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The #Pistons got their revenge against the Hawks Friday night as they hung on to win 85-84. After controlling most of the game and building a 17 point lead, the Hawks went on a 16-0 run and almost tied the game 85-85 with 5 second left on the clock. Thankfully the Horford three-pointer was reduced to a two and the Pistons kept the lead and hung on to win.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons had the ball with 4.9 left and a one point lead, but Prince turned the ball over (bad pass) and gave the Hawks a chance at the win.
  • Austin Daye had a great game and led the Pistons with 20 points (16 first half) on 9-for-11 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor. I can’t remember when Austin’s stock has been this high.
  • Rodney Stuckey looked good in his return from his sprained left ankle. He finished with 10 points, a blocked shot, a steal and two assists in 24 minutes on the floor for Detroit. It was Stuckey who helped spark a 10-2 run to close out the first quarter.
  • Seems as though Kyle Singler’s roll is diminishing.
  • The best part of the game besides the win was this Star Wars Night video they showed at The Palace featuring Andre Drummond.

  • I sat a row behind Billy Dee Williams who was in the house for Star Wars Night. He honestly looks like he hasn’t aged in 20 years.
  • This game should have been a dominating win. Detroit, especially L Frank, has got to know what to do when the team goes into a scoring drought.
  • Ridiculous one-handed ally-oop by Drummond. Via NBA.com

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  • Besides the dunk, you can thank Andre for partially blocking the last shot attempt of the game by Lou Williams to make sure the Pistons hung on to win this one. Andre finished with six points, nine boards and two blocked shots in 19:45.

Star Wars Night-Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-Hawks
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  • Solid double-double from Jason Maxiell with 10 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots.
  • Happy Birthday to Will Bynum who scored five with five assists on his 30th Birthday.
  • 52 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Great game for Monroe who out up 18 points with nine boards, three steals in 33:47.
  • Brandon Knight, 4-for-11 shooting for 8 points.
  • Highlights via Pistons.com

  • Keep it rolling, a Sunday night win at the Palace against the Bobcats is very likely!

The 12-22 #Pistons will be hosting the 20-10 Atlanta Hawks Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit will look to extend their three game winning streak and avenge the double overtime loss to Atlanta last week.

  • The good: The Pistons are averaging 102.7 points in their last three wins.
    • Andre Drummond is getting better every day.
    • Charlie V and Austin Daye are contributing more than they have in a very long time.
  • The bad: Detroit has lost six of the last seven against Atlanta. Rodney Stuckey is questionable.
  • The unknown: Has Rodney Stuckey had enough time to rest his ankle, he’s still listed as questionable. Stuckey will play. Who’s going to have a bigger game Knight, Monroe or Drummond?

Don’t forget it’s Star Wars Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Star Wars Night at The Palace May The Gores Be With You

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.

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The 9-21 #Pistons back in action in Atlanta to take on the 16-9 Hawks Wednesday night.

  • The good: The Pistons have won two in a row and had a nice holiday break to get themselves rested for a very good Hawks team.
  • The bad: Atlanta has won three of the last four against Detroit and have taken the last eight games in Atlanta.
  • The unknown: Seriously…can Detroit win a road game that isn’t in Washington?

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.

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Take the Cavaliers game played 24 hours earlier, but reverse the outcome and you have the Pistons/Hawks match up in a nutshell. The 116-84 loss to the Hawks was the Pistons 39th of the year.

Key Points:

