Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Iverson had a bad night as Pistons beat Nuggets


It's true that the Detroit Pistons still are a man-to-man defensive squad, but they have shown the ability to mix it up with some zone and an occasional double team. That made them win in the past.

However, the Pistons used just about every defensive trick at their disposal, all of which were needed, as they held on to defeat the Denver Nuggets, 98-93 on Monday night.

Indeed, Denver, led by two of the league's most explosive scorers in Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, shot just 36 percent from the field. Anthony and the popular "Answer" were a combined 15-of-39 from the field. In the pivotal fourth quarter, Denver's dynamic duo missed five of their six shots from the field.

"And to hold a side like that to 93 points in their building is pretty good," Detroit coach Flip Saunders expressed.

The strong Tayshaun Prince, one of three Pistons to score 20 points, talked about how the Pistons switched their defense when Anthony and Iverson got on a roll.

In fact, Detroit played some zone, did some tilting, and, at times, even double-teamed the two All-Stars. That forced other Nuggets, such as Linas Kleiza (eight points) and J.R. Smith (13 points), to make plays.

"But once we went back to man, we were able to get key stops and make some shots on the offensive end," Prince concluded.

Now Denver have one more reason to re-think their strategy.

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