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    [Detroit Bad Boys] It?s official: Detroit fans hate the Pacers!

    A few days ago, we asked "Which current Pistons rival do you dislike the most?" One hundred and fifty people participated, with exactly 30% of the vote choosing the Pacers and 27% choosing the Heat.
    The Spurs (20%) were a distant third, followed by the Nets (15%), Lakers (5%) and Kings (4%). I'm not too [...]



    [BEYOND THE ARC] Dumars, Darko and the draft...oh my.

    In the aftermath of the trade that sent Darko Milicic and Carlos Arroyo to Orlando Wednesday, there was some pretty...



    [Detroit Bad Boys] LeBron versus the Pistons

    FOXSports.com's Charley Rosen analyzed Detroit's win over Cleveland on Sunday in his latest article. It's not your average game recap — instead, it's a technical article that takes a very close look at LeBron James' game. A good read to prepare for tonight's rematch in Cleveland.




    [Detroit News] Picking up speed

    They're fun to watch. They can shoot the lights out and play tough defense. The wins are piling up, and people are starting to wonder what's going to happen in the playoffs.



    [Detroit News] Dealing Darko was good move

    Burning questions as Darko-mania continues to grow:



    [Detroit Bad Boys] Pistons sweep up Cavaliers in spite of an inspired performance by Damon Jones

    The Pistons beat King James and the Cavs last night, 84-72, at Quicken Home Loans Arena. The "wine and gold"–as the Cavs are referred to by their announcers (thank you, NBA League Pass)–answered my questions about their toughness by playing the Pistons close for three quarters. Zydrunas Ilgauskas even exacted a bit of revenge [...]



    [BEYOND THE ARC] Big challenges lie ahead

    As the Pistons get ready to kick off the second "half" of the season (actually, 31 games remain) tonight against...



    [Detroit Bad Boys] No laughing in basketball

    If you haven't already heard about it, Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas earned a technical last night after throwing Rasheed Wallace to the floor, perhaps in retaliation for Sheed splitting open Z's skull the day before. How did Sheed react to the play? He laughed it off, which somehow earned him a technical foul, as well. (Need [...]



    [Detroit Bad Boys] Welcome the newest Piston, Tony Delk

    A. Sherrod Blakely of MLive reports on his blog that Tony Delk, recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, will become the newest Piston sometime tomorrow morning. Delk joins the team as a second point guard option off the bench behind Lindsey Hunter. Blakely:
    Obviously, Delk isn't going to be a player that's going to [...]
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    Re: February Pistons articles *Updated Daily*

    ~ The Detroit News ~​
    Rasheed's fouls not as technical
    Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace has been a magnet for technical fouls lately, but the situation is not as dire as it seems. Wallace has been called for 15 technicals this season, but just 12 count toward the NBA's suspension system.

    Parker: Technical fouls are just side effect of Pistons' tenacity
    Don't let the recent rash of technical fouls by the Pistons worry you. This team isn't coming apart. In fact, the Pistons are actually coming together.

    ~ The Detroit Free Press ~​
    Delk could be insurance at guard spots
    DENVER -- Sometime today, the Pistons expectveteran point guard Tony Delk to sign as a free agent, filling the team's vacant roster spot and adding some backcourt insurance.

    Hunter's contributions fit with Pistons' plans
    Pistons owner Bill Davidson is a big fan of jigsaw puzzles, so much so he often leaves them at the team's practice facility. Guard Lindsey Hunter spent the first 46 games of the season rehabilitating his left ankle, and he would often work on the puzzles, sometimes even take one home.

    ~ Foxsports.com ~​
    Thomas, Dumars going different ways ... again
    If you're going to build a basketball team in your own image, you better know who you are. Are you a narcissist who displays "a pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one's self to the exclusion of all others?" Or, are you an altruist, willing to sublimate personal desire for the greater good of the whole?
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    [Booth Newspapers]

    Delk set to sign with Pistons
    by A. Sherrod Blakely

    DENVER -- Ex-Atlanta Hawk guard Tony Delk will become a Detroit Piston today.

