Detroit Sports Nation Giving the fans a voice Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:30:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Giving the fans a voice Detroit Sports Nation no Giving the fans a voice Detroit Sports Nation Zetterberg Could be Back Wednesday, Quincey Cleared to Practice Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:30:50 +0000 After taking the hits to the head on Saturday against the Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg skated for the first time since the incident in practice with the team.

It's expected that Zetterberg could be ready for the Red Wings' tilt on Wednesday against the New York Rangers, who have had a turnaround in the second half of the season and are playing some of their best hockey of the year.

Kyle Quincey has also been cleared to practice with the team again, which means a return won't be far off, if not a similar timetable as Zetterberg's return. He's been dealing with floating bone chips in his foot since August, and feared that with the pain suddenly too great to even walk on, he may have to have surgery, which would have had him on the shelf for six weeks.

Instead, after his consultation with an L.A.-area doctor, he's taking another anti-inflammatory which has reduced the pain enough that he's able to play again. Quincey has missed three games with the foot pain.


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Tigers News and Notes: Week 2 Begins In Lakeland Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:30:33 +0000 Fire up Detroit Tigers fans! The Boys of Summer started their second week of spring training in Lakeland, Florida today. Plenty of activity from Florida to be aware of, so let's get started.

Pictures From Florida

Let's just start with a quick picture post of some action shots of team workouts. These are of value not only because of the Detroit players in them, but, just to verify that there are places in North America that do not have snow and where the temperature is above freezing.

 Offense Gets Some Work

Yesterday was a big day for the defensive side of the ball with many pitchers getting some work. Today saw more offensive work. Members of the Tigers outfield, including Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Martinez, and Rajai Davis, took some batting practice.

Cabrera Working Hard

Miguel Cabrera continues to work his way back from off-season surgery and is progressing on a timetable that Brad Ausmus is comfortable with. He is still using the specific AlterG treadmill that was brought in on Tuesday.

Verlander Impressive So Far

Tigers catcher James McCann is happy with the way Justin Verlander is throwing this spring and has high hopes for a bounce back season by the right-hander.

Chad Smith Now With Oakland

Pitcher Chad Smith, designated for assignment with Detroit's re-acquisition of Joba Chamberlain, has been claimed off waivers by the Oakland A's.

Smith says that he is happy to be with his new team and that he enjoyed his time with the Tigers:

"Just met so many good people," he said. "They took a chance on me. I was in college when I blew out my elbow, and they were one of the few teams that still liked me, so it's hard. I met so many great people, and playing in Detroit was awesome. The fans were great -- all around, it was a first-class experience."

2015 Predictions and Prognostications

It's never too early to start the predictions for the upcoming season. has a couple of articles that discuss the possible All Stars for Detroit this year as well as some players to keep track of during spring training.

Brad Ausmus Joins Twitter

Looking for great Tigers coverage? Stick with us here at Detroit Sports Nation. Interested in the personal Twitter feed of manager Brad Ausmus? We've got that for you, as well.

Ausmus also showed steady confidence in Joe Nathan in an article with Chris Lott over at MLive.

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Flashback: Richard Hamilton Scores 31 Points in 2004 NBA Finals Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:30:34 +0000 On the heels of Richard Hamilton's official retirement from the NBA this afternoon, we felt it would only be fitting to take a look back at one of our favorite memories from his time in Detroit.

If often goes overlooked, but Richard Hamilton frequently turned his game up come playoff time. When points were typically more difficult to come by, Hamilton somehow found a way to buck the trend, tirelessly running off screens and filling lanes in transition en route to posting offensive numbers that often dwarfed his regular season contributions (his scoring average jumped from 17.6 to 21.5 in the 2004 playoffs, for instance).

Unfortunately, one of the unintended side effects of being a part of a champion squad known as the ultimate team is having a number of the individual performances all mesh into one collective effort. Sure, there's highlights. Tayshaun Prince blocked Reggie Miller. Chauncey Billups won the NBA Finals MVP award. But it must run deeper, yes?

To put it plainly, the Pistons were not going to the NBA Finals without Richard Hamilton. In a six game Eastern Conference Finals series against the Indiana Pacers that featured an average Pistons advantage of 75-73, Richard Hamilton somehow managed to pour in close to 24 points a night. We'll do the math, that's almost a third of his team's points. While every other player struggled through a defensive slug fest, Rip carved up Reggie Miller and the rest of the Pacers defense, staying true to his credo that said, "If I'm tired, I know my opponent's exhausted."

