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A hard-fought battle with a the Warriors at the Palace ended in another loss for the Pistons on Monday night. Despite playing Golden State well the entire game, the Pistons let this game slip through their hands in the final minutes.

The Warriors were up by just one with four minutes to go, but finished the game on a 9-2 run while Detroit missed their last eight shots to lose 104-96 at The Palace.

Key Points:

  • The Warriors made it count when it mattered outscoring Detroit in the home stretch 15-6.
  • The scoring drought late in the fourth wasn’t necessary due to bad shots, it was more like poor decisions.

John Loyer: “I thought our effort from the very opening tip was tremendous. I thought we sustained it. They’re such a powerful team. I look up one second, we’re up three. Next minute maybe you’re down nine or down six. They can score so easily and so quickly, even when you play good defense. For our group to keep coming back, keep fighting, go back up one, to hang right there, it’s very encouraging to me. We just have to find a way to finish the game.” Via Pistons.com

  • Kyle Singler got Dunked On pretty hard by Klay Thompson, but besides that he’s been playing well since he was added to the starting five. Singler played a whopping 45 minutes and scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with three boards, two assists a steal and two blocked shots. Singler is also scoring 50% from the three-point line in the last nine games.
  • When Andre Drummond and Jermaine O’Neal went down in the crowd on the baseline, O’Neal pushed Dre’s head to the ground when on the floor. It resulted in a double technical, but it was Andre who looked like he wanted to go after Jermain. I heard multiple people in the crowd reference the Malace at the Palace. Remember O’Neal was a key play in the brawl.
  • Drummond with another game in foul trouble.  He managed 11 points and nine boards, with three blocks in 25 minutes on the floor.
  • Josh Smith 9-for-24 for 18 points while adding 11 boards and a blocked shot.
  • Just eight turnovers on the night for Detroit, but they all seemed to come at importuned times.
  • Why does Brian Scalabrie haunt me?

 

  • The Pistons bench weren’t much help scoring just 15 points.
  • John Loyer has confidence in Will Bynum, leaving him on the floor when it counts. Will scored eight on 4-of-11 shooting with four assists in 16 minutes.
  • Caldwell-Pope isn’t quite there. Another game with a couple of minutes and zero’s in the box.
  • When Rodney Stuckey has a bad game so does Detroit.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • 15 lead changes in this one and it was tied nine times.
  • I’m pretty sure Jermaine O’Neal though it was 2003 again.
  • Greg Monroe 23 points and eight boards.  Moose has played with more fire in the last few games that I’ve seen from him all season.
  • They aren’t tanking right?
  • A though one in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

The 23-33 #Pistons will host the 34-22 Golden State Warriors at the Palace of Auburn Hills Monday night. Golden State would like to make it four straight to start off their six game road trip the right way while Detroit will take any victory they can, especially on their home court.

The good: Josh Smith had his best game as a Piston with a season-high 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting in the loss against the Mavs Saturday.
The bad: The Pistons have lost five straight against the Warriors.
Andre Drummond was off his game against and it won’t be easy for him and Monroe against Lee and Bogut (if he plays).
The unknown: The Warriors are looking for their second consecutive season sweep of Detroit. Can Detroit finally take one from Golden State?

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Injuries: Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Warriors: Andrew Bogut is questionable.
Festus Ezeli and Nemanja Nedovic are out.

Stat: Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 points against the Pistons on 11/12.
Fact: The Warriors have held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points in each of their last five meetings, the most consecutive games they’ve held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points since a 12-game stretch from 1955-56, when the teams were in Philadelphia and Fort Wayne, respectively.

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 23-32 #Pistons will host the 33-24 Dallas Mavericks Saturday night at The Palace of Aubrun Hills. The Pistons are coming off a great win against the Hawks, while the Mavericks are playing great basketball of late.

The good:  It was beyond refreshing to watch the way this team played against Atlanta.
The bad: The Mavericks have won nine of 10 in against the Pistons and four of their last five at The Palace. They have also won four of five on the road and seven of their last nine.
The unknown: Can Detroit match the intensity and hustle they showed Friday night to get the comeback win against Atlanta? Can Kyle Singler continue to shoot well? Will Andre get his 41st double-double?
Injuries: Pistons: None
Mavericks: Gal Mekel Out

Stat: Detroit has lost four consecutive games against Dallas.
Stat: Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points and seven assists and Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 28 points and
nine rebounds in their last meeting.

