The Pistons lost to the Bobcats in the closing minute of their game Saturday night 95-99. Wins, losses and lottery balls aside, what happened to this team that suddenly got them pointing in the right direction, even though it may be detrimental to their future lottery chances?

Key Points:

  • Seven lead changes in the final five minutes of the game had Detroit right in there to win this one.
  • “There have been a number of games what we have played hard,” Detroit coach John Kuester said. “It’s good for the guys to know that they can compete against any team in the league. Our guys worked extremely hard, so I was proud of them.” Via NBA.com
  • No Rodney Stuckey, Rip Hamilton or Chris Wilcox.
  • Ben Gordon again led the Pistons with 21 points on 7-for-20 shooting (ouch). He couldn’t hit early, but got in his groove in the second half. He did add 7 assists, a steal, 2 boards and a blocked shot. He’s playing more D than Charlie V.

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  • Ben Gordon Highlights, check out the 2 pretty behind the back assists.

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  • I don’t really care at this point to root for them to lose, sadly their three game winning streak did more damage than anything.  The Pistons are now sitting in the 6th spot for worst record in the NBA with just two games left.
  • Wallace with 10 boards, 6 points, a steal and a blocked shot. I sure hope he decides to come back next season. Boy I never thought I would be saying that.
  • Will Bynum with 12 points, 3 boards, 2 steals, 2 assists and a shot to tie the game in the closing seconds. Bynum is the kind of guy with heart, determination and pride that Detroit needs on this team. I have a feeling that some other team will be aware of him and give him that big deal he deserves this off-season. I just hope that team is Detroit. Either way I’m a “Trill” fan for life.
  • If you missed this one, all you need are these highlights of the game.

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  • 14 points for Maxie, who’s looked so good the second half of the season.
  • Charlie V scored 12 with 7 boards in 25 minutes. Interesting article that I totally agree with on Charlie by Vince Ellis of the Free Press – Villanueva needs to take a good look in the mirror.
  • I can’t believe I will be going to the last game of this season. I can’t remember the last time I knew it was going to be the last home game…ah what a playoff run.
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7 Responses to Down to the wire in Charlotte

  1. KleenGee says:

    It’s definitely weird knowing the last game is coming this early in the year and tomorrow’s game is not on NBA broadband :(

    If the Pistons do not get one of the top 3 picks, I don’t think it’s so bad. Many of the top big picks in recent years haven’t panned out yet for teams (Beasley, Oden, Griffin, Thabeet). It might be better to trade for someone like Kevin Love, who might be on the market this summer, and he’s already proven himself.

  2. J.D. Mo says:

    OK, so you played Ben Gordon and won some games, kinda like last year when Rip and Sheed sat out and AI and the kids won 8 out of ten. So, when will you wake up and get rid of Rip — or shall we run the Michael Redd/ Tracy McGrady cancer test?

  3. Drew says:

    Not a bad result considering we were playing a healthy playoff team and on our 4th game in 5 nights. Things keep looking up for next year I guess.

  4. #1 pistons fan says:

    nice job u start to win games when were kicked out of the playoffs?????
    heloo u should of done that a long time ago, and we need a good draft pick!
    why are you still winning games?????

  5. Jesse says:

    I know, this is driving me crazy….Just when this team starts doing something right like lose 11 in row and is climbing the lottery standings to where they can grab the 3 spot, they start beating teams they have no business beating and now we will probably be in the 5 to 10 range when we could have been 1 to 5.

    Even if you’re a player, shouldn’t you be looking at this like, “well, I suppose if I had a choice I’d rather play with Derrick Favors than Patrick Patterson for the next few seasons”? It’s really dumb that the organization has to pretend that they still want to compete when everyone knows it’s in their best interest to lay down and gear up for next year.

  6. Rick says:

    It’s definitely weird knowing the last game is coming this early in the year and tomorrow’s game is not on NBA broadband :(

    If the Pistons do not get one of the top 3 picks, I don’t think it’s so bad. Many of the top big picks in recent years haven’t panned out yet for teams (Beasley, Oden, Griffin, Thabeet). It might be better to trade for someone like Kevin Love, who might be on the market this summer, and he’s already proven himself.

  7. Patrick says:

    It’s definitely weird knowing the last game is coming this early in the year and tomorrow’s game is not on NBA broadband :(

    If the Pistons do not get one of the top 3 picks, I don’t think it’s so bad. Many of the top big picks in recent years haven’t panned out yet for teams (Beasley, Oden, Griffin, Thabeet). It might be better to trade for someone like Kevin Love, who might be on the market this summer, and he’s already proven himself.

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