    Delk, who cleared waivers Tuesday at 6 p.m., agreed to become a Piston shortly after that.

    The Pistons had until midnight tonight to sign the 6-foot-2 guard to ensure that he would be eligible for the playoffs.


    Column:Officials out of control with quick trigger on technicals
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    DENVER -- OK, OK. We get it now. The Detroit Pistons whine about every foul called against them, and NBA officials are sick and tired of hearing it.

    They can't make the Pistons shut up, so their way of trying to mute the complaints is to assess the Pistons with as many technical fouls as possible, even if it means calling one or two stupid ones just to make a point.


    [The Oakland Press]

    Pistons don't like their 'T' times
    by DANA GAURUDER

    DENVER - The Pistons don't have any problem walking the walk. Recently, they have been stripped of the ability to talk the talk.

    Every time an offi cial toots his whistle nowadays, they half-expect to see him form a "T" with his hands. A rash of technicals has them steaming about what they perceive as unfair treatment from the men in striped shirts.
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    [Denver Post]​


    Fans rise: Cheers to Chauncey

    "You already know Chauncey Billups is playing basketball as never before. Now for what you may not know: He's a better man than ever before, too. That's why the Pepsi Center crowd should give him a standing ovation during tonight's pregame introductions."

    [Rocky Mountain News]


    McDyess wants a ring of his own

    "There are six regularly on display in the locker room. When Antonio McDyess sees them gleam, all he can do is look on in envy. They are rings from the Detroit Pistons' championship season of 2003-04."


    [USA Today]

    One-on-One: Readers pick Pistons-Spurs rematch By David DuPree

    Get ready for a rematch of last season's NBA Finals.

    Readers overwhelmingly feel that the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs will be the last teams standing, and they are split as to who will win in response to this week's question.


    Scorer's Table: Heat in good hands with Wade
    By David DuPree

    The highest score of anyone on the All-Hands team belonged to Wallace, who averages 2.1 assists, 4.1 offensive rebounds, 1.7 steals, 2.3 blocks, 2.1 fouls and one turnover, making him the only player with a total score of seven or more.
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    [FOX Sports]

    Pistons starters should go for the gold
    by Peter Schrager

    When the reserves for the Eastern and Western Conference All Star teams were announced in February, there was a bit of public outcry. The guys from Dime made their case for Chris Paul's spot on the Western squad. Reggie Miller defended Jason Terry's right to play for the West on TNT's Inside the NBA on Thursday. Several experts spent last week crying foul over the omissions of Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis, and Dwight Howard as well.

    There was only one guy that I thought got "jobbed". Sure, he averages two less points per game than Caron Butler, and yes, the legend that is Viktor Khryapa grabs more rebounds per game. He's also undoubtedly the fifth best player on his team.

    All that said — Tayshaun Prince is an NBA All Star.

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    U.S. National team announced
    by Ian Cameron

    The 22-member U.S. National team was unveiled yesterday by director of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo. The players, to be coached by Duke's Coack K (Mike Krzyzewski), will compete for 12 active (and three inactive) roster spots for the 2006 World Championships in Japan and the 2008 Olympics in China. Including a lone Piston, Chauncey Billups, the squad looks like this...


    Denver loves Chauncey Billups
    by Matt Watson

    For Chauncey Billups, tonight's game in Denver isn't just another game out of 82, it's a homecoming. And the Denver Post's Jim Armstrong hopes the Pepsi Center fans will give Billups a standing O...
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars have taken different paths

    While perusing the discussions over at PistonsForum.com, I stumbled across an interesting article from FOXSports.com comparing the careers of Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, from their pre-college days all the way up to where they are today. Good read for long-time fans who remember watching the two play in the same backcourt.

    [Detroit News]

    Pistons sluggish in 10th loss

    "It was just Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and the Denver Nuggets running a dunk line on the Pistons in a 98-87 romp Wednesday."


    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons' streak ends at 6

    "But 22 dunks later, the Nuggets ended the Pistons' six-game winning streak, 98-87, and smashed home more lob jams than Pistons coach Flip Saunders said he'd seen in the previous 56 games."


