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Clippers 87, Pistons 83 (OT): Detroit Fan’s View
— I respect the enthusiam of the Pistons veteran telecast duo, George Blaha and Greg Kelser, but sometimes they get hyped to the point that they lose credibility. They kept declaring that this was a great game. The guys indeed played hard, but the shooting was off on both sides, with the Clippers hitting only 40 percent (4 of 20 on triple tries) and the Pistons worse at 38 percent (2 of 16 on triples). Furthermore, if we thought we had seen the worst of the Pistons' late collapses, they put up a meager nine-ball for the entire fourth quarter of a game they should have won in regulation.
— Let's give Blaha and especially Kelser some credit, though. They probably would have preferred to be at Michigan State's tournament game.
— Why do coaches always call timeout for the last play? This usually helps the defense set up. The Pistons called an isolation play for Tayshaun Prince at the close of regular time and didn't even get a shot up. There are two retired coaches whom I recall often rejected these last-minute timeouts. They are Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan.
— Hated to see Rodney Stuckey get dinged when he has been doing so well lately. He tried to gut things out but obviously he wasn't himself, canning only one of eight shots, and Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight couldn't bail him out, combining for six of 25 shooting and nine turnovers. Knight could learn from Chris Paul regarding point guard play. Paul deferred to his teammates for most of the game and dished 15 assists before he took charge in overtime. Meanwhile, Knight was chucking up seven triple tries, missing them all.
— If Greg Monroe had played in Phoenix like he did in L.A. (23 points, 15 boards) Detroit would have won that game. Everyone will have good games and bad games but when Monroe disappears, he seems to really, really disappear.
— Jonas Jerebko is starting to go old school with some of those hook shots.
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