The Good, the Bad, the Kitchen Sink

Updated: November 18, 2002, 7:13 AM ET
By By Terry Brown
The Good
Jerry Stackhouse: Thirty-six points on 11 of 15 from the field, 3 of 5 from long range and 11 of 11 from the line in a 104-95 loss to the Celtics last Friday night. Two years ago, he averaged 29.8 points per game playing against other shooting guards. Last year, he averaged 21.4 beating them. This year, it looks like he's trying to do both.

The Bad
Karl Malone: Two points on 1 of 6 shooting in 12 minutes in a 95-81 loss to Portland on Oct. 8. I know. I know. It was early in preseason, but by the end of it, John Stockton was still leading the Jazz in scoring at 11.3. Malone has gone from 31 ppg on 56 percent shooting in 1990 to 25.5 on 50 percent in 2000 to 23.2 on 49 percent in 2001 to 22.4 on 45 percent in 2002 to 10.4 on 43 percent this preseason. Yeah, 34,707 points is a long way to come. But 38,387 seems a lot further about now.

The Ugly
The Detroit Pistons held opponents to 38 percent shooting and 78.3 points per game this preseason, showing no signs of letdown despite their guard renovation, tightening the noose in the last two games of the preseason. The Pistons held Miami to 69 points as Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton gave up only eight points on 3 of 16 shooting to Travis Best, Eddie Jones, Anthony Carter and Eddie House. The Pistons then held the Wizards to 66 points as Billups and Hamilton gave up only 21 points on 7 of 21 shooting to Larry Hughes and Jerry Stackhouse.