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The #Pistons got their second road win of the season Saturday night in Cleveland, when they beat the Cavaliers for the second time in a week 104-97.  This however wasn’t smooth sailing, as the Pistons again let a large lead disappear and had rally late in the game to get the victory.

Key Points:

  • Hats off to Rodney Stuckey and Andre Drummond who were pivotal in the third quarter. Putting Brandon’s game aside, the pair sparked the Pistons comeback.
  • It was Jason Maxiell who kept Detroit in it early helping them to a 13-6 run to close the half down just three points.  Jason finished the game with 10 points, 4 boards and a pivotal blocked shot against Varejao that seemed to give the Pistons the momentum.
  • This team needs to stop giving up so many offensive boards.  Noah on Friday and Varejao killed them on the glass. The Pistons were out-rebounded 35-46.
  • What’s up with Greg Monroe? Not only is he slipping in the efficiency category of centers in the league, his shot isn’t falling and he hasn’t put up a double-double in forever. He scored 11 on the night but missed 6 from very close range. He needs to throw it down with authority when he’s that close to the hoop. Monroe added four boards, three assists, a steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes.
  • Do we need to send out a search party for MOOSE?

Moose Monroe is Bullwinkle

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  • While we’re at it, maybe someone should help Kyle Singler find his game. Kyle was 2-for-4 for 9 points and two boards, an assist and two turnovers in 35 minutes.
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  • His stat line doesn’t amaze, but Andre Drummond had a great game.  He put up nine points, three boards and a blocked shot in 21 minutes on the floor.  Andre, in my opinion, is way ahead of whatever schedule we thought he was going to be on.
  • Brandon Knight led all scorers with a career high 30 points adding seven rebounds and five assists.  It was Knight who seemed to make things happen right when Detroit needed a boost late in the game.  His three pointer with 2:56 left to make it 97-89 seemed to quiet the fans at the Q and help Detroit keep on track.

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Andre Drummond on Brandon Knight: “He played with a force. He played real hard and the shots he put up were falling. Tonight was his night.”

  • Tayshaun continues to contribute putting up 14 with eight boards in 34 minutes.
  • Charlie V still getting playing time and producing, while Jonas continues to rack up DNP coaches decisions.
  • Monday in Philadelphia to finish the two game road trip.

The #Pistons may not have dominated the second half of Monday night’s game against the Cavs as they did in the first, but the 79-89 win extended their home winning streak to five games.  That may not seem like a great accomplishment, but considering their start to the season and their overall record, they’ll take any milestone that they can.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons had a 22 point lead at the half, and it looked like there was going to be a blowout at the Palace.  The offense however stalled a bit and the Cavs closed the gap to ten by mid third quarter.
  • Cleveland didn’t have Kyrie Irving or rookie Dion Waiters their two scoring threats.
  • Being at the game (with the other 13 people) I didn’t realize just how many blocked shots the Pistons racked up.  The Pistons recorded 13 blocked shots on the night, the most they have since 2007.
  • I did mention before that with Andre Drummond the Palace is DETROIT BLOCK CITY.
  • Andre finished with seven points, 12 board and three blocks in 20 minutes.  It was great to see Frank utilize the Twin Towers Monday night. It may not happen every night, but when he makes an impact on a game it’s just so obvious.

Brandon Knight on Drummod: “He’s just playing with energy. He comes in the game and blocks shots, fights for rebounds, and he just provides a different type of energy we need with the second unit. When the first unit guys see that, they want to come in and provide that same type of energy. He does a great job of doing that.”

  • Jason Maxiell is still pouring it on do you realize he’s blocked 13 shots in the last three games?  He finished with 12 points, six boards and five blocked shots on the night. It’s nice to hear the crowd gasp when Maxiell gets a nasty block.
  • Tayshaun Prince and Kyle Singler each with 15 points. Kyle scored seven consecutive points to held Detroit to a 14-point lead late in the first quarter. ROY?
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  • Anderson Varejao with 17 points and 18 boards.
  • Best part of my night at the Palace, you’d think was the victory, but it was the 20 something D-Bag Cavs fan with the Varejao jersey on and NO shirt underneath that literally walk down every section of the Palace to try to get a closer seat. When he’d get turned away by the ushers the Palace crowd would laugh and then he would try to taunt them with by popping his jersey and waiving his hands. I’m surprised someone didn’t pop him in the face.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 17 points, five boards and five assists. It sure looks like whatever slump he was in to start the season is long gone.

