The youngsters came to play last night against the Celtics. I was expecting another one of those supreme blowouts we have become accustomed too the last month. The first half looked like they were well on their way to getting slaughtered, but they managed to keep it around 10 going into halftime.
I have been looking forward to this game for a while now. Especially after we started off so well. Wanted to see how they matched up with a title contender and a rival. Wanted to see what the crowd reaction was to my boy Rasheed WALL-ACEEEE as well. They were mixed, and it saddened me. Sheed was a man in Detroit and one of my favorites while he was here.
“That’s how it’s supposed to be,” Sheed said.
Still it felt like the game was slipping away in the 4th like they are prone to do in the 2nd half of games. Wasn't optimistic we had what it took to finish it off. The team just didn't bring the same energy in the 2nd half that it was earlier in the year. Only thing to talk about lately were the freak show that are the Bernstein family (You can't possibly have watched any Fox Sports Detroit game and not thought this is the most f'd up family you have ever seen.), and maybe some Orange NJ dental implants.
BUT...the boys came through with a thrilling victory. Stuckey forced to play most of the game due to injuries (Gordon, Bynum, and even Chucky bruised his sternum, but came back) got busy last night to the tune of 27 points, 11 boards, and 7 assists with a +14 +/-. Our boy Charlie V had a big game with some big plays. A couple big blocks to go with 19 points off the bench. 10 of which he scored in the 4th quarter.
CV and Sheed had a bit of post game chatter:
“Of course, he wanted to show the fans what they’ve been missing,” Villanueva said. “But Charlie V’s here.”
Villanueva scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, but Wallace wasn’t impressed.
“Chuck hit a couple 3s,” Wallace said. “He didn’t do anything extravagant.”
They just had the energy last night and played hard all the way to the end. Nice game to watch if it was one of your only ones during the season. Pistons won 92-86!