Wednesday, June 15, 2005

PISTONS GET BEN IN MUST WIN

AUBURN HILLS -- We can call back the search planes. You can throw the milk cartons in the trash.We found Ben Wallace Tuesday night and he was wearing a big fro and a grimace on his face. The seven game strike by Big Ben is over. He took control of a game the Pistons desperately needed. He blocked shots and grabbed rebounds. He intimidated Spurs shooters and caused havoc for our visitors from the Alamo.More importantly when Big Ben ticks his teammates click. With their base grounded the Pistons pounded San Antonio 96-79 to slice the Spurs lead to 2-1 in this best of seven NBA Finals. It was a must Ben I mean must win game.OK. Maybe it was a must Ben game. The Pistons must have Ben to win.When he is rolling on all cylinders so do the Pistons. He punished the Spurs for 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. The five blocks all came in the first quarter, tying a club record for most blocks in a quarter, and they all set the tone of the game.Wallace started the game with a steal and a dunk. And though things got dicey later he kept the Spurs on edge with his masculine play. "He was unbelievable, " said Pistons guard Rip Hamilton. "He showed a lot of energy and blocked shots and definitely players inside for us."The Pistons fed off him and aggressively attacked the passing lanes. They caught a break when Spurs MVP candidate Manu Ginobili got cracked in his left knee 21 seconds into the game and was turned into a jump shooter and bad passer the rest of the game.With their heart throbbing the Spurs could not match the Pistons for 48 minutes. The turning point of the game came in the final seconds of the third quarter when Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich attempted to give point guard Tony Parker a brief rest.Three turnovers later the Pistons victory parade was on."It snow balled, " Ginobili said. And now the Pistons find themselves peaking from underneath an avalanche. They can see day break if they can win one more game to even the series.This team wins with heart and defense and commitment, something that was missing in the first two games.The Pistons finally paid attention to their Coach Larry Brown, a guy they appeared to be tuning out. But he gave them two passionate speeches leading up to the game. They responded with energy and emotion.They remembered how difficult it is to play a quality team like San Antonio. The Pistons paid attention to detail, sort of left the officials alone and focused on the Spurs.It was about time.

49 Comments:

Blogger vray said...

As always, you speak nothing but the truth.

1:56 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

I was at the game and I noticed a couple of things. Us fans were on top of the players and refs as well. I remember when rip wanted to act like or maybe he was begging for a call our section was like Rip man up also I noticed Rashid did other things to help as well. Terry I thought the tunring point was when Rashid got the tech It seemed the jets were on after that. Also I got to give Mcdyess his due props he was in a zone on both sides of the ball. I think chauncy has figured out the spurs. Now the true test will be game 4. You figure the spurs will give it there best because I feel if the Pistons win Game 4 then they can will game 5 as well. One more note I noticed how the pistons got alot more aggressive on their screens and they finally put parker and ginobilli on his asses ( I still say not hard enough) Bruce Bowens is deadly from the corner 3's.

6:24 AM

 
Blogger Jack Fu said...

"It was about time."

No kidding. Even while the game was going on I was getting kind of angry, like "Where the hell was this effort last week, fellas?" But ... better late than never, I guess. Welcome to the Finals, Ben. We missed you. Now, let's try to turn this into a series again...

8:18 AM

 
Anonymous dt said...

Very impressive win tonight. Despite the increased intensity of the Detroit defense, San Antone was still in the game after three quarters. They are a very very impressive team.

Things that stood out to me tonight: Detroit's great defense is predicated on its length. The Stones do a wonderful job of challenging passing lanes and changing shots. San Antonio's defense is done the old fashioned way - they move their feet. Detroit must continue to screen well or post up rather than try to score off the dribble.

Two, SA is a much quicker team than I thought after now watching the first three games. We simply cannot stop the dribble penetration at all. Parker and Ginobili give us fits in that regard.