    [The Oakland Press]

    Mile-high misstep

    More than a few NBA teams have trouble with the altitude in the Rocky Mountains. Ditto for the Pistons, who strained their necks for the better part of three hours Wednesday night looking skyward as the Denver Nuggets soared around them.


    Sheed thinks officials have it in for him

    Rasheed Wallace has fought pitched battles with officials throughout his career. After several strange technicals against him over the past week, Wallace is taking the proverbial gloves off and striking back with some verbal swipes.


    [NBADraft.net]

    Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

    "It was clearly apparent that the Darko experiment had failed miserably in Detroit. But the name of the game in trading disappointing players in today's NBA is to get cap relief if possible."
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    [Denver Post]

    Denver delivers 'Classy' victory

    "There is an upside to playing to the level of your competition. A case in point was the Nuggets' 98-87 win over everyone's NBA title favorite, the Detroit Pistons."


    Billups lends all-Star support to youngsters

    "Regis University announced Wednesday that Billups was joining forces with Porter in the renamed Porter-Billups Leadership Academy, benefiting Denver-area inner-city kids through academic and leadership training."

    [Rocky Mountain News]

    Denver is better in hurry

    "The Nuggets blitzed the vaunted Detroit Pistons in the second half Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center. It added up to a 98-87 win."


    [Detroit News]

    Pistons get depth in Delk

    "'Detroit was my No. 1 choice,' said Delk, the 32-year-old guard who signed with the Pistons on Wednesday morning."



    Rasheed cries foul on referees

    "Rasheed Wallace read the story in USA Today on Wednesday, about how referees believe there is an increasing 'environment of hostility' between officials and players."



    Billups takes the point for new 'Life academy'

    "Chauncey Billups , a native of Denver who grew up in the tough Park Hill area of the city, lent his name, his time and $100,000 to help provide academic and leadership training to inner-city kids."



    [Detroit Free Press]


    Delk could get significant time

    "When the Atlanta Hawks waived guard Tony Delk last week, a number of teams called, wanting him to bring his veteran experience, shooting tough and rugged defense their way. It was easy to ignore all those calls but one."


    [Booth Newspapers]

    Flurry of dunks propels Denver past Pistons, 98-87

    "This was not the kind of homecoming Chauncey Billups had envisioned.

    The Denver native put on a great show for his family and friends attending Wednesday night's game.

    There was just one problem: he didn't get much help."


    Delk's role could be larger than anticipated

    "While there are many who believe Tony Delk was signed by the Detroit Pistons as added insurance in case Chauncey Billups or Lindsey Hunter gets hurt, he's probably going to have a more expanded role than that."
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Nothing to see here; Nuggets bury Pistons

    There are some nights that I wish I hadn't ordered NBA League Pass this season. Last night, for instance, I could have been sitting on the couch, blissfully complaining to my fiance about having to watch Project Runway and struggling to follow the Pistons through the live updates on CBS Sportsline. But instead, [...]


    Watch out for that ball boy on the floor behind you

    The refs seem to think they're often the unfair targets of abuse, but it seems to a lot of Pistons fans lately that it's the refs have been the ones picking on the players in recent games.
    Rasheed Wallace, whose reputation precedes anything that comes out of his mouth, spoke out on Wednesday:
    "They say, [...]


    Alex Acker heads to the farm

    Ian called it: with Tony Delk on board, the Pistons have decided to dispatch rookie Alex Acker to the NBDL's Fayetteville Patriots.
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Tayshaun Prince is looking for his shot

    Seems like it's not just our readers who've noticed Tayshaun Prince's recent slump: both the Free Press and News ran nearly identical articles today discussing the matter.
    Just how bad have things been? As the News reports, Prince has averaged just 8.6 points per game on 23% shooting. The decreased scoring isn't the [...]


    It's official: 63% of fans think Sheed will miss time

    Man, you guys are a bunch of pessimists. In our last poll, we asked "Will Rasheed Wallace earn enough technical fouls to be suspended?" 52% of the 62 who voted think that he'll end up missing one game, while 11% of you think he'll be suspended for two. As for me, I'm among the 37% [...]


