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The #Pistons gave their fans something to cheer about Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. What started off as another one of those games for Detroit turned into a comeback to remember. Down 11 at the half the Pistons mounted a second half surge of hustle and heart that gave Detroit ignited the team and the Palace to take down the Hawks in a thriller 115-107.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons team that came out in the second half of the game an surged to erase a 13 point Hawks lead by grabbing loose balls, making the steal ans hustling for the open jam is the kind of team that every fan want to root for.
  • Give it up to Brandon Jennings who seems to know just how to ignite this team. Though his first half of basketball was less than adequate he turned the corner after the break. Jennings scored just 12, but dished out 14 assists in 29 minutes for Detroit.
  • I haven’t seen Sheed that exited in years! Neither has Drummond who said he looked like Sheed of ’04 (in the clip below) when celebrating Andre’s steal and the slam.
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  • Andre was brilliant! He scored 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting with three steals a blocked shot and 11 boards. He added another to his Eastern Conference leading double-double total to 40 on the season.

bynum“That’s what has been missing for the season, just that passion and energy — guys being positive on the court, chest-bumping, having fun. That’s basketball, that’s what it’s about. We should have one agenda and that’s winning. When you don’t have one agenda, it’s hard to play and it kind of trickles down throughout the whole team. Hopefully, tonight is a stepping stone for us to do good things.” Via NBA.com

  • Singler with the hot hand scored 20 points, but it was his two three-pointers with minutes left on the clock that sealed the deal for Detroit.
  • Josh Smith couldn’t muster a point the last time he played his former team.  This time around he scored 17 with 10 boards, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Greg Monroe looked angry! He led the Pistons with 22 points, 15 boards, two blocked shots  and a steal in 39:34 on the floor.  Maybe the trade deadline passing helped put him at ease to do nothing more than play basketball for right now.
  • Stuckey another good performance off the bench with 12.
  • Caldwell-Pope three minutes and zero points.
  • Detroit a ridiculous 66 points in the paint.
  • Friday night Fun at the Palace of Auburn Hills should never be taken for granted.

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.

The Detroit #Pistons and Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena has been postponed due to severe weather conditions in the Atlanta area. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

So it looks like the next action the Pistons are going to see is on Saturday against the Sixers at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Chris Anderson Tattoo Miami vs DetroitThere is a whole culture around NBA tattoos, players have gone from almost none, to walking statements of themselves.

Some even go overboard.

It’s almost hard to find a player in the NBA now that doesn’t have at least one.

While watching the Pistons beat the Pacers Monday night, I picked up on something I hadn’t really noticed before.

Josh Smith had just picked up a technical foul and was sent to the bench. As he was sitting down the cameraman got a close up of him, and there it was staring me in the face.
Who it was was a totally different story.
Josh Smith Pistons - Tattoo

Who the hell is that on Josh Smith’s arm?

At first glance to me it looked like the 1970′s version of the Motor City’s own Bob Seger.Bob Seger

So I took to twitter to ask what everyone thought and I got some valuable responses.

David Crosby?
David Crosby

Grizzly Adams?
Grizzly Adams

Gregg Allman?
Gregg Allman

Or Jesus?
Jesus with a Basketball

I found this picture of Josh on the interwebs when he was a Hawk that shows the whole tattoo, but it still isn’t really clear.  Your guess is as good as mine, but it’s really starting to look like a 70′s Jesus with a basketball scepter.
Josh Smith Hawks Tattoo
I wish Josh was like Rasheed Wallace, who explains his. Take a look at this oldie but goodie from a Nike Commercial.


Someone “in the know” needs to tell us who that is. I’m reaching out to all Pistons fans, players and Pistons employees who drop in on the site from time to time to tell us what that is.

And if Josh wants to tell us himself that’s fine…we’re just curious.

Who do you think it is?

The 4-7 #Pistons are back at The Palace to play the back end of their home-and-home against 7-5 Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Both teams came out of the gate slow in their first meeting Wednesday night, and you could see that their schedules had something to do with it. Atlanta had a tough loss in Miami Tuesday and Detroit, who ho just came back from a long West coast road, trip played the Knicks Tuesday night got on a plane to take on the Hawks 24 hours later.

Detroit will try to redeem themselves at home for a game that could have easily been a win. It was clear that the Pistons ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Some may consider this a scheduling loss, but the Pistons aren’t making any excuses.

  • The good: Surprising to most, Rodney Stuckey has been the most consistent Piston.  Stuckey who’s providing a spark off the bench for the Pistons, is knocking down his shots and keeping Detroit in games. Stuckey is averaging 17.8 points in the Pistons last four games.  Even after the collapse in Atlanta, Basketball Odds at SportsBettingOnline.ag are on the Detroits’ favor.
  • The bad: Former Hawk Josh Smith didn’t set Atlanta on fire in the Pistons Wednesday night loss, in fact Smith matched his second lowest point total for the season with just 11 against his former team. Could it have been his not so warm reception by the organization and its fans? Smith received a slightly warm response during the  introductions, but only real applause he got on the night was after the first timeout of the game when a “Thanks Josh Smith” message was up on the big screen. The applause he got every time he missed a shot doesn’t count right?
    Hometown boy Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also didn’t fare well  going just 1 of 9 for four points.
  • The unknown: Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum are still listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Rodney Stuckey leads the Eastern Conference in bench scoring, ave raging 14.6 off the bench.
Andre Drummond is till leading the NBA in field goal percentage with 65.0%.
Fact: Charlie Villanueva needs four points to reach 6000 career points. Questions is, will he ever get any playing time to do it.