Three, enough with all the referee talk, please!! Face it, there are certain referees that call the game in a certain way that favors the Pistons, and there are other referees that call the game another way that doesn't favor the Pistons. Period. It's not a conspiracy, it's simply the law of averages.

Four, Rasheed Wallace is one of the more different individuals ever. After watching him abuse Robert Horry AND his mama in the post in the first quarter, you've got to ask yourself why doesn't 'Sheed want the ball more???!

Finally, is it just a coincidence that your partner on the air goes by the pseudonym of Buck Shot McGillicutty aka BS McGillicutty??! ;o)

Great news on all the opportunities, T. Hope it all works out well for you becasue you know I still miss Inside the Game!

8:21 AM

 
Blogger hitman said...

Thank you Chanda!

8:31 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Thank you Vanessa. Once again I am trying my best

8:42 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

billionaire,
You are right. The Pistons allowed a tech to fuel them and not become a detriment. It is very important to speak your piece and move on. That is something they failed to do. I also thought the Pistons were a bit more professional and that is very important.

8:44 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

dt,
Thanks and I am hoping for more of a voice also. I will keep you posted when things roll for me.
You are right. The Spurs are a very impressive team. They will be in most games on the road and try to steal one here and there. I still believe the Spurs will win this series but it was important that the Pistons win last night because I love competitive series.

8:47 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

I was slightly off on my predictions for game 3. I thought it would be a close game, defensive oriented. I certainly didn't expect San Antonio to commit so many turnovers but they remained close despite playing bad.

What impressed me was that they kept attacking even after a couple of borderline flagrant fouls.

I think after reviewing the game film, San Antonio will have to realize that they need to sharpen their elbows as well.

I would expect the next game to be very very very physical. I think they will realize that the way to beat this guys is to make sure that Rip Hamilton is not allowed to run around the floor like a cock roach when you flip the light switch.

The other surprise is that Shaq is out of Bens head, I thought that would last at least until game 4 or 5. Now he just needs to stop flopping and play like a big man. The funniest thing I saw was Tony Parker bumping Ben and "allegedly" knocking him 2 feet in the air and on to the floor.

Come on Ben acting is not your thing.

9:01 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thoughts by all.

I have one thing to add: Bowen's threes don't add up to a hill of beans, if the Pistons focus on playing the game their way. He hit something like 5 of 8 last night, but I consider that a high water mark for his offensive impact.

Midway through the game, I was concerned as BB knocked tre after tre. But in the end, he doesn't have enough arrows in the quiver to overcome alot of sloppy PG play by the Spurs.

I'm also glad the Pistons sent a physical message to the Spurs - you may come in this line, but it may just HURT to do so...enter at your own risk.

9:21 AM

 
Anonymous Brent said...

Terry,

The Pistons listened to LB for game 3. Do you think they will let him lead them the rest of the way? Or will it change day to day?

9:31 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey vanmssa, man up and just ask him out. what, are you 12?

9:55 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:55 AM

 
Anonymous Nate said...

I like how you insult Ben for flopping when Parker runs into him, but you don't insult Ginobili for falling down, rolling halfway across the court, clutching his wrist, and spitting all over... all because they turned the air conditioning on... during practice.

Perhaps if NBA officials called traveling and/or charging, Ben wouldn't have to overreact to being bumped by Parker or Ginobili.

And I thought it was pretty clear that after Tayshaun's elbow, Tony was pretty scared of the paint. The Pistons need to do that early to the Spurs guards. Hit 'em in the mouth if they think they're going to tuck the ball under and run through the lane like Jamal Lewis.

And I suppose if the Pistons somehow miraculously win the series, it will be all because Manu and Tim were hurt. Not because the Pistons won.

10:18 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Brent,
I want to believe they listen to Larry Brown the rest of the series. The Pistons need to look at it this way. They are three wins away from winning another title. Why mess things up and be bull headed and not listen to their coach who they need?
Even with that said beating the Spurs will be difficult.

10:44 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Ladies and gentlemen please do not listen to my radio partner MIke on here. He is being silly.

