MMPG: Team of the Week
The Detroit Pistons have won a league-best seven in a row, but more importantly, they finally solved Sundays. With an 88-87 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday -- without Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton -- the Pistons overcame what may have been their great obstacle, outside of incorporating Allen Iverson, this season.
Before the Clippers' Al Thorton's goaltend of Iverson's runner with 4.9 seconds remaining secured the win, the Pistons had been 0-6 on Sundays, and 20-5 the rest of the week. If the Pistons (21-11) had won at least half of those Sunday games -- one of the losses was against Minnesota?!? -- they would be nipping at the Cleveland Cavaliers' heels in the Central Division.
While the early rough patch following the Iverson-Chauncey Billups trade made it easy to snicker at the Pistons -- especially with Billups' immediate impact with the Denver Nuggets -- Detroit appears to be figuring out how to make it work. The Pistons won four games last week, including an 88-82 victory that snapped the Orlando Magic's seven-game win streak. They have won 10 of their past 12 games overall and are a half-game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference.
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