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  • Moose with 14 boards, five assists, two steals. two blocked shots and nine points.
  • Charlie V is still getting time on the court, but his shot didn’t fall Monday night. He was just 1-for-6 with two points.
  • They won this one, but their second half play was alarming.  It was the a depleted Cavs team, so they were lucky to finish this out.  I was almost waiting for their “Lions” moment late in the fourth quarter.
  • A win Wednesday night at home against the Warriors would be a nice.

The 5-13 #Pistons are hosting the 4-13 Cavaliers Monday night. With a win Detroit will have won five in a row at home, their longest home streak in three seasons.

  • The good:The Cavs have an awful record on the road (similar to Detroit).
  • The bad: We’ve got to endure my least favorite players Anderson Varejao, who is having an All-Star like season. Varejao is currently the top center in the NBA according to efficiency. But take a look who’s at #8. Via HoopsStats.com
  • The unknown:  Will this be a battle of the Centers? Can Knight put on a show against Kyrie?  No news yet if top draft pick Dion Waiters will be playing in this on for the Cavs.
  • Not unknown:  I still like to mock VareJoke. Anderson Varejao is a Clown

Tickets are ridiculously cheap, head over to The Palace for as little as $3!

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

This stat line from last night’s 94-82 loss to the Cavs in game two pretty much sums up the series thus far for Pistons fan, the Cavaliers never trailed in the ball game and were up by 27 points after three quarters. Another lackluster game for Detroit, whoa are now on the ropes going into game three and four at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • Dyess says it all “They are the best team in the league and they are at home, but at the same time, we’ve got to play with some type of heart,” We’re just going through the motions, it seems like.” When asked why that was, McDyess said, “Your guess is better than mine.” Via The Detroit News
  • If you watched just five minutes (besides when the bench made their comeback) of the game you could see the flat performance Detroit put forth.  A carbon copy of Game One eerily like most of the season for Detroit.  Is it that they just don’t care or are they just outmatched?  Maybe 50/50.
  • 14 first quarter points, 18 second and third quarter points aren’t going to will you any ball game let alone a playoff game against the #1 seed.
  • The Cavs were up by 29 points in the fourth quarter until their bench blew most their lead against Detroit’s bench courtesy of Will Bynum.  James had to return to hold off the Pistons and secure the win.
  • Rasheed Wallace, who scored just 8 with 4 boards in 25 minutes on the floor scored zero points in the paint and quite honestly looked like he wanted nothing to do with what was going on Tuesday night. To me he looked like he checked out as soon as he stepped on the court. The fire is obviously gone. Wasn’t it Sheed who claimed they needed to Knuckle Up?  What happened?

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  • Though I tried to watch the local broadcast in favor of TNT, High Def won out and I heard something that I hoped wasn’t the case but just might be form Doug Collins when he said “It looks like Detroit doesn’t’ want to come back to the Q for a game five.” It sure looks that way now doesn’t it?
  • At this point you can cry Fire Curry all you want, but he’s not the one on the court playing like he doesn’t give a damn.
  • Four Pistons in double figures and two of them are Afflalo and Bynum.
  • Amir Johnson on his Tech after shoving VareJOKE: “I wasn’t going to let him punk me. I did what I had to do.” Via The Detroit Free Press Good for you Amir, too bad you couldn’t slap that smirk off of that clowns face.
  • The opposite of small ball when Curry put a lineup of Tayshaun Prince,Rip Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, Kwame Brown and Antonio McDyess. That didn’t work either.
  • Start Will Bynum at point is the chant I’m hearing from Pistons fans, and quite honestly they have nothing to lose at this point.  Bynum once again was the spark for Detroit sparking a 27-5 run in the fourth quarter. Sure it was without LeBron on the floor for the Cavs, but it put Detroit back in striking distance. Bynum finished with 13 points in 18 minutes adding 5 assists, 4 boards and 2 steals.

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  • Was it just me or did most of the game consist of either Rip taking a jumper or Stuckey trying to drive the lane or settling for a shot. Rip or Stuckey….I wanted to scream for them to move the ball and try something else because it clearly wasn’t working.
  • “Our bench played well,” McDyess said. “As far as the starters, we didn’t come out and do the job we were assigned to do. It’s like they were doing anything they wanted on offense. We weren’t giving no resistance to stop them or making it tough on them. Via NBA.com
  • Rally comes up short.
  • The Cavs held the Pistons to 39.5% shooting and outrebounded the Detroit 43-34.
  • I used to appreciate Mo Williams, but it seems as though he’s caught come cockiness now that he’s in Cleveland.
  • Rip Hamilton led the Pistons with 17 points on 7-for-16 shooting. But but that isn’t saying much either, he was a -30 for the game

