First off ReggieMiller8325 take a bow. None of us had the faith you did when it came to this tough stretch of games & I would venture to say that if we were asked which two games we would win & which two we would lose I assure you nobody would have said we would beat Detroit & San Antonio back to back. You had the faith, so keep the fires burning.
I don't know where else to start but at Dale Davis. He ruled that game & proved to me that he is more than equal to the task of playing vs. the Wallace's. Not only did he control the boards but he controlled the paint. He adjusted more shots than I can remember the # of during that game because of his shot blocking. He rendered Prince pretty much impotent. However being the biggest Dale Davis fan on the board I understand that I may be making to much of his game. So I'll try & tone it down. In reality he was only important to the game if you count winning. There is that better
I'll just end my segment about Dale with the following
I'll move on.
Let's talk about Ben Wallace. Look I still give the guy all the credit in the world for being a tough player & the fact that Dale Davis made him insignificant last night may just have been a fluke (Hardly the case but I'm willing to bend here) I have found something out about Ben that I really didn't know from the past.
I used to compare him to Dale Davis all of the time but after the games I've seen him play this season I think I am beginning to believe that I really should have been comparing him to Jermaine O'neal. No, obviously not on the offensive end & let's be honest he's better than J.O. at defense.
No, Ben & J.O. share one other trait that I didn't really understand until just this last game. They both are mentally weak when they are playing vs. physical players & the game is not going their way. Was Scot Pollard dirty? He did put the elbow out there & let's just go ahead & say he did it on purpose, hell let's just let some of the Pistons fans have their way & say he was dirty. So what? Detroit was far from out of the game at that moment & Ben could easily have been given a "T" (instead Pollard got it) or if it had been another player instead of Scot, Ben might have done something & been tossed. This is food for thought for future games because if there was ever a player that we might want to start playing a little more physical it might be Ben. I'm not calling him a punk, but I'm saying he might be mentally weaker than I thought he was.
For that matter Scot Pollard should recieve a contract extension just for his actions last night alone. Not backing down from Ben was great, then standing there saying "What?" "What?" was even better. But the icing on the cake was when he sunk the free throw & then gave the toodle ooh wave to the ball had me to where I was unable to intake oxygen. Also he burped at the freethrow line, which also was pretty funny. Not only was he funny but what might have been missed in all of this was that he used his large frame to box out Wallace.
Foster was great again as well. I loved his offensive aggresiveness because vs. the Pistons he has to be willing to do that.
Croshere was perfect at attacking the rim as well. I don't know how many boards he had but I think he was pretty good on the boards as well.
What more can you say about Anthony Johnson? The guy is stepping up big time & right now if Jamaal came back tomorrow I don't know that I would want to bench A.J. the first game just because the guy has played so well that I think he deserves his place for a game or two. Don't get me wrong Jamaal starts ultimately but to just bench him the first day would be wrong.
Fred & Reggie both were great.
Jackson pushed it a little to much but by the second half he did hit a couple of big shots, so I guess since we won it's ok. Besides, he was playing 1 on 22,005 on a few occasions.
Ultimately this game all goes back to Dale, Reggie & Austin. Some of us said all along that the 00 team should never have been seperated & we were right.