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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.

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.

 

 

Greg Monroe and Andre DrummondFor the last six years, this phrase has defined the Pistons. Every year, fans hope things will turn around. Every year, things end about as badly as they possibly could. Just enough wins to remain out of prime draft position; just enough losses to leave everyone with the empty feeling of a completely wasted season. They luck into two top five talents in Monroe and Drummond, who slid almost miraculously in semi-consecutive drafts, but Monroe wasn’t even the best player available (Paul George went three spots later), and the questions about how the two fit together have so far been answered with a deafening silence. Coaches have been reluctant to play them very much together, and the two have demonstrated precious little compatibility in that time.

Despite moderate upsets against the Nets and Nuggets (which weren’t enough to save Maurice Cheeks’ job) and interim coach John Loyer’s first win against a depleted Spurs team that, frankly, didn’t need or want the win very much (their only able-bodied stars, Duncan and Parker, played about 20 minutes apiece), this team has proven much more in the season’s first 51 games than they possibly could in the final 31. Given owner Tom Gores’ comments that he believes the team is much better than their record (the mantra of every bad team ever), it stands to reason that the firing of head coach Maurice Cheeks might be the team’s lone trade deadline move.

The Pistons have achieved a similar level of futility in seasons’ past with far lower expectations and far more flexibility to look forward to, and they still stubbornly pursued doomed runs at hopeless playoff berths. So it stands to reason that this season will be no different. They simply don’t have the assets to be buyers at the deadline (expiring contracts just aren’t the commodities they used to be), and Joe Dumars might not even be trusted to make any personnel moves before his contract is allowed to quietly expire. That means the most likely outcome at the trade deadline is that they stand pat and hope for the best. Whether or not they succeed in their misguided attempt at a shallow playoff appearance, this outcome would fall under “the worst.”

At this point, the best case scenario for the Pistons this season is a close approximation of the 2008-2009 season where they won 39 games and were swept out of the playoffs in humiliating fashion. (If you remember, back when this fan base had standards, this season was considered a complete disaster.) It’s unrealistic to expect them to achieve their goal of threatening to win a series, or even being a dangerous playoff team. For that, they would need to secure at least a 6th seed, which looks quite unrealistic at this point. By any standard set at the start of the season, this campaign is already a failure. There simply isn’t very much to gain by staying the course.

Brandon Jennings Pistons vs. Magic 12-27-2013

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By bringing in Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith last summer, they certainly upgraded the talent base, but assembling a basketball team isn’t like talent soup, where the more pure talent you add the better off you are. As the Pistons have proven in both their best and worst times, chemistry is the most important ingredient. Basketball, more than any other major sport, favors the ability to field the best player and the best five man unit. This is why you can surround LeBron James with a D-League supporting cast and have a real shot at making the Finals. And why last year’s Portland Trailblazers, who had a strong starting lineup but no bench whatsoever, were significantly better than last year’s Pistons, whose second unit was almost in-arguably better than its starting lineup.

Building up the talent base was necessary, but just as necessary is that they make adjustments so that the pieces fit. Clearly the trio of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond is not working. Staggering their minutes so that only two of them are on the floor at a time is probably the best way to maximize their effectiveness, but that won’t maximize the team’s resources. And for a middle market team that has struggled as mightily as Detroit has over the past half decade, maximizing resources is absolutely essential. Debate all you want about whether or not a team can win without a superstar, but no team ever achieved any level of success in this league whose best three players couldn’t play together.

Andre Drummond NBA Detroit Pistons WallpaperGiven that Drummond is the unquestioned franchise player and Josh Smith is probably here to stay (after all, we were the high bidders for him and his value has been going nowhere but down) it just doesn’t make sense to make a long-term commitment to Greg Monroe, who hasn’t adapted well (or at all, really) to the power forward spot, a position he’s known was his future since the team drafted Drummond nearly two years ago. Any long-term commitment to Monroe at this time, even in the event that Josh Smith was somehow traded, would necessarily be based on the baseless hope that both he will suddenly, out of nowhere, with no real incentive (read: money) to do so, adapt his game to a position that obviously doesn’t suit him.

