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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 5:01 pm
Saunders said, "It's a good thing we don't play these guys 82 times."
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Nice words coming out of detroit. Now the Mavs are full of excuses..
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Warriors throttle Pistons

Richardson scores 29; Detroit can't keep up the frantic pace.

Warriors 111, Pistons 93

AUBURN HILLS -- Absent from all the discussion of the upcoming trip, and how the Pistons will deal with the mental and physical wear and tear, was how they would handle the visiting Golden State Warriors, a team that had bullied them earlier this season.

The Pistons, minus Rasheed Wallace for the third straight game as his sore left foot heals, also were without any semblance of field-goal shooting or rebounding, particularly in the second half.

Lowly Golden State, weary from a dismal trip, walloped the Pistons for the second time this season, 111-93, Monday night at The Palace. In the only other meeting between the two teams Nov. 11, Golden State won handily, 111-79.

"Both times, (the Warriors) got it going," said Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups, who had 11 points. "They're tough to play because they don't run plays. They just play like rec ball. They're tough, but that's no excuse. When they picked up the play in the second quarter, we didn't. I'm disappointed in that. That's my fault."

Jason Richardson (Michigan State) scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Warriors, who had six players score in double figures.

Golden State entered Monday night's game, the last of their five-game trip, on a six-game losing streak. The Warriors have been a poor road team, and arrived here with a 6-25 record and an 11-game losing streak at The Palace.

There were no signs of a team down on its luck, though. The Warriors shot 54.5 percent from the field and attempted 24 3-pointers, converting on 41.7 percent.

Wallace's presence was missed, particularly in the second half. The Warriors outrebounded the Pistons 14-5 in the third quarter and 45-34 for the game.

"It was like everything we did went sour," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "And then what happens, when you fall behind 14, 16 (points), then you have to play out of character, because you're playing catch-up. We're not a team that can play catch-up. We can do it at times, but our best thing is to grind it out, especially without 'Sheed, because he can stretch a defense and get some quick points. Without 'Sheed, we have to grind it out."

Lindsey Hunter was the lone bright spot for the Pistons. He came off the bench to score 20. Tayshaun Prince had 18. Richard Hamilton, who entered the game averaging 21.3 points, was held to six points and four field-goal attempts.

"I've never seen Rip take four shots in 27 minutes," Saunders said. "I've seen him take four shots in two minutes and seven seconds, but not in 27 minutes. We just played totally out of character. You've got to give them credit. When we tried to make a run, they answered every run and they were more aggressive and their athleticism hurt us a lot."

"Early, we took control of the game, and all of a sudden we start throwing lob dunks, like we're starting to play like them and then all of a sudden the game changed like that," Saunders said, snapping his fingers for emphasis. "The game changed to their tempo and once they got going, they made every shot that went up.

"We basically played back on our heels, very similar to how we played out there. It's a good thing we don't play these guys 82 times."

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:18 pm
The Pistons don't seem to be the type of team in shape to keep up with the Warriors style of play. If the Pistons were in shape for that type of play, they would've manhandled the Warriors in my opinion. But other than that, they are no longer the defensive type team we've seen the past years against certain run style teams.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:22 am
The team just likes to play the Pistons and the Mavs. As strange as that is, that seems to be it
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:43 am
migya wrote:The team just likes to play the Pistons and the Mavs. As strange as that is, that seems to be it


Yep. We always lose with the Clips and Lakers, but got the Mavs and Pistons number. Odd.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:03 pm
TMC wrote:
migya wrote:The team just likes to play the Pistons and the Mavs. As strange as that is, that seems to be it


Yep. We always lose with the Clips and Lakers, but got the Mavs and Pistons number. Odd.


You can add the Spurs into that mix also. We've been giving them a reason to sweat. Ever since the trade for Baron, the Spurs actually have to play 48 full minutes and an extra 5+ in case against our very own Golden State Warriors.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:10 am
xbaywarrior wrote:
TMC wrote:
migya wrote:The team just likes to play the Pistons and the Mavs. As strange as that is, that seems to be it


Yep. We always lose with the Clips and Lakers, but got the Mavs and Pistons number. Odd.


You can add the Spurs into that mix also. We've been giving them a reason to sweat. Ever since the trade for Baron, the Spurs actually have to play 48 full minutes and an extra 5+ in case against our very own Golden State Warriors.


Yeah, but just at the Oracle. It's usually a blowout when we play at San Antonio...
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TMC wrote:
xbaywarrior wrote:
TMC wrote:
migya wrote:The team just likes to play the Pistons and the Mavs. As strange as that is, that seems to be it


Yep. We always lose with the Clips and Lakers, but got the Mavs and Pistons number. Odd.


You can add the Spurs into that mix also. We've been giving them a reason to sweat. Ever since the trade for Baron, the Spurs actually have to play 48 full minutes and an extra 5+ in case against our very own Golden State Warriors.


Yeah, but just at the Oracle. It's usually a blowout when we play at San Antonio...



Yea, the Spurs have beaten the team soundly in San Antonio and at times in Oakland for over a decade
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:46 am
im sure im not alone when i say this aspect of the warriors is what is most frustrating. we definitely had the mavs number the past 2 seasons, and pistons this year, but almost EVERY SINGLE TIME we beat some of the top teams, we lose to the teams at the bottom of their divisions. We lost to the hawks twice, lost to a lebron-less cavs, and of course getting whooped on the road. If we can only handle these weaker teams and not take em for granted
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:38 pm
Yeah... I think it can be attributed to random role players who dominate against us...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:50 am
JayPat wrote:Yeah... I think it can be attributed to random role players who dominate against us...



Which can be attributed to the team not playing a lick of defense and having motivational problems as there is no way you play great and with passion against the best teams and then do quite the opposite against the worst teams if you really care a whole lot! Just no vaild explanation for it
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