 10-27.

    Enough said.

    NBA: Roundup
    Knicks' Davis ejected for entering stands in Chicago
    Brown says player thought his wife was in trouble; Gordon jumper wins game in overtime.
    Detroit News wire services

    Antonio Davis was ejected for going into the stands in overtime before Ben Gordon hit a winning jump shot as time expired, lifting the Chicago Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

    There was no physical confrontation, but several people could be seen pointing and shouting for several moments before security finally arrived and Davis was ejected.

    During a timeout, Davis jumped over the scorers' table and ascended about ten rows of seats before the confrontation started. A group of people in the area of the confrontation were later escorted from the area by United Center security.

    Knicks coach Larry Brown said Davis had gone into the stands because he saw his wife "falling back," but didn't elaborate.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    The 'Fro probably won't go
    By Krista Latham


    Six months from now, Pistons fans will know for sure whether the player -- and the hair -- they've come to recognize most as the catalyst to the franchise's recent success will end his career in Detroit.

    But for now, center Ben Wallace said his impending status as an unrestricted free agent isn't something that weighs on him.

    "Right now, I'm not really thinking about any of that," Wallace said. "I'm just out here trying to have fun, play basketball."

    Still, listen to Wallace speak in his quiet, deliberate way, and you can hear signs of hope, statements that seem to suggest there's no reason to think Wallace will seriously entertain options from elsewhere in June.

    Pistons ground Hawks
    No surprises in best vs. worst
    By Krista Latham


    Pistons coach Flip Saunders theorized Wednesday morning that the gap between the Atlanta Hawks, the NBA's worst team, and the Pistons, the NBA's best, probably isn't as big as it seems.

    Sure, Flip. Sure.

    By Wednesday night, that gap looked roughly the size of Ben Wallace's extended family, and at least 50 of them watched the Pistons' 117-89 Pistons victory.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Pistons drub lowly Hawks
    By A. Sherrod Blakely


    The Detroit Pistons are the best team in the NBA. The Atlanta Hawks are the worst.

    If there was any doubt about that before Wednesday night, there was no doubt following the Pistons' 117-89 pummeling of the lowly Hawks.

    The Pistons (31-5) came into the game with these objectives: to take apart the Hawks (10-27) early, get the reserves some quality playing time, and move on to the next game, tonight in New York.

    Pistons more concerned with Brown's players than ex-coach
    By A. Sherrod Blakely


    The Detroit Pistons have no animosity toward their former coach, Larry Brown.

    In fact, most of them wish Brown the best of luck -- except, of course, tonight when his new team, the New York Knicks, play the Pistons.

    "It's just another game, that's all," said Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace.

    While the build-up to tonight's game won't be nearly what it was when Brown brought the Knicks to The Palace on Dec. 2 (the Pistons won, 106-98), some players still expect there will be some buzz.


    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Pistons rough up Hawks
    Atlanta's youngsters learn lesson from NBA's top team
    By Dana Gauruder


    Growing up can often be a trying experience. Life isn't always fair, as the NBA's version of Romper Room found out Wednesday night. The Atlanta Hawks, whose roster is dotted with eight rookies and secondyear players, had the misfortune of running into the toughest teachers in the league. A matchup of the NBA's top team, the Pistons, and the one with the worst record produced the expected blowout.

    Detroit schooled the bright-eyed Hawks 117-89 at Philips Arena for its fifth straight victory and 16th in the last 18 games. The game was over by halftime after the Pistons scored 41 second-quarter points, their highest-scoring quarter of the season. The 117 points tied Detroit's season best.

    Big Ben' concentrates on job, not contract
    By Dana Gauruder


    Imagine the Pistons without Ben Wallace. It's not out of the realm of possibility he could wear another uniform next season.

    Wallace certainly doesn't regard this season as a farewell tour, but he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season and will be the biggest name on the market.

    All indications are that Wallace will re-sign with the club. Wallace, who is at the end of a 6-year, $30 million contract, reiterated on Wednesday he's happy with the Pistons and appreciates that his free-agent status hasn't become a distraction.


    ~ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ~

    Wide gap for best and worst
    By Sekou Smith


    The miles-wide gap between the best and worst teams in the NBA wasn't hard to spot Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

    The 20-game differential in the win column before the game made that abundantly clear for anyone confused about the predator and prey in this horrifying episode of When Great Teams Attack.