  • Lawrence Frank rested Ben Wallace and Tayshaun Prince.
  • Austin Daye a chance to start to I’m sure see what his future holds in the Motor City. Daye did less than impress going just 1-for-11 with 4 points on the night in 29 minutes on the floor for the Pistons. He’s not doing much to make his case here, or in the league for that matter. He’s got to work through whatever it is that has him in this funk. I know we have been down on him this season, but he looked turrrable last night.
  • Ex Pistons (for a season) Tracy McGrady had a season high 17 against his former team.
  • Pistons starters just 30 points.
  • It was as bad as this…the Hawks led 40-20 after the first.
  • At this point it’s about the lottery and finding out who’s going to be here next season.
  • Stuckey scoreless.
  • Greg Monroe scored 17 points and was the only Detroit starter in double figures.
  • Macklin time! Vernon Macklin got his first minutes since returning from his D-League stint, when he averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds in 10 games. Macklin showed promise scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds in 23 minutes.
  • Vernon Macklin: “I’m glad Coach gave me the opportunity to go out and play significant minutes,” he said. “It felt great. I’m just disappointed we lost. We’re going to regroup and just keep on working harder. I can say I gained a lot of confidence by getting an opportunity to play and getting some touches down in the D-League. I think I did OK. That’s about it.”
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  • Walker D wants to stay in the “D”, not the D-League. The Walkman scored 15 on 5-for-8 shooting with an assist, a steal and 2 boards in 12 minutes.
  • Charlie V with 14 on 5-for-11 shooting.
  • Another game tonight against the Kevin Loveless Timberwolves at the Palace should be interesting.

The 23-38 #Pistons are in Atlanta to play their second game of a very rare back-to-back-to-back against the 36-25 playoff bound Hawks.

  • The good: Nothing like being on the good side of a blowout to get you up for a road game. The Pistons shot 60 percent from the floor against the Cavs, their highest mark in more than two years and took a whopping 100-50 lead into the fourth quarter on their way to victory.
  • The bad: The Hawks have won the last 7 game at home against th Pistons.
  • The unknown: Can Brandon Knight have another strong game?

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The Hawks snapped the #Pistons three game winning streak 101-96 Friday night in Atlanta. The playoff bound Hawks had their hands full at home with the now 21-34 Pistons in a game that was decided in the final minutes.

Key Points:

  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons off the bench with 27 points on 8-for-22 shooting going 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Stuckey looks healthy and 29 minutes on the floor probably attests to that.
  • Tayshaun Prince scored 10 points with 2 blocked shots, 2 assists and 5 boards in 31 minutes was a -30 in the +/-, but his posterizing dunk over Marvin Williams in the fourth quarter almost made up for that.
  • Another night where the bench sparked the team. The group of Stuckey, Bynum, Jerebko, Ben Wallace and Damien Wilkins sparked an 11-0 run in the second quarter and a 9-0 run to open the fourth.
  • Seven boards for Big Ben in 16 minutes.
Ben Wallace

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  • Defensive debacle, the Pistons allowed the Hawks 32 points in the paint by the half and 54 by the end of the game.

Greg Monroe: “We’ve got to do a better job of keeping them out of the paint, it’s simple. We can’t let them get easy buckets at the rim. It’s team defense. It’s something we still have to get better at. (Teague) had a big game tonight. It’s team defense. We have to keep working at it.”

  • Jeff Teague and Josh Smith were all that the Hawks really needed. Teague scored 24 points and 11 assists and Smith with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Don’t think for a moment this was all Hawks, the Pistons 85-84 with 5 minutes left in the game.
  • The Hawks biggest lead was 12, and the Pistons was 6.
  • A combined 10 points from Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe.
  • Hawks scored 27 points of 17 Pistons turnovers.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Bynum was a huge spark for Detroit putting up 15 points, with 4 boards in 26 minutes on the floor.
  • Damion Wilkins also did a nice job in front of his uncle the Human Highlight film. Wilkins with 5 points, 3 boards and a blocked shot in 18 minutes.
  • Brandon Knight with 13 points and 2 assists.  Seems as though both he and Greg Monroe have been having a little bit of trouble since the all-star break.  Neither of them are putting up the numbers they were to start the season.
  • Despite the loss, you can see that the team is finding out how to win with whoever has the hot, or not so hot hand. Lets give some credit where credit is due. Did you think Lawrence Frank could make this team look this good after the start that they had?
  • Miami on Easter Sunday, do I have to watch those three and their “fans” and ruin a perfectly good holiday?

The 21-32 #Pistons will try to continue their winning ways when they play their second game of a back to back in Atlanta against the 32-23 Hawks. The Hawks are contending for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, while the Pistons will be most likely have an early vacation.

