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Revenge Is Not A Factor For The Bullets In Motown

15 November 1996. Detroit Pistons 95, Washington Bullets 84 (record: 3-5)
Game leaders: Whitney (18 points), Muresan, Murray (6 rebounds), Strickland (9 assists)

Detroit may be one of the surprise teams of the year, having lost only one game thus far, but the Bullets wanted to get revenge for their loss earlier this week. The Bullets vowed to get revenge, but the Pistons had the last laugh.

I caught the first six minutes of the game on replay, and the Bullets were having problems containing the Pistons again, as they raced out to a large early lead. This game was also played at a rather slow pace, as both teams had only 30 rebounds, an inordinately low number.

What killed the Bullets was the Pistons' 55.9% shooting from the field, combined with 5 of 10 shooting from 3-point land. And the cold 3rd quarter, where they scored only 12 points to the Pistons' 30. The Pistons execute excellent offense, something one would hope the Bullets could eventually do. However, the Bullets don't have the 3-point threats that the Pistons do (Dumars, Hunter, Mills), all of whom are shooting over 40% from that range.

So, the Bullets squander this opportunity for a revenge, and a chance to get back to .500. Interesting note: this is the first time that both Juwan and CWebb have been able to play together in a road game at Detroit in the past 2 years. Also, do you think Juwan is wondering if he perhaps should have taken the Pistons $113M offer last off-season more seriously?

wtf 18 November 1996

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