Forget Billups, the Pistons Miss McDyess
He added, "The reality is that I always thought that you should approach coaching just as college coaches do where whatever roster you have, that's what you have. College coaches, they can't go out during the season when they have injuries or poor play and go and sign other players. You have to find a way with your roster to get it done."
But as Curry admitted, so far, the rest of Detroit's big men reserves aren't getting it done. Curry moved McDyess back to the bench in training camp so that he could anchor the second unit as the primary scoring big man when Rasheed Wallace was on the bench. And while switching starting point guards on the fly from Chauncey Billups to Allen Iverson is an adjustment, not having McDyess' deadly midrange jumper available is just as disruptive to the offense.
"Right now with [Jason Maxiell] and Kwame [Brown], you don't have that shooter," said Curry before the game. "Now, these guys have strengths in their own area, but they're not Dyess. So we have to kind of change our rotation around to make up for that extra scoring and that ability Dyess had to spread the floor for us in the beginning of the second and fourth quarters."
After losing the game, Curry admitted that without McDyess' midrange jumper keeping the defense honest, the Celtics were able to clamp down on Rip Hamilton, who struggled with 0-8 shooting. "[Boston does] a really good job at jumping out and trapping Rip as he comes off the pindowns," said Curry. "They did that to Rip last season and they did it in the playoffs, so we just got to continue to do some things off of movement. ... But as you remember [in the playoffs], when they jumped out and trapped Rip really hard a couple of games, Dyess [had] really big games in which he really shot the ball well. When you jump out at Rip, that big has to be open. That big is just going to have to complete plays, whether he's making jumpers or he's finishing at the basket."
Whether McDyess will return to fill that void remains to be seen: he's expected to be waived today, and he won't be eligible to return to the Pistons until 30 days after he clears waivers, which should be Wednesday.
Previously on FanHouse:
Antonio McDyess Will Soon Be Able to Pick His Team