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 gave their fans something to cheer about Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. What started off as another one of those games for Detroit turned into a comeback to remember. Down 11 at the half the Pistons mounted a second half surge of hustle and heart that gave Detroit ignited the team and the Palace to take down the Hawks in a thriller 115-107.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons team that came out in the second half of the game an surged to erase a 13 point Hawks lead by grabbing loose balls, making the steal ans hustling for the open jam is the kind of team that every fan want to root for.
  • Give it up to Brandon Jennings who seems to know just how to ignite this team. Though his first half of basketball was less than adequate he turned the corner after the break. Jennings scored just 12, but dished out 14 assists in 29 minutes for Detroit.
  • I haven’t seen Sheed that exited in years! Neither has Drummond who said he looked like Sheed of ’04 (in the clip below) when celebrating Andre’s steal and the slam.
  • Pistons.com Video Recap

  • Andre was brilliant! He scored 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting with three steals a blocked shot and 11 boards. He added another to his Eastern Conference leading double-double total to 40 on the season.

bynum“That’s what has been missing for the season, just that passion and energy — guys being positive on the court, chest-bumping, having fun. That’s basketball, that’s what it’s about. We should have one agenda and that’s winning. When you don’t have one agenda, it’s hard to play and it kind of trickles down throughout the whole team. Hopefully, tonight is a stepping stone for us to do good things.” Via NBA.com

  • Singler with the hot hand scored 20 points, but it was his two three-pointers with minutes left on the clock that sealed the deal for Detroit.
  • Josh Smith couldn’t muster a point the last time he played his former team.  This time around he scored 17 with 10 boards, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Greg Monroe looked angry! He led the Pistons with 22 points, 15 boards, two blocked shots  and a steal in 39:34 on the floor.  Maybe the trade deadline passing helped put him at ease to do nothing more than play basketball for right now.
  • Stuckey another good performance off the bench with 12.
  • Caldwell-Pope three minutes and zero points.
  • Detroit a ridiculous 66 points in the paint.
  • Friday night Fun at the Palace of Auburn Hills should never be taken for granted.

The 22-32 #Pistons will host the 25-28 Atlanta Hawks at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Hawks are in danger of losing their fifth straight road loss if they fall to Detroit, while the Pistons are in the ninth spot in the East and 3 1/2 games behind the Hawks.

The good: Brandon Jennings continues to play well and is averaging 23 points in the Pistons last 13 games. Despite playing he seems as frustrated with losing as the fans are. It was extremely evident during their blowout loss to the Bobcats Wednesday night when he was ejected late in the game.
The bad: The Pistons have lost three in a row to Atlanta and 15 of their last 20. Add on the fact that they have lost their last three and did nothing at the trade deadline, makes this Pistons fan very unhappy.
The unknown: Will Detroit show some kind of life at all in the next 28 games?
Injuries: Pistons: None
Hawks:

  • Pero Antic – is out
  • Gustavo Ayon – is out
  • DeMarre Carroll is a game time decision
  • Al Horford – is out
  • John Jenkins – is out
  • Jeff Teague is a game time decision

 

Stat: Detroit is 0-2 against the Atlanta Hawks this season.
Stat: Andre Drummond is averaging 12.5 points and 14.0 rebounds against the Hawks 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 didn’t find anyone to take what seems to be the mistake that is Josh Smith off their hands. It was reported by Grantland’s Zach Lowe that the Pistons tried to dump Smith before the deadline, but wanted more than expiring contracts in return.

They also didn’t find the right deal to send Greg Monroe elseswere even though his name was on everyone’s lips when it came to the Pistons.

Detroit didn’t have a legitimate move, so they didn’t make one at the trade deadline.

Their goal of getting into the playoffs looks bleaker and bleaker with each passing game.  Making the playoffs only to get tossed in the first round has never seem like a smart idea.  Being on the cusp of bad doesn’t help this team either since they only keep their first round pick if it’s in the top eight.

I’m not for tanking, but at this points losing isn’t going to get me as upset as it should.

What also comes into play is Joe Dumars and if he’ll have a future role with this team. The Pistons have some major things to deal with in the off-season like free agents.  Greg Monroe will be a restricted free agent and Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva will  be off the books.

Will Gores stick with Joe Dumars or will there be a new GM in town to deal with the off-season deals.

I can only hope that the lottery balls fall in Detroit’s’ favor since nothing else seems to be going as planned.

The 22-31 #Pistons are in Charlotte to play the second game of a home-and-home against the 24-30 Bobcats Wednesday night. Detroit will try to get one back after their 108-96 loss to Charlotte Tuesday evening on their home floor.

