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By Rashid S. Umar

It’s common knowledge, at least on this site, that I’ve been a fan of the Detroit Pistons since I as seven years old, dating back to the 1983-84 season.

Over the years, I’ve found myself becoming more and more emotionally involved with the team, as well as, all of the others who represent Motor City, and I’ve noticed some things.

Detroit Bad Boys
As a teen, I used to watch each game with a grey and blue Pistons t-shirt in my lap, I would wake up to my Isiah Thomas autographed basketball and said wished it “good morning” (if you laugh I will hunt you down and eat your soul, this is hard for me as is), heck even during the 2004-2005 seasons, when the team would be on the verge of losing a series I would wear my red, white, and blue shirt, in hopes that they would stave off elimination – it actually worked until the game seven loss in the ’05 Finals to the Spurs.

Now has come a new wrinkle in my “fanatic” lifestyle, I find myself deleting players from my social media i.e. Facebook friends once they leave.

Ohhhhh… serious… I know.

It started with Grant Hill back in 2000.  I was a fan of his website and would receive e-mail updates of his newsletter.  Once he left for Orlando, I deactivated my account with the enclosed message “Burn in Hell, Grant!!”  Harsh?  Yeah, I know.

Years later, once Ben Wallace decided to leave for Chicago in 2006, Rasheed leaving for Boston in 2009, and Rip Hamilton this past off-season, I deleted them all from my Facebook account in an attempt to mask the disappointment of them moving on with their careers.
One of my good friends said, “I understand what you’re saying, but I keep them as ‘friends’ because I still root for them.”

I respect your thoughts, sir.

Now, I know that this is a business, and I know that we as die-hard fans tend to go overboard, but don’t try to talk sense into us at the time of these events happening.

I guess, in a way, at least for me, when someone decides to leave it’s like they’re dissin’ our much maligned city.

Or, perhaps it’s just a case of a die-hard fan being a fan.

What crazy thing do you as a fan sometimes?

Rashid Umar is a guest writer for Need4Sheed.com.  He can be contacted via Facebook or email at inquires@rashidumar.com, or visit his website at http://www.rashidumar.com.

By Rashid S. Umar

Transition in sports can be tough.  After years of being amongst the elite, old age and a stale mix of players can lead to a mediocre product, which is later dismantled in an attempt to rebuild.  This is something that Detroit Pistons’ fans have seen before.

At the end of the famed “Bad Boys” era, the Pistons found themselves looking up at the rest of the Eastern Conference falling to the depths of the 60-loss club in 1994.

Detroit Bad Boys

Before that season, management had decided to trade a disgruntled Dennis Rodman to San Antonio for fan favorite Sean Elliot.  The move was looked at as a positive one considering that Elliot was young and athletic.  However, with an aging Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer – both would make that season their last – rookies Lindsay Hunter and Allan Houston, mainstay Joe Dumars and Terry Mills, and others, the team would finish 20-62.  It is still the franchise’s second worst record ever – the worst was 16-66 in 1980 — and fortunately, no team has challenged it since…possibly until 2012.

This year’s edition of the “Motown Sound” offers a collection of young talent, mixed matched players, a new coaching staff, and a new owner.  The only issue is – other than the 4-14 start after being beaten like a drum in OKC – is the fact that the roster is comprised with guys who not only lack offensive ability, but also a lack of defensive and rebounding awareness… among other things.

After finally finding a new owner, firing a overmatch and under qualified coach after two awful seasons, and buying out a team legend who’d become more of whiner than a winner; the team has for lack of a better phrase regressed… more.

The team currently is 30th in the league in scoring at 84.9 a game, only Detroit Pistons the Teal Yearsthree more than the all-time low of 81.9 by the 1999 Chicago Bulls.  They are 27th in the league in point differential at -10 a game and are second to last in opponent’s field goal percentage at .477.

The ’94 team was second to last in scoring, and point differential.

The team’s lone bright spots are their cornerstones of the future in Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight.  As for the others, Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon remain enigmas, Charlie V. hasn’t contributed much due to injuries, Tayshaun Prince’s resigning remains a mystery, Ben Wallace is too old to bring it every night, and Austin Daye seems lost.  The others… well… Jason Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko are bigs who struggle to make an impact, and Will Bynum shoots too much.

