March 2006 Pistons articles *Frequent Updates*

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    Explaining the playoff tie-breakers

    There seems to be some confusion regarding playoff tie-breakers, at least within the big dailies. From today's Free Press:
    Not only did the win help the Pistons separate from a main contender for the best regular-season record, it also gave the Pistons a season split with the Mavs.
    If they finish with identical regular-season records, home court [...]

    Shoot, they kidnap people where he's from

    From the Detroit News:
    Rasheed Wallace thinks Jerry Stackhouse might have picked on the wrong guy.
    With less than five minutes left in the game, Stackhouse got entangled with Carlos Delfino and dragged him to the court. The officials called the foul on Delfino.
    Both players came up looking like they were ready to fight before teammates separated [...]

    Iverson: Nothing to prove to the Pistons

    From today's Philadephia Inquirer:
    Assuming the Sixers can at least tread water and retain the No. 8 position, they would face a best-of-seven series against the No. 1 Pistons. So, do they need to show the Pistons something tonight?
    "No," Iverson said. "We need to show ourselves. It's not about proving anything to them. I could care [...]

    The Pistons are big in Japan

    True Hoop points to an interestingly bizarre Japanese Pistons fan site: GO! Pistons. It's definitely worth a look for the artwork and translations. I actually stumbled across this some time ago over at MGoBlog, which has a gallery of art from GO! Pistons as well as some other sites.
     
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    Pistons trounce 76ers
    Playing their third game in four nights, the Pistons still managed to overwhelm the rested 76ers with their defense. The Pistons forced 19 turnovers and turned them into 24 points. The Pistons had 12 steals (three each by Ben Wallace and Billups). They forced seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, which helped them build a 17-point lead.

    Wallace gets defense moving
    Earlier in the season, when the Pistons were compiling a 37-5 record, Wallace warned that the team was showing signs of losing its edge. This time, he held his tongue and let his actions speak. He had four steals and three blocks against Atlanta. Three steals and a game-saving block at Indiana. He had five blocks against New Jersey.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons toy with Sixers
    The Pistons were aggressive in the paint, and even though they were outscored, 48-40, in the lane, most of their points left the crowd in awe. When the Pistons went to the hoop, they went hard. And they slam-dunked even harder.

    When Maurice Evans slammed home a Rasheed Wallace missed three-pointer to give the Pistons a 91-75 lead with 6:28 left, Philadelphia fans started heading for the exits.

    Pistons focus returns to defense
    "We're talking about it, getting back to what we were doing early in the season, when we were getting stops that would lead to easy baskets," center Ben Wallace said. "Where everybody was getting buckets in transition and forcing teams to turn the ball over, everybody getting out and running. ... Now, we're just trying to get back to where we were."

    [Booth Newspapers/MLive.com]

    Pistons Weblog: A. Sherrod Blakely
    Wallace has already won the league's Defensive player of the Year award three times, and he's having yet another strong year defensively.
    Billups has been the floor leader for the team with the best record, and he's definitely proved himself worthy of being talked about as an MVP candidate.

    But when the dust settles, don't be surprised if the only hardware either player hauls in is an NBA title. In terms of individual awards, I expect both to get snubbed this year.

    Full-Court Press Weblog: Justin Rogers
    rticle writer Chris Sheridan and Pistons coach Flip Saunders use some sound statistical evidence to prove the Pistons starters being overworked is, for the most part, an exaggeration.

    [Philadelphia Daily News]

    Pistons, not Sixers, run on all cylinders
    In a strange sense, the Pistons have this in common with the Sixers: On certain nights, they do just enough. In the Pistons' case, that's a blessing, because they don't necessarily have to beat back a team like the Sixers; they can just fend them off. In the Sixers' case, it's a curse, because they have to do so much more to win a game like this.

    "They teased us," Cheeks said. "It looked like we were playing a pretty good game... The second half, they kind of just lulled us to sleep and made open shots and, again, once we turned the ball over they were into the [fastbreak], somebody gets a wide-open three, somebody gets to the basket."

