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The #Pistons can’t be happy with their tenth straight loss in Atlanta. More than one thing went wrong for Detroit in the 85-93 loss.

Key Points:

  • Let’s start with the return of Josh Smith to Atlanta. They didn’t set off any fireworks for Smith’s return. From the experience I’ve had with ATL fans and from last night’s reception of Josh, Hawks fans were glad to rid themselves of Smith. They went as far as to cheer him at misses jump shots, which is a sign for Pistons fans. That aside Smith didn’t turn up the heat on the team and fan base that didn’t really want him on their side anymore. Josh was 5-of-15 and 0-for-4 from downtown. He finished with 11 points, six boards, two assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 35 minutes.
  • Maurice Cheeks was tossed late in the fourth quarter for arguing with refs after Stuckey fouled out on two questionable calls. Either way things weren’t going Cheeks way on the court. It’s too early to judge, but Cheeks isn’t doing well with adjustments on the court, especially on the defensive end.
  • The game started terribly for both the Hawks and the Pistons.
  • The Pistons led by four in the third quarter and looked like they might pull out a win, but they went through a dry spell that shut that down quickly. Late in the fourth quarter they were shooting so poorly that it was like watching a train wreck, ugly.
  • Caldwell-Pope, who grew up in George may have let hometown jitters get the best of him. He was 1-of-9 on the night with four points in his starting roll.
  • Someone needs to get Gigi acclimated with NBA defense. Datome scored five points with a board in 10:42 on court.
  • Too many easy buckets in the lane for the Hawks and the Pistons points in the paint where hard to come by. Each team scored 50 points in the paint, but the Hawks looked almost effortless.
  • Atlanta went on a 22-9 run in the fourth quarter that the Pistons couldn’t recover from.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Smith, Monroe and Drummond combined for just 28 points.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 21 points on 9-of-21 shooting with six assists and seven boards.
  • The shining stat of late for Detroit is their steals. The Pistons are tied with Dallas averaging 9.9 per game. The are second behind Dallas for Top points in the paint.
  • Give it up again for Stuckey for keeping the Pistons in the game. Stuckey scored 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.
  • Andre’s production was down and a lot had to do with him being in foul trouble. He still however managed to put up a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-Hawks Nov-2013

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  • It was a disheartening loss from a team that has talent and started this season like they were going to play beyond expectations.
  • Let’s see what kind of changes Cheeks can make to get the win over Atlanta in Detroit on Friday night.

The 20-33 Pistons will host the 33-20 Atlanta Hawks for a Valentines game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Atlanta has won seven of its last nine games away from home, but Detroit always plays the Hawks tough. In their last meeting in Detroit, Atlanta lost 103-80.

  • The good: Still waiting for any Tom Gores news.
  • The bad: The Pistons have now dropped three straight home games and five of their last six.
  • The unknown: Will Rip Hamilton play…ever?

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Great time to score points with your Valentine.  Great lower level seats for as low as $18.

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

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

The Hawks handed the Pistons their 11th loss in a row last night.  Despite the fact that is was a L and it did add to what has turned out to one of the most surprising season for Detroit fans, this team competed.  The  85-91 final score doesn’t tell you that he Pistons went neck and neck with the Hawks and had a good chance to take this one.

Key Points:

  • Kwame Brown started the game for the injured Jason Maxiell, who was starting for the injured Ben Wallace.  Two words…GO KWAME.  Kwame started off the game with a thunder dunk that had my surround sound rattling.  Brown finished with 8 points, 8 boards, a steal, an assist and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • This was the second Thundering Slam from Kwame, watch and listen. Via NBA.com

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  • Ben Gordon 0-for-7 in 22 minutes, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones waiting for his season to be over.
  • Horford and Smith 14 boards each for Atlanta.  Would love to have either of them on this Pistons team.
  • Jamal Crawford 29 points of the Atlanta bench.
  • Pistons shot 37% on the night and 35% from downtown.
  • Rodney Stuckey, back starting (playing the 2) lead the Pistons with 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting.  Stuckey just looks so comfortable at the shooting guard position.

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  • What’s with all the different shoe colors this season?  If I remember correctly, the NBA was a stickler for socks and shoes when it comes to on court uniforms.  It used to be that the whole team had to wear the same color shoes and socks.  And back in the day, Jordan was banned from wearing his signature shoes.  Things sure have changes, because Mike Bibby’s red kicks almost blinded me from my seat at home.
  • This was the kind of effort that you wanted to see every night if you are a Pistons fan.  The L really doesn’t hurt that much when you know that they had a chance and gave it all they had.  If they played like that all season they would have given themselves a chance to win every game.
  • Jonas had a few really swede moves against the Hawks.  He even knocked down a three.  Jonas finished the game with 11 points, 9 boards and yes 4 steals!  How his overall game has improved is dramatically.  Not that he was bad to start the season, but he picked up the NBA game very quickly.
  • Charlie V 3-for-13 for 8 points, 6 boards and a steal.  I think I have been hard enough on V.  I just hope I can comment differently next season.
  • Minimal time for DaJuan Summers, but he did score 2 points on his only shot in his 4 minutes on the floor.
  • Tayshaun with 17 points on 7-for18 shooting with 7 boards, 4 assists and a blocked shot.