The good: Besides Andre Drummond grabbing every board in sight and Brandon Jennings adding to his point totals, nothing great can be said about he Pistons start to the second half of the season.
The bad: In a game that the Pistons should have played like their season was on the line (which it is), Detroit came out on Tuesday night and played with little effort. You can’t say that about the entire team, but it sure looked like they could have cared less about winning after starting the game like they were still on their All-Star break.
The unknown: Will the Pistons redeem themselves on against the Bobcats or is it just too little too late for this team?
Injuries: Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Bobcats: Brendan Haywood and Jeffery Taylor out.

Stat: Detroit has won eight of the last 11 games against Charlotte.
Stat: The Pistons have now lost the season series against the Bobcats giving them the advantage come playoff time.

Tip off is at 7:00 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 Pistons didn’t start off the second half of their season on a good note. With back-to-back games against the Bobcats, a team they are fighting for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Detroit handed them game one on their home court.  Detroit will try to bounce back from the 108-96 loss to with a win in Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Key Points:

  • What makes it worse it that if the final Playoff spot comes down to the Pistons and the Bobcats Detroit will have to finish ahead of Charlotte in the standings since the loss sealed the season series in the Bobcats favor.
  • The first quarter did the Pistons in.  They trailed by 11 points and could never make up the difference.
  • When Rodney Stuckey struggles, so does this team.  Stuckey shot just 1-of-11 from the floor in close to 18 minutes.
  • Detroit’s bench scored just 13 points on the night.
  • Al Jefferson made Greg Monroe look like a high school player. Jefferson led all scorers with 32 points, 12 boards and seven assists.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 24 points on 7-of-18 shooting with seven assists in 38 minutes on the floor. It was Brandon’s three that helped Detroit get within striking distance with five minutes left on the clock to make it 81-89, but Charlotte struck right back with a McRoberts three and never looked back.
  • Andre Drummond finished with 22 rebounds, tying his career high and added 16 points and two blocked shots. Drummond’s 40th double-double is an Eastern Conference best and the most by a Piston since Grant Hill’s 44 double-doubles in 1995-96. He should break that record in about five games.
  • The Pistons never led. The Bobcats led by as much as 19.
  • Singler, who scored 13 points said they treated this game like a Playoff Game. If that’s the case let’s hope they don’t even make it to the post-season.
  • Highlight via NBA.com


  • The rematch Wednesday night should be interesting.

The 22-30 #Pistons will host the 23-30 Charlotte Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit is within a half-game of the Bobcats for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they take the court on Tuesday night in their first game of a home-and-home with the Bobcats.

The good: Andre Drummond’s spectacular performance in Friday night’s Rising Star game. Drummond is playing some very good basketball of late scoring in double figures in a career-high eight straight games, averaging 15.8 points and 15.0 rebounds while shooting 67.1 percent from the field.
The bad: Despite the Pistons play of late their loss to the Cavaliers was a little disheartening.
The unknown: Will the Pistons make a move before the trade deadline? Some say that Monroe and Stuckey deals seem very plausible.
Injuries: Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Bobcats: Brendan Haywood and Jeffery Taylor out.

Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons Stats

Via Pistons.com

Stat: Detroit has won eight of the last 10 games against Charlotte.
Stat: Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points in the loss on 12/20. Kemba Walker scored 34 points to lead the Bobcats to the 116-106 win.

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’s been well stated by just about anyone who follows the Detroit Pistons that Andre Drummond got a raw deal when it came to the NBA All-Star game.  He was clearly better all season than the reserves that were picked in front of him.

Did the team he plays for and their record play a part in the selection process? Probably, but that doesn’t mean it was fair.

Dunkin' DrummondWell Mr. Drummond made sure that he made a statement on All-Star Friday night during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge with a record 25 rebounds, and adding 30 points while leading Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Webber on Friday night and winning the MVP award..

Dre just didn’t care, he went after everything and that was evident from the start. Besides making a statement with the rebounding record, Andre dunked everything in sight.

To just anyone that follows the Pistons it’s what we expected from a young man that we hope this team will be built around in the future, but does that mean the NBA and the average fan took notice on Valentines day?

I think so.


Andre is everyone’s fantasy come true.  I can confirm that he’s put my Fantasy Basketball team in first place with his stats, but more importantly he’s putting my Pistons on the map with is extraordinary play.  And I’m pretty sure he went out of his way to prove his point.

The good thing for Andre is that he did two things.  He avoided the ridiculous 2014 All-Star uniforms, while proving he’s got what it takes to be the next NBA Super Star even if he plays for the Detroit Pistons.

All Hail the MVP!

Andre Drummond mvp

The NBA shouldn’t’ make a mistake like this again….but they will.