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It’s official, you can say goodbye to what was left of the 2004 #Pistons Championship team. Detroit was involved in a three team deal that came because Memphis wanted to move Rudy Gay.

How this one worked:
The Memphis Grizzlies trade forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors.The Grizzlies receive point guard Jose Calderon send Calderon and his $10.5 million expiring contract to the Pistons for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. The Raptors also sent forward Ed Davis and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies. Memphis sent back center Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors.
Some like the deal and some don’t, but when you put nostalgia and Tayshaun’s mark on this Pistons team you realize what a good move it is for Detroit.

Tayshaun may not finish his career in Detroit, but he gets to play for a very talented Grizzlies team that has a legitimate shot at a Championship run.

Daye on the other hand probably wanted out of Detroit for quite some time. He never really made his mark and didn’t get the playing time or the patients that he needed. Hopefully he can get a fresh start in Memphis.

What Detroit gets is Jose Calderon, a legitimate true PG that knows how to find his teammates, rack up assists and score when needed. Don’t believe me, look at his stats. Even better, his 10 million dollar contract expires after this season.

It’s a win-win for Detroit. They either have over 30 million dollars of cap room after the season is over or they resign the PG they have been looking for.

And don’t worry about Brandon Knight, he’ll be just fine.

Prince was always a class act as you can see here in this interview of him after the Indiana game the first time he was talked to about the trade.


Via Fox Sports Detroit.

Thanks Tay, it was fun while it lasted.
Tayshaun Prince

The #Pistons were taken down 117-90 by the Bucks Tuesday Night. If you look at the end score you probably wouldn’t realize that the Pistons actually were up by 15 points in the fourth quarter. Add this one to the list of game that the Pistons had double-digit leads and then lost the game.

Key Points:

  • The box score pretty much says it all. Everyone but rookie Andre Drummond was awful in this one.
  • The other Brandon was extremely hot for the Bucks. Jennings led all scorers with 30 points.
  • Monore scored 14 with eight boards and four assist, and if it wasn’t for his early foul trouble, Andre may not have gotten off the great first quarter start.
  • Andre Drummond was spectacular, finishing the game with 18 points and a career high 18 board in what seemed like a few minutes. My goodness he put up a double-double in just eleven minutes on the floor. He’s picking pockets, blocking shots, boxing out and getting putbacks and having one hell of a rookie season.

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  • Milwaukee at times made the Pistons look like a high school team scoring on them at will and going on runs like it was a marathon.
  • Rodney Stuckey returned after his issue with the coach and put up seven.
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  • No reason to go over more of the mess or look at the highlights unless you want to see some of Drummond’s awesomeness.
  • Second game of a back-to-back against the Pacers Wednesday night in Indiana.

The #Pistons fought to the final buzzer to beat the Orlando Magic for the second time in a week 104-102 Sunday night. Brandon Knight put up a career high 31 points and traded 3-pointers with J.J. Redick all night, but it was Knight’s consecutive threes that took the Pistons from three points down to leading by three late in the fourth quarter.

Key Points:

  • Detroit had a solid hold on the game in the first half, but the Magic came right back to squash the Pistons 13 point lead in the third quarter. From there it seemed like both teams were just trading baskets for the rest of the second half. You knew it was going to go down to the wire and it did.
  • This was a crazy finish that could have gone a different way. Just watch the final play and just how many chances that the Magic had to tie the game right at the rim.
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  • The buzz before the game even began was the deactivation of Rodney Stuckey for the Orlando game. Many Pistons fans speculated that maybe there was a trade in the works to Boston since the news came down about Rondo being out for the season with an Achilles injury. It can be a trade, but it can also be buffoonery. I doubt that Dumars would make a trade that helps Boston when they are vying for the last playoff spot with Detroit.
  • With Stuckey out of the mix Frank when with more minutes from Kyle Singler and 18 for Kim English who scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting.
  • Besides scoring doubts and turnover, the blowing double-digit leads needs to handled.
  • J.J. Redick also put up a career high 31 and looked like he cold knock down just about anything…well until it counted late in the game.
  • Greg Monroe scored 17 on 7-of-11 shooting with seven boards and six assists. He’s got to be one of the best passing big men in the league.
  • Brandon Knight may not be the best point guard, but he can sure shoot the three. Like him, love him or loath him, no matter how many points your PG score he should have more assists than zero. Despite that he played a great game. His career high 31 came on 12-of-16 shooting with five from downtown.