    Pistons scout joins Team USA

    The Detroit News reports that Pistons international scout Tony Ronzone was named an advance scout for Team USA for the World Championships this summer and the Olympics in 2008. Who is Tony Ronzone? This 2004 article from Time Magazine is a great introduction. I just added him to my list of guys I want to [...]


    [Detroit News]

    Prince: Wins matter, not points

    "Tayshaun Prince is doing what he does when he hits a rough stretch -- he's keeping his head down, his mouth pretty much shut and he's grinding."


    Pistons scout joins Team USA

    "Pistons international scout Tony Ronzone will be one of the advance scouts for the U.S. men's national team for the World Championships this summer and the Olympics in 2008."

    [Detroit Free Press]


    Scoring woes don't worry Prince -- yet

    "Although forward Tayshaun Prince admits he is in a bit of a scoring slump -- he has averaged 9.3 points a game since the All-Star break -- he's not letting it bother him."


    [Seattle Times]

    Pistons sharing their brand of ball in Seattle

    Seattle Times: "No one talks about Detroit joining the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only team to win at least 70 games anymore, but the Pistons are still showered with superlatives whenever they take their unselfish brand of basketball on the road."

    [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    Pistons embody unity Sonics seek

    "The Detroit Pistons took 14 years to build the type of chemistry that wins championships. The Bad Boys aged and eventually left or retired. Grant Hill's tenure as a franchise player ended with his demand for a trade while Jerry Stackhouse was never comfortable as the No. 1 option."


    [Tacoma News Tribune]

    Seattle next on Pistons’ path

    "All the talk about the Pistons matching the Chicago Bulls’ all-time mark of 72-10 was spurred by Detroit’s 24-3 start, coming after advancing to the NBA Finals last June."
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    [The Oakland Press]

    Prince's production falls off
    by DANA GAURUDER

    Tayshaun Prince is considered the Pistons' 'glue' guy. He does a little bit of everything to complete the league's top starting five.

    Lately, Prince has been doing a whole lot of nothing at the offensive end. He cannot make any of his shots stick, and his offensive funk has put more pressure on Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups to score.


    [Booth Newspapers]

    Delk fits in well with Pistons
    by A. Sherrod Blakely

    Mini-streams of sweat kept flicking off Tony Delk's head, sort of like the rhythmic swishing of jump shots he made during 3-on-3 drills Thursday at the University of Denver's Ritchie Center.
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    FreeDarko on McSweeney?s

    Congrats to Bethlehem Shoals and the rest of the FreeDarko crew for their new spot at McSweeney's. Their first piece, My Faith Is in the Specter, is a gem and might, might explain my absolute loyalty in Darko Milicic's potential. (But probably not, since Darko is still going to be a stud.) Their latest post [...]


    Listen up, New York

    "I'm in this for the long haul."
    –Larry Brown, when asked if he would walk away from the Knicks job at season's end.
    That's right Knick fans–it's time for you to take part in one of the most time-honored traditions of 'play-the-right-way' basketball: the frenzied speculation over whether LB will continue to grace your team [...]

    [Free Darko]

    Blood from the Shoulder of Pallas

    Richard Hamilton hits a midrange shot off of a Billups pass. So many things have gone right for him to get that open look, but we quantify what we easily observe; we value Hamilton’s shot with two points and Billups’s pass with an assist. However, statistics don’t credit Ben Wallace’s pick, or the attention the rest of the defense pays to Rasheed, or Hamilton’s ability to induce fatigue in his defenders, or an opportune play call by Flip Saunders, or a host of other things. Unlike baseball, a basketball game is basically one fluid and exceptionally complex event.

    Micro: This is a must read in case you miss the link in the Detroit Bad Boys articles above.
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    [Detroit News]​

    Hamilton's jumper sinks Sonics
    "I know before I get the ball if the shot is going in or not," Hamilton said. "It's all a rhythm shot. The follow through and the shot are the easy part. It's just getting there and stopping on a dime, and being in the right place at the right time, and getting the shot off."