Add the fact that coach Lawrence Frank is trying to implement a new system that requires effort and accountability on both ends of the court – something that was lost during the John Kuester era – and you have a roster that is easily exploitable.

Not to be lost here is the fact that the lockout had only hindered the opportunity for teams like Detroit to work through some of its perceived issues.  Teams like the Heat, Bulls, and Thunder have a more stable setting with players who have played together and rely on defense and rebounding to win games.

Now I must admit that as a diehard fan, I can’t turn away.  In addition to the ’94 Pistons’ season, I have the 2009 Detroit Lions season (0-16) and 2003 Detroit Tigers (43-119) to claim as a product of my emotional investment.

As a longtime Pistons’ fan – and I’ve been one since 1984 – I have had some great times and some not-so great times rooting for this team.  I must admit that I didn’t think we would ever be subjected to another year like ’94.   However, every team at some point – even the Lakers: 1994 and 2005 – and it’s just our turn.   But, who expected it to be this bad?

There is however hope.

After another trip to the lottery this summer, the Pistons should be able to grab an impact player in a draft that is being billed as the best since 2003, when the likes of: Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Chris Bosh – all are currently on the same team interestingly enough – and… Darko…

But still, did we think it would be this bad?

Rashid Umar is a guest writer for Need4Sheed.com.  He can be contacted via Facebook email at inquires@rashidumar.com, or visit his website at http://www.rashidumar.com.

When you’re a team in transition and you start the season losing your first five games of the year, a split of four games on a west coast road trip is not bad.

The Pistons rally from a 32 point deficit and come up short 101-97 to the Golden State Warriors Monday night.

Golden State’s Monta Ellis led the home team with 27 points, amazingly 21 in the first quarter. He came out blazing, hitting his trademark off-balance jumpers and running one-handers.

Charlie Villanueva led the Pistons with 18 points and 8 rebounds. He knocked down two huge triples late in the fourth.

Detroit lead 21-20 in the first then committed 10 turnovers that led to an astonishing 20-0 Warrior run.

The second half saw the Pistons begin to make up ground once they decided to implore their own zone defense. It allowed the starters to cut the lead down to 18 by quarters end.

The fourth quarter turned out to be the best one for the Pistons, as they outscored the Warriors 28-14. While the home team settled for bad shots and committed turnovers, Detroit was able to use that stretch to their advantage pulling within two 98-96 on a Tracy McGrady layup with 47 seconds left.

Down two with 14 seconds left Detroit had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Ben Gordon tried to split the defense and had the ball knocked away by the Warriors Dorell Wright and Golden State would wind up with possession.

Ellis then had a chance to seal the deal with two free throws, but missed the second leaving the door open for Detroit down only three.

However, the Warriors smartly opted to foul Charlie Villanueva before he could get a shot up, forcing him to shoot free throws. He missed the first and tried to miss the second but the ball crawled into the hoop.

Golden State’s Rodney Carney then nailed two free throws, cementing the victory for the Warriors.

Detroit now heads home for a date with the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Key Points:

  • Monta Ellis had as many points (21) as the entire Piston team in the first quarter.
  • Austin Daye hit two three-pointers to run his consecutive streak to 10 in a row, which is third all-time, before he missed one in the third quarter.
  • Golden State is now 5-0 at home.
  • Tayshaun Prince and Coach John Kuester apparently got into a heated exchange on the bench before halftime but they neither made a big deal of it after the game.
  • The Warriors introduced their new ownership at the game; they bought the team for a reported $450 Million. Wonder how much the Pistons will go for, better yet who’s going to purchase them?
  • The Pistons had six players in double figures. Rodney Stuckey being one of them tallied 11 points, eight rebounds and, six assists. I swear he’s going to pop a triple-double before the season is over.
  • Coach Kuester should have gone to the zone sooner.
  • Rebound war lost 44-42, 14-9 on the offensive side.
  • The Warriors played without David Lee.
  • Ben Wallace and Rip Hamilton played only 24 minutes.
  • Charlie V. was called for a flagrant foul in the second quarter. If that was a flagrant foul then the NBA has really become a “soft” league. My opinion.
  • Warrior fans are some of the best in sports. They pack the house regardless of the team’s record.

