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MMPG: Team of the Week

Detroit Pistons


Rarr, rarr, like a dungeon dragon. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)


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.


By Michael Lee  |  January 5, 2009; 9:16 AM ET
 
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Comments

Clearly the Wizards had the best week.

Posted by: psps23 | January 5, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

All those teams with glossy won-loss records into December and now look at them -- do you see a team that looks ready for an NBA championship? I don't.

Hopefully it's just a phase. Detroit's playing well now, but they still look vulnerable to any squad that can shoot and play defense (fortunately for them, those two skills are usually mutually exclusive in the NBA). Cleveland and Boston are struggling, San Antonio is at 70%, and Orlando -- well, who can tell about Orlando?

The Lakers -- to this point -- might be in the best shape.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The Atlanta Hawks may be the darkhorse squad in the East they have size,they play defense(well most of the time)and they have a go to guy Joe Johnson and an experienced point guard Mike Bibby a real shot blocker Josh Smith i'm reminded of their qualities by my co-worker who has Hawk's season tickets and constantly remind's me of the Wizard's won-lost record.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 5, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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