Smack / Feb 20, 2009 / 6:01 am

Throwback Thursday

Allen IversonAllen Iverson (photo. Land)

Last Friday, at All-Star Weekend media day, we sat in for a couple minutes while Allen Iverson talked about his disappointing half-season with the Pistons. Long story short, A.I. wasn’t diplomatic about letting everyone know that he hasn’t been playing “my game,” as reporters around him — after so many years of calling him a jacker and a ball-hog — were now asking why he wasn’t shooting the ball more. Last night Iverson played his game, looking like the dude we all watched grow up at Georgetown and in Philly. He was launching everything in the fourth quarter of Pistons/Spurs, as Detroit’s offensive movement came to a complete stop every time Iverson (31 pts, 13-28 FG, 7 asts) got the ball. Aside from the occasional Rasheed Wallace pick, Deeeee-troit basketball consisted of A.I. trying to bust Bruce Bowen or Tony Parker‘s ankles while Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Antonio McDyess and ‘Sheed stood around and watched … Two things, though: Iverson had to do it, and it was working. You can’t knock A.I. too much for dominating the ball down the stretch, because no one else on his team was helping him out. ‘Sheed went 4-for-17, and Prince, Rip and Rodney Stuckey combined to go 6-for-23. And because A.I. was getting buckets, the Pistons made a fourth-quarter comeback and almost won the game. He hit a step-back over Bowen to bring Detroit within one, then blew past Parker for a go-ahead scoop shot at the 1:15 mark. But Parker (19 pts, 11 asts) put San Antonio back up on a pair of free throws after Wallace clobbered him in the lane, and the Pistons never scored again … Down by one with about 10 seconds left — after Iverson had been Detroit’s only offense all night and scored almost 40 percent of the team’s points — why did Michael Curry have ‘Sheed take the big shot? And after Bowen came down with the rebound and got fouled, Gregg Popovich went nuts because he thought Bowen called a timeout before the foul. Why was that a big deal? Because Pop didn’t want Bowen taking those potentially game-clinching free throws. If you’re Bowen, though, aren’t you just a little insulted that your coach was THAT adamant about it? Bowen had to be flipping a mental middle finger when he drained both freebies … Tim Duncan‘s line: 18 points, 18 boards, three blocks … Bad news for the Spurs, though, as they learned Manu Ginobili will be out 2-3 weeks with a right ankle injury (not the one that kept him out earlier this year) … On the same day we posed the “Who’s Better?” argument between Paul Millsap and David Lee, it was a big night for underrated, drafted-too-late, workhorse power forwards everywhere. Jason Maxiell had a ridiculous dunk where it looked like Matt Bonner catapulted him to the rim, and in the only other game on Thursday’s schedule, Celtics/Jazz, Leon Powe and Millsap had their highlights. Powe had a nasty tip dunk in the second half, and Millsap banked in a HUGE jumper off the glass, plus-one, that gave Utah the lead with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter. (Kevin Harlan’s call on the play: “HA! HAAA-HAAAA!”) … The Celtics were up going into the fourth, but couldn’t get anything going as Paul Pierce (20 pts, 7-19 FG) bricked jumper after jumper and Kevin Garnett was unavailable after hurting his knee in the first half. And of course, knowing Doc Rivers, no KG means too much Brian Scalabrine. Looking and playing about as awful as Michael Rapaport in the All-Star Celebrity Game, Scalabrine fouled out in 11 minutes and continually blew his assignment by leaving Mehmet Okur open to knock down shots … Matt Harpring gave the Jazz the lead with 1:01 left on a wide-open J from the foul line off a Deron Williams dime, and after Ray Allen missed a layup and Harpring ripped the rebound from his hands, Deron (18 pts, 10 asts) crossed up Ray right-to-left and dropped the dagger in his eye with 20 seconds left … No word yet on Garnett’s condition, but a returning Charles Barkley made his most astute observation of the night when he said, “If anything happens to him, they’re cooked.” … In case you somehow didn’t hear, Thursday was trade deadline day in the NBA. The biggest deal was a late submission: Rafer Alston going to Orlando (after Jameer Nelson opted for season-ending shoulder surgery) in a three-team deal that sent Kyle Lowry and Brian Cook to Houston, and the Magic’s first-round pick to Memphis. Other notable deals included Larry Hughes and Chris Wilcox going to the Knicks for assorted crap, and Shelden Williams (to Minnesota) and Rashad McCants (to Sacramento) trading places. So apparently we’re gonna let this “Shelden Williams as an NBA player” thing go on a little longer before he inevitably ends up like Omar Epps at the end of Love & Basketball, playing Stedman to Candace Parker‘s Oprah … We’re out like The Landlord …

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  • baron

    I think Mike Curry is a p.o.s. coach personally.

  • jk

    wish some bigger trades went down – disappointing…

    go sonics!

  • kneegrowplz

    1sttt

  • kenadams

    First?

  • kenadams

    Deron Williams – biggest all star snub

  • EvanD10

    Jason Williams, the once-flashy veteran point guard, has filed a letter with the NBA to seek immediate reinstatement into the league, an internal NBA memo revealed on Thursday.

  • Scott

    You’d think Sheldon could get some pointers. lol

  • LakeShow84

    I hate the fact that mentioning Shelden Williams and Candace Parker in the same sentence is valid..

  • Dave

    Jazz owner Larry H. Miller passed away today…..everyone in the NBA will miss him, he has been a great advocate for the league and hopefully the Jazz survive without him and they don’t get crazy and let Jerry Sloan go.

  • mavs all the way

    may you rest in peace, Larry Miller.

  • http://www.alltexasforums.com rangerjohn

    in pops defense, bowen DID call time out BEFORE the foul. he had the ball in hand and before he even hit the ground (where the foul happened) he was yelling TIME OUT!!! and bowen knows he is only shooting like 40% from the FT line

  • V

    wathcing the dettiot game yesterday was very dissapointing all game AI was trying to” fit in” and get people involved but nothing was going in for anyone except him. He had to take over cuz he was the only one willing try to get things done. The rest of the team played so bad its like do you even wanna win?? No passion no drive whatsoever like even stuckey was pretty flat. They could of had that win they were never down more than like 6 and in the first they went on a 9-0 run. Soooo dissapointing

  • Taj

    Dime…You killed me today!!!! What was up with the site? I thought our administrators had me blocked for having a peek at the Dime Pieces….

  • Flying_Aussie_Dutchman

    @ V

    As a Piston fan… You nailed it. This season will bomb. But with all the cap space in the next couple years. Should be interesting. They mentioned Pistons could sign Carlos Boozer. Dunno if wise move. His a beast when healthy.. WHEN healthy

    A.I and McDyess are the only Pistons that are playing with heart – The only two that are dying for a ring i guess

  • michael lee

    omar epps cannot play basketball