10:45 AM

 
Anonymous Brian said...

Hello Ben Wallace. The beast has awakened. Glad he showed those people who called the radio stations pleading to trade Big Ben where to shove it. And for the people who said, "break up this team", go and root for Shaq you bandwagoners.

Someone I would like to smack today. RASHEED get your head out of your rear and do something. You gave Ben absoutly NO help. Time to step it up big man.

10:47 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry,

In al seriousness, this si great. Good to see you getting you rviews out there and having fun. Keep kicking ass......screwing with you is all I have in my day Buck!
Sincerely,

Mikey X

11:01 AM

 
Anonymous farmlegend said...

"you don't insult Ginobili for falling down, rolling halfway across the court, clutching his wrist, and spitting all over... all because they turned the air conditioning on... during practice."

nate, my friend, you have a way with words!

As much as I like the Spurs, Manu's flopping is tough to watch; especially when he is succesful at fooling the officials. I do acknowledge that he is very, very good at it.

11:03 AM

 
Blogger Detroithoosier said...

Terry- whats happening with this site?

11:08 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Ben indeed was a super hero last night. He has the ability that many players in this league don't have . In fact, I think after watch his complete playoff performance he deserves the MVP = Most Vivid Performer.

NO ONE and I mean NO ONE has the vertical leap in their flop like Ben Wallace. Name one person that gets off the ground as quickly and powerfully as he does. I don't care if it is Earl Boykins, or Jameer Nelson, a mere tap will send Ben flying down the paint. Wow what skills this giant possesses. While he is often about 2/10's of a second slow with the power leap, most Pistons fans applaud his acting skills.

GIVE THAT FLOPPER AN ACADEMY AWARD!

11:44 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Nate...

Tony Parker has scored most of his points in the paint and he keeps coming.

What game are you watching, Tayshaun's twigbo is only used to make, "come on" gestures to the referees.

11:48 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone like Bill Simmons, from ESPN's Page 2?

I hate the guy.

"(But seriously, is there a luckier team than the Pistons? Last spring, they lucked out with Jason Kidd's knee, the Derek Fisher shot and Karl Malone's injury. Last November, the Pacers looked like the best team in the East before the Artest Melee turned everything around. Last week, Miami was about to finish them off before Wade went down. And now, they're down 2-0 and the leading candidate for Finals MVP goes down 21 seconds into Game 3. I'm not saying good luck is something that should penalize them historically – believe me, I'm a Patriots fan, I would never insinuate such a thing. But Detroit's run of good fortune is almost unprecedented, don't you think? At the rate we're going, Duncan is going to be accidentally ejected from the Spurs' charter on the way back to San Antonio.)"

and then:
"Here's why Detroit won: Because any team with even a semblance of a heart should win Game 3 at home when it's down 2-0 … Ginobili (seven points, six turnovers) injured his leg 21 seconds into the game … Duncan stunk … Hamilton (11-for-23) wasn't missing easy shots like he did in Games 1 and 2 … Billups managed the second half about as well as you could manage a game … Wallace (15 points, 11 boards, five blocks) finally decided to show up for the series … McDyess and Hunter always play better at home with the crowd behind them … they crashed the boards for a whopping 17 offensive rebounds … And the Spurs didn't play well. There's nothing else to say.

(Well, except for one thing: If Ginobili is healthy, the Spurs will win Game 4. Mark my words.)"

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/050615&num=0

Bill Simmons=Hater!

1:04 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

What's wrong with Bill Simmons, he seems to be pretty insightful. I don't see anything erroneous in his recollection of events.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM....

Perhaps the rest of the world that knows how to make a left turn, without first making a U-turn and then only to have to make a right turn to get where you want to go, has a valid point. That being:

THE PISTONS ARE LUCKY

1:17 PM

 
Blogger hitman said...