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A week ago, no one was sure how this west coast trip would turn out, but I’m sure more predicted more lows than highs considering the team’s 0-5 start to the season.

Well, the Pistons beat the Kings Sunday night in Sacramento 100-94 to earn at the very least a split of the four game road swing, that concludes Monday in Oakland versus the Golden State Warriors.

The boys in blue were led by Rodney Stuckey’s 17 points and seven assists. He also seems to be finding his niche’ as the team playmaker.

Ben Gordon scored 16 off the bench, eight in the fourth quarter including a three-point dagger with 23 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.

Ben Gordon

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Sacramento was led by former Purdue Boilermaker, Carl Landry’s 19 points and 8 strong rebounds. Rookie DeMarcus Cousins, whom the Pistons had coveted in last June’s NBA Draft, had a rough night with picking up fouls, while scoring six points and grabbed eight rebounds but committed six turnovers and picked up a technical foul after disagreeing with an offensive foul call.

Last year’s Rookie of the year, Tyreke Evans scored 20 points and Luther Head added 13 off the bench.

The Pistons could never run and hide from the Kings only leading by as much as eight, Sacramento stayed in the game on the strength of their offensive rebounding.

Detroit has now won two straight and four of their last five.

Road trip concludes Monday night at Oracle Arena against Golden State.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell started in place of Austin Daye, who didn’t play.
  • Rookie Greg Monroe scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds in 15 minutes.
  • Tracy McGrady is looking more like an asset lately.
  • Rebound war lost 41-37, 18-8 on the offensive side.
  • Ben Wallace grabbed 10 rebounds; Rip Hamilton scored 13 points in only 21 minutes.
  • Tayshaun Prince is proving to be more valuable these days.
  • Charlie V scored only 11, but his defensive effort has improved.
  • Anyone notice the Ben Gordon skip step after he made the clutch three in the closing minute?

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When you’re struggling to win on the road, it’s good to get one in place where they seem to be given away like free candy.

The Pistons survived a hot Eric Gordon, a beastly Blake Griffin, and another bad third quarter to get their first road win 113-107 again the Los Angeles Clippers Friday in at Staples Center.

Detroit was lead by Charlie Villanueva, who scored 30 points, but only pulled down one rebound.

The Clippers were lead by Gordon’s 28 points and Rookie-of-the-year candidate Griffin’s 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Unlike the previous game in Portland, the Piston starters got off to a great start, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter led by Austin Daye’s 9 points.

The lead would reach 10 at the break after a second quarter that saw Villanueva hit 3 treys.

Similar to the previous game (and seemingly all of the others) the third quarter saw the large lead evaporate faster than the Clippers last playoff appearance.

The Clippers surge back into the game thanks to Piston turnovers, rushed shots, and a series of Blake Griffin dunks that electrified the crowd.

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The fourth quarter saw the lead change several times before the Clippers took a four point lead with just under 3 minutes to play.

Charlie V then knocked down two consecutive triples to pull Detroit within one each time. Then LA’s Rasual Butler hit one to put the home team 102-99 ahead with 29 seconds left.

After some free throw makes and misses both ways, the Pistons found themselves down 2 with 15 second remaining until Rip Hamilton tied things with a left corner jumper.

Rip then made a steal as the Clippers tried to inbound the ball after their timeout, and missed a pull-up jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.

In overtime, Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell converted on free throws and field goals that put Detroit ahead for good.

Ben Gordon

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Key Points:

Being that I now live in Los Angeles, I took this one in.

