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The Pistons snapped their four game losing streak with a 103-87 win over the Orlando Magic at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  Detroit held the Magic to less than 100 points, something they haven’t been able to do in quite some time. Detroit has given up over 100 points in 19 of their last 25 games.

Key Points:

  • Despite not hitting his first few shots, Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting with eight assists and three steals. Jennings is scoring the bulk of Detroit’s points on many nights so it’s nice to see his turn over ratio go down since he’s handling the ball for most of the time he’s out there.

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond: “Last game was a tough game. I didn’t play to my ability. Everybody is entitled to have an off night. I had to come out and play with a lot more energy than I had the night before.” Via NBA.com

  • Detroit was in the driver’s seat most of the night, but it was a 9-0 run in the third quarter to make it 70-55 that took all the life out of Orlando.
  • Andre Drummond with his 33rd double-double of the season. Dre scored 13 with 17 boards and two blocked shots in 32 minutes on the floor. Andre made up for his sub-par game against the Mavericks by playing like a beast from the tip-off. He just about had his double-double before the half.
Andre Drummond Pistons vs Magic

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  • Great Stat – Drummond’s 12.7 rebounding average is No. 1 in NBA history for a player 20 years old or younger.
  • Caldwell-Pope didn’t do much offensively, but he sure did a nice job on the defensive end against former Piston Arron Afflalo who put up 14 for Orlando.
  • It was nice to see Josh Harrellson get some time early. He made the most of it knocking down a three and grabbing eight boards in 18 minutes.
  • Gigi had some garbage minutes scoring two points on two shots. Was I the only one that had high hopes for him?
  • Maybe Josh Smith is reading his shot selection stat and the fact that he’s one of the worst shooters in the league. Smith scored 16 on 8-of-12 shooting, with much better shot selection.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • I got a change to use the Pistons app on my phone to upgrade my seats yesterday. And sure enough scored some prime court-side. Thanks @ThePalace !

bynumWill Bynum: “There’s a lot of bad things roaming in the air, a lot of negative energy, so we’re just happy to get a win.”

  • Props to Rodney Stuckey who put up 13 while surpassing the 6000 career point mark.
  • Singler with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four boards and a blocked shot.
  • It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen this team with the fire they showed from start to finish. Think Cheeks knows he’s on the hot seat?
  • A quick turnaround with a game Wednesday night in Atlanta.

The 16-27 #Pistons are in Orlando to take on the 14-28 Magic Sunday evening.

  • The good: Orlando, who are currently in the midst of a four game losing streak, are not playing good basketball. The Magic have lost nine of their last 10 game at home.
  • The bad: Despite the Magic’s woes of late, they seem to be able to take it to Detroit, especially after the pummeling they took Tuesday night at the Palace.
  • The unknown: Did it really take Lawrence Frank this long to figure out that the pairing of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond was a good thing?

Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports PLUS . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

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The 23-43 Pistons are in Denver on a second game of a back to back to wrap up their three game West coast road trip to take on the 38-27 Nuggets. The hot Nuggets look for their seventh win in nine game when they go up against Detroit Saturday night.

  • The good: The Pistons played well of late.
  • The bad: Defense
  • The unknown: Will Detroit get to play against old friend Aaron Afflalo who’s flourishing in Denver, but has a hamstring issue.

Tip off is at 9:00 pm and will be broadcast on FSN PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 950 AM WWJ.

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Need4Sheed’s Sweet Suite night at the Palace was this past Friday night for The Pistons game vs The Kings.  Thanks go out to all of you who entered the contest, but didn’t make the cut this time around. Don’t fret, you just may have a chance in the near future to experience a one of a kind night too.

We met early in the West Atrium of the Palace, hours before a normal person would head out to catch the game. While waiting to get our tour we all got to know each other and how we all ended up in a place that we hold dear.

Steve and Gina drove straight in from Dayton Ohio and were in such a hurry to make it in time they didn’t even stop for a bathroom break.

Jason and his wife didn’t want to be late, so their drive in from Muskegon had them more than a few hours early in Auburn Hills.

Ryan and his wife Jennifer drove from Toronto a day early to stay with friends in Windsor so they wouldn’t miss a thing. They ended up in Auburn Hills at noon and decided to hang out at Meijer to kill time.

Nic and his girlfriend drove in from Toledo and were so early they went to a movie.

Noa Daniely, even though she was a winner, couldn’t make it to the game all the way from Israel. She was with us in spirit.

We ended up calculating all of the miles we drove to get to The Palace that day and it was well over 1000.

Pistons Fans….