    True basketball fans treasure Pistons' success
    The golden era of team play in the NBA is ... now? You may not have heard much about it but while Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson were feuding, splitting up and coming back, the aw-shucks San Antonio Spurs won two titles. The who-are-you-again Detroit Pistons won one, made the Finals twice and maintained a 72-win pace the first half of this season.

    [Detroit Free Press]​

    Pistons reign in Seattle
    The score was tied at 96 with 20.9 seconds to play after Sonics guard Luke Ridnour sank two free throws. The Pistons called a time-out and set up a play for Hamilton to run the baseline and get open for a long jumper from the corner. It worked, and Hamilton's shot fell with 0.2 second left.

    "Dinosaur" discovers new era
    "This is more me," said Delk, a 32-year-old guard. "Not to say the guys in Atlanta are bad guys. They're young guys, and they're building around young players. But this is a veteran team, and veteran guys know how to play with each other, and they understand the game."

    Billups lends a big hand
    Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups announced Wednesday he's donating $100,000 to and becoming involved with a program that gets Denver's inner-city children into classrooms, mentorships and, hopefully, college.

    [Seattle Times]​

    Sonics hang on till end, but Pistons have last say
    With the score knotted at 96-96 with 20.9 seconds remaining, Detroit's Chauncey Billups began the possession at the top of the key, where he proceeded to dribble out the clock. The Sonics were focused on a pick-and-roll between Billups and Rasheed Wallace, and coach Bob Hill designed a defense during the previous timeout to negate the play.

    [NBA.com]​

    Patriots frazzle the Dazzle
    The Fayetteville Patriots got another big night from veteran NBA player Mateen Cleaves and a solid debut from a pair of newly-arrived Detroit Pistons to beat the Roanoke Dazzle, 132-120, in D-League action in Fayetteville on Friday .... Acker and his Pistons teammate Amir Johnson who was assigned to Fayetteville on Monday, dominated the final three minutes. Acker scored five, and Johnson hit five free throws to go along with a pair of steals, to shut down the Roanoke run.

    [Fayetteville Observer]​
    Fayetteville assignment should benefit Johnson
    “The Pistons are a great team to be with,’’ Johnson said. “Everyone in the organization has taken me under their wing, from the coaches to the players, everybody. The team has a swagger when they go out on the court. They know they’re going to win, and that’s exciting to be part of that. But now I think they want to see me get out there on the court and show what I’ve learned. And I’m fine with that."
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Pistons quiet Sonics

    The Pistons trailed the Sonics for much of the first half, and with a little more than three minutes remaining in the second quarter they faced a 33-43 deficit. Rather than letting the Sonics turn it into a rout, however, the Pistons caught fire by scoring 17 points in the final 3:15 to enter halftime [...]


    Gilbert Arenas is crazy

    Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas claims that the Pistons so often get the benefit of the doubt from the refs that "you have to totally outplay them to barely beat them." Umm, Gilbert… have you seen any of Detroit's games lately?
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    [Detroit News]

    Hamilton gives Billups some big-shot company

    LOS ANGELES -- Maybe we need to call them, Misters Big Shot.

    Pistons run out of gas vs. Lakers

    LOS ANGELES -- Former Pistons coach Doug Collins used to call it fool's gold. It's when a team builds a false sense of security from hitting a bunch of spectacular shots from the perimeter early in the game.


    [Detroit Free Press]


    Tired legs, Kobe's 40 leads to Lakers' win over Pistons, 105-94
    by KEN PETERS
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Lamar Odom had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Lakers took a 105-94 victory Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons, who have the NBA's best record.

    "It was a big win for us and a win that we don't usually get, against a great team like Detroit," Bryant said. "It's probably the biggest home win of the year for us.


    [NBATV]

    Highlights from the March 4th, Pistons @ Lakers Game (Video)



    [Alex Acker & Amir Johnson News]

    Fayetteville plays Florida this evening. Audio is free, streamed from the NBA D-League website.