  • Charlie V was on fire in the first half, and clutch in the fourth quarter. Clipper fans were amazed or astonished by his shot making down the stretch.
  • This was Detroit’s first road win in five tries this season.
  • Blake Griffin has one of the ugliest jumpers I’ve ever seen.
  • The Clippers played without two starters: Baron Davis and Michigan native Chris Kaman.
  • Why doesn’t Ben Wallace finish games anymore?
  • Hey, a Jason Maxiell sighting!
  • Austin Daye was hot in the first, but disappeared the rest of the way.
  • Fans at Staples Center began leaving at around the 3 minute mark for some reason although the game was still in the balance.
  • Ben Gordon was non-existent, but picked up a technical foul for arguing with the official.
  • There was a Clipper fan who was so into the game that during a timeout when the team dancers were on the floor, he stood in the aisle and followed the routine step-by-step as people were trying to walk to their seats. We were very entertained.
  • Tracy McGrady gave to Pistons a brief lift in the second quarter.
  • The Clippers seemed to get to the rim at will in that third quarter.
  • Why did Will Bynum continue to shoot jumpers late in the game?
  • Shout out to that drunken fan who kept screaming “Deeeee-troit Baaaaa-sketballllll Sucks d**k” at the Piston fans in the house. He was also trying to pick up teenage girls at the arena.
  • Next stop: Sacramento Sunday Night.
  • Tom Gores attends Pistons game – Says he still wants to buy the team. (hat tip EDT in the comments)

The Pistons fell to the Trailblazers, 100-78 Tuesday night in Portland. The game featured several runs by the home team which were sparked by a number of Detroit mistakes – including coaching blunders.

The Blazers, who were led by LeMarcus Aldridge’s 19 points and 17 rebounds, raced out to double-digit lead in the first quarter. The Pistons starters got off to a lousy start offensively – settling for jump shots – and were even worse defensively allows a season-high 36 at the quarter break.

The second quarter saw the Blazers go ahead by as much as 13 until the Piston bench – sparked by Charlie Villanueva’s shooting, rebounding, and defense – cut the lead to one. However, the boys in blue slowly lost momentum as the home team ran the lead to eight by halftime.

The early third quarter saw the starters sleepwalk their way to a 14-point deficit, at which coach John Kuester seemingly not wanting to acknowledge that changes were needed. Instead of inserting the bench sooner, Kuester allowed the non-factoring starting unit to trudge through the quarter as the Blazers became more aggressive. Once some first half heroes were substituted in, the game was too far out of reach.

The fourth quarter saw what seemed to be the Portland Trailblazer transition game practice drill, as Piston turnovers and bad shots led to a series of uncontested layups and dunks, which delighted the Rose City crowd.

Key Points:

  • The Blazers were coming off of a 121-96 shellacking at the hands of the two-time defending champion Lakers two nights earlier.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 17 points but only 2 assists.
  • LeMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 19 points and 17 rebounds; Nicolas Batum chipped in with 17 points.
  • Charlie V has 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks all in the 2nd quarter.
  • Portland shot 50 percent from the floor.
  • The Piston starters were -75 in the plus/minus category; Blazers starters were +82.
  • The Pistons are now 0-4 on the road.
  • Rip Hamilton shot 2-7 and only tallied 4 points and picked up a technical foul in the second half for just throwing his arms after a disputable call. The league is really cracking down on players expressing themselves in the heat of battle.
  • Austin Daye had 15 Points and 8 Rebounds.
  • Blazers Rudy Fernandez, who had office season issues with the Blazer front office, made was major factor for his team in this one. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished 3 assists, along with several energetic defensive plays.
  • Rookie Greg Monroe has seeming supplanted Jason Maxiell in the rotation.
  • Next Stop: Los Angeles. I’ll be at the game.

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Rashid S. Umar
After getting off to a great start early for the second straight night on the West Coast Trip, The Pistons eventually stumble and fall to the Clippers in LA 97-91, halting Detroit’s modest two-game winning streak.  Tayshaun Prince followed Tuesday night’s great performance with another gem of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Rip Hamilton led the team with 21 points on 8-21 shooting.

Detroit led by as many as 12 in the first half and eight at the break.  The second half saw Clipper-newcomer Drew Gooden and Chris Kaman continue to exploit the Pistons’ lack of size upfront as they combined for 41 points and 28 rebounds.  Los Angeles got a huge performance down the stretch from Rasual Butler, who nailed a couple of 3s off of good ball movement (or bad defensive rotation).  He also had a huge block on Rodney Stuckey late in the game.

