The Pistons have lost both of their games since Detroit coach Michael Curry implemented the small-ball lineup.
But I’m willing to withhold judgement on small ball because Richard Hamilton has been a little off since returning from injury. He missed nine of his 13 shots tonight, including the potential game winner. Let’s see what the lineup can do once he starts hitting his shots.
And it’s not like the Pistons, losers of four-of-five, were in a groove before Hamilton returned.
Rodney Stuckey has been solid after a brief rough patch. He had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists tonight.
And Allen Iverson might be coming around. He had 23 points and seven assists – but four turnovers, too.
If Hamilton gets rolling, this lineup could work. No guarantees, but it’s too early to give up on it.
Curry will face plenty of questions after these two losses, but it’s way to early to throw away the season.
A bigger lineup definitely appears to be the best option, but small ball could work, too.
- Wallace had a nice game with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
- Detroit grabbed six of the last seven rebounds in regulation. McDyess was playing power forward, and Prince was at small forward.
- Arron Afflalo had provided the scoring off the bench the Pistons didn’t have last night. He scored 10 points in 15 minutes and made 4-of-6 shots.
- A very balanced game for the Pacers, who had six players in double figures scoring.