Game Review: Charlotte 80, Detroit 78

As soon as the game ended, I received a message from Ian Robinson, who covered football with me for The Michigan Daily this year.

“If today’s game shows anything, is that it doesn’t matter who starts if no one finishes.”

I couldn’t have summed it up better myself.

The Bobcats ended the game on a 9-0 run, and the Pistons looked helpless to stop them.

Detroit, one of the league’s better teams, wasn’t helpless, of course. The Pistons just weren’t focused enough to close the game. It’s a long season, and games like this happen.

No reason to panic, even with the the lineup.

Piston coach Michael Curry took the easy route by starting Richard Hamilton and Allen Iverson. But this game doesn’t prove Curry used the wrong lineup.

The Pistons beat the lowly Charlotte in December, when they started Rodney Stuckey, Iverson and Hamilton. In fact, Detroit led by as many as 29 that game before the reserves let it slip. It was the first game Charlotte had Boris Diaw and Raja Bell.

But the Bobcats have clicked, going 8-8 since trading Jason Richardson for Boris Diaw and Raja Bell, so they’re now a better team. No reason to panic because the small ballers didn’t light up the Bobcats like they did in December.

  • Stuckey had a nice game offensively with 22 points on 11 shots, six rebounds, five assists and one turnover.
  • Stuckey had a rough game defensively. He allowed Raymond Felton to control the pace. Felton scored 23 points on 15 shots. Felton also had nine assists and one turnover. Stuckey didn’t play his normal solid defense. I wonder how much his back is bothering him.
  • Prince played 40 minutes, and Walter Herrmann played none. Somehow, Prince’s minutes have to come down at some point.

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