If the Pistons stand pat at the deadline, before the team can take any steps forward in July, it will first take two huge steps backwards: Greg Monroe will get a colossal pay raise, and Stuckey will be renounced– lost for nothing– in order to free up as much cap space as possible (roughly $10 million in this case). And then the only real avenue they have to fix the worst perimeter in the league will be that scant $10 million in cap space. Just for starters, this team needs a legitimate shooting guard and small forward– preferably ones who play on both ends of the court– and it’s hard to imagine $10 million luring even one starting caliber wing to Detroit. And somehow this represents this summer’s best case scenario.

If another team (say, the Washington Wizards, who have already expressed interest) extends Monroe a max offer sheet, the Pistons have three days to match it. So if that happens on the first day of free agency (and it’s likely they would want an answer sooner rather than later, so they can use that money to pursue other targets) the Pistons only have three days to convince free agents to take their $10 million before it shrivels up to a number much closer to $6 million. Perhaps there will be a new General Manager in town, and with him at least the hope of a cultural shift away from the dysfunction that has marked the last half decade, but it’s hard to imagine quality free agents jumping at the chance to sign right away with the team that’s done nothing but kill the careers of coaches and players alike over the last six years.

Rodney-Stuckey-Pistons-vs-Bulls

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Nobody can be sure what will happen or what the environment will be like, but is that a chance worth taking? If the team ends up being forced to match an offer sheet for Monroe before it can bring in any free agents, in terms of maximizing their buying power, it would make more sense to re-sign Rodney Stuckey (instead of renouncing him and losing him for nothing) and just add perimeter help via the mid-level exception. With the mid-level exception being just over $5 million, and our projected cap space after matching a max offer sheet for Monroe (and renouncing Stuckey) being just over $6 million, we would effectively be bringing Stuckey back for just a $1 million cap hit. In terms of putting a basketball team together, no matter how you value Stuckey, I don’t think you could argue that bringing him back isn’t worth sacrificing $1 million in buying power.

This isn’t to say that Stuckey would necessarily re-sign with the Pistons, and as an unrestricted free agent he has the power to sign wherever he wants. This just illustrates the position the team could very well find itself in under very realistic– perhaps even probable– circumstances. One where bringing everyone back (well, almost everyone; sorry, Charlie) and improving only via the mid-level exception (the bare minimum tool any team over the cap has at its disposal) could actually be the best achievable outcome. This possibility should scare anyone, because it means very little is likely to change. There is simply too much outside of the organization’s control to assume that they’ll be able to bring back Monroe for anything less than a max level contract, or that they’ll even have as much as $10 million to spend on perimeter help before matching his offer sheet.

It’s also unlikely to expect that the Pistons will have sign-and-trade options with either player. If Monroe signs an offer sheet with a team that’s under the cap, they will have no obligation or incentive to send assets back, and given Stuckey’s consistent inconsistency in play and health, it’s unlikely to expect the team that takes a flyer on him to send anything of value our way.

If the off-season plays out predictably, the next order of business would be trying to shop Smith, but he still won’t be in a position to succeed. Remember when we tried getting Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon to coexist? Those contracts were pretty atrocious on their own, but having them together on the same roster made it impossible to showcase either one of them to establish any value. The end result was buying Rip’s contract out and, worse yet, mortgaging a first round pick to get rid of Gordon. That isn’t to say the situation will be quite as bad with Monroe and Smith, but you’d think this team would have learned its lesson about attaching incompatible players to rich, long-term overlapping contracts. The likelihood is just too great that the team languishes in mediocrity for the first two or three years of Monroe’s four-year extension while trying to get rid of Smith, all the while dealing with the unenviable balancing act of keeping Monroe happy while showcasing Smith.The likelihood is just too great that the team will continue to flounder, Monroe will get increasingly disgruntled, the first half of his contract will be entirely wasted, and he’ll never stick around for another extension. It’s difficult to see the upside of this plan when Monroe and Drummond have done nothing to demonstrate that the Pistons can build around them at all, let alone build a contender.

