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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.

There was a scary situation at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night when Detroit’s star Andre Drummond collided with the Pacers Roy Hibbert.  Andre and Hibbert were going after a loose ball when they collided.  Drummond immediately fell to the ground grabbing his head.



Video via NBA

The entire crowd at the Palace was seemed horrified as Dre was down on the floor for about 10 minutes.  He was walked off court with Arnie Kandor and Mike Abdenour on his side to a roaring ovation.  He did not return.

No word yet on his injury, I’m sure until he see’s doctors.

Let’s hope the future of this team is just fine.

 

The 24-36 #Pistons will host the 33-27 Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Bulls, who are playing good basketball are just one and a half games behind the Raptors for third place in Eastern Conference.

Chicago has lost two of three to Detroit since winning 18 straight in the series.

The good: Andre Drummond who grabbed a career-high and NBA season-high-tying 26 rebounds vs. New York. Andre’s 26 is the most rebound recorded by a Pistons since Ben Wallace put up 28 vs. Boston (3/24/02).
The bad: The Bulls should be gunning hard for this one. Despite not having Derrick Rose, they’re doing a heck of a job in the lowly eastern Conference.
Don’t diss Dre, he just wants to play ball.
The unknown: Will this Pistons team keep the momentum going against the Bulls or did they dismantle the Knicks simply because they are terrible?

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Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Bulls: Derrick Rose is out.

Stat:  Detroit is 1-1 against the New York Knicks this season.
Stat: Carmelo Anthony is averaging 29.5 points against the Pistons this season.

Remember the Jordan Rules? I you’re young it’s a great lesson on how the NBA changed the rules to accommodate Michael Jordan because The Pistons defense was just too good.

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 23-35 #Pistons are Houston to take on the 39-19 Rockets Saturday night. The Rockets are on a roll, having won 10 of their last 12 games and have won seven straight against the Pistons on their home court.

The good: You can see that this team is playing much better lately, they just need to learn to finish off games.
The bad: The last time these two teams met Dwight Howard had a monster game putting up 35 points with 19 boards. Remember the days when Sheed played Howard so well he was barley noticeable on the floor?
The unknown: Can Andre Drummond show that he’s improved since the last time he met Howard? Will Detroit’s defense be able to hold off Houston, who are averaging 114 points per game while shooting lights out from behind the arc?

Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Rockets: Greg Smith is out.
James Harden is probable.

Stat: The Pistons are 4-17 against Western Conference opponents.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

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 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.