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The 27-47 #Pistons are in Indiana to take on the 52-23 Pacers Wednesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Detroit, who’s seen better days is coming of a win at home against Milwaukee, while the Pacers are seriously slumping come playoff time.

The Pacers, who look to be a threat to the Heat in the Eastern Conference has dropped three straight and five of six to fall into second place in the Eastern Conference. So a game against Detroit may just be what they are looking for.

The good: Detroit actually knows how to beat Indiana, even when they’re not slumping.
The bad: The Pacers are 16-4 in their last 20 against the Pistons and if Detroit decides to win, they make this lottery thing even more of an issue.
The unknown: Bless Andre Drummond for being one of the few things at the Palace to watch this season. Can he record his 50th double-double of the season against Roy Hibbert?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Pacers:: Andrew Bynum and C.J. Watson are out.

Fact:The Pistons rank first in the NBA in points in the paint per game with 52.6.
Fact:Detroit leads the overall series 87-86, but Indiana holds a 54-32 advantage at home.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

It was a very special night at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday. The Bad Boys were reunited and honored at the halftime of the #Pistons vs. Heat game to commemorate the 25 year anniversary of their championship.

I’ve been to some very special nights at the Palace, so it was nice to have that special feeling in that building again.



Video Courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit

Dennis Rodman didn’t make it, but when you get to even say Fennis Dembo, let alone see him in person it’s like your birthday and Christmas rolled up in one.

The 26-45 #Pistons will host the 48-22 Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons, who are 1-2 against the Heat will do their best for a home team crowd who will pack the Palace to see the Bad Boys reunite.

The good: Despite the upsetting season, Pistons fans should get a treat to see some of their favorites being honored at The Palace.

The unknown: Is it possible for some of the Bad Boys “mojo” to rub off on the current Pistons?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Heat::Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade – unlikely.

Stat: Detroit is 1-2 against the Heat this season.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The #Pistons season got you down? Leave it to Rasheed Wallace to brighten up anyone’s day.

Sheed sat down with one of my favorite all time Pistons Rick Mahorn for a saucy debate right before the Bad Boys are getting honored at the Palace Friday night.  Who would win the Pistons “Bad Boys” or the 2004 Championship team.
What ensues is hilarious.

Sheed on the Pistons Bad Boys Bench.  “all y’all’ had was Vinnie.” The Worm…”no threat.”


Video Via Pistons.com

James Buddah EdwardsAt least he has respect for Buddha!

Thanks Sheed, Pistons fans need a little comedy these days.

Place your vote over at Pistons.com the voting is pretty tight. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve watched both teams win their Championships and the 89 team would have pulled it out.

The 26-44 #Pistons will host the 28-44 Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Cavs, are a game ahead of Detroit in the Playoff race and 4 1/2 back of Atlanta for the last spot in the awful Eastern Conference.

The two teams, who once were serious Championship contenders, haven’t had much luck making it to the post season. The Cavs have missed the playoffs for the past four seasons, while Detroit hasn’t been there since 2009.

The good:The Pistons finally ended their 13 game road losing streak against the Jazz Monday night. The Cavs will be without Kyrie Irving, who usually puts up big numbers on Detroit.
The bad: Despite Detroit owning the record that they do, they still have a chance to do two things. Make the playoffs and lose their lottery pick.
The unknown: Andre Drummond has played lights out since returning from injury, will he keep it up, or will Josh Smith who is averaging 21 against Cleveland this season, score the majority of the buckets?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Cavaliers:: Kyrie Irving , Anthony Bennett , Carrick Felix , Sergey Karasev and C.J. Miles are out.

Fact:The Pistons rank first in the NBA in points in the paint per game with 52.6.
Stat: Detroit is 1-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The 25-44 #Pistons are Utah to finish up their West road trip against the 23-47 Jazz Monday night. Detroit would love to pull out a win to break a streak they don’t want to be on. This Pistons team is on a 13 game road losing streak, their longest since the 1980-81 season.

The good: This team may just keep their lottery pick in the upcoming draft, but knowing the Pistons luck they won’t. It was nice to see Jerebko come up strong with a season high 22 points in the Pistons loss against the Clippers.
The bad:If the Pistons lose to the Jazz they will have match their worst losing streak of the season at six.
The unknown: The unknown tonight isn’t about the game in general it’s about Pistons fans. How do you actually feel about this season, are you actually rooting for them to lose because you want them to save their pick?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Jazz:: Alec Burks and Andris Biedrins are out.

Fact:The Pistons rank first in the NBA in points in the paint per game with 52.6.

Tip off is at 9:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The 25-43 #Pistons are in Los Angeles to take on the 48-21 Clippers Sunday night at the Staples Center. If Detroit keeps playing like they have been, their chances of sneaking into the playoffs seems more likely. The Clipper look to make it six in a row against the Pistons as when they take the court against them on their home court.

