The Pistons lose another to The Thunder

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It sure was looking like the #Pistons were going to get their first win Monday night.  After having control most of the way, Detroit let the Thunder go on a 17-2 run to open the fourth quarter, wiping out an 11-point lead in what was clearly the best defensively played game all season.  The Palace crowd could feel it, but a late turnovers and poor shot selection doomed the Pistons to a 92-90 loss.

Key Points:

  • Give it up to Jason Maxiell who may not make the stat sheet explode, but if not for him Detroit wouldn’t have had a chance in this one. We may think he should be the first off the bench, but he’s showing us otherwise. Jason finished with 13 points, 7 boards and 3 blocked shots.

Tayshaun PrinceTayshaun Prince: “Max was unbelievable for us, he was covering for a lot of our mistakes on the perimeter. It’s tough to swallow this one because guys put out a great effort for a long period of time in this game.”

  • Knight needs to make things right. His shot is off and he made some terrible decisions late in the game, even though he hit a critical 3-pointer in the final minutes to give the Pistons a 1-point lead. He shot just 2-of-13 for 8 points, with 6 assists and 4 boards. He did do a number on Westbrook making him take 25 shots to get to his game high 33.
  • Through three quarters, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were shooting a combined 13 for 37.
  • The crowd was willing the team to get the win. There may not have been a ton of people there on Monday night, but the ones that were there were loud and surprisingly proud.
  • The next time I look over to the bench when there is less than a minute left in the game and the team is trying to figure out their play to win a much needed ball game and I see Charlie V and Austin Day laughing and making jokes on the sideline. I’m going Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson on them. This time I’m running down to the court not up in the stands. Nobody is laughing Austin and Charlie…the only thing that’s funny is that the two of you have a job.
  • Drummond had a nice game with four points, six rebounds and two steals in 13 minutes.

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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He’s got to do much more than sporadically put up points to get back in most of our good graces. I feel like we have been waiting and waiting for him to break out…how long do we have to wait? You realize it’s been six years now?
  • Greg Monroe with 17 points, 6 boards, 2 assists and 4 steals. No twin towers sighing just yet, maybe we have to wait until they lose 15 game in a row before Frank will try it.

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  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • This team is better than this, and they proved that they can play. They just have no idea how to win.
  • Wednesday night in Philadelphia should be fun.
13 Responses to "The Pistons lose another to The Thunder"
  1. B.G says:

    Why did we Hire L.Frank? This dude coached the nets to an 0-16 starting record before he got the boot.

    I’m not sure what if Joe.D is the right person for the job anymore

  2. Nikhil says:

    I think L.Frank was more of a Tom Gores choice than Joe D’s. Joe actually wanted Mark Woodson. But, either way I think Lawrence will do fine. I am still patient even though I don’t like how he hasn’t pushed the panic button and played the twin towers together. Maybe he is looking at the whole season rather than short term gains. I just hope he knows what he is doing. If we can keep us last nights effort we have good chance in the next 5 games, I say.

  3. josh blue says:

    Charlie V shoudnt be allowed to travel with the team, shouldnt be allowed to be on the bench. They arent going to play him unless a sinkhole opens up and swallows the rest of the bench anyway. He knows it, and is acting like an asshat accordingly.

  4. Drew says:

    I find it kind of awkward to go on a rant about Stuckey after he has a good game (19 points, above 50% shooting, 5 assists). Yeah, he’s never going to become the superstar some of predicted at the start of his career. Yeah, he’s lost a little of that luster in most of our minds. But, he’s an important piece to this team. The problem is we need all hands on deck. This is weird timing to spout off about his inconsistency. I hope you’re not just mad because you might have missed your window and now he appears to be back on track.

  5. edt says:

    here’s what I have to say about drummond.

    suppose I told you that a center that fell all the way to #9 because of his lack of work ethic, who was invisible in college offensively, unpolished defensively who only had as a great attribute a “large frame like Darko” who was “athletic” (“athletic” is code for guy can’t play a lick of basketball).

    Suppose I told you that this guy, that this drummond guy was playing some of the best basketball on our entire team, better than knight, prince, jerebko, amassing steals, putbacks, blocks, at a per-36 rate that would give him a double double very single game if he got that many minutes.

    And suppose I told you that Larry Frank had a plan for this young fella and his progress is coming along just the way he wanted.

    Would you say, “SCREW THAT PLAN PUT HIM IN ALL GAME”.

    Two months ago we would have said, “Frank you’re doing magic bringing Dre along. Wow is all I can say.”

    The problem is this. We suck so bad that we are willing to risk our superstar . . . . just so we can win an extra game here or there.

    I have no idea what Frank is teaching our young fella, but whatever it is, keep doing it.

    Wow. Drummond is exceeding every single expectation, don’t change what’s working now. What if Frank gives him too many minutes and he quit progressing, what if he reverts, what if he quits learning, what if he gets injured because his body isn’t used to the nba 82 game pace.

    If there’s one thing Frank is doing rite, that’s how he’s bringing Drummond into the NBA game.

    If there’s one thing Frank is doing wrong that’s starting Prince over Singler.

    Also, nothing warms my heart like seeing Daye and Charlie V warming the bench. I don’t care what else Frank is doing, watching those guys get absolutely shut down goes a long way in my book. Thanks Coach.

    We need a point guard.

    Failing a point guard, Stuckey needs to go back to point. He’s serviceable there, I mean he lacks court vision, sometimes makes bad decisions, but compared to Brandon Knight, Stuckey has accurate passes, and is able to take care of the rock.

    Stuck
    English
    Singler
    Maxiell
    Monroe

    Let Drummond grow into the starting position. I don’t want anything to go wrong with our future superstar.

  6. Markov7 says:

    “The next time I look over to the bench when there is less than a minute left in the game and the team is trying to figure out their play to win a much needed ball game and I see Charlie V and Austin Day laughing and making jokes on the sideline. I’m going Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson on them. This time I’m running down to the court not up in the stands. Nobody is laughing Austin and Charlie…the only thing that’s funny is that the two of you have a job.”
    love the attitude nat

  7. Julian says:

    CV31 and Daye are laughing all the way to the bank until they no longer in the league. Hopefully they will both be on the bench in a NEW uniform next year

    Like it or not Knight will be a starter for years to come.
    Moose Monroe will be a starter either at PF or C for years to come also.
    I think Drummond will a starter by the end of the season.
    Next year we will need some new blood at SG and SF via draft or FA.

  8. Mike says:

    Anyone have the highlights of Jason Maxiell’s blocks on Kevin Durant, mainly the one where he stonewalls him at the rim? NBA.com refuses to put it up.

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