Paul Shirley was cut by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Will Blalock who had been drawing praise had a tough night with Boykins.

"In one illuminating stretch in the second quarter, on back-to-back possessions, Pistons rookie Will Blalock lost the ball near half-court when pint-sized Nuggets guard Earl Boykins popped it out of his control.
It was that kind of night. By halftime, Blalock had four fouls as Boykins drew contact driving into the lane. The Eastern Michigan graduate had 11 points at halftime and finished with 17."