We were taken on a tour of the Palace when nobody but the staff and a few fans were in the building, and quite honestly it felt like our own little playground. Our tour guide for the day, Pistons marketing genius Dave Wieme couldn’t have possibly showed us a better time. Not only does he know his Palace history, he’s kind of a big deal around there.

And he’s a good photographer.

Team Need4Sheed Suit Night Winners

As we sat courtside watching Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell, Arron Afflalo, Walter Herrmann and Rodney Stuckey practicing before the game we collectively decided that Pistons assistant coach Harold Ellis looks a lot like Stephen A. Smith.

Another treat….Dave stole Coach Steve’s 2004 Championship ring so we could see it up close. Me…well it looked pretty damn good on my hand.

Pistons Coach Steve

Now Mr. Wieme has a ring too, but doesn’t break it our unless (if you believe him) he’s going to a wedding, “or something.” Don’t kid yourself people that “or something” is trying to score with the ladies, and after seeing it, I’m telling you it works. That thing is HUGE.

And Coach Steve had his on at work….that’s just how he rolls. Thanks Steve!

Ramon decided he was going to ask Curtis Rodney Stuckey when his next CD was going to drop, but chickened out.

No Pistons fan will ever be the same after standing side by side with Walter. It’s just not fair he’s got better hair than I do.

Walter Hermann Up Close and Personal

Diesel said hello.

We waited at center court, but right before we were about to go to our Suite to get ready for the game we saw Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess start to warm up.  So we stayed and got a treat from Mr. Blaha.

George Blaha and Team Need4Sheed

Now you all know how I feel about George, but let me just tell you this man is one of a kind. As we sat watching Dyess and Tay, George and Special K were doing there pre-game show a few feet away from us. When they took a break I politely waved to George and said hello. He then walked over to me gave me a big hug and kiss and wished me a happy new year. Then asked who I was at the game with. When I told him I was with a group of winners from the site his smile grew even larger and then started to orchestrate a group picture without me even asking.

I mean the man made sure we set that picture up, had Sue the guest services attendant take it and made sure he sat next to me. He then said hello to everyone in the group and shook their hands. In fact I think we may have even held up his taping of Pistons live because Special K looked like he was anxiously awaiting his return to his courtside chair in front of the camera.

As I said goodbye and thanked him he asked me, do you have one of these? Holding up a Pistons media guide, I said no, “you do now,”  he replied.  He took out a sharpie and was about to sign the cover when I instead made him sign my favorite Pistons T-shirt.

Sweet, sweet string music!

We then headed up to the suite to enjoy the game.

It’s one thing to get to experience the things we did, but it’s another to sit down and watch a game with 12 people who have as much passion for the team as you do. Enjoyable is putting it mildly.

Halftime treat:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels and
  • Larry O’Brien

Ryan Flemming with The Championship Trophy

Not only did Dave bring the 2004 Championship Trophy up to the Suite for us, but he let each of us hold it. Ryan took it to heart, if that’s not a smile of joy I don’t know what is. I just hope he looks that excited when he holds his child one day.

Team Need4Sheed with the 2004 Larry O'Brien

Oh and the Pistons won!

I can’t thank Dave enough. The Pistons are an organization that truly knows how to treat their fans. Dave really has passion for what he does and loves the team as much as the rest of us do, and it shows in everything he does.

I may be one of the luckiest people I know. I started this whole thing because I love this team. I do this all because I love this team. I go to the games because I love this team.  I get to share my love for this team with all of you, Pistons fans just like myself who bleed red, white and blue.

Because of Dave I got to do what I love most, I get a chance to see the smiles on Pistons fans faces when they are standing on the court for the first time, talking to George for the first time, standing next to Amir Johnson for the first time and getting a chance do something not many people get to do, hold the Larry O’Brien trophy in their arms.

Things that just cant be measured.

What a Sweet night.

The Pistons finally won a game on Sunday as they squeaked out a W against a severely depleted Los Angeles Clippers team at The Staples Center. It took an Allen Iverson fingerroll goaltending call with 2.8 seconds left on the clock to seal the 88-87 victory for Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Detroit is on its largest win streak of the season at 7, currently the longest active streak in the NBA.
  • The Clippers haven’t beaten Detroit since Nov. 3, 2002 at Los Angeles.
  • Allen Iverson put up a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. He was having a hard time hitting all game long going just 7-for-22 but it was his clutch jumpshot with 1:20 and his fingeroll with 2.8 seconds left that won the game for Detroit.
  • Like the trade or not, AI has been the Pistons “Big Shot” of late.