    Sunday, March 5
    Fayetteville @ Florida
    5:00 p.m.

    http://www.nba.com/dleague/

    [​IMG]
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    [Los Angeles Times]


    Lakers Get It in Gear
    They beat Detroit for the first time in seven games, a well-earned 105-94 win over the NBA's best team that gives new life to L.A.'s playoff drive.
    by Mike Bresnahan

    It was like old times at Staples Center, a throwback to four, five, six years ago, when victories were plentiful and all — well, most — was well in the Lakers' sphere of influence.

    They took it to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, beating back the league's top team with a surprising but well-earned 105-94 victory that filled the Laker stretch drive with new life and reminded Laker followers that the past wasn't all that long ago.



    [L.A. Daily News]


    Lakers are the elite
    Lakers' rally stuns Pistons
    by Ross Siler

    The Lakers weren't supposed to beat the Detroit Pistons because they hadn't in six games since the 2004 NBA Finals and because the Pistons came into Saturday night's game on pace to win 68 games this season.

    They weren't supposed to beat a team that sent four players to the All-Star Game and has been chasing greatness, especially not after falling behind by 13 points midway through the third quarter.

    They weren't supposed to beat the team that holds the patent on lock-down defense and 18-0 runs and everything the Lakers did right at the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters.

    Out of nowhere, though, the Lakers came up with their most improbable and impressive win since Phil Jackson returned as coach, pushing back to beat the Pistons 105-94 with the Staples Center crowd on its feet in the end.
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Pistons fall asleep at the wheel in Los Angeles

    Got an IM this afternoon from Ian, who wasn't able to watch the game last night:
    4:27 PM Ian: what the f happened to the Pistons last night?
    I can sum it up with two numbers: 18-0.
    After Carlos Delfino drained a three with 3:06 left in the third quarter, the Pistons basically took a nap [...]

    More fuel for the Pistons-Bulls rivalry

    Should the Bulls get their act together and sneak into the playoffs — they're currently two and a half games behind Milwaukee for the last spot — we could be treated to a feisty first round matchup between Chicago and Detroit. Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune examined the rivalry today, digging up some [...]

    Alex Acker and Amir Johnson lighting up the NBDL

    I had previously mentioned in passing that Amir Johnson and Alex Acker should be able to put up some numbers with the NBDL Fayetteville Patriots if they got the playing time… but even I didn't expect this.
    Acker joined Fayetteville just two hours before tipoff on Friday but still managed to score 28 points, three [...]
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    Bulls want to emulate Pistons

    CHICAGO - So the Detroit Pistons won't be beating that 72-10 Bulls record from 1995-96 after losing No. 11 on Saturday night to the Lakers and Phil Jackson. "I thought about that," Jackson admitted.
    Still, the Pistons are cruising toward the top seed in the East while the Bulls are in the ninth spot with a shot at moving up one. Wouldn't the NBA love that for a first-round playoff matchup? The story lines are already there thanks to Rasheed Wallace's laughing at and taunting the Bulls in a December Detroit victory and Scott Skiles suggesting the Pistons are more whiners than winners in a commentary on their complaining to referees after a Bulls loss last month. Perhaps that's where Antonio Davis is missed most on a non-confrontational team that needs the coach to do the challenging.
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    [BEYOND THE ARC]

    Scheduling wins and losses

    Heard of the term "schedule loss"? It's a term some might use to describe the way the Nuggets pushed the...

    [Detroit Free Press]

    It's official: Billups will steer USA

    "His inclusion had been known for weeks, if not months, but Sunday it became official. If the USA is to return to worldwide dominance and win an Olympic gold medal in 2008, it will be Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups running the show."

    [Detroit News]

    Tough stretch took its toll

    "The road losses at Denver and Los Angeles last week were as much related to their recent travel-heavy schedule as any kind of breakdown in their system or their play."

    [Booth Newspapers]

    INSIDE THE PISTONS
    A look at the Pistons heading into this week:

    Who's hot: Chauncey Billups continues to make a strong case to be considered for the league MVP award. In four games last week, Billups averaged 21.8 points and 10.3 assists per game, and had three double-doubles.
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    Page 2's ode to Bill Laimbeer

    In honor of yesterday's Academy Awards, Patrick Hruby of ESPN Page 2 profiled some of the Association's greatest actors in "The Art of the Flop." As you can imagine, the original Bad Boy–Bill Laimbeer–was featured prominently in this piece. Hruby describes the best of all-time this way:
    The Godfather. A master at appearing hurt [...]

