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Detroit Pistons Fan’s View: Take a Foul!
— How do the Pistons blow a six-point lead in the final 40 seconds of regulation? They blow it by allowing a pair of three-pointers, rather than taking a preventive foul. First they were burned by Marvin Williams, who already had canned four of five from downtown, and then by Joe Johnson, one of the NBA's best marksmen. Atlanta hit 10 of 16 triples for the game, and the Pistons of course could not take fouls for the whole game, but those last two never should have happened. What a rotten way to begin a stretch of seven games in nine days.
— Rookie point guard Brandon Knight took 18 shots, including eight triples. That's more attempts than you want from your point guard, unless he's Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook. Knight should use Chris Paul as a role model for the balance between shooting and passing.
— Granted, the other guys have to shoot more when the small forward tries only two shots. Damien Wilkins, subbing for Tayshaun Prince, played 34 minutes but didn't crack the scorebook. It's great to defer to the others, Damien, but not to that extreme.
— Prince missed his second straight game due to "family matters," making him the third Piston this season to be absent for this reason. I'm afraid to say this and then find out that somebody's parent had died or was gravely ill, but I never remember this particular announement in the past.
— Attendance improved the past two games at the Palace, with more than 18,000 gathering to see the Pistons versus the Heat, and then more than 14,000 for the Atlanta game. Not bad for a team with a 4-16 record.
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