    The fact that it took the Detroit Pistons some 15 minutes to decide how they wanted to dispose of the Hawks is of little consequence. By the time they were finished with their 117-89 crushing, it was easy to see why so much has been made about the mighty Pistons and their league-best 31-5 record.

    The Hawks were little more than an amusing sideshow for the Pistons, who had to resort to trick shots in the second half to stay awake in a game that went from interesting — the Hawks led 19-18 after one quarter — to a laugher — the Pistons led by 19 at halftime — faster than you can say "Rasheed Wallace was actually a Hawk for a game" three times.

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    New York Times piece on Chauncey

    From Indomitable Spirit to a Dominant Player
    By Liz Robbins

    In the sculptured strength of his arms, Chauncey Billups speaks of his success. The tattooed words that scroll down his left triceps read, "No Pain." His right arm completes the thought: "No Fame."

    These days Billups's arms move in concert, high-fiving his Pistons teammates as he directs their early-season joy ride through the N.B.A.

    But he knows his odyssey of rejection and resilience - one that has taken him through six cities and six coaches - has not quite ended.

    Billups owns an N.B.A. championship and the Most Valuable Player trophy from the 2004 N.B.A. finals. As the point guard on the league's best team - the Pistons were 30-5 with one game to go before meeting the Knicks on Thursday - he has even vaulted to a shortlist of regular- season M.V.P. candidates.

    And yet, curiously, one honor still eludes him: Billups has never been an All-Star. "It's crazy," he said, smiling, after a Pistons practice. "I'm just happy we're having a good year."
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    January 20th -

    ~ Detroit news ~

    Pistons give Brown feeling of deja vu
    Knicks coach has seen Detroit at its best, but this time he was trying to stop his former team.
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner

    Larry Brown has seen all of this before.

    Rebounding. Defense. Assists. Low turnovers. Killer three-point shooting.
    The big difference for Brown on Thursday night was simple: he was watching the Pistons in full gear, methodically taking apart his Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

    The Pistons defeated the Knicks, 105-79, putting on another display of offensive and defensive superiority.

    Or, simply to borrow Brown's pet phrase: The Pistons were playing the right way.

    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Pistons KO shorthanded Knicks
    Veterans school N.Y. youngsters
    By Krista Latham

    Some fights aren't fair.

    This one wasn't. The Knicks had spent a long night in Chicago, losing an overtime game that ended with an incident that cost them starting forward Antonio Davis. Thanks to the made-for-ESPN drama, Davis received a five-game suspension for entering the stands in Chicago on Wednesday.

    The Knicks already knew they'd be without point guard Stephon Marbury, who was out with a sore shoulder, for Thursday night's matchup with the Pistons. But full-strength probably wouldn't have helped the Knicks. The Pistons rolled to a 105-79 victory.

    Saunders thrilled by Star status
    By Krista Latham

    It had seemed a foregone conclusion since, oh, the end of November? By then, the Pistons had separated themselves so greatly from the rest of the Eastern Conference that it seemed logical to pencil in Flip Saunders as coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

    But Wednesday's win over Atlanta gave the Pistons a 31-5 record and made that official. No other East team can mathematically catch Detroit's winning percentage before Feb. 5, the deadline that places the winningest coach into the job.

    "Anytime you can coach the greatest athletes in the world for a day, it's a thrill," said Saunders, whose team improved to 32-5 with Thursday's 105-79 victory over the Knicks.

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Antonio Davis incident digs up memories of Palace role
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Just when it seemed the Detroit Pistons had finally put the infamous brawl at The Palace 14 months ago behind them, it has once again become a topic of discussion.

    New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis was suspended for five games - the first being Thursday's 105-79 loss to the Detroit Pistons - after he entered the stands at Chicago on Wednesday night to confront a fan who he believed at the time was harassing his wife, Kendra Davis.

    Seeing Davis leave the Knicks bench and go into the stands brought back memories of the brawl at The Palace which involved Indiana Pacer players and fans fighting in the stands, and later, on the court.

    Pistons easily down Brown's Knicks
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Madison Square Garden was buzzing with the sounds of old school Motown music on Thursday night, a sound known as much for its collective harmony as it is for the individuals that created it.

