Ok, I thought I would dust off an odd thoughts for the back to back set with the Pistons.
First before we go one word further into this post let me make clear one thing.
The Detroit Pistons are one of the most unselfish basketball teams I have ever seen.
I've been watching the NBA since I was around 9 years old and I have seen all of the great 80's & 90's teams both on tv and in person. But this Piston team (going back about 5 seasons now) really honestly and truely is a unit that no one part is more important than the other. Each of these players who could easily lead most other teams in the NBA in scoring but they freely make the pass, set the pick, make the defensive stance that makes thier overall team better.
In other words what I'm saying is simply this. We were beat by a better team and there is no shame in that.
So first let's give credit to the Pistons for the game they played. Once we were down 10 I knew it was out of reach (& honestly so did most of you).
I wouldn't feel that way about every team in the NBA but agaisnt the Pistons.....
But that doesn't mean we didn't help them in thier cause.
I would like to officially thank Mike Dunleavy and Danny Granger for taking the night off. I hope you guys had a nice break and can join us tonight in the fieldhouse for the game.
Also a big thank you to Larry Bird for our backup point guard spot.
I don't blame Jamaal one bit for his play tonight nor for that matter do I blame him for his play over the past week and a half. It is obvious the guy is injured and no not a fake injury either.
He tried to go, he wanted to go but he just had nothing to give. Against a lesser guard? Maybe. Against Billups? No way in hell.
I just do NOT understand why management has done nothing to address this.
Jamaal even if healthy will not be able to play the min. that we are asking of him. But now with a hamstring we are screwed.
Sorry guys but my guess is Jamaal really ought to set out about two weeks worth of games. But we all know we can't afford this. Let's all just hope to God that he doesn't tear something or injure something else while he is trying to play through this injury.
I guess I would also like to thank Diener for finally hitting a shot. The fact that he hit them in a totally meaningless time when the game was already over doesn't help any.
But if we want to look for the silver lining in the cloud here I guess we should hope that maybe this could be the turn around for him and that maybe just maybe he could earn 5 min. of playing time a game.
While I'm complaining let me throw this out there for Ike Diogu. While I really want to like his game and really want him to succeed I must say this.
If he would put in 1/8 of the effort on defense and rebounding that he does in trying to get his shot off he would be a great player no matter what his height is.
STOP TRYING TO SHOOT THE D@MN BALL EVERY TIME IT TOUCHES YOUR HAND!!!!!!
One last negative and I promise I will try and get to something positive.
Has there ever been a more useless 16 min. of basketball played than what Jeff Foster put in last night?
Is he injured again? Detroit is just one of those teams that knows how to render Jeff useless.
Ok, let's look for something (anything) to say was good here.
Well, let's start with J.O. (yes it is still me typing) even though he went 1 on 1 a few times I never really felt like he was forcing the offense. I also thought he was very active on defense and passing. Overall I was pretty pleased with his game.
Troy Murphy, well to be honest I can't understand at the end of the first why we didn't keep him in the game? The guy was on fire and we never really tried hard enough to keep him going.
Also unless you actually watched the game I don't want to hear one word from anybody about Troy's defense. Troy bodied up all night long and actually I thought often times did very well on Wallace when he was on him. I'm not saying he stoped Sheed by any sense, but his defense was not a problem and therefore since he was a shooting machine and got his share of rebounds I don't want to hear about how or why Foster should have been in there for even one min. over Troy in this game.
Oh yea while I'm thanking people again let me go back and once again thank David Harrison for having whatever injury it is he has this time around.
Andre Owens was outmatched all night long but he never gave up and that is all you can ask from a player. In fact he really tried on defense. IMO, if Jamaal can't go tonight (& I'm saying right now he shouldn't even try) then Owens has earned the p.g. playing time when Daniels doesn't have it.
Oh did I mention that Granger and Dunleavy didn't play worth a d@mn???
Anyway we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves. We get to face them again tonight.
Maybe Danny & Mike will join us? Who knows.
Oh yea Shawne Williams..... Well, he did score 9 points. But he also provided us with 0 rebounds.
Speaking of which, I haven't gone back and looked lately but remember when we were routinely outrebounding teams? I would be interested to see how often we have outrebounded teams over the past 10 games.
Buck up Pacer fans, maybe tonight we can pull off the upset.