  • The good: A possible four game winning streak with a win against the Hawks.
  • The bad: The Hawks have defeated the Pistons six straight times in Atlanta.
  • Who to watch: Josh Smith and Joe Johnson for the Hawks and Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun for the Pistons
  • The unknown: Did you know L Frank has his own crew?

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The Hawks didn’t make the Pistons 86-85 win on the Palace floor easy.  The Hawks erased the Pistons fourth quarter lead to take it down to the wire. Atlanta had the bull with 24 seconds left in the game down one, and the best look they got was a missed Josh Smith three pointer.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons have now won 8 of their last 11 games at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Brandon Knight scored six on 2-for-5 shooting. When I looked up at the score board and noticed he was still at zero I tried to think of the last time he had hit a shot. Remember he didn’t score on Tuesday against the Lakers.
  • The Pistons were led by Greg Monroe, who scored 20 with 7 boards and a blocked shot. Nice to see him bounce back after scoring just six points in the first half and having a not so stellar offensive game against the Lakers on Tuesday.
Greg Monroe Pistons Hawks

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  • I thought this one was going to be one of those games after I got to my seat about two minutes after the game started and the Pistons were quickly letting the Hawks take charge. The Hawks made their first nine shots to lead by 10.
  • Jason Maxiell made sure Charlie Villanueva wasn’t getting any time in his return to the court. Jason stole the show with his second straight double-double, putting up 19 with 12 boards. Maxiell couldn’t miss, making all five of his shots in the first quarter to help the Pistons stay in the game.
  • Jason Maxiell loves a good putback jam.

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  • When Jason wasn’t in the game lighting it up, Jonas made sure that there was no drop off. Jerebko scored 10 with 2 boards, a steal, an assist and a whole lot of energy.

Lawrence Frank: “If there was an MVP of this game, it was Jason Maxiell. Both Jason and Jonas combined did a great job. Max was super. The tandem of him and Jonas was great.”

  • Doug E Fresh, the Pistons half time show will probably log more minutes on court this season than Austin Daye.
  • Ben Gordon…still rubbish.
  • Nobody at the Palace seemed to notice or care that T-Mac was on the floor for the Hawks.
  • Stuckey with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 37 minutes on the floor.
  • Prince was solid putting up 17 with 2 assists and five boards. You can thank Tay for this one after he had a solid fourth quarter, hitting three big baskets right when the Pistons needed it. No basket was more important than his 8 footer with 24 seconds left in the game to put the Pistons up 86-85 to cement the victory.
  • Can’t see Charlie V cracking this rotation any time soon. Is anyone upset about that?
  • Josh Smith led the Hawks with 21 on 8-for-19 shooting and most of you want to see him in a Pistons uniform. It seems like deja vu. How many times have we as Pistons fans went through the Josh Smith trade scenario?
  • This team can play defense.
  • No matter what team he plays for I still can’t stand Kirk Hinrich.
  • 44 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Another chance to take on at the Palace tonight (Saturday) against the Raptors.

The 13-26 #Pistons are hosting the 23-13 Atlanta Hawks Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The Hawks have won the past three against Detroit and  nine of the last 12. They’ve also taken the last two at The Palace.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 7 of their last 10 at home.
  • The bad: Brandon Knight’s no-show against the Lakers.
  • Who to watch: Josh Smith, who has asked for a trade out of Atlanta. So start talking about who to give up to get Smith in a Pistons uniform.
  • The unknown: Atlanta’s leading scorer Joe Johnson has missed four straight games and six of seven with a knee injury, but his status is unknown against the Pistons.

Head out to the game and get this cool Brandon Knight Poster.  Plus a Doug E. Fresh Halftime show.  

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

Any thoughts on the Pistons tanking this season for a better chance at the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft were squashed last night as the Pistons turned back the clock a bit, and beat the Lakers 88-85 in overtime at The Palace.  Games like this are the reason why I believe Lawrence Frank was the right hire for the job.  This game was a guaranteed loser on the schedule under former Coaches John Kuester and Michael Curry, because of the negative response from the veterans to coaches they didn’t respect.