The good: This team may just keep their lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
The bad: Detroit doesn’t do well against the Clippers, who have taken seven of eight from the Pistons, including five straight by an average of 15.6 points.
The unknown: Will Josh Smith ever make a free throw again? Smith became the third player in the last 10 seasons to miss all eight of his free throws in Friday night’s loss to the Suns.

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Clippers:: J.J. Reddick is out. Jamal Crawford is a game-time decision and Darren Collison is probabe.

Fact: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Pistons center Andre Drummond are in the top two in rebounds per game and field goal percentage for the2013-14 season.

Tip off is at 10:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The 25-42 #Pistons are in Phoenix to take on the 39-29 Suns Friday night. Both the Suns and the Pistons are fighting for a spot in their respective conferences for a playoff spot. The Suns with start Friday night’s game on a five game home winning streak. Detroit on the other hand has a record they don’t want to break Friday night. If the Pistons lose they will have their first 12 game road losing streak in 21 years.
The good: The Pistons are 1-0 against the Suns this season.
The bad: The Pistons have lost their five straight on the road to the Suns.  Andre Drummond is questionable Friday night.
The unknown: Can Josh Smith, who led the Pistons with 25 points the last time these two games keep his cool and lead this team to their first road win in 11 tries?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out. Andre Drummond is questionable.
Suns: Emeka Okafor and Leandro Barbosa are out.

Stat:Phoenix has held the Pistons under 100 points in seven of the last 10 meetings, including four sub-90 games (which includes two sub-
80 games).

Tip off is at 10:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The 25-41 #Pistons are Denver to take on the 30-37 Nuggets Wednesday night. Despite pulling some victories together the Nuggets will miss the playoffs for the most likely miss the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03.
The good: The Nuggets seem to play well against the elite teams, but lost to teams below 500. Detroit certainly fits into the scheme for a win against Denver if that holds true.
The bad: Detroit has lost four consecutive road games to the Nuggets. Andre Drummond is out for the Denver game, but questionable for Friday’s contest in Phoenix. Personally I’d be ok with the Pistons shutting him down for a while to prevent further injury.
The unknown: Will Josh Smith be the Josh Smith Joe Dumars hoped for when he signed him while he’s playing his natural position with Andre out.
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson and Andre Drummond out. Peyton Siva is day-to-day.

Stat: The Nuggets have lost eight of the last 14 games to Detroit and 17 of the last25 meetings since the 2000-01.
Stat: The Pistons are 1-0 this season against Denver. Brandon Jennings led the Pistons that night with a season-high 35 points.
Tip off is at 9:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The life of a sports fan isn’t always fun at the games, just ask and Detroit Lions fan. Going in you know that you have to take the lows with the highs. Hopefully your team or teams give you some highs so you have something to hold on to.

Being an avid Pistons fan since Kelly Tripuka was in the shortest of shorts imaginable, my Detroit Pistons have giving me more than my share of highs to hold on to.

It’s not like the Pistons have been at the top of their game the past few seasons. This team’s  fans are used to  being just bad enough not to go anywhere in the Eastern Conference.  So why is this season driving me mad? Because this team show flashes of hope that plays tricks on the mind, and I’d like them to please stop it before it sends me to a therapist.

The Pistons vs. Pacers game Saturday night is the perfect example of why they want me to pull my hair out at times. I’m not going to lie to you, I walked into the Palace, as I do most nights and I have not hope or expectations that this current team will beat anyone. It’s what gets be by.

This isn’t the same team that kept me on the edge of my seat for many a season. I used to go into every game knowing Detroit could beat every team they stepped on the floor against.

The Detroit Pistons 2007

That swagger ended in 2008.

Sadly I thought this season would be different, but things unfolded this summer that changed things.

Josh Smith Pistons vs. Pacers

So why does this team drive their fans totally nuts by beating the likes of the Heat and the Pacers? Why were they up more than 20 at the half against the Pacers Saturday night only to buckle and lose in overtime?

Because they hate us.

Well maybe they don’t hate us, but it sure feels like it.

I’m upset with myself for checking out this season and giving up.  I wasn’t even like that when the so called answer to the Pistons woes were Kwame Brown, Nazir Mohammed, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva or Austin Daye.

Should I go on?

I’m by no means hoping this teams tanks, but I’m not upset when they lose. It would be just like this team and its mediocrity to hand over their lottery pick because the Eastern Conference is horrible, and Joe Dumars needed to get out from under some a horrible signing.

I’m a Pistons fan like it or not.  I’ll still watch and head out to games and hold no hope that this team is a winner until they show me otherwise. And knowing just how cruel things can be at times they’ll win just enough at the end of the seasons to be losers.

Bless us.