    Keeping up on the farm

    Looks like following Alex Acker and Amir Johnson's progress with the D-League Fayetteville Patriots just got a bit easier: Pistons.com just added a Pistons Patriot Games tracker.

    The Devil speaks

    Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Team USA on Chauncey:
    "I think he's a consummate point guard," Krzyzewski said. "He makes hard passes look easy. He runs the team. He knows the time to score. He feels the nuances of the game. He can flat out shoot it. He's great at end of game situations at the [...]


    [BEYOND THE ARC]

    Billups earns K's praise

    Though his wife's pregnancy will prevent Chauncey Billups from helping Team USA in Japan at the World Championships this August,...


    [Washington Times]

    Duty calls

    "Team USA's most valuable player won't be playing in this summer's world championship, and it's not Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett. It's Chauncey Billups. "

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Granting rest for the weary

    "Coach Flip Saunders hoped the break would rejuvenate his tired team before the season's final stretch that begins with practice today and a game against Chicago on Wednesday."


    [ Detroit News]

    Looking ahead: Pistons

    "Even though the Pistons have crushed the Bulls three times this season, this still is a nasty rivalry."


    Alley oop to ... Pistons broadcaster George Blaha

    "Q . Are you a movie buff? A . I usually watch movies at home."


    Road tour gets blame for fatigue

    "Q . Why are the Pistons looking tired at times, such as down the stretch against the Lakers and Nuggets last week?"


    Billups has the game because of versatility

    "Whom better then to ask this question: How good an international player will Chauncey Billups be?"


    [Booth Newspapers]

    Pistons trying to focus on strong regular-season finish
    by A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- Like a slew of crunched-up vehicles on the side of the highway you're driving on, there are some things that are just too inviting to ignore no matter how hard you try.

    Staying focused on the road ahead will be one of the Detroit Pistons' biggest challenges during the final 23 regular-season games before what they anticipate will be a long playoff run.
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    Damage control?

    At the beginning of the season, the Pistons quote machine was churning out repeated statements like the following from Chauncey, et al:
    "We are working on getting home-court advantage. That is our regular-season goal. We all know if we had it last year, we would be starting this season as two-time defending champions."
    For 40-something games [...]


    Tony Ronzone: Chauncey Billups has international style

    Tony Ronzone, Pistons international scout extraordinaire, thinks Chauncey Billups is a good fit to lead Team USA in the Olympics. From the Detroit News:
    "Chauncey is just perfect," Ronzone said.
    "He can adapt to any style of play. In the international game they play so much zone. That's one of the reasons we've been getting [...]


    [Detroit News]


    Looking ahead: Pistons

    Wednesday: Bulls

    [Blue Collar Blueprint]


    "Psyched" to be Home

    by Eli Zaret

    I'm writing this flying back on Roundball One, reflecting on a week-long trip with America's most celebrated sports road show. For reasons I can't explain, time feels so extended on the road. One day feels like three and a week feels like month. Although it's a privilege to travel with the world's best basketball team, we're all ready to get back to our own beds and our families. I can’t even wait to walk the dog again.


    [Hoopsworld]


    Motown Soundtrack: Chill Out
    By Adriano Albuquerque

    What else can go wrong for the Detroit Pistons? First, they start losing with regularity. Then, Tayshaun Prince doesn’t make the All-Star squad. That’s followed by GM Joe Dumars trading away Carlos Arroyo and Darko Milicic and both of them turning into studs instantly with the Orlando Magic. In the All-Star Game, coach Flip Saunders has the “brilliant” idea of using his four players, not tired enough from playing more than 35 minutes a game regularly, for almost two entire quarters each. Now, Rasheed Wallace approaches his first technical fouls-related suspension, Tayshaun Prince wants more of the ball, Chauncey Billups says he’s tired and the team looks like it’s forgotten what was good about them.
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