pistons/playoffs???

AJ_II

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I think they'll make it. They're 3.5 games clear of 9th place with 12 games left in the season. I think that's enough of a cushion, especially when you're just trying to hold off teams like Charlotte, Milwaukee, and New Jersey. I highly doubt any of those teams rattle off an extended winning streak to end the season.

And here's hope for you Piston guys. If the current seedings in the East hold up, Detroit will see Orlando in the first round. The Pistons are 3-0 this year against the Magic.
 

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Yeah but we have three starters out....well AI isn't a starter but sheed, rip and ai are all out

This is the culmination of a mess that started with drafting Darko over Carmello. With Carmello on board, AI wouldn't have been necessary and they would have had most of their core team from the beginning of the season (pre-AI) along with Carmello.

The AI trade was a big gamble, but he has normally played hard and while injured in the past. The Cleveland paper had a writeup about AI, where he has a back problem that a month's worth the specialists across the country has not been able to figure out. He has played with pain in the past, so I don't believe he's being a punk (faking), but there might be something more serious (season ending?) going on. They should be able to hold on to a playoff spot, but probably won't go too deep into the playoffs.

Being a Cavs fan, I'm ready for the playoffs today. Down by 15 in the first half to Dallas, win by almost 30. The playoffs should be good this year in the east.
 

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sorry, that was uncalled for. I'm just a little bitter about this Pistons situation. We get rid of flip and chauncey and we break down like a sportster replay in the heat....it's just frustrating
 

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I'm pretty sure this was meant to be a thread about the pistons and whether or not they would make the playoffs...not to gloat about your team that is carried by one man


Ouch! I would agree with the "carried by one man" comment a few years ago, but they have some nice pieces around the "one man". Some nights when his game is off, someone like Mo Williams will go off for 30+.

The pistons played a good game last night, but came up a bit short/had a few calls not go their way down the stretch. Iverson looked good, when he played. The problem was that the whole team mostly stood around when he was controlling the ball. That was the difference between the two teams - the Cavs have learned to move without the ball when Lebron has control. That wasn't always the case, and the outcome depended on Lebron's outcome. He seems to be happy to feed it to the hot hand - hopefully that doesn't change.
 

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I'm not gonna lie. I love king james. I think he is one of the most exciting players to watch ever since my first year of college in ohio and they televised his senior games on the local stations. I know they put some of the right pieces around him but honestly do you think they can keep him there for another year?? I dunno....as for iverson....screw him. He's going to retire because he doesn't "know how" to be a bench player. Great article on espn today showing iverson's big head and ego. I can't wait until this guy becomes cap room for us. Rasheed too. One of my favorite players in the league but the guy stopped playing like a month ago. Thanks for the championship sheed and all the great memories of your crazy ass but goodbye. I just hope we can have one last push in the playoffs....if we make it there
 

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I just hope we can have one last push in the playoffs....if we make it there

They will give someone fits in the playoffs. They showed that they can still control the game and keep the score low with defense. As you stated, that isn't Iverson's game. The pistons have been able to put together great teams in the past by collecting good, but not superstar, players that stay within the coaches plan. Unfortunately, the league seems to be going in a direction to open up the game, making it easier for the Lebrons, Kobes and Wades to be harder to stop. The proposed change to the travelling rules (an extra step after the dribble?) will result in the ability for a player to run the whole floor in four or five dribbles. They seemed to have swallowed the whistle for palming as well. I would rather see it the other way (like in the NCAA), where hard defense isn't stopped by a foul(usually) and ballhandling/travelling/palming is watched closer.
 

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that combined with the fact they're outlawing tackling and blocking in the NFL makes me wish I never even cared about sports in the first place and stuck to my star wars action figure collection when I was 13
 

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On behalf of the Denver Nuggets I would personally like to thank the Pistons for giving us Billups in exchange for Iverson (we're talking about PRACTICE!)

That is all.
 

AJ_II

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(we're talking about PRACTICE!)

Not a game...not the game I die for...we talkin' about PRACTICE man!

For all the shortcomings he may have, Allen Iverson was one of the best players ever pound-for-pound.
 

Steel Cranium

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(we're talking about PRACTICE!

... it shoud be "we're talking about STARTING!

"How many minutes did I play?" Iverson asked.

When told 18 minutes, he said, "Damn."

"Eighteen minutes, c'mon, man. I can play 18 minutes with my eyes closed, with a 100-pound truck on my back."

Iverson doesn't want to be The Answer from the bench | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press


Now ESPN is reporting that he said he would rather retire than continue playing from the bench. Team player.

Allen Iverson would rather retire than come off bench - ESPN
 

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get iverson the F*CK off our team

I believe they did. Your back hurts? Take the rest of the year off. This will also make his next year a slap in the face. Iverson's next year is based on how he performs down the stretch. Play well, maybe someone will pay to have him lead the team (Clippers, Warriors?). Otherwise, if he gets signed somewhere, it will be a medium-level slot at best. I think he's done for good. Hope he saved well...