Bill Simmons is a die-hard Celtics fan from the 70's and 80's, what would you expect? However, I enjoy his columns. He is insightful and extremely knowledgable about NBA basketball. The piece he wrote last year, after the Piston's won the Championship, was one of the best columns I have ever read.

2:24 PM

 
Anonymous farmlegend said...

Simmons is a good writer and a funny guy. He does have some issues with the Pistons that come through loud and clear throughout this article(if I were LB, I'd make sure it was pinned onto the bulletin board); thanks for sharing, anonymous.

2:47 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand that the Spurs have a new strategy that will be put into place in Thursday's game.

Rasho Nesterovich is going to play HackaWallace. If all else fails they plan on holding Ben down greasing his scalp and attempting to run a comb through that ____.

3:32 PM

 
Blogger buttercut99 said...

Terry,
The writing on this blog is so much fresher than anything in either paper. Would it help or hurt if readers here e-mailed on your behalf to editors at the news. If so what would be an address we could use.

Dave

4:23 PM

 
Blogger MortyCrass said...

Reading Simmons' columns is a lot like watching action movies...one quick jolt of adrenaline after another until the end, when you stumble out of the theatre feeling all the more dumb for having witnessed a sham of a plot, and realizing that you don't get it, because, well... THERE'S NOTHING TO GET. These are journalistic creations for entertainment purposes only.

He wants to call the Pistons lucky, that's fine - it's his opinion.

Just don't piss down my back and try to tell me it's raining.

4:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the most tired take i have heard about the pistons is they haven't played a healthy team in 2 years in the playoffs and they benefit from that. what do you want them to do? sit down a player to even it out. name a championship team in any major sport that didn't get lucky at one point in time or another. they shouldn't apologize nor will they if they come back and beat SA.

by the way, it seemed like SA was complaining quite a bit about officiating yesterday and if rasheed pulled the same act robert horry did he most certainly would have been T'd up.

it's time to see if they show up again for games 4 and 5 and make this interesting...

4:57 PM

 
Blogger Jack Fu said...

I can not believe “the real right way” said that the Pistons are lucky. That seems so out of character for him. But I guess he’s right: teams the Pistons have played have had injuries, while the Pistons have stayed 100% healthy at all times and in all situations. You know what, I think they should have to give back their championship rings, and have all memories of ever hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy wiped from their minds. And we fans, we should act like they’ve never won anything either. Because “the real right way” says they were lucky. I think ... I think I’m gonna go cry in my pillow.

5:16 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

As it turned out Big Ben was having personal issues at home. I knew something was up. But his son had hernia surgery and a buddy of his was killed in an auto accident. his wife gave him a pep talk and it seems as if that revived Wallace. Lets hope it continues.

5:26 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

We make fun of floppers. But lets not forget that Bill Laimbeer was one of the game's best floppers. And we loved and respected him for that. Sergei Fedorov dived and I did not hear many people dog him. Flopping is part of the game if you can get away with it.

5:27 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

tamaz,
I might discontinue this site and may be part of a web site. It is being worked on. There will be a transition so people can move into the new digs.

5:28 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

butter cut,
A campaign to get my column back was already launched and I heard a couple hundred people called or wrote the News. It did not work. Maybe if more folks wrote it might work. I am not sure. Let me think about this and get back to you.

5:31 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, this is the same anonymous that posted the bill simmons thing.

My problem is what he says at the ends, what his real points seem to be-
detroit isn't a good team, they just have a better doctor than others.

And he had the nerve to bring up last year's finals and blame that on injuries too?

" And the Spurs didn't play well. There's nothing else to say."
Nothing like the pistons played better, the pistons showed more effort, the home crowed pumped out the home team, nothing like that?

And he says if manu is healthy, SA will win- Does the effort of the pistons have ANYTHING to do with our success? Am I blind or something? I thought we learned that the TEAM that players better/has more effort wins! I didn't know its as simple as:

Ginobli healthy=Spurs Win
Ginobli not healthy=spurs lose
and NOTHING else matters.