If the organization had half as much patience as they ask of their fans, they would be very active at the trade deadline. True, they don’t have the assets to be buyers, but they have a wealth of assets to be sellers. Let’s be honest: If the Pistons weren’t already attached to Greg Monroe, and he was an unrestricted free agent, they would be the last team lining up to give him a max contract. They simply don’t have the luxury of tying up all their money in incompatible post players. Being the absolute worst team in the league at scoring outside the paint, they should be much more concerned with bolstering their perimeter to balance the roster and create space for the post players they’ve already committed to.

Greg Monroe Pistons vs. Sixers

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By trading Monroe before the deadline, the team offers its trade partner a serious boost with a minimal cap hit, since Monroe is still on his rookie contract. His Bird rights also come with him, so they would have the right to match any offer sheet another team might offer him (and chances are they’ll be a team in need of post help, so he wouldn’t be just a rental anyways). And the Pistons have plenty of contracts to mix-and-match and get the best possible return; if they wait until he’s signed an extension, they’ll have to take back a lot of money. Furthermore, any team that gives up serious assets for Monroe would be making a much stronger statement in terms of their commitment to him than his current team simply holding onto him. This could go a long way towards discouraging other teams from extending him an offer sheet. Holding onto him just isn’t as strong of an endorsement, and it only makes sense that someone will put the Pistons to the test. At worst, their money is tied up for three days; at best, they’ve forced an opponent to pay top dollar for their own free agent.

Perhaps equally important, in its own way, would be cashing in on Stuckey’s contract year and shipping him to a playoff team for future assets. It would be a shame to have waited so long for him to develop (and sacrificing so much in a failed attempt to build around him) only to lose him in free agency seven wasted years later, with nothing to show for our troubles. And for what? A desperate attempt at a hollow playoff berth that’s only even within reach because the East is unbelievably bad. “Making the playoffs” can’t possibly feel like an accomplishment when you’re nowhere near .500 and make the cut purely by default. And with so little room to grow, having no first round pick, no movable assets, and just a sliver of cap space. Regardless of what General Manager inherits this team, he (or she?) will have precious little flexibility to improve things. And if you’ve been following the Pistons this season, you know that is a very bad thing.

Standing pat at the trade deadline is welcoming disaster. It virtually guarantees that the team we’ve seen on the court so far is pretty much what we’ll be looking at for the next several years. In a best case scenario, Monroe and Smith suddenly blossom into completely different players out of nowhere and for no reason. In a worst case scenario, we miss the playoffs, lose our first round pick to Charlotte, and come back to do this all over again next year. And the year after that. And the year after that.

The only way a team stays as bad as the Pistons are for as long as they’ve been is their stubborn insistence on winning as many games as humanly possible in the here and now, regardless of how low their ceiling was. And it looks like this year is shaping up to be no different. But if they have the vision (and patience) to make a few calculated subtractions in an already fruitless season, they could enter the summer with a bounty of picks and prospects (their return for Monroe and Stuckey), possibly including their own first round pick, and as much as $20 million in cap space (since they won’t have to worry about setting aside money for their own free agents). This translates to a tremendous amount of flexibility and, for the first time in a long time, hope.

The Pistons won their third straight game and fifth consecutive game at home in a win against one of the best teams in the NBA. Detroit’s 100-109 win against the Spurs was the first for interim coach John Loyer.

Key Points:

  • From a fans standpoint, this team look entirely different from the one that lost to the Magic just a few days back. Detroit seemed to have a spark and really gave 100% the full 48 minutes.
  • Detroit started off strong out of the gate and nothing set the tone like this ridiculous block Andre Drummond sent to the other end of the floor right in the hands of Brandon Jennings for a quick two points.



