PIstons Defeat Celtics in Boston; I Owe Walter Hermann an Apology

Posted by Bob Biscigliano in ,

Just when everyone is starting to count the Pistons out, they turn it on. The Pistons rolled into Boston Sunday afternoon coming off a big win on national television against the Magic, but they were also coming off the team's worst month since 1995. I don't think anyone knew what to expect from them against the Celtics.

With Allen Iverson still ailing in Detroit with a stiff back, it was again up to Richard Hamilton and the Pistons to try and make do without their future Hall of Famer.

Just as it did Friday night, no Iverson posed as no problem.

Typically, when you're missing a player of AI's caliber you expect the team to struggle. Instead, the Stones improved their record to 6-1 without him, with their second victory in a row against a top three team in the Eastern Conference (although Kevin Garnett is injured for the Celtics).

Utilizing a very strong second quarter where the Pistons outscored the Celtics 35-25, the Pistons held on down the stretch to pull it out (that's what she said). Richard Hamilton scored 25 and had 9 assists to set the pace. Tayshaun scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

The Pistons claim they still need AI, but this type of play without him definitely has to make one wonder if they really do. Perhaps the Pistons are just making the politically correct statements to the media. It will be interesting to see what kind of role he is thrown into when he does come back and how the Pistons do as a result.

I do need to take this time to officially apologize to one Walter "Fabio" Hermann. The banana-hand man was on the butt-end of some of my cynicism the other night when he was put into the Hornets game with seconds remaining and missed a last second game tying shot. Essentially, I implied that he should not have been on the floor and I was upset with the decision. However, today he slapped me in the face with his pony tail and scored eight of his eleven points in that very important second quarter. Yeah he did it clumsily, but he did it and was a huge--and I emphasize huge--key to today's win. The other night, I got caught up in the Pistons losing streak and took my frustrations out on Hermann. I've always thought he's fun to watch because he's always hustling, has enormous Tony Robbins-hands that make the basketball look like a grape when he palms it; and, most importantly, has the hair that would make any woman melt on the spot. I'm sorry and way to do work today, Walter.

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