    [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    Sixers continue to slide
    Judging by the way the Sixers played last night - and for most of the month of March - can anyone believe this team will do any better than get pounded in four straight games by the Pistons and go meekly into the off-season?

    The 76ers believe - or so they say
    Playing their third game in four days and coming off a showdown win the night before against Dallas, the Pistons were in perfect NBA scheduling position to take a small rest.

    And that is exactly what they tried to do, although the Sixers wouldn't let them.

    [ESPN]

    The slouching Sixers
    You've got the best team in basketball in your building and your playoff life is in jeopardy. And you play like this?
     
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    The Pistons Take Down the Sixers in Philly
    I would also like to get people talking about Antonio McDyess for The Sixth Man of the Year. Dyess has been on fire all year and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. Is there even any talk of him when mentioning the Sixth Man Award? Whether he wins or not Dyess is having a hell of a year, and I attribute a lot of the Pistons W's to him. Antonio on the bench is like having six starters. [Two video clips of Sheed included.]

    [Basketbawful]

    A picture is worth a thousand ... somethings
    [Not really about the Pistons, but there are funny Darko and Memo pix.]
     
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    ESPN Insider looks at the Pistons starters? minutes

    ESPN's Chris Sheridan wrote an interesting article about the Pistons and the minutes the starters have played. (It's an Insider article, but if you don't have a subscription there are still ways to see the full text for free.) It's nothing we haven't talked about all season — yes, the starters have played a lot [...]

    Pistons sweep sinking Sixers; hope to see them again shortly

    I was a bit confused when I joined the Pistons/Sixers game tonight midway through the first quarter. Not only were the Pistons already comfortably ahead, thanks to some early offense from Tayshaun ?Tay Tay? Prince; not only was Brent Musburger referring to Chauncey as "Chauncey Phillips"; but the Boys in (usually) Blue were [...]

    Outstanding news to wake up to

    I've had a few readers tell me in the past that DBB is the first site they visit each morning. If you happen to be one of those few (and live in a bubble where you haven't been exposed to any other medium of news), take a moment to soak this in: abducted journalist Jill [...]


    [PhillyBurbs.com]


    Sixers fall apart late

    Apparently frustrated by the way some of his Sixers teammates played and acted during and after Wednesday's 101-91 loss to the Pistons at the Wachovia Center, Webber said what was on his mind.


    Cheeks: These Pistons better than '83 Sixers

    Yet Cheeks, now the Sixers' head coach, admitted that the 2005-06 Pistons, who were 56-14 going into Wednesday night's game, are probably superior to the Sixers' title team.


    [Camden Courier-Post]


    Sixers can't match Pistons

    The Pistons, who were coming off a win over Dallas the night before, rolled to an easy 101-91 win over the Sixers in a game between two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum in what might have been a first-round playoff preview.
     
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    Cheeks: Pistons better than '83 Sixers

    Maurice Cheeks has high praise for the Pistons, comparing them favorably to the 1983 Sixers team he was a member of that won the NBA title:
    That squad, which went 69-13 in the regular season and 12-1 in the playoffs, featured a starting five of Cheeks, Andrew Toney, Julius Erving, Marc Iavaroni and Moses [...]

    Ben + Wallace = Quite Glorious

    Introducing the Deluxe Insomnos. Now, bear with me on this one — I can picture a lot of you hitting play and quickly losing interest. But if you let it go for a minute or two it'll win you over…


    Granted, the video has nothing to do with the Pistons aside from the shout-out to Ben [...]
     
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    Pistons Notebook: McDyess earns more minutes
    It's as if he has turned back the clock and we are watching McDyess clips, circa 2001, before a series of knee surgeries robbed him of a couple of seasons. In the last 10 games, McDyess has averaged 11.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 blocks and just under one steal per game. His shooting percentage over that span is a robust 57 percent.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons Corner: McDyess ups production off the bench
    "I think over the last couple of weeks, I've gotten a lot more confidence and knowing the time is real serious now, I don't want to fall short like we did last year in the playoffs," McDyess said. "I'm just trying to focus and get more focused until the playoffs get here."

