With the Nuggets up nine, and threatening to pull away the fourth quarter, Will Bynum did everything he could to keep the Detroit Pistons the game. It started with a pass. Bynum got picked up by Harrington Anthony Collins Jersey on a defensive switch, and was easily able to dribble into the lane past the larger, slower defender. As two other Nugget players converged to stop Bynum’s penetration, he dumped the ball off to Daye cutting along the baseline for easy layup. That was about all the passing Bynum could be bothered with as he put on a scoring clinic the rest of the quarter, using his quickness to either get to the hoop or create separation for a step-back, mid-range jumper. It didn’t matter who the Nuggets assigned to contain Bynum, and they tried just about everyone, he simply couldn’t be stopped. The Pistons managed to trim the Nuggets’ lead to one with six minutes remaining, but were never able to take control.
Bynum continued to pour the points, finishing the final quarter with 17 on 8 shooting, but it was the former Pistons Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jersey point guard Chauncey Billups who slammed the door on Detroit’s rally. Billups, largely defended by Bynum, went on a fourth-quarter scoring binge of his own. the final five minutes of the game, Billups scored 14 points, including four three-pointers, living up the to the Mr. Big Shot nickname he earned hitting dozens of clutch shots on the Palace court. Bynum’s defensive woes were unfortunate, but somewhat expected. To be fair, he’s at a major size disadvantage trying to Billups, and it was clear that carrying the scoring load drained a significant portion of his energy. can’t capitalize on big opportunity When Stuckey went down with a shoulder injury late the first quarter, and Hamilton at home with the flu, found himself line for expanded role.
Yet, when the Pistons needed someone to step up on the offensive end, was only able to provide a brief spark before fizzling out. During a three-possession stretch the third quarter aggressively attacked off the dribble – knocking down a pull-up jumper from the free-throw line and drawing a pair of shooting fouls at the rim. It appeared he was ready to take over the game. Instead, he closed out the quarter missing two wide-open threes and giving up a steal that resulted a fast-break layup on the other end. After drawing a somewhat questionable offensive foul on the first possession of the fourth quarter, gave up a big to J.R. Smith after failing to get around off-the-ball screen. Kuester pulled shortly after, ending his night with more than nine minutes left the game. ‘s final numbers were pretty disappointing. He finished with 15 points on 4 shooting, one assist and three turnovers.
It should be noted, did perform admirably on the defensive end. Despite the aforementioned Smith, played aggressive, harassing defense on Billups and Smith during the second and third quarters, limiting the effectiveness of both players. played tough Coming into Wednesday’s contest with the Pistons, had been playing his best basketball over a month. Over ‘s last four, he had posted 29-point and seven-rebound averages. Against Detroit, he finished with 18 points after being held to 5 from the floor. managed to fill up other areas of the stat sheet, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists, but he was also coerced into five turnovers. Tayshaun deserves most of the credit for ‘s struggles, doing excellent job preventing him from establishing position on the low block, staying front of him when he faced the basket and forcing him to regularly settle for mid-range jump shots. It certainly didn’t hurt that the two times beat of the dribble the first quarter he blew the layup attempts.