At the beginning of the season, I started a thread entitled "Not Very Encouraging" Well with almost 1/3 of the season behind us, I think we all have to be encouraged somewhat with the direction of the Pistons. Flip has started playing the bench (for reasons nobody can explain) and they are playing quite well. The defense has actually looked better, and the emergence of the Brahma has brought energy and excitement to the fans and players alike! The only discouraging issue in this encouraging atmosphere is Sheed`s injury. How bad is it and will it heal without surgery. I guess those questions will be answered soon. Let`s hope this winning, 9-10 deep rotation continues, and Flip doesn`t return to his former sins!!!!!!