Detroit Pistons Struggle But Still Win Game 3
Detroit coasts to a game three victory … The Pistons make it rain from beyond the arc, compensating for their mistakes … Should Orlando surrender now? … Can we lobby Commissioner Stern to end this thing after three games … Will game four be Grant Hill’s final NBA game? … Click here for your exclusive analysis …
What Happened: didn’t bring their A-game. They got outworked, trailed early, and took three technical fouls.
But it didn’t matter. The Pistons still beat the by a score of 93-77 to take a convincing 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Detroit compensated for their mistakes by making three-point shots. scored a game-high 23 points, connecting on 3-of-5 three-point attempts. finished with 21 points, hitting 2-of-3 three-point attempts. And scored 15 points, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
The Magic couldn’t counter the Pistons’ hot shooting. had a strong game, scoring a team-high 27 points to go with 4 assists.
But everyone else struggled for Orlando. , still battling the flu, had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Magics’ game-two stars, and Hedo Turkoglu, turned in sub-par performances. Hill only had 8 points. Turkoglu chipped in with just 10 points. Even worse, the duo shot a miserable 6-for-22 from the field.
Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando.
Reaction of Detroit guard Chauncey Billups on what the win means:
"It was a great win for us. It showed our experience, our poise, staying composed in adverse situations.” (ESPN)
Reaction of Detroit Coach Flip Saunders on the three-point shot:
"Those are plays that are killers when they’re against you. When they happen for you, they give you a nice cushion." (CNNSI)
Reaction of Orlando Coach Brian Hill on what game four means:
"Game 4 is a pride game. This is our building. We let them come in and get a win. We’ve got to try to establish ourselves and not let them end the series here." (ESPN)
My Take: I think this series needs to end-and now. Can we wrap it up a game early? Can the Magic pull a UFC and tap-out on the floor? A wave of a white towel would also work. Okay, Orlando’s done.
The Magic should use game four to evaluate what they have for the future. The players’ character is being tested in this series. Will they continue to compete or fold for the summer?
This could be Grant Hill’s final NBA game. The veteran is considering retirement. Hopefully, the Magic organization and fans will pay tribute in some small way-even if Hill, himself, doesn’t want to be recognized.
The Pistons should end this thing on Saturday. Don’t let the series linger. Don’t let the Magic get any confidence. Their veterans could use the rest. Besides, other playoff rounds won’t be so easy.
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