Key points of the night:

  • Being that I live in LA, I decided to take this one in.  You’d be surprised at how many die-hard Clipper fans are here in “Lakerland”.
  • For the second straight game, Detroit was outscored by at least double digits in the fourth quarter.
  • Rip Hamilton missed six free throws (including 3 straight with seconds to go that would have brought the team within a point) snapping his streak of 51 consecutive makes. Although he nearly completed a four point opportunity on a silly foul again Eric Gordon.
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  • Clippers win the season series for the first time since 2000 and only the third time in over 20 years.
  • In 26 minutes, Ben Wallace didn’t score but had 10 rebounds.
  • Did Ben Gordon suit up tonight?  I’m just saying.
  • There were a lot of Detroit fans in the house but, that’s not unusual against the Clippers.
  • Another DNP-CD for Kwame Brown, this even during a game where the rebound war was lost 56-44.
  • Drew Gooden has put up All-Star numbers against the Pistons this season especially in rebounds.
  • If the Pistons had a legitimate low-post threat they’d be a playoff team.
  • Before Rasual Butler’s late go-ahead three-pointer, the loudest cheers of the night were for a Michael Jackson look-alike in the crowd.
  • Charlie Villaneuva might as well be wearing roller skates on defense. I’m sure no one would notice.
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  • If it wasn’t for the logo on the court, you wouldn’t realize you were at a Clippers game at Staple Center.  There is nothing but Lakers championship banner and L.A. Kings retired jerseys in the rafters.  Even the WNBA team has something up.
  • Kid Rock in the house.
  • The road trip continues in Denver on Friday night against former Pistons Chauncey Billups and Aaron Affalo.
  • I got a text from my Friend in LA who was also at the game that read “The are chanting Stukey’s – Suckey.” For real LA, that’s as original as you can get? (Natalie)

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The Pistons began the four-game road trip Tuesday with a 101-89 win over the Kings in Sacramento. Rip Hamilton led the team with 30 points and Tayshaun Prince filled the statline with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block. The young Kings were led by future Rookie-of-the-year Tyreke Evans with 28 and 13 assists. Detroit jumped out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter before the Kings came back and closed it to three at quarters end. After relinquishing the lead early in the second, the Pistons stormed back to take back control and never trailed again. The team will head here to Los Angeles to face the Clippers Wednesday night. I may be there…

Key points of the night:

  • Thoughts and prayers go out to coach John Kuester following the death of his father over the weekend.
  • Detroit led by as many as 30 before the Kings rallied to within a dozen.
  • Rodney Stuckey tallied 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists – despite of 4 turnovers.
  • Looks like Tayshaun and Rip are healthy enough to have a meaningful impact for the stretch run.

Tayshaun Prince

  • Pistons shot a sizzling 58.4% for the game.
  • This is the Pistons’ first back-to-back wins since earlier this month versus the Nets and Bucks.
  • This is also the first time the team has scored 100 points or more in back-to-back games since mid-December versus Denver and Golden State, both wins
  • Jason Maxiell and Ben Wallace played limited minutes due to foul trouble, while Chris Wilcox saw action… although he couldn’t hit a free throw to save his life.
  • Rebound war tied at 34.
  • The Swede is a tough kid for real.
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  • Another DNP-CD for Kwame Brown.
  • Tyreke Evans is going to be a great player in this league.
  • Did anyone know that Larry Hughes plays for the Kings?
  • For so reason, this is only Detroit’s 3rd win in the last 13 games in Sacramento.

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Rashid S. Umar

In what looked like a replay of Tuesday night’s game in Los Angeles, the Motown Sound was reduced to a whisper and a 20 point deficit after three quarters, then after a furious late rally (which cut the lead to one) fell short to the Blazers in Portland 87-81. Rodney Stuckey led the team with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and, 5 assists but shot a horrible 6-21. Charlie V seemed poised to erase his nightmare performance against the Lakers but picked up 2 quick fouls in first quarter. The Pistons will have two days off before continuing the trip in Utah on Saturday night.