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  • It was a Bynumite night as Will seemed to know exactly where his teammates were and when to get them the ball. Bynum finished with 12 assists and nine points. His only knock on the night was a bad shot decision with too many seconds left on the clock late in the fourth when the Pistons were trying to put the game away.
  • Andre went scoreless playing just 16 minutes, but adding four boards and 2 blocked shots.
  • Singler played well scoring 10 with tow steals, three assists and three boards.
  • Charlie V has a couple of very timely baskets.
  • Home against the Bucks on Tuesday night isn’t a cakewalk.

The #Pistons took down the Orlando Magic Tuesday night in commanding fashion 90-105. It looked like this would be a battle to the end, with the game close up until the half, but Detroit’s defense held the Magic to just 14 third quarter points allowing the Pistons to build a sizable lead and never look back.

Key Points:

  • The tandem of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond put on the gas to help Detroit dominate the second half.
  • Brandon Knight stepped up his game leading Detroit with 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting with four boards, five assists, three steals and four turnovers. He may not be the Pistons best point guard, but at least his defensive game is getting better.
  • Only the pesky JJ Redick gave the Pistons problems leading all scorers with 26.
  • Jameer Nelson make 2 of this 10 three point attempts. If he was on the Pistons and jacked up 10 three’s he’d probably be sitting where Jonas is.
  • The Pistons were dunking away Tuesday night. Brandon Night put up another decisive dunk, as well as did Andre, but it was the Will Bynum alley-oop to Rodney Stuckey that really was amazing.
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  • Andre Drummond hands are amazing, he finishes at the rim with power and touch. He put up another double-double with 11 points, 11 boards, two blocks, and two steals. I think he deserves an A.
  • Again…why isn’t Dre starting? “Andre Drummond came into the game with 3:22 left in the first quarter and the Pistons trailing 22-11. They immediately went on a 12-0 run and finished the quarter leading 26-25.” Via Pistons.com
  • Maxiell also put up an 11 point, 11 board double-double adding one assist and a block in 22 minutes.
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  • Will Bynum is the best PG on this team plain and simple. He knows how to get the ball to his teammates and he knows where they want it. Will finished with 15 points, four boards and six assists with just one turnover in 25 minutes on the floor. The Will Bynum to Andre Drummond alley-oop combo is getting to be a staple. Throw it up and Andre will get it…he’s like the Calvin Johnson of the Pistons.
  • His first half wasn’t much to talk about, but Greg Monroe got the Pistons going by scoring 10 quick points in the third quarter on his way to 16 on the night. Monroe added six boards in 2 assists and looked determined after the half.

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  • Old friend and the Magic’s leading scorer Aaron Afflalo was held scoreless.
  • The defense is stepping up. Detroit with eight steals, five blocks and winning the board was 41-54.
  • Kim English with 2 points in his 3:36 cleanup minutes.
  • Wednesday night on the road against a surging Bulls team will not be easy.

The 15-25 #Pistons are hosting the 14-26 Orlando Magic Tuesday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 10 of their last 12 games.
  • The bad: Regardless of how the Magic are playing, the Pistons always seem to find a way to lose.
  • The unknown: How much better will Andre Drummond get? He’s currently ranked 9th in the league in rebounding (per 48 min) according to hoopsstats.com. And look at what Greg and Andre have done per 48. Detroit is currently #3 in the league at efficiently at the Center position.

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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 Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The #Pistons got off to a great start Sunday night against the Celtics, leading by as much as 18 points. The Celtics however came right back and were down just four at the half. The Pistons didn’t let this one go, by playing solid after the half and amassing a 16 point lead to beat Boston 88-103 to snap their two game losing streak.