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  • No Rip, no Wallace, no Wilcox or Maxiell.
  • 13 for Bynum on 5-for-7 shooting with just 2 assists.
  • This game was tied 11 times with 5 lead changes.
  • If you missed this game, I’m sorry.  After how Detroit has been playing this game was not only fun to watch, but it gave hope.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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And the blows just keep on coming.  The Pistons added another loss to their now 27-24 record at home to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night at the Palace.  Detroit was in this one from start to finish, but once again couldn’t put things together enough to get the win.  The 99-95 loss to the Hawks was Detroit’s last game before a much-needed All Star break.

Key Points:

  • When Flip Murray is the game maker and burns you over and over again is it time to give up?  Seriously, Flip Murry lit the Pistons up for 23 points on 10-18 shooting off the bench for the Hawks.  Still a little funny to me that Flip took more shots for the Hawks than Joe Johnson did. Johnson led the Hawks with 27 on 10-for-16 shooting.
  • Has Sheed given up? I was at the game and I was bitching (to myself) that we were going small down the stretch, again, and wondering why Sheed wasn’t in the game. On the ride home I heard Curry explain that he said that when he asked to return to the game Rasheed said he wasn’t able.  An old injury re-aggravated or is there something we don’t know? Maybe he just wanted to rush home to catch the rest of the North Carolina – Duke game.
  • Allen Iverson led all scorers with 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting. Great performance from AI who missed Tuesday’s game against the Bulls with Flu like symptoms. He added 3 steals and just one turnover, but the one he did give up was a critical possession late in the game that could have made a big difference in the outcome of the game.

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  • AI highlights complete with the diving assist to Rip.
  • If the playoffs started Wednesday, the Pistons and Hawks would face each other. And Detroit would NOT have home court advantage.
  • The Pistons actually won the war of the boards 40-35.
  • They even had 45 points in the paint.
  • They really have no defensive identity.  Oh how we miss the Wallace x2 days.
  • Rodney Stuckey struggled a bit after suffering a slight ankle sprain in Tuesday’s game with the Bulls.  Rodney scored 12 on 5-for-11 shooting in 30 minutes on the floor.  A complaint by many Pistons fans is that our point guard doesn’t distribute the ball…and his one assist last night is a shining example.
  • Feel bad…some Jason Maxiell Highlights will make you feel good. At least it did for me when I was putting the video together. Dunk you very much Jason for easing our misery just a little with your hustle and heart.
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN
  • Jason finished with 6 points, 4 boards, 2 blocked shots and a steal in 17 minutes. You can ask yourself all you want why he didn’t get more time when he was a difference maker when he was on court and when Sheed couldn’t return.  Should Need4Sheed have a “mail bag” of questions for Michael Curry to answer?  I think we would keep him pretty busy.
  • Tayshaun Prince 12 points on 4-10 shooting, with 8 assists, 5 boards, and a steal.  Thank goodness someone is racking up assists.
  • 17 lead changes with the game tied 8 times.
  • Double-double for Antonio McDyess with 10 points and 10 boards.
  • FSN Highlights by the Quarter.
  • Jason Maxiell likes to block shots, and we like to watch him do it.  Al Horford……..not so much.
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN
  • “For some reason, when we come home, we have a lull,” Curry said. “When we’re on the road, we’re all together and you have to fight, that’s all you got. (At home) everyone is finding reasons why we’re losing.” Via The Detroit News. Dear Mr. Curry, just so you know, in case you haven’t paid attention, IT’S NOT JUST AT HOME!
  • Richard Hamilton 14 points on 6-for-16 shooting with 5 assists, 4 boards and zero turnovers.
  • It may be every bit of reality that the Pistons don’t even make the playoffs. There, I said it. Just look at the standings and see for yourself.  They have the same record as Miami and Philly and the only team below them in the hunt are The Bucks.
  • Did you know that Antonio McDyess hit the Bulls Derrick Rose so hard that he was in tears?  I knew he was hurt when watcing the game but apparently the Bulls think action should be taken against Dyess.
  • Anyone have the feeling Joe Dumars is just some kind of Evil Genius and something just might happen?  I am thinking if something does go down it will be after the All Star break.  For all we know a deal is already put in place, but the NBA wants All Star weekend to take precedence.  Just me thinking to help stop the madness in my head.  But I could be right.