But then again, didn't SA lose 1 game to PHX? Was manu injured then?

I agree simmons once in awhile has a good column, but besides talking about his love for the BoSox or putting down the teams that he's not a fan of, what does he do?

Simmons and Albom, all overrated!

5:37 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

I personally thought Simmons column was kind of funny. This was one of my favorite lines:

Hubie on Rasho Nesterovic's entrance: "It's nice to bring in a guy, 7-feet, who is an excellent defender who can block shots and rebound, and is also playoff experienced."

Wow. If he's that nice to Rasho, what would he say about Darko? "It's nice to bring in a guy, 7-feet, who's, um … well, he's 7-feet."

What more do you want him to say? "The Pistons are the greatest team since the NBA started."

Come on, he talked about Chauncey, Ben and Rips performance. He also said San Antonio played terrible and thats why the Pistons won. That is a try statement. With the amount of turnovers the Spurs had, the Pistons would have beat them if they had a subpar game....maybe.

6:21 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

jack fu...

If they got luck, they got luck. Nothing wrong with luck it is part of the game. When you look at the champions historically, the Pistons will still be named the 2003-2004 Champions.

They will however not be mentioned in the same breath as the great Lakers, Bulls, or Celtics teams.

They will more than likely be included when discussing the 1954-1955 Syracuse Nationals.

6:27 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Anonymous...

The difference between Horry and Rasheed is that Rasheed has the reputation of being the biggest crybaby in the league. His tired act is known and experienced by every ref in the league.

Sadly this reputation as a "crybaby" is becoming the Pistons persona. I talk to alot of folks outside of this area when I travel and more often than not I hear, "what is wrong with the Pistons, they cry after every call."

6:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the whining is epidemic. We need to bring back the strong, silent ethic of three years ago, when the team was actually disrespected more but just played through it. Don't know how we change it at this point, short of bringing in new players.

As for those "lucky" Pistons: I honestly believe the team's edge is Arnie Kander. His unique conditioning & treatment regimen seems to greatly reduce the severity of injuries. Guys get banged up, but it's rarely the kind of major injury that grabs headlines. I call that being smarter, not luckier.

7:33 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Anonymous...

Shaq taking a knee to the thigh, and Manu taking knee to the thigh. I don't see where smart fits in.

7:40 PM

 
Anonymous rob v. said...

Hey, people can slight the Pistons all they want. Call 'em lucky. Doesn't matter. There are two teams left playing, and plenty of teams sitting home wishing they were this lucky.

8:06 PM

 
Anonymous Tracy said...

Terry, I read in a San Antonio paper that two of Ben's friends were killed in a fire during the Eastern Conference finals. The guy has definitely had some personal demons to face down.

8:16 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Real Right Way,
That is what my people are saying also. They keep harping on the Pistons crying and you cannot defend them. But I will say this Ben Wallace cried before Rasheed got here. And right now Rip Hamilton is the biggest cry baby around. You might want to check out my new post on the web log about Rip and Bruce Bowen

9:56 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

tracy,
I knew something happened with him. And I heard another friend was killed in an auto accident and his son needed hernia surgery. No wonder he was messed up. I heard his wife gave him a lecture to perk him up. It seems as if it worked.

9:58 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

One thing I will say about Ben Wallace. I don't know him, and I never buy into the persona that most professional atheletes project. I have seen too many that turnout to be something else.

I do however get a feeling that Ben is genuine. Therefore, I could see how a tragedy could certainly affect someones play particularly those that are real caring individuals.

10:54 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Right Way,
You are right. Ben is genuine and he is emotional. Things like this do bother him no matter what he says. that is why the wife had to step up and say something.

2:17 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

If they let them play, I think I will give the edge to Bowen. Look what he did to Shawn Marion in the Phoenix series.

11:05 AM

 
Blogger Jonathon Combs said...

Hey, Great Stuff. I'll be back to read often.

Jon
http://www.pistonsnews.com

8:15 PM

 

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