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The Other Side: Detroit Pistons


Bynumite! It's on you, Earl. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Who would've guessed that Flip Saunders would be looking up at the Detroit Pistons in the standings when he faced his former team for the first time? The new-look Pistons (4-4) are looking to win their third game in a row tonight at Verizon Center. Newcomers Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are averaging close to 40 points per game combined and Ben Wallace has been reborn, averaging 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots.

1. So much for a reunion. Saunders won't get to see Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince because both players are out with injuries. Hamilton has missed all but one game this season with a sprained right ankle and might not play until the Pistons' west coast trip. Prince is out indefinitely with a ruptured disk in his back. At least there's Ben Wallace, who just loves Flip.

2. The Pistons are better than expected on defense. They are allowing just 89.6 points per game and holding teams to just 41.9 percent shooting. Of course, they also don't score much. They average just 92.1 points.

3. LeBron James says the NBA should retire the No. 23 for Michael Jordan -- because he said so -- but guess who agrees with him? Yep, Michael Jordan's favorite whipping boy in Washington, Kwame Brown.


By Michael Lee  |  November 14, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
 
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The new-look Pistons are (4-4) even though Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince have been out with injuries.

While the new-look Wizards are (2-6)?

New players + new coach - same owner = another losing year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 14, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78:

So very correct. ABE move over. Time for a new owner in D.C. And who was the lame-brain GM that gave DETROIT those championships anyway. Oh hey, I know. Let's trade BEN WALLACE, RASHEED WALLACE, "RIP" HAMILTON and DARVON HAM for.........who was that again?

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 14, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Who would've guessed that Flip Saunders would be looking up at the Detroit Pistons in the standings when he faced his former team for the first time?

Mike,

Anyone who knows the game of basketball should have told you before the season started that the Wizards were going to get off to a slow start.

But, I forgot this is a blog site for blind followers of the organization, no basketball knowledge is needed and actually prefered.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 14, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78:

Ah yes, ignorance is bliss. And the "ZARDS NATION is so blissfully ignorant.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 14, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

For the record...Sheed was not traded to Detroit.

Rip was traded for Stack...Which we can blame on MJ, since Rip was "ripping" into MJ's limelight and MJ thought Stack was a much better player.

Darvon Ham...let's see what is he up to now?

I will say the Ben Wallace trade pissed me off from the second I heard about it. That was the worst move this franchise made in the last 20 years. Except the other 10 dumb moves.

Posted by: Blurred | November 14, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

i dont think miller or jsmison should play tonight. maybe they can wait till the next game...rest until tuesday for the home cleveland game.. cos tonight the pistons look like they are on a roll and will steam over the wiz. itll hurt our moral,

not to mention guys wont be fully healed, then we go on a losing streak... etc yada yada...

eastern conference is looking stacked. especially in our division so we need guys healthy for the long run

Posted by: mrhney03 | November 14, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope Jamison and Miller don't play tonight either. We'll really need them for most of the season. Since MM is still sore and AJ has not practiced, why chance it. I guess Flip is desparate for a win, especially against Detroit.

Posted by: original2cents | November 14, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"But, I forgot this is a blog site for blind followers of the organization, no basketball knowledge is needed and actually prefered.
Posted by: bulletsfan78"

LOL sounds like you've found a home.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 14, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Go Wiz!

Boykins nice pick up.

What was that lineup on the floor the last few minutes of the 3rd??? C'mon Flip. No wonder we stopped scoring and lost our 10 point lead bc that lineup confused me sitting on the coach. The players looked confused as well. Oberto, Stevenson, Blatche (exhausted), Boykins, Arenas.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 14, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

This team is so frustrating. Dumbest plays at the worst times. Haywood traveling standing there holding the ball.

Where is Blatche? Playing one of his best all-around games ever and no 4th quarter mins??? C'mon.

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 14, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Blurred, you are clueless. Actually, for the record, Rasheed WAS traded to Detroit. At the 2004 trade deadline in a 3-way deal with Atlanta, Boston, and Detroit. How else do you think the Pistons picked him up mid-year of a title run?

Posted by: Roman5 | November 15, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

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