Key points of the game:

  • The Blazers led by 4 after one, then 10 at the half, before stretching it to 20 after 3.
  • The Pistons used all three rookies in the fourth to mount the furious comeback which included a 10-0 run and outscored Portland 31-17.
  • With the Blazers leading 78-77 with over a minute to go, the Pistons couldn’t secure a rebound which landed in Steve Blake’s hands. He would later in the possession hit a three to put the Blazers up 81-77, which put the Detroiters to bed.
  • Someone tell Rodney Stuckey that he doesn’t have to force the action for himself all the time. It’ll be nice to set table for others every now and then.

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  • Pistons used a “tall ball” line-up to make the Blazers sweat this one out.
  • Ben Wallace had a quiet 12 rebounds.
  • I’m starting to come around to the thought that maybe the offense is better with Bynum on the floor.
  • Charlie V scored 20 points, including a huge three and layup late to cut the lead to one, despite picking up some cheap fouls early. However, he could’ve kept that turn and fade-a-way three point attempt with 10 seconds.
  • Hey another DaJuan Summers sighting!
  • The Blazers got 20 apiece from stars Brandon Roy and LeMarcus Aldridge.
  • Michigan Wolverines Fab Fiver Juwan Howard is still in the league?? Wow. Dude is just stealing money now. I wonder if Mike Peplowski, Orlando Woolridge, or Rafael Addison are available.
  • Jay-Z made a song titled: Death to Auto tune, I proposed one: Death of Small Ball.
  • Charlie V put up 20 with 3 boards in 16 minutes.

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  • The three guard lineup of Stuckey, Ben Gordon, and Will Bynum leaves the team with defensive deficiencies.
  • Late in the game the team implored a full-court trap that yielded positive results.
  • Austin Daye made a nice contribution with his shooting and defense late.
  • I swear Greg Oden looks like Lebron James’ older uncle. Anyhow the future career solid starter had 6 points, 10 boards, and 3 blocks.
  • When’s Rip coming back?
  • Pistons resume action Saturday night in Utah where they haven’t won since I was a natural blond (kidding but it’s been a long time).

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After a promising start, the Pistons were overwhelmed by the Champion Lakers, but put on a late rally before falling 106-93. The Pistons were led by Will Bynum’s 24 points and 6 assists, while Kobe Bryant scored 40 to help stop LA’s two-game losing streak. Detroit falls to 5-6 on the young season and head to Portland Wednesday night.

Some key points:

  • Despite a strained groin, Kobe takes advantage of the smaller Piston guards en route to 40 points (including an unnecessary three pointer late).
  • For all the people who think that the team should trade Tayshaun or Rip, don’t you think they would have made a difference tonight?
  • Lakers were without Pau Gasol and Luke Walton.
  • Ben Gordon gets up there.
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  • Tayshaun made the trip. Rip talks retirement.
  • Did Charlie V suit up tonight? I’m just asking.
  • Big Ben Wallace tried his best but was outdone by LA’s low post offense.
  • Living in LA, I had to watch the Lakers broadcast which made me angry, so I decided to mute the television. DirecTV blacked out the Fox Sports Detroit channel during due to the local broadcast, bummer.
  • Lamar Odom nearly had a triple-double with triple 8’s.
  • Hey a Dejuan Summers sighting!
  • Another Bynumite night, we clearly had the Better Bynum!

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  • Austin Daye looked lost, while Jonas Jerebko seemed to agitate Kobe.
  • Ben Gordon seemed to get frustrated so he decided to take it out on the rim with a rim rattler.
  • Too many turnovers in a short period of time during the second quarter led to a ridiculous Lakers rally.
  • While Ben Gordon was able to get off to a fast start, he was later neutralized while trying to defend Kobe.
  • Pistons fell behind by as much as 28 points, then coach Kue went to a line-up of Bynum, Jerebko, Summers, Kwame, and Maxiell.
  • Will Bynum block was nice but the rejection of the night goes to Jason Maxiell, who also got a tech for mixing it up with the other Bynum.

  • Pistons have lost 2 in a row and look to avoid another “L” tonight in Portland.

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