Rodney Stuckey was by far the star of the night, and the main reason why the Pistons were in it to win it at the end.  Stuckey hit a big 3 pointer with 9.8 seconds left in the game to put the Pistons up 2, before Kobe came back to hit a clutch jumper to tie it up and send it to overtime.  In overtime, Tayshaun Prince nailed a key 20 footer to put the Pistons up 1 before Stuckey stepped to the charity stripe to knock down the final 2 free throws which put the Pistons ahead for good.

Rodney Stuckey over the Lakers

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  • Rodney SssssssssssssssssssssssssTUCKey finished the night with 34 points on an efficient 13-20 from the floor.  He also finished 1-1 from the long line, and not only was it a key 3 pointer that I referenced earlier but if you’ll notice, Rodney has improved from the 3 point line this season.  He still doesn’t take a lot of 3s, but when he does he’s making them at a 35% clip – his career average is 28%.
  • Ben Gordon showed some flashes off the bench, and while he had a solid night off the bench, he was mostly playing off of Stuckey’s hot hand, as he finished 7-15 from the floor with a team high +24 +/- off the bench.
  • Jonas Jerebko finished a healthy 3-8 from the field with 2 key 3s – and a +10 on the night.
  • As usual, skilled low post scoring big men gave the Pistons front court trouble – Andrew Bynum finished with video game numbers (34 points/15 rebounds) and Pau Gasol finished with 20 and 10. 
  • Greg Monroe held his own on the glass – he finished with 15 rebounds (8 defensive and 7 offensive).  The Lakers’ size gave him fits on the block – he had a tough night offensively.
  • Super Rookie Brandon Knight wasn’t so good in this game – 0 points, -14 +/-.  The good news is he only turned the ball over 1 time.
  • What happened to Ron Artest? Metta World Peace?  He looks like a totally different player these days.  He and Tayshaun Prince have not aged well in their roles as starting SF on their respective teams.
  • Kobe, lose the black mask bro.  Rip Hamilton wears a clear mask every game to protect his nose.  It’s not about fashion, it’s about function.
  • Former Michigan Wolverine standout guard Darius Morris received a DNP-Coaches’ Decision for the Lakers as he remains buried in the rotation.
  • The Laker big men could not do anything to stop Stuckey from finishing in the lane.  Stuckey, who has had his issues in the past finishing at the rack, settled in a nice groove by attacking both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
  • Way to go Lakers Pistons fans!  Last night was the 3rd sellout of the season.
  • The Lakers are now 6-13 on the road.  The Pistons are 10-11 at home.

And let’s not forget this highlight of the night – Stuckey taking old man Kobe to school.

Rodney Stuckey breaks Kobe’s ankles

MAY THE GORES BE WITH YOU!!! (seriously, I didn’t think anyone wore shimmery shirts anymore?).  Gores should be a happy man – not only did the Pistons win a thrilling game against a team they’ve competed against 3 times in the Finals, but they did it in front of a sellout crowd that was reportedly 60% Lakers fans.  Way to go Pistons!

Tom Gores Pistos over the Lakers in OT

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 Next up for the Pistons is Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at 7:30 at the Palace.  The Hawks are 7-8 in their last 15 games as they’ve fallen a bit on hard times as the injury to Al Horford has finally caught up with them.  Meanwhile on the other side of the court, the Pistons are on a bit of roll having pulled together wins in 9 of their last 15 games.  The Hawks are currently sitting in the 6th seed spot in the East, while the Pistons are 5 games back of the 8th spot.  The Hawks aren’t looking up too high though, as their playoff opponent (if the season ended today) the Orlando Magic are the 3 seed and they’re only up 1 game.

The Hawks have a lot to play for, whereas the Pistons are scraping together win after win and building confidence in their young core for the future.  With the way this rotation has settled in a bit lately, and the roll they’ve been on, I don’t see where Charlie Villanueva fits in when he comes back unless he takes Jason Maxiell’s minutes.  Maxiell has been providing solid numbers as the starting power forward since taking over for Ben Wallace.