Talk about a tale of two halves. I didn’t know if I could make it through the second half after watching the Pistons sans McDiggidy and C-Billups stink up the court and letting Golden State have their way on the offensive glass in the first half. And yet these Pistons did what they do best – coast until it matters, closing out the game strong and pulling out another win on the road.
Notes on the game:
– I counted 2 babies tonight although I feel as if Maxiell deserves an honorary baby posting a mean double-double with 14 points, 14 boards, 5 assists, and 3 blocks on an efficient 5 of 9 shooting. His babylicious block on Al Harrington and his babyrific monster dunk in the second half bring our tally to 14.
– More impressive than any of his stats was Flip’s confidence in the baby-eater playing him a team high 44 minutes. Could this be the start of a baby-eating frenzy? I certainly hope so.
– I have to say that Sheed has surprised me in how focused he has been thus far. No T’s and we’re 8 games into the season? Gotta love that.
– Despite my growing hatred for Flip Murray and his inability to get Amir involved in the offense, he had a stellar game on his own with the other double-double for the Pistons with 15 points, 12 dimes, and 6 boards.
– Lindsay got his first PT of the season tonight with Billups out and knocked down a big three from the corner (if only he could have stayed with Baron Davis in the transition on the following Warriors possession).
– Rip is still frustrating me with his poor shooting. He was 5 of 20 against portland and at least he recovered at the end of the game tonight to go 9 of 20 but at one point he was a dreadful 4 of 12 on the night.
– Three starters tied for 22 points and all 5 starters in double figures. Impressive to see such even scoring on a night without Chauncey and McDyess.
All in all, this was a solid win against a young, energetic team who is much better than their 0-6 record suggests. Pistons are now 2-1 on their current road trip heading into LA where they’ll take on Kobe and the Lakers. Let’s hope J-Max can keep up his baby-eating tenacity.