Rajon Rondo had 18 points and eight assists, outplaying Allen Iverson and the Pistons and leading the Boston Celtics to a 98-80 victory over Detroit on Thursday night.
Iverson had 16 points and four assists for Detroit, which fell to 4-3 since he was acquired from Denver for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. Those two helped the Pistons reach the conference finals, where they lost to Boston in six games as the Celtics went on to win their 17th NBA title.
The Pistons have reached an agreement with the Denver Nuggets to acquire guard Allen Iverson in exchange for Detroit mainstays Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. Young center Cheikh Samb, selected by the Los Angeles Lakers for the Pistons with the 51st overall pick in the 2006 draft, will also be going to Denver in the deal.
Joe Dumars who was reeling after yet another early postseason exit last year promised an off season shake up and he sure delivered. Not so sure it was a positive shake up though. Sending away arguably your best player and floor general in Chauncey Billups for a washed up and aging Allen Iverson. Not to mention one of your grittiest big men in the deal. Detroit who was picked to be another top contender in the East might have just fallen off of their high horse with this moronic move by their GM. Hey it helps the Sixers, I’ll take it.
Denver now looks to have a much better shot in the West adding perennial All-Star Chauncey Billups as a true point guard, something Denver has lacked in recent years. McDyess also gives Kenyon Martin some help in front court.