Via NBA.com

  • Detroit finished the first quarter on a 15-5 run to take an 11 point lead into the second quarter.
  • Greg Monroe dropped a double-double with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, with 10 boards, two steals and three assists in 36 minutes on the floor.  Looks like Pistons want to keep the big man for a while.
  • This time it was the Pistons who took advantage of turnovers. Detroit with 11 on the night and the Spurs 19 turnovers led to 26 points for Detroit.
  • There was a lot of chatter at the Palace about the Cheeks firing. Most fans saw it coming, but were shocked it happened when it did.
  • Nice showing from the Pistons bench. It was also nice to see Loyer give the starters a break after they’d been playing a ton of minutes of late.

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond: “Everybody loves John, you can see the excitement we had when we were walking off the court after the game. We’re all excited he’s our coach now. Of course, we miss Mo, too. But we’ve got to move forward and try to win some games.”

  • Rodney Stuckey put up 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four boards, a steal and three assists in 27 minutes on the floor.
  • Bynum is now out of the dog house. Will played 15 minutes with two assists, two steals and eight points.
  • Caldwell-Pope seemed more comfortable, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. He has an uncharacteristic two turnovers in 21 minutes.
  • Brandon Jennings continues to lead the Pistons in points. Brandon scored 21 on 8-of-18 shooting, with four boards, six assists and two steals in 32 minutes on the floor.
  • No better assist from Jennings than this lob to Andre Drummond.



Via NBA.com

  •  Six Pistons in double figures.

John Loyer: “ I told them I thought we could play collectively for longer periods of time better than we have, we had to dig deep and play together.” Via Pistons.com

Highlights Via NBA.com


  • A win against the Cavaliers on Wednesday can tie the Pistons longest winning streak of the season at four.

The Detroit #Pistons put up another convincing win Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night behind stellar games from Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. The Pistons 126-109 win was the most point they’d score since they defeated the Denver in March of 2008.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings was on fire scoring a season high 35 points on 11-of-22 shooting with 12 assists and just two turnovers.  Another highlight filled night from Brandon, on the night after he narrowly missed a triple double.  Credit Jennings for being a catalyst during their run in the third quarter and pushing the lead to 14.
  • Brandon Jennings Highlights via NBA.com


  • Jennings is currently 4th in the league for PG’s in efficiency in the past five games, and ranked 7th in the past 10.
  • Another reason why the NBA should be ashamed of themselves for Andre Drummond not being an All-Star reserve.  Andre with his Eastern Conference leading 38th double-double scoring 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, with 15 boards and three blocked shots. Andre’s numbers speak for themselves and watching him makes it evident that he’s a star.
  • The Pistons won with game playing just three off the bench.  Stuckey played 28 minutes, scoring 19, while Caldwell-Pope and Jerebko combined for 14 minutes and zero points.
  • No Bynum again.
  • Josh Smith with 30 points on 14-of-27 shooting with 10 boards, 8 assists, four steals and a blocked shot.  Two almost triple-double’s in two nights from two different Pistons.  That’s nice!
  • Josh Smith Highlights via NBA.com


Josh Smith CartoonJosh Smith: “We’re winning basketball games at home. Early on, we struggled. It feels good to be able to get that monkey off our back and keep winning consistent games at home.”  Via Pistons.com

  • The Pistons put up 65 at the half.
  • Just 10 turnovers for the Pistons Saturday night.  Less than half from the night before.
  • Greg Monroe with 14  points and six boards in 30 minutes.
  • It’s clear that Detroit has and issue with Harrellson out, especially when Drummond or Monroe get into foul trouble.
  • Game Highlights via Pistons.com

  • Kyle Singler with the start again. Kyle scored 10 on 4-of-10 shooting with three boards, two steals and one assist. He didn’t shoot as well as he did Friday night, but he’s still putting up better numbers offensively that KCP.
  • 66 points in the paint for the Pistons.
  • Monday night at the Palace against the Spurs will not be easy.