Following Detroit's six game victory over the Pacers, Hamilton reiterated his unsung status in the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, frequently matching up with, and harassing Kobe Bryant (it wasn't just a Tayshaun Prince lockdown, folks). On the other side of the ball, Hamilton's numbers dipped a bit from the previous series, but he was still liable to provide the type of performance he did in Game 3, where he poured in 31 points on 11-22 shooting. It would be the only time in the series a Piston would eclipse the 30-point mark. And after dropping a heartbreaker in Game 2 (thanks to Kobe Bryant's buzzer beating heroics), Hamilton's offensive response couldn't have been better timed.

In truth, his Game 3 performance was a showcase of everything we learned to know and love about Richard Hamilton during his time in Motown. There were mid-range jumpers, curls off screens leading to pump fakes and attacks, non-stop activity leading to extra opportunities inside, and repeated open court forays leading to silky smooth pull-ups.

In an era best remembered for teamwork and cohesion, it's also important to recall one the primary pieces that formed the whole.

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Stars' Benn avoids discipline for Zetterberg sucker-punch; NHL drops the ball again Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:30:00 +0000 Just as it does with it's officiating on a near nightly basis, the NHL continues to send mixed messages.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is currently absent from the lineup for the first time this season with concussion-like symptoms. The reason? A sucker-punch to the head from Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn. Zetterberg has missed the last two games and is expected to miss Detroit's next tilt against San Jose.

For all of the recent headlines that the NHL has made with regards to being dedicated to player safety and reducing concussions, something doesn't quite add up. Benn received zero supplemental discipline for his actions, only a lousy 2 minute minor. Zettberberg is still experiencing headaches and there's no telling when he'll be ready to return to the lineup.

Some people are quick to point out that Benn was being held by Zetterberg, and had every right to be upset. Tying up your opponent moments after a face-off is a routine play in hockey, while punching your opponent in the side of the head isn't. Zetterberg, being the classy captain that he is, said that he didn't have any issue with the NHL not disciplining Benn, but that's to be expected.

This isn't the first go-around with such an incident involving Zetterberg. At the conclusion of Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators, Zetterberg had his head slammed into the glass WWE style by Predators captain Shea Weber. The hit was of such force that it broke Zetterberg's helmet; he miraculously avoided any injury. Weber was fined a mere $2,500 for his actions - the equivalent of you and I being fined the pennies buried under the seat of the car.

There is no reason why Jamie Benn shouldn't be suspended a handful of games due to his actions, especially considering the fact that it caused an injury to one of the league's top players. But, just like the inconsistent calls on the ice, the NHL continues to be inconsistent in protecting it's players from head injuries.

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Richard Hamilton Officially Announces Retirement Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:13:05 +0000 Former Detroit Pistons shooting guard Richard Hamilton officially announced his retirement from the NBA this afternoon.

Hamilton had not played in an NBA game since the 2012-2013 season when appeared in 50 games for the Chicago Bulls. After sitting out the entire 2014 campaign to allow his body to recovery from years of on-court abuse, a lower limb injury this past October effectively squashed any possibility of an NBA return for the 37-year-old Hamilton.

"Early this year, I was looking forward to a comeback," said Hamilton. "Then I hurt my foot in October. So when I did that, I looked myself in the mirror and said, 'You know what? It might be my time. I got a lot of miles on my body, so I think I just need to let it go."

After winning a National Championship at Connecticut, Hamilton was selected seventh overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. Hamilton would play three seasons in Washington, teaming up with Michael Jordan in 2002 before being dealt to the Pistons in exchange for Jerry Stackhouse prior to the 2002-2003 season.

In Detroit, Hamilton would play a crucial role as a member of the 2004 NBA Championship team. While many are quick to recall Tayshaun Prince's chasedown block in Game 2 of that year's Eastern Conference Finals, it was the effectiveness of Richard Hamilton that ultimately swung the series in Detroit's favor. Over six games against the Indiana Pacers, Hamilton averaged 23.7 points on .474 percent shooting, nearly seven points greater than anyone else in the series (Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal registered 17.2 on .400).

All told, Hamilton played nine seasons with the Detroit Pistons, making three All-Star appearances to go along with his NBA Championship in 2004.



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