    In many ways, the same can be said about the Detroit Pistons, as they turned in yet another strong team effort with a number of impressive individual performances in easily defeating the New York Knicks, 105-79.

    "It's kind of how we've been for 37 games, different guys lead us over different parts of the game," said Pistons coach Flip Saunders. "How we played tonight against New York is pretty much how this team has played through the first half of the season."

    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Pistons toy with Knicks
    Short-handed New York squad no match for Detroit
    By Dana Gauruder

    Look into the rafters and the faded memories come to life.

    In the good old days, Madison Square Garden was graced by one of the most celebrated starting fi ves in NBA history.

    Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and Walt Frazier won over the hearts of New Yorkers with their passing, unselfishness and teamwork in the early 1970s. Banners displaying their uniform numbers and names hang from the roof.

    On "Retro Night" at the Garden on Thursday, the modern-day version of those Knicks put on an old-time show, but this group left the natives restless and angry.

    Detroit's starting lineup of Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups dissected the current version of the Knicks in front of their former coach, winning their sixth straight by double figures, 105-79.

    LB says this leap into stands different
    By Dana Gauruder

    Larry Brown must have felt like he was back in The Palace, circa Nov. 2004. The Detroit Pistons were in the building and he was fielding questions about a player going into he stands.

    Knicks forward Antonio Davis was suspended five games Thursday for jumping into the stands after his wife got into an altercation with another fan in Chicago Wednesday. Brown felt the penalty was "really excessive" because Davis was protecting his family, rather than a Ron Artest-style confrontation with a fan over a thrown beer cup.

    "I could understand the league's point of view but I'd like to see (NBA senior vice president of basketball operations) Stu Jackson or David Stern or one of those guys in that situation and see how they would have reacted," Brown said. "I'm amazed at the restraint he had, going into the stands the way he did and how he got things under control and walked back to the bench."

    ~ New York Daily News ~

    Pistons motor in Garden rout
    Best Brown, Knicks again
    By Frank Isola

    Stephon Marbury was sidelined again with a bad shoulder and Antonio Davis was unavailable because of poor judgment, at least in the eyes of the NBA.

    But in fairness, the Knicks would have needed Marbury and Davis, plus Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and probably LeBron James last night. The Detroit Pistons are that good.

    "It was like the JV versus the varisty," Larry Brown said after the Pistons humiliated the undermanned Knicks, 105-79, at the Garden. "I think they could have beaten us by 50."

    The Pistons played like the league's best team from the start and never
    were threatened. It was such a rout that Detroit's Darko Milicic entered with six minutes remaining - or five minutes earlier than usual.

    ~New York Newsday.com ~

    Young core drilled
    Minus Steph, Davis, inexperienced lineup just can’t match up
    By Greg Logan

    In the absence of injured Stephon Marbury and suspended Antonio Davis, coach Larry Brown trotted out the Knicks' team of the future last night at Madison Square Garden. His 21st different starting lineup featured rookies Channing Frye, David Lee and Nate Robinson together with 23-year-old Eddy Curry and 25-year-old Jamal Crawford, the very players touted by team president Isiah Thomas as his core group.

    Unfortunately for the Knicks, they were playing the team of the present - Brown's old Detroit squad, which won the 2004 NBA title, fell one quarter short of repeating against San Antonio last season and now owns an NBA-best record of 32-5 after an effortless 105-79 thrashing of the Knicks' kids.

    "It looked like the JV and the varsity the way they executed and shared the ball," Brown said. "I never realized you could miss Tony Davis and Stephon so much, but I think more than their playing is just their leadership ... I know how much those two guys mean to us, but we had some guys who simply didn't compete."


    Reggie, Big Ben relate
    By Greg Logan

    Reggie Miller was incredulous as he watched the live telecast of Wednesday's Knicks-Bulls game and saw former Indiana teammate Antonio Davis leap onto the scorer's table and head up into the United Center stands to where his wife, Kendra, was sitting with their children.

    The surreal scene brought back vivid memories of the Pacers-Pistons brawl Miller was involved in last season.

    "When he jumped onto the table, I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" said Miller, who is retired and was at the Garden last night as a commentator on the TNT telecast of the Knicks' game against Detroit.

    "But it's a totally different situation than what we went through. That was like total mayhem. He's coming to the defense of a loved one, whereas ours was just craziness."