Key Points:

  • The Twin Towers are really making this Pistons team fun to watch. Greg and Andre combined for 31 points.
  • Nice try Doc, fouling Drummond and sending him to the line didn’t work out for you. Drummond made six of his eight free throw attempts.
  • I know I keep looking at Brandon Knight with a fine tooth comb every day, but if you look at his stat line against Will Bynum’s for Sunday night they look pretty similar until you get to turnover and minutes. Brandon and Will each scored 15 points, each has a steal, and 5 assists. Knight grabbed more boards, but had seven turnovers to Will’s one. Is Knight regressing…or is it just me?

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  • It was a nice win, and nice to see the Pistons bounce back after giving up most of their lead before the half. Also nice to see a big crowd at the Palace, but I can attest that to the many Celtics fans in the building Sunday night.
  • Lawrence Frank needs to fix the Pistons turnover problems. Thankfully the Celtics turned the ball over a lot themselves. The two teams combined for 39 givebacks in the game.
  • How great is a nice Drummond Dunk? Andre finished the game with 16 points, ten of them by way of slam, with seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot in 20:19 minutes. So, when are we going to see the big guy in the starting lineup?
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  • Another double-double for Greg Monroe who scored 15 points and 11 boards, not to mention that his five assists matched that of the Pistons two point guards. He’s been so solid, while keeping himself almost under the radar.
  • Has Singler shaken he woes? He put up a solid game scoring 15 with eight boards, three steals a blocked shot and five assists. That’s got to be one of his best games since being inserted into the starting lineup.
  • Jason Maxiell with 4 ridiculous blocked shots.
  • Tayshuan added 14 points.
  • Who thought, “here we go again” when Boston fought back and got the game to 55-54?
  • Stuckey with just three points.
  • Nothing like beating the Celtics. Well unless it’s the Lakers.
  • Four straight over the Celtics.
  • You can say it if you’d like. The Pistons are getting closer and closer to that last playoff spot in the East.
  • Tuesday at home against Orlando should be a good one.

The 14-25 #Pistons are hosting the 20-19 Boston Celtics Sunday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Detroit has won the last three against the Celtics at the Palace. The Celtics have been streaky all season long and are coming off back-to-back losses at home, none worse than the OT loss to Chicago on a Belinelli off-balance shot to win.
  • The bad: The Pistons, like the Celtics run hot and cold, hopefully the loss in London doesn’t start a trend.
  • The unknown: Will…”The Thrill” play more minutes than Brandon Knight, who’s been in a huge funk of late?

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 Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The #Pistons dug themselves a deep hole in London when they scored the games first two points and then let the Knicks score the next 16 points. Will Bynum and sparked a late third quarter run to get the Pistons within four points of the Knicks, but the Knicks came right back. Another Bynum rally got them close again in the fourth, but again the Knicks came right back to beat the Pistons 102-87.

Key Points:

  • Very cool to see the Pistons play on the big stage, too bad they didn’t look better doing it. I’m just happy that they didn’t get blown out because it looked awful when they were down 16-2.
  • Will Bynum led the Pistons with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting with four assists and a steal in 29 minutes. You have to appreciate Bynum who sparked two runs for Detroit to get them back in the game and not embarrass themselves in London. He even went on a person 7-0 run in the fourth quarter.

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  • You know I love me some Bynum, but when he’s the Pistons best player of the game it means people are not doing their jobs.
  • Speaking of people not doing their jobs…what’s up with Brandon Knight? He scored one point on 0-of-4 shooting in 18 minutes.
  • Andre Drummond helped Will get the Pistons back in the game. He posted another double-double with 11 points, 10 boards and two blocked shots. Per minute, he’s the Pistons best player of late.
  • Moose also with 11 and 10 boards.
  • Knicks are three-point shooting fools. They make them and they win, plain and simple.
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  • Nice to see Bill Laimbeer in the house.
  • Great game by Singler, who was also responsible for helping the Pistons stay in the game. Kyle with one of the better games he played in the last couple of months. He finished with 15 points, 4 assists, 3 boards and a blocked shot.
  • A minute and twenty-five seconds for Kravtsov.
  • Prince with 12 on the night.
  • Not a great way to get overseas Pistons fans after that game, but I know quite a few Pistons fans in London got to finally see their team play in person, and that to me is pretty cool.
  • Sunday night against the Celtics at The Palace.