Head out to the Palace of Auburn Hills to see if Josh Smith can make some three’s against his former team. Tickets as low as $10   – Offer Code : gopistons

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.

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

Photo Getty Images/Editing Need4Sheed.com

  • 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 4-6 #Pistons are in Atlanta Wednesday night to play their first game of a home-and-home with the 6-5 Hawks. This will be Josh Smith’s first return to Atlanta after spending his entire career with the team before signing with Detroit as a free agent this summer.

  • The good: Look for Josh Smith to have something to prove in Atlanta. When he was with Atlanta Josh helped lead his team into the playoffs on multiple occasions and holds plenty of franchise records. To make matters worse, Smith claims they did very little to resign him.
  • The bad: The Pistons have lost nine straight on the road to Atlanta. The fact the Detroit is still vulnerable on the defensive end, giving up the most point per game in the leagued doesn’t help the matter. All Horford and the rest of this teammates will be sure to exploit the Pistons D if they don’t buckle down. Al Horford averaged 21.0 points and 15.7 rebounds against the Pistons last season.
  • The unknown:It’s still not known if Chauncey Billups or Will Bynum will be back, they are each listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 67.4%
Fact: Josh Smith became the first Pistons’ player to record 20-plus points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks when he recorded 21 points, eight rebounds,seven assists, five steals and four blocks at Sacramento on 11/15.

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.

Joe Dumars is talking to Josh Smith in hopes of landing the free agent.

Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars met with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. ET with a plan to make the free agent forward a substantial four-year offer, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Josh Smith is one of the top NBA free agents this summer. Atlanta has shown far more interest in working sign-and-trade arrangements for Smith than re-signing him to a long-term deal, league sources said.

Along with re-signing point guard Jose Calderon, Smith is the Pistons’ top priority on the market.

Dumars also will meet with forward Andre Iguodala on Monday in Los Angeles, but it’s doubtful the Pistons have the willingness to outbid Denver to sign him.” Via Yahoo Sports

It is also rumored that Detroit is in talks with Houston that would bring Jeremy Lin to Detroit in exchange for Jose Calderon in a sign and trade deal.

Since I can remember there has been talks to bring Smith to Detroit.  I’m not sure if Dumars has a man crush on him, or it was the willingness for Atlanta to let him go, but it seems as though every season we have a Josh Smith to the Pistons rumor.  It isn’t as if I’d be terribly upset to land the free agent, but he’s not as explosive as he used to be.  Had the Pistons landed him a few years ago I’d be ecstatic.

As far at the Jeremy Lin rumor, I don’t know what to think of it.

One thing is clear, Dumars is doing his best to make this team a different as he can to “salvage” things.

The #Pistons lost their third game in a row to the Hawks 114-109. Detroit, who were without Brandon Knight and Will Bynum didn’t have enough to take down the Hawks who were light’s out from downtown outscoring the Pistons from three-point range 42-9 and getting a career night out of Al Horford who put up 23 points and 22 boards.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons are now six and a half games back of The Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East.
  • Being down three key players in this one, the rest of the Pistons squad didn’t do enough to keep themselves in this game.
  • Rodney Stuckey, who needed to step up did. He led the Pistons with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting with two assists, and five boards in 35 minutes on the floor.
  • I would love to have Al Horford in Detroit, he’s got to be one of the best kept secrets in the NBA. He quietly puts up numbers game in and game out. Horford became only the sixth player in the past decade to put up 20 points and 20 boards in a game.
  • Their fifth game in seven nights is no excuse, especially with the pathetic efforts against Indiana.
  • Jose with nine assists on the night for the Pistons, but just 3-of-11 from the floor with seven points and four turnovers.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • The rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English have been getting meaningful minutes of late and taking advantage of them. They’re not setting things a blaze, but they look good in spurts. English finished with a career high 10 points, while Middleton scored four.
  • Jonas Jerebko wants his job back as do so many Pistons fans do. Best night of the season for the little used Jerebko, who scored 21 on 9-of-12 shooting with six boards, three assists and a steal. I doubt this will change Frank’s mind, but he’s been doing some serious rotation juggling to try to figure out what works so who knows.

Jonas Jerebko Pistons-vs-Hawks
Photo Getty Images Editing Need4Sheed.com

  • Mr. Frank please teach this team how to guard the three-point line. Sincerely Pistons Fans
  • Monroe looked like he was going to have a huge night after finishing the first quarter with seven points, four boards a handful of assists and steals and a blocked shot. Greg didn’t have the game that Horford did, but no one can complain about 15 points, eight boards, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
  • A steal and finish with a dunk.

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jerebkoJonas Jerebko: “I feel like we’re a better defensive than we’ve been showing and we’ve got play harder,” Jerebko said. “We’ve got to come out and play harder in the first quarter and we’ve got to finish the game strong.” Via Pistons.com

  • Lets hope they can take down the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday.

The 22-36 #Pistons will try to get back on track after two disappointing losses at the hands of the Pacers when they host the 31-23 Atlanta Hawks Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The popcorn at the Palace, that’s about it.
  • The bad: The Pistons will be without Bynum who’s serving his one game suspension for the Tyler Hansbrough incident. The Hawks have won four of their last five games and are playing very well.
  • The unknown: Brandon Knight was in uniform Saturday night but did not play, no word yet on whether or not he’ll play.  If he doesn’t can Rodney Stuckey step up with both Will and Brandon out?

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.

If you’re thinking of going to the game Monday night, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.