Pistons/Magic 2nd round game 1, May 3 7:30PM

Discussion in '2008 Playoffs' started by max, May 1, 2008.

  1. detteam

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    Lee...your 1st half rotations have Amir playing 14 straight minutes...not likely. But I agree he should get minutes, especially when Dwight is on the floor and Lewis isn't. Howard is a turnover machine...4th in the league this season, averaging 3.2/game. AJ is quick enough to provide some help D and force some turns. The Pistons D should be able to make DHO cough up the ball 4-6 times a game.

    Between forcing turns and putting Howard on the line, the Pistons can neutralize his scoring threat. But it will take a concerted effort and energy to minimize his boards...AJ & Max can be factors.
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    I follow Orlando. Believe me, Dooling plays tall. You will quickly see what I mean if we try to put Hunter on him.
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    I just looked back at season turnover leaders...not only was Howard 4th, but Turkoglu was 8th. Two frontcourt guys in the top 10? This needs to be exploited just as much as the backcourt mismatch.
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    No its always been like that.
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    I think the key matchup in this series will be Jarvis Hayes vs. Maurice Evans.
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    I don't think I'll be able to make it into chat for the game tonight, but I sure hope the Pistons show up!
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    So who's going to do the chat play-by play??:confused:
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    it does feel like we have 'turned it on'. so i think we win the two at home. how long it takes us to get wins 3 and 4 will probably be a good indicator as to how much further this team goes.
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    Didn't expect the game to be that slow, especially on Orlando's side. Pistons played great in the 2nd half. And whoever in the chat said that it was going decided in the 3rd quarter - great call. Pistons got huge lift from Maxiell. Stuckey needs to be more aggressive, he seems to be settling for long jump shots and that's not his game, at least at this stage. Just noticed, Maxiell matched Howard's numbers. I like Pistons chances if this happens.
  13. max

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    After getting used to Philly's pressure, this game seemed really dull in the first half. It was easy for us to avoid turnovers and thereby avoid giving up fast breaks.

    We just happen to match up really well against Orlando because of Sheed/ Dyess and CB/ Rip. Not many teams can keep Howard away from the hoop on both ends of the floor. Let's hope that we can keep it up.

    Maxiell was clearly the stud. Plus 31 in only 24 minutes.

    Dyess was great off the bench though. 5-9 with a bunch of rebounds and good defense. This is such a better combination with our energy player in with the veteran starting 4 and a hard playing veteran anchoring our bench. Glad we thought of it!

    Also, how about that job by Ratliff? He was getting boards, neutralizing Howard and affection their shots in the paint. This is exactly why we got him.

    Herrmann dressed and inserted in a playoff game before it was decided... and before Hayes??? Afflalo in the first half??? The Pistons hanging their hat on their defense first and playing with serious discipline and focus in the first game of a series???

    GO FLIP!!!
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    Looking sharp. Meanwhile, Boston struggling against Atlanta. Who looks scarier?
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    I liked what I saw in this game. No matter how deep this playoff the Pistons will go, their furture is bright.
    We are having at least three young faces have some JD look in them.
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    True words brother. Max had another phenomenal game. It's going to be hard justifying starting Dice over him, and paying Dice so much to be on the bench, which should be an opening for Amir.
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    I don't think Dice would have a problem going to the bench. The guy cares about winning a championship, period, and that's it at this point in his career.

    This game ruled.
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    Wow, only 30 second half points for Orlando? That must have been some impressive D. And cutting the abnormally high turnover numbers against Philly all the way down to a miniscule 6 is certainly encouraging as well.
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    It was me! It was me! (Y).


    I really liked this game. Specially because we just made 6 turnovers, which leads me to think that this is the kind of opponents that fit us the most. Loved Maxiell attitude for answering Howard's power with strength and will. Really good game by Billups, although his strategy its becoming more and more obvious: "Lets drive and make some fts", which is good and I have no personal complains about it :p.

    I dont like Rasheed's situation. I think 2 more technicals and he is out for a game. I fear this is gonna happen against the Celtics.

    Aaand Herrmann played, so its all sweet for the Motown. Make it sweeter with Howard injuried and we die of diabetes.

    PS: Good thing about the chat, now u laugh with "J"s.

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