The Utah Jazz continue to have success against the Detroit #Pistons adding another victory in their match-up Saturday night. The Jazz rallied back from a 15 point deficit to beat the Pistons 90-87 at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • Detroit was executing and dominating the Jazz in the first half. The Jazz came out on a mission after the half and the Pistons seemed to start their London trip early, pretty much laying down and taking it. They did however fight back and have a chance to tie with a three pointer, but a non call on a Brandon Knight three sealed the victory for the Jazz.
  • You can be bitter about the non call on Knight, but the way the Jazz played in the second half they deserved this one.
  • Brandon Knight scored 16 on 7-of-16 shooting with just one assist on the night. The criticism will keep coming until Brandon plays his position better or he gets moved to playing the two. He’s hot and cold, but this season he seems more on the cold side.
  • Good turn out at the Palace, seems as though the Pistons recent winning ways are getting more fans in the building.
  • Al Jefferson is so underrated.
  • Greg Monroe was shut down in the second half. He still finished the night with his 14th double-double of the season scoring 12 with 11 boards, but his seven turnovers overshadowed just about anything he did.
  • Quiet couple of games for Tayshaun. He put up eight with three boards and three assists in 33 minutes on the floor.
  • It’s really starting to look like the Pistons need a true point guard on this team, something they haven’t had since Dumars traded Chauncey Billups. They do have Bynum, but I doubt he’ll ever get the starting job.
  • Speaking of Will, he played great scoring 13 on 6-of-6 shooting with 4 assist and three steals. It was a Bynumite steal by Will at the end of the game that gave the Pistons a chance as the clock wound down.
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  • Daye scored five on 1-of-3 shooting and Villanueva scored four on 1-of-5 shooting.
  • Stuckey with nine points on 2-of-6 shooting and two assists.
  • 17 turnover for Detroit.
  • Andre Drummond was solid again scoring nine on 4-of-5 shooing with five boards and a blocked shot. I knew he was going to be good, but honestly I didn’t know he’d be this good this quickly. We will soon be sending holiday cards to the eight teams that passed on him.

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  • Gotta love the Bynum/Drummond chemistry lately.
  • Will Greg Monroe adjust defensively when Andre starts?
  • Singler didn’t stuff the stats putting up just two shots and making them both in his 19 minutes.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 15, Utah’s 13.
  • Besides Singler’s +2, Jason Maxiell was the only Pistons with a + in the box (+10). Jason finished with seven points, three assists, six boards and three blocked shots.
  • Off to London for the Pistons, so we have to set our DVR’s for the 3pm start.

The #Pistons got back to work Friday night in Milwaukee after a long layoff and took down the Bucks 103-87 thanks to a 26 points from Greg Monroe and a stellar fourth quarter from Brandon Knight.  The win adds to the Pistons great play of late, who are now winners of five of their last seven games, the two losses coming in overtime.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe was superb game scoring 12 points in the third quarter pulling Detroit ahead after trailing 49-41 at the half.  Greg put up his 13th double-double of the season with 26 points, 11 boards, 2 assists and a steal.  He was also a ridiculous +35 in the box.  Greg looks like he has shaken off whatever funk he was in a few weeks back.

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  • Knight took over in the fourth quarter for Detroit making sure the lead Greg helped gain didn’t go to waste.  He finished with 20 points, four boards, 2 steals and a +28 in the box.
  • Block Party!
  • Andre again looked like the future of the team with 11 boards, 8 points and 4 freaking blocked shots in just 17 minutes on the floor.

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  • Kyle Singler with 10 points, three assists and four boards.  He’s been looking like he’s stuck in this rut that really makes him more of a sixth many than anything else.
  • However I think Stuckey has been playing better coming off the bench.  He put up seven points with four assists a steal and two blocked shots in 22 minutes.
  • Maxiell helped the Pistons go on the run in the third quarter and finished the game 10 points and seven boards.
  • The Pistons outscored Milwaukee 33-11 in the third quarter and kept on rolling.
  • The Bucks has 12 blocked shots on the night.
  • The sign of Pistons youth movement, 20 fast break points.
  • Saturday night vs the Jazz at the Palace.