January 12, 2006 Detroit 83 over San Antonio 68
The Spurs were defeated by the Pistons for the second time this season, last night. This time the Pistons did it at San Antonio and showed the Spurs their weaknesses. The weak link being of course Tony Parker’s lack of defense against a dynamic back court. Detroit did shut down Parker in the paint, leaving him to settle for outside shots which Parker seemed hesitant to take. The Spurs bench who is usually very impressive against weak defensive teams, was ineffective and could not change the pace of the game. However, Manu Ginobli still played impressively and proved why he is the most important player on the Spurs team after their big man Duncon. Without Manu, the Spurs are static and boring.
On the other end, the Pistons executed very well, by setting up Rasheed Wallace, their most valuable player in my opinion. Rasheed posted on Tim Duncon with ease and then later settled for three pointers (which make Rasheed almost unstoppable). Billups did not take over the game last night, instead Prince and Hamilton were the offensive threats (after Rasheed). This was great because in the previous game Chauncey had hogged the ball too much and did not let the rest of the team get into the game. Last night though, Chauncey gave up the ball throughout the game and let his teammates score. This gave the Spurs trouble on the defensive end, as they could not stop Rasheed or Prince, and when it came to Hamilton, I am not sure why they put Parker on him in the second half. Parker is a terrible defender. Bowen is much more effective and he even scored last night (and not off three pointers)! The bench played equally well for Detroit, as Saunders chose to mix up the starters and bench so that most everyone got some minutes in. From the way the Pistons played, it was obvious that their bench was comfortable and knew exactly how they needed to execute.
Last night’s game prove why the Pistons are the number one team this season (on both ends of the court) and just how weak the Spurs are.