The Other Side: Detroit Pistons (UPDATED)
At his introductory press conference with the Detroit Pistons, Allen Iverson said the transition for himself and his new team "might not be peaches and cream in the beginning." But even then, Iverson probably didn't expect his time in Detroit to be this much of an eyesore. The Pistons are just 7-8 since they added Iverson. In the past month, Iverson skipped a practice, Tayshaun Prince complained about his new role at point forward, Iverson asked for more scoring opportunities and Richard Hamilton was ejected after getting two technical fouls two days ago in New York.
It hasn't been all bad, as evidenced by a recent road win in San Antonio. But ESPN.com's Marc Stein recently spoke to an advance scout who said that the Pistons are not a top team right now. After opening the season with four straight wins, the Pistons are tied with New Jersey for the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference and trail Cleveland by 5½ games in the Central Division.
As Iverson plays his first game at Verizon Center in a Pistons uniform, Detroit is trying to end a two-game slide. This is the first time the Wizards get to see Iverson -- they will see him again next Wednesday -- but the second time they face the Pistons this season. Detroit won the first meeting on Nov. 1, as Walter "Fabio" Hermann came off the bench to score 16 points in a 117-109 win. Detroit made the trade for Iverson two days later.
Here's what you need to know about Detroit heading into the game:
1. Stuckey's a Starter
With Richard Hamilton and Allen Iverson failing to mesh offensively, and Kwame Brown providing little more than a big body in the middle, rookie Coach Michael Curry has decided to put promising second-year guard Rodney Stuckey into the starting lineup, while pushing Brown to the bench. The Pistons will go with a lineup of Stuckey and Iverson in the backcourt, Hamilton and Prince at the forwards and Rasheed Wallace at center. Stuckey is averaging 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his last six games.
2. They Still Miss That Other Guy
As the Pistons sputter, it's impossible not to notice the impact Chauncey Billups has had on the Denver Nuggets since the Iverson deal. The Nuggets have gone 13-4 since adding Billups, with Nene and Carmelo Anthony falling in line. The Detroit News' Chris McCosky writes that Billups' absence from the Pistons is being felt more and more in the fourth quarter.
3. McDyess Is McBack
Keeping with Iverson's "peaches and cream" theme, the Pistons locker room might blare a little "Peaches & Herb" this evening. Antonio McDyess and the Pistons have finally "Reunited." McDyess was traded to Denver, along with Billups, but he never wanted to return to the Nuggets. After sitting out the past month, McDyess re-signed with the Pistons today. He should help out Detroit's front line and help cut back on Rasheed Wallace's minutes.
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