Allen Iverson

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  • Another game without Rip and Sheed but McDyess stepped up even when he was hurting. It doesn’t compare to a Clippers team that was without Baron Davis, Zach Randolph, Ricky Davis (suspension), Taylor, Hart and Fred Jones who was hurt after the first two minutes of the game.
  • Dyess, unsung hero with 15 boards, a steal and 6 points. The man has heart.
  • Rookie Eric Gordon played a heck of a game for the Clippers with a career high 31 points in 44 minutes. They trusted him enough to take the possible game winner when LA had just 0.4 on the clock. Interesting note, the Clippers are so high on the rookie that they assign him the opposing team’s best player to defend. That player wasn’t AI for Detroit….Gordon was assigned Rodney Stuckey.
  • The Pistons finally won the war of the boards 47-40. Half of the Clippers boards were courtesy of Marcus Camby (20).
  • Tayshaun had another big game with 20 points, 7 boards, 2 assists and 3 blocked shots. He had some key baskets late in the game to help the Pistons win the game. But nothing was better than the play of the game.

Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit
  • This game was close, it was tied 28 times with 42 lead changes.
  • Aaron Afflalo wasn’t feeling well but still managed to put up 10 points against his hometown crowd.
  • Just what we need from Kwame Brown, 11 boards in 18 minutes and 2 points.
  • To all the Pistons fans in the house, we could hear you loud and clear. The Pistons have a huge fan base in California so I’m glad they have taken both games in LA for our Pistons fans on the left coast.
  • “Detroit scored eight straight points to take a 78-70 lead with 7:04 to play. The Clippers tied it at 80 with two free throws and a short jumper by Gordon that capped a 10-2 spurt with 2:56 remaining. But the Prince spun around Mardy Collins for a dunk and Iverson hit a 20-footer from the key 32 seconds later, giving Detroit an 86-82 edge with 1:20 left.” Via NBA.com

Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit
  • FSN Highlights of the game complete with the Tayshuan Dunks and AI’s clutch plays.
  • Can we finally put to rest the argument about Amir Johnson? I, along with plenty of you, have been criticized for being on his bandwagon. Hasn’t he proved his value to this team by now? He’s out there changing games with everything he does on the court. He may not always fill up the stat sheet, but his contributions can’t be denied.
  • Amir unfortunately got into a bit of foul trouble and ultimately fouled out of the game. His 6 boards, 4 points, blocked shot and a steal in 23 minutes didn’t tell the whole story when he was on the floor. Did you see his putback jam that had the crowd breathless? It’s ok to watch it more than once.
  • If you haven’t jumped on the Stuckey bandwagon yet think about this… Detroit is 13-3 since inserting Stuckey into the starting lineup.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 24 on 10-for-24 shooting with 6 assists and 2 steals. He’s playing out of his mind just when Detroit needs him most. I know that Pistons fans have been watching him, but he’s getting noticed by the whole league. He’s being picked up in all the fantasy leagues and he’s the chatter all over the internet. They are even talking about him down under.

Rodney Stuckey

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  • Rodney Stuckey Highlights.
  • The Pistons held the Clippers to 12 third quarter points.
  • 40 points in the paint for the Clippers and the Pistons.
  • Just 16 minutes for Maxiell who scored 4 with a blocked shot and a rebound.
  • Herrmann just isn’t hitting his shots when he gets on the floor and Curry is pulling him quickly. He was 0-for-2 in six minutes.
  • The Pistons shot just 39% on the night.
  • It’s starting to click.
  • Wallace should be ready to play Wednesday in Portland. The Pistons are being more cautious with Hamilton. Hamilton hasn’t tried to sprint or make a hard cut yet. Via The Detroit News
  • Dana Guarudner of the Oakland Press is also jumping on the Rip to the Bench Bandwagon.
  • Aaron Larson Need4Sheed reader who was at the game in LA had a little tidbit for us. “I watched Sheed during a timeout take a piece of gum off the scorers table, roll up the wrapper and place it in an assistant coaches suit breast pocket secretly…he noticed it, grabbed it and placed it in his EAR…AND LEFT IT THERE ALL GAME. LOL always a joker that Rasheed!”
  • Aaron and Joe!
    Aaron Larson and Joe Dumars
    Count That Baby and A Foul, Aaron and Mr. Blaha
    Aaron Larson and George BlahaAaron Larson and George Blaha

  • Justin Shaw was there too, and he had some pretty sweet seats. “Good to see our bench players pull off a win on the road / Here are some pics from the game, 2 of them are the refs talking to the kids whose drinks Iverson slipped on and hurt his side when he landed on a water bottle / The fans were pretty cool, better than Laker fans for sure cause they know about being a fan for a a team that has struggled / If you watch the video you can see the backs of me and my friend jumping up when Prince takes that one to the rack for the dunk”
  • Justin Shaw Clippers
    Justin Shaw Clippers

  • As always I welcome comments, but I would especially love to hear from those of you that attended the game.
  • For those of you who downloaded my January Game Schedule Wallpaper the 1st day I had it up, I neglected to put the game against the Hornets on the 17th on. I have since fixed it so check your wallpaper and download again if needed. Sorry about that.