Richard Hamilton

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  • Tayshaun Prince, another less than stellar game (and that’s being kind). Prince went 1-for-5 for 2 points and three boards. Dana Gauruder of the Oakland Press “Prince is a more maddening case. He seems to be full of excuses every postseason. Before, he’d decline in the conference finals. This year, he’s gone into the tank from the start. He’s averaging 6 points in his last six postseason games.”
  • Aggressive in game 2….nope! Detroit was 13-for-16 for the line. Cleveland….32-for-43. LeBron once again went to the line more than the entire Detroit team going 13-for-17.
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  • The Cavs have now won six straight playoff games over The Pistons.
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  • You can will them to Win all you want, but if they don’t come to play how does that help? I will support the Pistons no matter what, but being confident in a team that hasnt even shown heart is another thing altogether. You may feel different, but this team hasn’t showed me much to beleive in. How do you feel after game two?

Before game two tips in Cleveland I was lucky enough to do a little back and fourth  Q&A with Todd Dery (the brother of Matt Dery) over at the Cleveland Blog Waiting For Next Year (where they are counting down to a title). Todd was nice enough to answer a few question for me on the series while I answered a few of his over at WFNY.

N4S: As a Cavs fan, before the DET/CLE matchup was decided who was your ideal team to face in the first round?

Todd Dery: To be quite honest, I was hoping for Philly. Yes, they beat the Cavs on the last game of the season, but they did it without Lebron, Z, Mo Williams, and Joe Smith. Delonte West and Anderson Varejao only played a half, yet the Sixers needed OT to beat the Cavs third unit. I was actually scared of the Pistons. Thought they would take too much out of the Cavs for a first round series.

N4S: Who needs to play well (other than LeBron) to make things difficult for Detroit?

Todd Dery: It’s simple – the outside shooters have to hit their shots when the defense collapses on Lebron. Mo WIlliams, Wally Szczerbiak, Daniel Gibson, and Delonte West must keep shooting the ball they way they have over the last month or so. Gibson’s re-emergence has been a major key. His early and mid-season slumps pushed him out of the rotation for a while, but he has played his way back in by simply hitting shots. Also, Joe Smith has got to hit his mid-range shots. That gives the Cavs an extra-dynamic off the bench they didnt have when they had J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao as the bigs off the bench.

N4S: What do you make of the Tayshaun Prince/LeBron matchup, in that Prince is considered one of the premier defenders in the league? Do you think he does a good job on LeBron or does he need help like everyone else when it comes to stopping him?

Todd Dery: I honestly think Tayshaun is hurt. He has always done a nice job defending Lebron, but nobody can stop him one on one. Its the help defense that is the key. You must double Lebron and make everyone else beat you. The thing about Tayshaun is that Lebron has gotten stronger and quicker, while Tayshaun is starting to show signs of slowing down.

N4S: Who do you see as the biggest threat on the Pistons?

Todd Dery: Rip Hamilton is the biggest threat. No doubt about it. But Sheed always kills us. Time and time again he hits big threes late in games against the Cavaliers. He also seems to lose his cool the most against the Cavs as well.

N4S: Going into the series everyone (media and fans) seemed to look right past Detroit, do you think the team themselves are?

Todd Dery: Not a chance. This is a completely focused Cavaliers team. Lebron is on a mission. Look at the final regular season game. They had a chance to tie for the all-time best home record at 40-1 but had clinched the home court advantage already. Realistically, the game meant nothing, so the Cavs regulars all sat. When asked about why they did it, Lebron and coach Mike Brown echoed the same sentiment – the real goal is the NBA Title and everything else is meaningless.

N4S: Lastly, do you see LeBron staying in Cleveland once his contract is up and does the decision hinge on whether he wins a Championship or not?

Todd Dery: I’m from Cleveland, born and raised, so my initial response has always been to say he is gone win or lose in two years. But Lebron is a different cat. While he wants to be a “global icon,” which he already is, the thing he wants most is to win. If Cleveland is the place that gives him the best shot come next summer, then he will stay here. My gut tells me they will get a ring in the next two years and he will stay here, but on another three to four-year deal, which would give him another chance to go elsewhere at a relatively young age. When he signs his next deal, Lebron will be 25. Keep that in mind.

Thanks again go out to Todd and Waiting For Next Year for taking the time out to answer a few quiestions as well as getting a little Pistons point of view for Cavs fans.