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Lineup change coming for Pistons

Posted on: December 7, 2008 4:24 pm

New York – Micheal Curry has seen enough slow starts and Sunday snoozefests. It’s time for a lineup change.

“I’m going to do something with that lineup,” the Pistons’ coach said Sunday after his team failed to answer the bell for a noon start at Madison Square Garden. The Pistons fell behind by 29 in the second quarter and lost 104-92 to the Knicks, falling to 0-5 this season in Sunday games.

“I’ve got guys coming off the bench like Aaron Affalo and Walter Herrmann that consistently play the way we need them to play and I’ve got to find more minutes for those two guys,” Curry said.

Affalo (17 points off the bench) and Herrmann (4 points, 2 rebounds) will continue to come off the bench, as will Antonio McDyess after he re-signs with Detroit, presumably in time for the Pistons’ next game Tuesday at Washington. With the next two opponents (Wizards and Pacers) using smaller lineups, Curry will go small as well. That means Kwame Brown (scoreless in 10:24 against the Knicks) is out and either Stuckey or Amir Johnson is in.

More likely, it’s Stuckey, who has logged 30 minutes in a game only once in the 15 games since Detroit acquired Allen Iverson from the Nuggets.

“You don’t have to worry about me coming out and playing hard,” Stuckey said. “I try to do that every game. Well, I’m gonna do it every game.”

Curry loves Stuckey’s aggressiveness and ability to finish, and liked what he got from a lineup of Iverson, Rip Hamilton, Stuckey, Rasheed Wallace, and Tayshaun Prince in the second half, when the Pistons twice cut the 29-point deficit to five. Prince slides down from small forward to power forward in that lineup, creating mismatches for the defense.

The Pistons have always been one of the more puzzling powers in the East, but they’re even more so since trading Chauncey Billups, McDyess, and Cheikh Samb to Denver for Iverson and his $21.9 million expiring contract. Beat the Lakers and Spurs on the road and Cleveland at home, lose to the Timberwolves, Sixers, and now the Knicks.

“We get a lot of money to come out here and perform to the highest of our ability,” said Iverson, who played 40-plus minutes for the third straight game and was 6-for-18 from the field with 17 points and seven assists. “There’s no reason why you should come out here and give bad effort.”

Well, except for the fact that they’re the Pistons. Effort has always been optional, especially in December. And especially when the game is on Sunday and starts at noon.



Category: NBA

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:58 am

Lineup change coming for Pistons

Stuckey has to be a starter and Iverson cannot sit.
Something has to give and I dont think Richard hamilton will come off the bench although affalo been playing great.

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 12:59 pm

Lineup change coming for Pistons

It looks like the move for AI is taking longer to implement than thought. What I see is Rip not knowing his role, with Billups he knew the deal, they all did.  This one might take time, hope the Detroit faithful are patient.

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 12:57 pm

Lineup change coming for Pistons

It looks like Dumars move for Iverson has hurt Rip's chemistry.  He WAS the man, now he is having fiting in with AI....

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 11:26 am

Lineup change coming for Pistons

Joe and Chauncey should have found some common ground...Iverson is a great player but not yet the great teammate needed for the pistons offense....I hope they can get it together, they have the talent to beat anyone in the playoffs as long as they make a decent run for position in the seedings and rest during the regular season.  I say to let Iverson come in off the bench for awhile and send a message.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 11:00 am

Lineup change coming for Pistons

Something has to give.  This is not the Pistons we were expecting.  AI has not lived up to the expectations.  If all this is a way for Dumars to make a play at Bosh, James, or Wade then fine.

But these Pistons are better than what they are doing.


Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 2:46 am

Lineup change coming for Pistons

THANK YOU.. i've said the same thing.. read my thread I made in the pistons team page.. about when should we start discussing firing curry

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2008 10:21 pm

Lineup change coming for Pistons

the only change needed is to dump Curry as soon as possible......Rip had 9 pts in 9 minutes the other night only to get taken out by Curry.  No chance for any consistency with him as coach.

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2008 8:24 pm

Lineup change coming for Pistons

horrible. Rip and Prince will get murdered on the low block. Prince can't bang with taller stronger power forwards, and he's not so fast that he can burn them. Rip will also be a mismatch. especially come play offs when he would be on Lebron or Paul Pierce. I do think Rodney Stuckey needs to be used though. either A.I or Rip needs to play off the bench. They could be like  a Manu for the Pistons which would be more effective.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2008 7:28 pm

Lineup change coming for Pistons

Going small makes sense as a starting point.  That unit shows more chemistry than any combination so far.  But sooner or later it comes down to match ups.  Dice can (and will) drive the second unit with his low post scoring; but, sooner or later Amir or Kwame has to step up.  The match ups at play off time are going to require another big man, there's no way around it.


Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2008 7:13 pm

Lineup change coming for Pistons

You can tell they aren't in sync at all.  Some pieces come together, and other times it's just hard to watch.  They run 5 base plays and that's about it at this point.  They're still trying to get an identity, while keeping what they had before intact enough to be competitive.  I just hope they can clean it all up by new year and then start hitting it hard for the late winter stretch.

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