February 29th. It comes once every 4 years. It’s the day when Superman was born on planet Krypton, when Frank Rugani set a new shuttlecock drive record in 1964 and when a 64 year old woman can celebrate her sweet 16. This year it brought us a Detroit Pistons win.
Albeit against a 4-29 Charlotte Bobcats team but a win is a win. The Pistons squashed their 3 game losing streak with a 109-94 win over the struggling Bobcats. What better way to redeem themselves after an embarrassing 29 point loss at home against the Philidelphia 76ers. That loss was their 5th worst in franchise history since moving to the Palace of Auburn Hills and their 13th worst ever.
That’s probably what lit a fire under them on Wednesday. There were quite a few stand out players including Greg Monroe who scored 19 points and had a career high 20 rebounds. He is the first person with a 20 rebound game since Ben Wallace did it on January 15, 2010.
Following close behind him were Rodney Stuckey with 29 points, Brandon Knight with 20 points and Tayshaun Prince with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The turning point came in the first quarter when Charlotte’s leading blocker Bismack Biyombo left the game with a shoulder injury. This was the first time this season the Bobcats started a game with a completely healthy line up.
A lot of credit goes to Stuckey. According to MLive.com, Monroe said “We’re a different team when he’s attacking.” Apparently so.
What can the Pistons do now? With the playoffs a faraway dream, they need to concentrate on improving their game and working together for next season. Their 3 point game is almost nonexistent at this point and would prove to be a great asset if they could get control it.
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