Tag:Cheikh Samb
Posted on: November 8, 2008 4:53 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2008 8:45 am
 

Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics Preview

Round 1: Boston Celtics (5-1) at Detroit Pistons (4-1)


It's time for the first battle of the year between these two teams. Last year's Eastern Conference Finals teams and still the best two teams in the East. Anyone that watched these games last year knows how exciting and heated they were. Richard Hamilton and Ray Allen were always at each other’s throats, Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett battling in the post, Paul Pierce and Tayshaun Prince playing out on the perimeter, and Chauncey Billups and Rajon Rondo battling at the point. Not to mention watching bench players like Jason Maxiell and Glen "Big Baby" Davis coming in and making an impact. All the games were decided in the final minutes, and stay intense all throughout the entire game. These were some of best games out of all the games in the last NBA season. The rivalry from the 80s between Bird with the Celtics and Isaiah and the Bad Boys with the Pistons seems to be back in full force now.

This game has added a new and interesting element now. Newly acquired Allen Iverson (traded from Denver Nuggets for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb) will be playing his second game for the Pistons. He looks to be the guy who can get the Pistons back to the Finals, and the Celtics will be the team standing in their way. AI played very well in his first game. He scored 24 points on 50% field goal shooting and 11 for 13 at the free throw line. He also added in 6 assists and 1 steal to complete is first game in Detroit. Despite his play, the Pistons weren't able to defeat the Nets and suffered their first loss of the season. He has shown that he is willing to adapt to the Pistons style. He only shot the ball 12 times, and was passing the ball a lot in trying to be more of a distributor. He also was playing defense. Now, Devin Harris did go score a lot, but he was scoring on everyone, not just AI.

The Pistons are 4-1 at the top of the Central Division so far. Their only loss came to the Nets where Devin Harris exploded for 38 points. They have got off to a good start this year. All their players are continuing to play very good, but a few players have stepped so far this year. Tayshaun Prince has been the best player for the Pistons so far. He has 16.4 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 1.2 blocks per game, 46.6% field goal percentage, and 58.3% 3-point percentage. He has continued to play very well on the defensive end, and is rebounding very well so far. He also is looking more consistent on the offensive end, being able to get to basket or hit the outside shot. Amir Johnson is the Pistons' starting center this year, and he has played very well so far. He has been contributing some on offense, but has mainly been a factor on defense. He has been able to use his athleticism to get rebounds and forcing turnovers. He won't be lighting up the stat sheet, but he will contribute a lot to this team.

The Celtics are leading the Atlantic Division at 5-1.Their only loss has come to the Pacers where they just seemed to an off game. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett continue to lead Boston with their great play. Pierce has 17.8 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, 1.3 steals per game, and 4.3 assists per game. KG has 15.7 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 1.3 steals per game. Ray Allen has also chipped in 14.7 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. Rajon Rondo, Leon Powe, and Kendrick Perkins have all been contributed very well to Boston as well.

Key Matchups of the game:

Leon Powe vs. Jason Maxiell

These two guys might not play head to head very much, but it will important to see which guy will come off the bench and contribute most to their team. Maxiell will be needed to provide tons of energy, rebounding, and defense. He needs to get a few highlight blocks and dunks to get his team pumped up. Powe will need to rebound and provide low post scoring. These will be the two key players coming off the bench for this game.

Allen Iverson vs. Rajon Rondo

Both have lots of speed and athleticism, and both will be at the point for their teams. It will be interesting to see if Rondo can keep AI from having a great game today. Even more interesting will be if AI can keep Rondo from scoring a lot as well.

Paul Pierce vs. Tayhaun Prince

The two wingmen will be battling all night long. Both will be their team's best perimeter defender, and it will be important to see who can slow down the other more. It will be fun to watch these guys battle outside and battle for rebounds. Very key matchup here.

Ray Allen vs. Richard Hamilton

This is probably the most fun matchup to watch. Former UConn guards will be in a tough battle with each all night. Every time these two play, they’re in each other's faces and fighting for position all throughout the game. There will be fouls called, and there will be 3-point shots made. It will be important to see which guy can impact their team the most.

Kevin Garnett vs. Rasheed Wallace

Battle of the big men. Sheed vs. KG is the most important matchup of the game. These two big men anchor their team in the post on offense and defense. They will fight for boards, they will battle for points, and they will see who can score the most points outside the paint.

 

It's going to be a great game to watch, so I suggest you drop change any plans you already have so you can watch this game. It's on at 6:00 pm ET Sunday, November 9th. Get ready for an Eastern Conference showdown at the Palace tomorrow night. And if everything goes right, my Pistons will win!

Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:54 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2008 3:51 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Detroit

Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb


Joe Dumars has kept his promise of shaking things up, and really meant it when he said no one was safe. He traded the 2004 NBA Finals MVP in Billups, who has been leading the helm in Detroit for 6 years now and has helped the Pistons get to the Eastern Conference Finals every year. However, the last couple years he has had a mentality that has seem to rub off on most of the Pistons team. They have seem to think they can only play when they feel like it, and they have enough talent to win when the want to.....with our without the coach's help. He is still a great PG, but nothing like he was in 2004.

Allen Iverson is one of the league's best scorers. He can score from anywhere on the court at any time. He knows how to drive, he knows how to shoot jumpers, and he knows how to shoot 3's. He may not be able to defend other shooting guards because of his height, but he can play very good defense on the point guards who are closer to his size. He also has the ability to pass the ball very well when he wants to. On his previous teams (76ers and Nuggets), he wasn't asked to do this much so he might not have been able to show it very well. However, if the Pistons need him to he can distribute the ball sometimes. He is a shoot first PG, but can pass very well.

Now you can't overlook Tayshaun Prince's ability to pass as well. Prince has become a point forward at times for the Pistons recently. He can bring the ball down, and handle it very well. If they want A.I. to focus on scoring, they can have Prince worry about distributing and handling the ball. He can do very well in this role if the Pistons need him. Tayshaun might not put up great numbers, but he is a very good player that can contribute big time to a championship team.

Losing Antonio McDyess does hurt; there's no lying about that. He has provided good defense and offense down in the low post for us. He was a constant double-double threat in the starting lineup or off the bench. There is a chance Denver will buyout his contract and he could sign back with Detroit. However, we still have players like Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell, and Kwame Brown that can step up and make up for his loss. Maxiell and Amir are a year older (and wiser) now. Both can provide very good defense, rebounding, and energy. Kwame might not be a great player, but he can play when the Curry calls upon him.

Rodney Stuckey will no doubt get more playing time, and be looked at to come in and be the floor general and provide some leadership off the bench. He has shown in last years playoffs that he is improving quickly, and he can be great off the bench for the Pistons.

The money situation has also improved. The Pistons no longer have to worry about Chauncey's contract, and Iverson's expires this year. That is a big plus in the financial area for Detroit.

Iverson looks to bring veteran leadership and great scoring to the Pistons. At 35 years old, he is still very quick and very agile. He can play 38-40 minutes every game (has only played under 39 minutes one time in his entire career). He is not a selfish player as some might think. He has been working very well with the rest of the offense in Denver. Their defense was just horrible, and that is what made the team look worse. When in Philly, he had to no one to work with. The best player on the 2001 roster (when took the 76ers to the NBA Finals) was Dikembe Mutombo at 34 years old! Now if he was able to take that team to the NBA Finals, what do you think he can do with the Pistons?

A.I. looks to finally get the NBA championship title he deserves. Like Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen of last year, he is a Hall of Fame player who has been stuck on teams that couldn't contend, but now he goes to a team that has a great shot at the NBA championship.
Posted on: April 14, 2008 1:37 pm
 

Pistons future: Better than ever?

As many know the Pistons are no young team. All of their starters, other than Tayshaun Prince, are over 30 years old. The team's average age is 28. They have been in title contention since the last 5-6 years (yet have only won 1 title! ), but this very well may be their last year to win another one for awhile. Then we will go into the infamous "rebuilding stage" for a few years. But after those rebuilding years, will the team be back in title contention again? Can they win another (maybe more than one) championship? Their young talent points towards another title in Detroit's future (other than this year of course ).

This year's rookies, Aaron Afflalo and Rodney Stuckey, have been huge off the bench for us. They have also filled in as starters when one of the original starters where out for a game or two. Both have looked great, and can only get better as they gain experience. Jason Maxiell is starting to be the new "Beast of the East" in Detroit. He could very well have been a starter this year, and may be in the near future. Amir Johnson has raw potential, but oh what great potential it is. He is only 20 years old, and will get stronger and smarter with age. He could be something special. Another raw player is Cheikh Samb, the amazing shot blocker from Dakar, Senegal. If he can add some size, he could be a good center in the future. Then we will have our team leader, Tayshaun Prince. He will be an experience veteran and have what it takes to step up and be the captain and heart of the team. This may be the Pistons lineups in 3-5 years:

PG- Rodney Stuckey
SG- Aaron Afflalo
SF- Tashaun Prince
PF- Jason Maxiell
C- Cheikh Samb

6th man- Amir Johnson

Now it may just be the homer in me, but that could be a very dangerous starting 5 and 6th man. Great scoring back court, and great defending front court. Some dangerous weapons all around. If these guys live up to their potential and turn out to the players all of us Detroit fans hope and pray they will be, the Pistons could be back on top and winning championships again.
 
 
 
 
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