    The postseason will be here in three weeks. Until then, McDyess will continue to polish his game. Teams have recently contested the 15-foot jump shots McDyess has made on a consistent basis, so in turn he has been going to the hoop more often. He admits he has felt more comfortable with his inside game over the past three games.

    [The Oakland Press]

    Pistons turn up defensive intensity
    ... Delfino also never expected to be looked upon as a defensive specialist in his second year in the NBA. Saunders has given Delfino spot minutes as a defender against the likes of Stackhouse and Indiana's Peja Stojakovic.

    "Here in the NBA, it's a little strange," Delfino said of his defensive role. "In Europe, I liked to take that challenge every time. Everybody thought I played good defense. Here, you have many different players and it's not easy to adapt to all the rules and all the teams. Sometimes, when guys are so fast, it's not easy to defend."

    [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]

    Preview: Bucks at Pistons
    The Bucks lost the first two games to Detroit, by 85-76 on Nov. 26 in Milwaukee and by 106-102 in overtime in Detroit. The teams will meet for the final time on April 17 at the Bradley Center. The Bucks have lost five straight regular-season games in Detroit.

    [FoxSports.com]

    Bucks-Pistons Preview
    Two days after knocking off Toronto 125-116 in OT, the Bucks defeated Pacific Division-leading Phoenix 132-110 on Tuesday night. The Bucks, battling Indiana for the sixth spot in the conference, outscored the high-powered Suns 46-26 in the third quarter. Milwaukee hit a league-record 11 3-pointers in the period.

    [SportsIllustrated.com]

    Handicapping playoff position battles
    ...They approach an Eastern Conference draw that has been structured quite nicely for them: The easiest of opening-round series against the dysfunctional 76ers, followed by an intriguing yet uncomplicated second-round series versus LeBron James or Gilbert Arenas, then an anticlimactic showdown with Miami, whose celebrated parts have yet to coalesce. So long as the Pistons maintain focus, there isn't a team in the conference that can run with them.

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    For the new school: Meet "the Prince of Darkness"
    Bob Costas: "Well, one look at our Cheap Shot Scoreboard shows the Pistons up 8-1. Rodman is having a fine half with five, and Laimbeer is running second with two. What do you think, Pat?"

    [Need4Sheed.com]

    Bad Boys
    It's very odd to see so many Pistons fans from across the country and for that matter from around the world. Most people tend to forget that everyone literally hated the Pistons during our championship runs in the late 80's. To be a Pistons fan outside Detroit was unheard of, and being a Pistons fan meant we had to stick up for our boys whenever the situation arose, especially with Jordan lovers. It's great to see how much attention this Pistons team gets and how many fans we have on the road.
     
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    Jermaine O'Neal is downright cocky

    Jermaine O'Neal talking about the playoffs following the Pacers' win over the Heat on Tuesday:
    "We know, Detroit knows and Miami knows it's going to be us three. We really feel that way."
    J.O. is talking awfully big for a guy who's team has lost as many games as its won and is currently sitting as the [...]


    [Need4Sheed]

    Bad Boys

    I remember it like it was yesterday, as I watched Isiah and company win their first Championship. I was hooked on basketball from an early age. The first time I went to a game the Pistons were still playing in the Silverdome. I was too young to remember many details but I do remember sitting on the risers and the huge curtain separating the other half of the dome. I guess when you are that young those are the things that stick in your mind.


    [roscoe: seems like restrospective fever is a good filler for Pistons fans as the season winds down. Be sure to check out our own Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson, the fall of the Bad Boys threads, as well as our Bad Boys vs. Goin' to Work discussion.]
     
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    Motown Soundtrack: Force behind the power
    by Adriano Albuquerque

    In its last 10 games, the Detroit Pistons have won eight and lost two. It’s not the same run as the first three months, when they lost only twice per 30 days, but it’s the start of a run for a team that wants to win it in the playoffs. And while much is made about the starting five, and even more about the four All-Stars, two guys have been particularly important during this run.
     
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