Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Game 37: Pistons @ Nuggets

(Boulder-CO) Tonight the Nuggets host the Pistons with a familiar friend, Allen Iverson. For the big reunion, I needed some psychological help and who better to turn to than Natalie Sitto of Need4Sheed? So there I was, horizontal on a leather button couch with the tables reversed as I was the one seeking help from a doctor for a change. "Dr." Natalie Sitto and I then proceeded with a free association session centered on Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups… Go figure!”

My answers are over at Need4Sheed but you can read all of which Natalie associates with former Nugget Allen Iverson right here.


ND: Likes

N4S: Like the fact that Iverson breaks down the defense. Detroit had always been more of a jump shooting team so With Stuckey and AI on court at the same time Detroit has two players that can drive to the lane and either put up the layup or dish to the open man. I like his durability, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I like the fact that he's trying to fit into Detroit's style of play, doing his best on the defensive end while making a point to take over games only when he's needed.

ND: Dislikes

N4S: Nothing much to do about concerning Iverson himself, it has more to do with how he fits with the team. Coach Curry's first plan of action with a Iverson at the point didn't really work. Then his small lineup with Stuckey at the point AI at the 2 and Rip 3 Tay 4 and Sheed at center didn't work either. With Rip sidelined everyone in their correct positions things have started to gel. What happens when Hamilton returns from his injury is anyone's guess.

Oh, and I'm not a big fan of the colored socks.

ND: Changes they brought

N4S: A go to guy that demands attention. Detroit has a stacked starting lineup that can each have the hot hand on any given night. Add Iverson to the mix and opposing teams don't know who to concentrate on. And Detroit finally got the Superstar they always craved.

ND: Surprises

N4S: AI's willingness to defer to his teammates. This isn't the Iverson I have seen in the past, he's dishing the ball so much that sometimes you just want him to take the shot himself.

Another surprise, the fact that he skipped a practice after only being with the team a couple of weeks. Sure it was on Thanksgiving, but everyone else showed up.

ND: Expectations

N4S: A good showing in the Playoffs. Detroit has underachieved the past four seasons so if they just beat who they should, I'll be happy. My expectations are more set for the future. Chauncey may be Denver's future, AI is Detroit's way to the future.

Be sure to go check my answers by clicking the link above and a big thanks to Natalie for taking the time to "examine" me.

Go Nuggets!

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