The #Pistons treated their fans to a game they wished they would see more often, especially at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  Detroit dismantled the Brooklyn Nets in a game that at one point led by as much as 29.  Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond put up special numbers in the Pistons 111-95 win Friday night.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons clearly dominated the first half, but let the Nets get close late in the game. Brooklyn got the lead down to just nine with a little more than a minute to play.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • The Pistons had a whopping 52 points in the paint, while dominating the boards 57-40.
  • Chauncey Billups, who hadn’t played since January 10th played nine minutes, scoring two points and two assist. Billups knee injury has been sidelined him, but the fact that he returned the game after Cheeks and Bynum had their argument during the Magic game doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence. Bynum was a DNP.
  • Brandon Jennings let the Pistons with 26 points, 10 boards and nine assists  missing a triple-double by just one assist.  Jennings had a chance for that last assist in the final seconds of the game, but instead drained a three-pointer to end the game.
Brandon Jennings misses a triple double

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  • Andre Drummond with another double-double and another career high. Andre grabbed 22 rebounds, the most since McDyess did it in 2009 for Detroit. Drummond added 16 points, a steal and a blocked shot in 39:51 on the floor. It’s such a travesty that Drummond won’t represent this team in the All-Star game.
  • Monore with 12 points and 7 assists.
  • Looks like we won’t see much of Josh Harrellson anytime soon, an MRI showed a meniscus tear in his knee. There is no timetable on his return.
  • Detroit still needs to cleanup their turnovers. The Pistons with 22 on the night, 8 of them coming from Jennings.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Fun to watch for Pistons fans.
  • Rodney Stuckey with 14 points in 28 minutes.
  • A 20-5 run in the first quarter set the tone for this win.
  • Kyle Singler, who started for KCP dropped 16 on 6-of-13 shooting. Singler, who’s in there for the offense gave Detroit a considerable boost, especially when they were making their early run.
  • Josh Smith had some highlights in the win. Smith put up 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 35 minutes on the floor. He added seven assists, eight boards and a whopping 4 blocked shots.
  • Pistons fans hope Saturday night’s game against Denver at The Palace is as enjoyable to watch as this one was.

The 19-28 #Pistons are in Orlando to take on the 13-37 Magic Wednesday night. The Pistons who are 1-1 against the Magic this season have lost four of the last six games on the road in Orlando, but won the last one at the Palace with ease.

The good: Detroit, despite the loss to Miami, has been playing well as a team and individually.  Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond have all put in great performances in the past three games for Detroit.
The bad: The Magic will have center Nikola Vucevic back.  He missed the last meeting at the Palace. Vucevic did a number on Detroit in their first meeting this season putting up a double-double, with 20 points and 10 boards.
This battle of the underachievers  (Orlando and Detroit) was supposed to be nationally televised, but considering the way both of these teams have been playing it was nixed for a different game.
The unknown: Can Andre Drummond contain Vucevic? Can Jennings keep up his feverish pace? Will Detroit glide to victory or fumble in Florida?
Injuries:
Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) is questionable.
Magic: Jameer Nelson – sore left knee is listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Andre Drummond recorded his first career 20-point, 20-rebound game with 21 points and a career-high 20 rebound vs.New Orleans (1/24). Drummond became the first piston with a 20-20 game since Antonio McDyess vs. New York (3/11/09).
Stat: Arron Afflalo is averaging 18.5 points against the Pistons this season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings is averaging 20.5 points against Orlando this season.

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 did their best to keep up with the reigning Champions Monday night in Miami, but too many turnovers doomed Detroit and the Heat snapped the Pistons two game losing streak. Detroit kept it close, capturing the lead once and even overcoming a 15 point deficit at one point,  but Miami was just too much for them in the  102-96 loss.