    Miller received a five-game suspension for his part in the brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills, even though he was trying to act as a peacemaker. Detroit center Ben Wallace, who also received a five-game suspension for his altercation with the Pacers' Ron Artest just before the brawl broke out, had a similar reaction when he saw TV highlights of Davis in the stands.

    "Knowing Tony, I know he wouldn't go in the stands for no reason," Wallace said. "You've got to protect your family."

    ~ New York Post ~

    Embarrassing effort at home
    By Mark Berman

    At least in the first meeting against Detroit on Dec. 2 at Auburn Hills, Larry Brown's Knicks did not embarrass themselves, making a gutty fourth-quarter run.

    Last night, they did embarrass themselves in a 105-79 Garden massacre, the Knicks' fourth straight loss. The Pistons beat up the lethargic Knicks like Antonio Davis was prepared to beat up on a couple of United Center patrons.

    The Knicks couldn't have faced the juggernaut Pistons at a worse time, missing their two leaders, point guard Stephon Marbury and Davis, the team's best defender.

    With Richard Hamilton slicing them up in the first half with pull-ups and drives, with Rasheed Wallace draining 3's and Tayshaun Prince exploding in the third quarter for a monster left-handed dunk over David Lee for the climactic blow, the juggernaut Pistons destroyed the defenseless Knicks.

    ~ New York Times ~

    Pistons bury the Knicks in a garden mismatch
    By Liz Robbins

    Stephon Marbury walked onto the court last night to offer impassioned advice to his struggling replacements. But he was wearing a light brown suit and his left shoulder was sprained.His teammate Antonio Davis was not even allowed inside Madison Square Garden, having been suspended yesterday afternoon for five games for rushing into the Chicago stands in defense of his wife, who was apparently involved in an altercation with a fan during Wednesday night's loss to the Bulls.

    The absence of the Knicks' two most steadying starters left the team's younger players aimless and defenseless against the best team in the league, as if the Detroit Pistons needed any other opening to exploit another opponent.

    The Pistons trampled the Knicks, 105-79, handing them their fourth defeat in five nights as the Knicks' deficit equaled their largest margin of defeat this season.​
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    ~~Detroit News~~

    Pistons remind Saunders of Knicks' title teams
    Each player has his own special ability and can carry the team at times.
    Brian Mahoney / Associated Press

    Flip Saunders says the team with a starting five most comparable to his Detroit Pistons is the New York Knicks.

    The Knicks of 35 years ago, that is.

    Boasting a starting lineup that is regarded as the NBA's best, the Pistons improved to 32-5 with a 105-79 victory at New York on Thursday night. After the game, Saunders couldn't help but recall another group of Knicks -- the ones who won two titles in four years from 1970-73 behind the core of Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dave DeBusschere.


    ~~Detroit Free Press~~

    Blowouts allow some tinkering
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    Blowouts are a beautiful thing in basketball, at least for the winning team.

    During the Pistons' six-game winning streak, Detroit has beaten its opponents by an average of 18.7 points a game. The past two wins were especially lopsided -- by 28 points over the Hawks and 26 over the Knicks.

    "I don't know if we can play that much better," point guard Chauncey Billups said. "We don't need to, though. If we can keep playing like this, that's fine."


    Pistons roll past Knicks, 105-79
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    NEW YORK -- Some fights aren't fair.

    This one wasn't. The Knicks had spent a long night in Chicago, losing an overtime game that ended with an incident that cost them starting forward Antonio Davis. Davis received a five-game suspension for entering the stands in Chicago on Wednesday.

    The Knicks already knew they'd be without point guard Stephon Marbury, who was out with a sore shoulder, for Thursday against the Pistons.

    That meant three rookies -- Channing Frye, David Lee and Nate Robinson -- started against the veteran Pistons.


    ~~Booth Newspapers~~


    Pistons benefit from healthy attitude
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- There are some topics that the Detroit Pistons would rather not discuss -- ever. Like staying healthy, an area in which they have fared better than most of their NBA brethren.

    "Don't jinx us," Pistons forward Antonio McDyess said when asked about the team's health.

    Lost in all of Detroit's success this season has been the fact that, unlike most NBA teams, the Pistons have been relatively injury free.

    Roscoe: Sucky day for news, if you have any, please post it...

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