Don’t be fooled by the 89-103 final score of the #Pistons Heat game. Sure Detroit lost their 10th game in the row and the Heat kept their near historic streak alive. The truth of the matter is Detroit played well and like many teams that have played Miami had every chance to win. Detroit led most of the game until the fourth quarter when Miami turned it on and put the Pistons away.

Key Points:

  • Jose Calderon finished with 18 points, seven assists, two steals, and three boards. It was Calderon that helped set the tone early scoring and getting the ball where it needed to help the Pistons keep the lead for most of the game. Despite his uncharacteristic seven turnovers, this guy wants to win even if his team has no chance of a post season. He’s fun to watch, his passes are jaw dropping at times and he seems like a stand up guy, the kind of guy the Pistons need to keep.

Jose Calderon: “I think this is our team, This is the team we’ve got to be. It’s not about winning or losing at this time of the season. It’s about showing what we can do, have pride, play 48 minutes. They’re a great team, but I think we gave it our best. It’s not like they just beat us. They beat 24 teams before us. I think a lot of people expected us to come here and they beat us by 40 or 50. That’s not going to happen. We’ve got to be positive with the effort we (gave) tonight. That’s for sure.” Via Pistons.com

  • Scrappy Kyle Singler may have made the biggest impression since getting the starting job position early this season. Singler put up 18 with 8 boards and assist, a steal a blocked shot and left some of his blood on the court early in the first quarter.
  • It was the Heat’s 7-0 run late in the third quarter that allowed the Heat to pull away.
  • Miami is a great team but if you watch them you can see that defense is just as important as putting up points. That’s something Detroit fans don’t need a lesson on.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Do you realize that Detroit has lost 16 of 18 games since Andre Drummond was injured?
  • Jerebko came in and really contributed doing all the things that made an impression when he first landed in Detroit. His hard work, and scrappy play was an interracial part of Detroit’s success early in the game. Jonas finished with nine points, eight boards, and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench.
  • Besides the Swede Detroit’s bench didn’t was less than stellar.
  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting with 15 boards, a blocked shot and a steal in 40 solid minutes on the court. Greg set the tone in the first quarter for Detroit. Say what you want about Greg Monroe, but if it wasn’t for Moose this team would be lucky to have 10 wins.

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  • 22 Piston turnovers were one of the reason Miami was successful.
  • If though the Pistons have been pretty hard to watch of late, this one showed that they really can compete. Not nearly as hard to watch as you think it would have been.
  • A visit to Charlotte Saturday night may just help end the streak.
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