- The big story last night dealt with the Pistons' plane needing to make an emergency landing after a "distress call." Apparently there were "problems with the hydraulics operating the aircraft’s left-side landing gear," but it was never serious and the 44 passengers didn't even know about it until they landed safely. I'm not an aerospace engineer, but my wife's dad is as smart as one and he says that even if a major system failed, aircrafts have enough backups so that a single failure wouldn't pose any real problems. We have exclusive audio from the cockpit right before the safe landing.
ShirleySurely, there's a good joke in here about Austin Daye flying the plane from three-point range and everyone being safe because he can't hit anything from out there, right? Right? Someone smarter/funnier than me (anyone) want to clean/change that up for a laugh? Kthnx. [Really bad Daye stats from MrHappyMushroom]
- Before the Pistons embarked on a two-game road trip, and four games in the next five nights, they held their first practice in 11 days [via MLIVE]:
- The Pistons are 26th in the NBA in FG-percentage (42-percent). Per mySynergySports, they're worst at scoring on Isolayshaun (32-percent), off screen (34-percent), and pick-and-roll ball handler shots (35-percent).
- Even if they don't mean it, the players are saying the right things this season: Rodney Stuckey says he would be just fine with a bench role:
- Vincent Goodwill reported on Twitter that Charlie Villanueva did not make the trip, so he will be out at least the next two games. Will Bynum is day-to-day, which sounds healthier than just being Daye.
"As opposed to trying to cure all your ills, you just put a couple things under the microscope," Frank said, then rattled them staccato, mostly related to shrinking the floor defensively though post digs, pick-and-roll defense, not chasing shot fakes, and "multiple efforts to get back into the play."
Offensive work focused on sets and reads, and pick-and-roll execution, Frank said.
"I think starting is only getting your name called at the beginning of the game," Stuckey said. "I'm just trying to help my team win." [...]
Stuckey said he has "no ego" one way or the other. He said he's far more concerned with recovering fully from his injury, something that will only take time.
"Nah, I don't really care. If I start or come off the bench, I'm blessed," Stuckey said. "Whether I'm the sixth man, seventh man, I don't worry about that."
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