Detroit center Mehmet Okur is expected to be out until after the All-Star break because of an injured back.
Okur scored eight points in Saturday's loss at Dallas after missing two straight games with back spasms.
"He went to see the doctor and everything came back clear," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Monday night. "He did not make the trip to New Jersey and we plan on sitting him until after the All-Star break."
Originally posted by <b>MightyReds2020</b>!
Finally a 'real' game!
Good match-ups, should be interesting:
1. Kidd vs Billups - Both are very physical although completely different type of offensive players.
2. Kittles vs Hamilton - Lean, long athletes who move well without the ball.
3. RJ vs Prince - All world talents. Explosiveness vs Smoothness.
4. KMart vs Big Ben - Enough said!
5. A-Train vs Campbell(?) - Good offensive talents. Not much else.
6. Rogers vs Williamson - Undersized, bulky forwards going head to head.
Will be a good game. :yes:
Good stuff.By the way...
7. Armstrong and Milicic will compete for the best "Will I Get One Minute?"-look!
We had a nice 4 game streak going until Okur got hurt and then we promptly lost 3 in a row. Because he is such a talented jump shooter opposing centers have to guard him out to the 3-point line which gives Chauncey and Rip a lot of room to work in the paint, we are a definately a different team without him in. Simply put, we don't play well without him.Originally posted by <b>NYCbballFan</b>!
I hadn't realized before reading your preview that the Pistons have lost 3 straight games. I'm not sure why they're struggling and I'd like to get a good look at them tonight.
I don't know much about Rodney's relationship with either coach, but maybe he's just more comfortable now that he's getting consistent minutes. Even though Byron favored him over Veal, Rodney still visited the dog house every once in a while, and neither his nor Veal's roles were as clearly defined as they are now. When you think about it, it makes sense to give Rodney more minutes (unless he's playing absolutely terrible), since Veal can probably deal better with inconsistent PT and still be able to contribute whenever called upon (think Luis Sojo for the Yanks a couple of years ago).Originally posted by <b>Petey</b>!
I'm so shocked his run is still going strong. I can see how Scott hindered Zoran, but was he doing something to Rogers?
The guys on tnt (especially barkley) hate the nets. I remember watching a pre game show against the magic when we were 22-20 or something like that and they said we were playing down to the level that we really were and we never deserved to go to the finals the last two years, and they said that we had a bad team.Originally posted by <b>catcher</b>!
what happened at halftime? I heard from the nj.com boards about the tnt crew dissing frank and calling the firing a mistake.
Plus, maybe the Zone D although Larry Brown might figured it out come playoffs time.Originally posted by <b>NYCbballFan</b>!
Last thought. The Pistons game reinforces the idea the Nets will beat the Pistons in a play-off series because of defense, Frank and Kidd.
I had the same thought. The Pistons started off the game looking superior in every facet of the game. They were scoring inside, shooting outside and in transition. They were defending and the Nets were losing their cool. So, they had a good game-plan starting the game. Then, Frank made some adjustments and the Pistons offense shut down.I thought a coach at Brown's caliber should've done a better job?!