With the World Series hitting an unusual 3.5 inning conclusion, it would not be a shock if the Pistons opener took many by surprise. As one local pundit also exclaimed, it would also not be a surprise to see less fans in the stands this year due to the local economy. This is an unusual situation for the Pistons and its fans who have lowered their expectations to levels not seen since the Carlisle-era. On a fall evening in Auburn Hills, Michael Curry won his first game as the newest head man in Detroit, defeating the Indiana Pacers in the process.
The result was not all that surprising considering the Pacers are counting on Danny Granger and Jarrett Jack to be major contributors this season. The short rivalry sparked by Ron Artest and Jermaine O’Neal is only a fleeting memory now, as are the wins in the Circle City. Curry’s gameplan helped bring the Pacers to their knees with a grinding style that will create close games throughout this season. His use of basically every Piston with a warm-up on, demonstrated that the success of this team relies heavily on the production off the bench.
Notes: Jason Maxiell confirmed today that he has signed a 4-year, $20 million deal with the Pistons. This deal locks up the Bearcat alum through 2013, barely beating the re-signing deadline.