Key Points:

  • I know we may be hard on Josh Smith at times but missing 15 of his 16 shots from outside of three feet doesn’t help his case. Smith was 5-for-20 on the night for 12 points, so explain to me why Cheeks gave him the last three-pointer to try to get Detroit within 3? He also was responsible for six of Detroit’s 21 freaking turnovers.  Not Josh’s best game.
  • And while we are talking about Cheeks, why did he let the Heat burn off 20 seconds of clock at the end of the game?
  • Andre Drummond got two fouls within the first two minutes and another right when he went back in the game in the second quarter. Despite the limited minutes he still put up 12 and 12 with two block shots.  He was putting the heat on the Heat late in the game trying to do his best to give Detroit a chance.  No play more evident than the big man stealing the ball and taking it coast to coast for the jam with just 38 seconds left on the game clock.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points on 15 shots, adding seven assists.  Jennings, who’s been playing great lately, has posted a career streak of 20 point plus games.
Brandon Jennings Pistons vs Heat 26 Points

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  • Rodney Stuckey added 20 points with seven boards in 36 minutes. The Pistons needed Stuckey and Jennings to play well to give the Pistons a chance against the Heat and they did. Stuckey is also adding trade value to himself as well as some contract money in his pocket from any team willing to pay him next season. He also doesn’t believe the Pistons are on the same page or have been for quite some time.
  • Jonas Jerebko saw time on the floor for Detroit and looked lost at times.  It’s probably because he hasn’t had a chance in the rotation in three seasons. Jonas scored two points and added four boards in 10 minutes.
  • Blaha mentioned on the broadcast that Jonas was getting time because Josh Harrellson wasn’t available, but I didn’t catch the reason why.  Does anyone know?
  • MVP Miguel Cabrera was in the house for the Pistons vs. Heat in Miami.
 Miguel Cabrera Pistons vs Heat.

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  • Credit Greg Monroe for keeping Detroit in the game. With Andre out Greg to the load on himself. Greg finished with 17 points, 11 boards, two blocked shots in 24 minutes.
  • Sometimes Kyle Singler looks brilliant, but some times he looks totally out of his element.
  • Limited minutes for Caldwell-Pope.
  • 21 turnovers for Detroit turned into 28 points for the Heat.
  • The refs were questionable in this one.
  • 51-44 board war won.
  • Despite losing this game it was fun to watch. I felt they always had a chance to win. These are the games that give Pistons fans hope.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • I said this last night while tweeting during the game and it’s legitimately how I feel.

Sometime it’s feels awesome to be a Pistons fan and sometimes it feels like your mother dropped you off at school in her curlers and robe.

  • They should win in Orlando on Wednesday night.

The 19-27 #Pistons are in Miami to take on the 33-13 Heat Monday night. Detroit, who won the last time these two teams met in Miami, would like to add another win to their streak but it will take everything they have to take down the defending champions.

The good: In the grand scheme of things with the record the Pistons have, going into this game on a two game winning streak will help. Another confidence booster is the fact that this team beat the Heat the last time they visited. It also doesn’t hurt that Andre is playing possessed and he is averaging 14.5 points and 16.0 rebounds against the Heat this season.

Is Andre speaking to Josh Smith?

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond: “This is the game we like to play, not take as many jump shots and pound the ball inside,” Via NBA.com

The bad: The Heat had their way with Detroit the last time they played each other in Detroit, beating them up pretty easily in a game what wasn’t close as the 110-95 score would lead you to believe. The Pistons will have to get complete games from all their starters and Rodney Stuckey, who played just six minutes against the 76ers leaving the game complaining of dizziness.
The unknown: Can Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe keep up the pace they did against the 76ers?  Will Brandon Jennings assists start growing, or will we just have to deal with him being a shoot first point guard? Can Detroit even compete against the Heat after their poor play the last two months?
Injuries:
Pistons: None
Heat: None

Stat: Andre Drummond recorded his first career 20-point, 20-rebound game with 21 points and a career-high 20 rebound vs.New Orleans (1/24). Drummond became the first piston with a 20-20 game since Antonio McDyess vs. New York (3/11/09).
Stat: Detroit has lost seven of the last nine games in Miami, but is only one of four teams to beat the HEAT at home this season.
Stat: LeBron James is averaging 23.5 points against the Pistons 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.