A few extra tidbits from tonight’s 107-94 win over the Detroit Pistons:
> The Wizards received a little extra motivation earlier today before tonight’s game. Team owner Abe Pollin paid his players a visit and offered encouragement, hoping to do his part toward helping Washington beat the Pistons, who remain one of the elite teams of the East.
“We had a good talk with Abe Pollin today. He gave us a lot of confidence and boosted us up,” Andray Blatche said. “He pretty much wanted us to win this game for him and for ourselves and thats what we came out and did. Dominic [McGuire] came off the bench great, Nick [Young] contributed, I did my thing, we just had a lot of energy.”
> When asked about his highlight worthy dunk on Rasheed Wallace, Blatche revelled in it for just a second before quickly recounting a lesson Wallace taught him immediately after:
“Oh, man. That was crazy. That was crazy. I don’t know what got into me,” he said of the play in which he stood on the perimeter, pumpfaked then blew baseline past Sheed and then threw down a tomohawk jam. “It was just there for me and I did it. But then he came back down and hit the [3-pointer] and said, ‘That’s what I do to people that dunk on me.’ It was crazy, though.”
> Dominic McGuire had his best game of the season, notching six points — including a rare 3-pointer from the right corner and then coming right back with a two-handed putback jam that gave Washington an 80-71 lead and forced a Detroit timeout. Dom also had a steal and a key block. On McGuire’s big 3-pointer, Tapscott said “That corner jump shot, we have been working on that a LOT the last year when I was director of player development, so I was glad to see that fall for him tonight.”
> After getting outrebounded 49-24 in their first meeting of the season — a 117-109 loss — the Wizards narrowly outdid the Pistons 39-34 on the boards.
Caron Butler soundbites:
“We had four quarters of consistency. Early on we got behind, but I would rather see us get behind early than get behind late. I knew a surge was coming. We did a great job of putting ourselves back into the game and staying competitive. Our young guys were just unbelievable tonight. … They did some unique things out there and got themselves and the crowd energized and we jsut fed off it.”
Rip Hamilton soundbite:
“We played well int he first quarter, but we did not play well the three quarters after taht. Being up by 15 and losing by 13 is a crazy turnaround. … A loss is a loss. The last three losses have been really tough for us because the same thing happened in Philadelphia. We were up by 15 and then we lost, so it was a tough loss.”
> Interesting note: The Wizards rallied twice in their first meeting this season with Detroit, but each time Chauncey Billups got his team back on track, directing strong surges to leave the Wizards in the dust. He’s now in Denver, which has gone 13-4 since the trade. Detroit has no floor general to set the tone for that great efficiency and is 7-9 with Iverson on board.