After Kobe Bryant’s heartbreaker, Richard Hamilton gives Larry Brown a pep talk

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Detroit Pistons 91 Final Recap | Box Score 99 Los Angeles Lakers
Chauncey Billups, PG 47 MIN | 6-15 FG | 13-14 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTSAnother masterful game by Chauncey. he got to the stripe seemingly at will and made rendered Gary Payton hapless..
Richard Hamilton, SG 47 MIN | 10-25 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 26 PTSHamilton very nearly matched Kobe in this one. When that happens, the Pistons really ought to win.

Tayshaun Prince, SF 47 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTSIt’s hard to believe Prince played 47 minutes with that line.

Rasheed Wallace, PF 34 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTSRasheed did a stellar job on Malone who had to make the most of every opportunity when Wallace hit the bench. Sheed didn’t do as much for the Pistons offensively, but this loss isn’t on him.

Ben Wallace, C 43 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-8 FT | 14 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTSWallace did a better job on O’Neal this time around. Shaq isn’t going to get shut down but if the Pistons can hold him to 50% shooting and single digit boards, that will really help.

Unfortunately, Ben’s six missed free throws were real killers. If he makes any of those, the Pistons return home having parlayed serious underdog status into a real shot at a sweep.

Corliss Williamson, PF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTSThe turnovers are ugly, but Williamson gave otherwise good per-minute production.

Lindsey Hunter, PG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTSLA guards shot 5-15 with Hunter on the floor, but the Lakers still won those minutes 21-15.
Mehmet Okur, C 18 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 1 PTSIf you want someone to blme for this loss, you’re not going to find much better than Okur. Besides amassing virtually nothing in the box score over 18 minutes, he is the reason Karl Malone had a half decent game. Malone went 2-2 with 2 free throw attempts and 4 rebounds in about 13 minutes defended by Okur compared to 1-7 with 2 free throw attempts and 5 boards in twice as long covered by Rasheed.  
Mike James, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS  
Elden Campbell, C 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTSCampbell pretty much only has a job in order to be a Shaq stopper. He did a good job in this one, holding O’Neal to 1-4 shooting and 1 rebound over 8 minutes. Although, he did concede half a dozen free throw attempts.  
Larry Brown, Head Coach That was a painful missed opportunity. When you have a six point lead with 40 seconds to go, you should win the game. But this one slipped away. Still, the Pistons have to be pretty pleased after earning a split in Staples Center and very nearly taking both.

-Tim Thielke

From the Frontlines

The Pistons were seconds from taking two games in Los Angeles, but Kobe Bryant hit an incredible 3-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation, and the Lakers won Game 2 in overtime – a real heartbreaker for Detroit.

Afterward, then Pistons-assistant coach Dave Hanners saw Larry Brown pouting and fuming in the front seat. Then, Hanners witnessed an awesome scene unfold.

Chauncey Billups boarded and told Brown, "Coach, we’re OK." Then, Ben Wallace boarded and told Brown, "Coach, it’s going to be alright."

Brown continued to stew.

Finally, Richard Hamilton – who defended Kobe on the game’s defining shot – boarded and told Brown, "Coach, you’ve got to look better. You’ve got to be happy. We’re not coming back here. This series is over. We won a game here. We’re going to win three in Detroit, and it’s over. Don’t worry. We’re not coming back.”

Then, Hamilton walked to the back of the bus, leaving Brown’s mood changed ever so slightly.

Later, a (somewhat) calmed Brown told Hanners, “These guys really believe.”

-Dan Feldman

Tags: Ben Wallace Chauncey Billups Corliss Williamson Dave Hanners Elden Campbell Larry Brown Lindsey Hunter Mehmet Okur Mike James Rasheed Wallace Richard Hamilton Tayshaun Prince