Detroit put an end to Orlando’s seven game winning streak Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills by beating the Magic 88-82. Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons, but this was a team effort with everyone contributing. Rasheed Wallace had maybe one of his best defensive games on the season, especially when you consider he was up against a Superman.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons are now on a four game winning streak. Sadly, it’s tied for the longest of the season when Detroit started the season 4 and 0.
  • Iverson finished with 15 points and another late-game shot to seal the victory with 1:10 left in the game and the Pistons up by 7, 87-80.
  • Mannie32 reminds us in the comments that the Pistons are now 7-3 since Mr. McDyess returned to Motown. Maybe he was just what they needed?
  • Sheed almost singlehandedly held Dwight Howard to 1 point in the first half. Too bad he came alive in the second.

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  • 12th tech for Sheed late in the fourth quarter. He made up for it when he nailed a three to make it 82-77. Rasheed finished with 16 points, 3 blocked shots, a steal and 6 boards. Dare I say…..SHEEDTastic?
  • This is the kind of game you love to see as a fan. A hard fought, defensive effort with everyone contributing on the floor and an exciting finish. It’s looking better Pistons fans.
  • Richard Hamilton sits out with a sore groin and Detroit wins two. I know plenty of you have been talking about the fact that small ball is difficult on this team. Maybe this is just the proof Curry needs.
  • UPDATE: Michael Curry re-thinking small ball. and Keith Langlois talks lineup change. (via Mannie32 in the comments)
  • Did small ball just die? DBB
  • Jason Maxiell steps on the hardwood and this happens. Bucket – Block – Bucket! He played just 16 minutes and scored 4 but he’s like a Red Bull shot to this team whenever he touches the floor.
Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN
  • War of the boards won for the first time in a long time. Pistons 43 boards to 36 for Orlando. Especially impressive when you consider who the Magic have down low.
  • Pretty scary when McDyess went down in the fourth after a collision going for a rebound. He looked like he was staying down for the count, but that heart just wouldn’t let him when the game was on the line. McDyess got right back up and helped Detroit seal the deal. I bet Dyess is in some pain tomorrow, his ribs took quite a shot.
  • “It was horrible—when I was laying on the court, I was just trying to get my breath back,” he said. “It hurt, but I didn’t even think about not coming back. I knew they needed me.” Via Yahoo
    • Dave in comments
      For those of you who only saw what was on TV: the hit McDyess took was really rough. Afterward, Howard being the veteran that he is really went after him and was banging him around hard. Every time the pistons brought the ball down the court or there was a stoppage in play dice was holding his ribs and grimacing. he may have a heart of a champion but based on what i saw those ribs might keep him out a game or two.
  • Dyess was 4-8 on the night for 11 points, 5 assists and 8 boards.
  • Just 3 turnovers on the night for Detroit.
  • The Pistons shot 42% on the night to Orlando’s 40.
  • Anything sound familiar in the FSN Highlights of the game?
  • Rodney Stuckey once again led the Pistons in scoring with 19 points in addition to 4 assists, 5 boards and just one turnover plus some pretty nice HL’s. He is seriously making a case for himself as a starter in this league and a very good replacement for Chauncey Billups. I’m not ready to say better, just yet.

Rodney Stuckey

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  • Forget the stats, Amir again did more than what was asked of him on court in Rip’s place. Johnson scored 2 points in 19 minutes with 7 boards and 2 blocked shots.
  • Though Detroit limited Orlando’s points in the paint in the first half, they ended up with 30 down low. You can’t usually stop Dwight all night.
  • “Rasheed was playing great defense, and we were able to contain Dwight,” Curry said. “He still had a big game inside, but we didn’t give him a lot of dunks.” Via Yahoo
  • A quiet 16 from Tayshaun Prince who had another solid game and did a nice job defending Turkoglu. Prince logged 43 minutes while grabbing 5 boards and 2 assists to go along with his 16 points.
  • 27 threes attempted by Orlando, 11 of which they made. Each one of them seemed to bring them right in the game when Detroit was pulling away.
  • This one was tied 12 times.
  • A New Years Eve matinee with New Jersey on Wednesday, I smell a little revenge.