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The Bobcats took the Pistons to overtime and then took the game from them snapping Detroit’s four game winning streak 108-101.

Key Points:

  • Detroit let at team that won just one in 20 games break their four game winning streak.
  • Is anyone as frustrated as I am at Rodney Stuckey’s last shot in regulation?  He finished the game with 18 on 6-of-11 shooting with three steals and an assist.
  • How do you lose when you’re shooting 70% on the night and put up a season high 60 points at the half? Did Frank watch what was happening?
  • I’ve said this before and I hope I don’t keep having to say it.  Frank needs to figure out what to do when his team goes for long stretches without scoring the basketball.

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  • 22 – The Pistons had as many assist as they did turnovers.
  • Moose with another Monster game.   He was all over the boards putting up another double-double with 18 points,  14 boards and six assists.  It looks like whatever was ailing him is long gone.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 21 points and seven boards.
  • Is everyone really this down on Brandon Knight that they think Detroit should trade him? He finished the game with 12 on 5-of-11 shooting with one assist and four turnovers.
  • This game was just difficult to watch.
  • Did you know that Andre Drummond its 10th in the league in blocks per minutes?Blocks-per-40-minutesVia HoopsStats
  • Andre finished with 10 points, six boards and three blocked shots in 27 minutes.
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  • I can sum it up in one word…disappointing.
  • They have till Friday to right the ship when they take on the Bucks.

The 13-22 #Pistons will host the 8-24 Bobcats at The Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday night. Detroit looks to extend their four game winning streak to five, a win streak they haven’t seen in three seasons.

  • The good: The Bobcats…are the Bobcats.
  • The bad: The way the Pistons are closing out games. Ben Gordon can’t even get a starting job on the Bobcats, but he did score 27 off the bench for the Bobcats Friday night.  Gordon can’t even get the NBA to change his picture on their website, he’s still in a Pistons uniform.
  • The unknown:  Can the Pistons convincingly get the win against a turrable Bobcats team.

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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.

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

The #Pistons took down the Miami #Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 99-109 to snap Miami’s six game winning streak. It’s not a dream, but more like a late Christmas Miracle as the Pistons bench led by Will Bynum made sure Pistons fans got a late holiday gift.

Key Points:

  • Will Bynum was outstanding and did everything to make sure that Detroit was going to finish the game out with a win. He scored 25 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter. He didn’t just score either, his 10 assists helped the rest of his bench brigade take a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout into a holiday triumph.

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  • LeBron James finished with 35 points on the night and tried to put the game on his shoulders, but give credit to Tayshaun Prince who did his best to make sure that didn’t happen.  Tayshaun logged a game Pistons high 36 minutes, finishing with 11 points.
  • By far the biggest crowd at the Palace this season and boy did they have something to cheer about.
  • Bynumite Highlights via NBA.com

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  • The Zoo Crew Part Deux went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter on their way to putting up 41 points in the second.

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Will BynumWill Bynum: “Andre was big out there tonight, he’s been playing great. Game by game, he’s getting better and better. … We’ve got a great chemistry of players out there. It’s just simple. With Charlie, Austin, myself, Kyle (Singler), Stuckey, Drummond – they kind of have to pick their poison.”

  • Should the Pistons started be worried about their minutes? At this point yes! When your bench beats the Miami Heat pretty much by themselves erasing the deficit (22 points) you handed them you should worry.
  • 64 bench points for Detroit.
  • Miami’s biggest lead was 15, the Pistons 17.
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  • Is LeBron making excuses? “We’re a team that wants to be whole every night we go out there. A big part of the team was missing, but guys have to step up. We didn’t have enough tonight defensively.” It’s not the Pistons fault the Wade kick someone in the groin.
  • Andre Drummond had a fantastic night putting up another double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Had he not gotten into a bit of foul trouble, I’m sure his number would be bigger.  His defensive plays, especially the steal on James that led to the Villanueva fast break are thing that make him more than just another big man.
  • Charlie Villanueva was a +21 in the box reigning threes (4-of-5) on the Heat on his way to 18 points and six boards in 25 minutes.
  • Daye with 11 points two blocked shots and a +17 in the box. He’s not only producing, but you can see his confidence when he’s on the floor.
  • Singler with 12 points, five boards and two assist with a +14. He’s looked better in the last two games for Detroit than he has in a while.
  • Brandon Knight is clearly in a slump. I feel like it’s either a banner night or a bust with him. He’s got to make sure he doesn’t let the team dig themselves in holes like they do to start games. It doesn’t always fall on him, but as the PG he’s got to try to figure out a solution.
  • The starters did start the second half on a 9-0 run, and played a nice third quarter.
  • No Rodney Stuckey, who was out with a sprained left ankle, which he suffered in the Atlanta loss.
  • Is it wrong to be smug about the fans in the building Friday night who came to see the Heat?
  • The Heat are probably a little embarrassed that MC Hammer put on a better performance than they did.
  • Good times at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Next up Milwaukee on Sunday.

The #Pistons lost to the Raptors Wednesday night 91-97 on a night that Toronto was without their two best players and a career high 35 points from Greg Monroe.

Key Points:

  • It’s hard to win a game no matter who you’re playing when only one of player on your team scores in double figures.
  • Letting Toronto shoot more than 60% from the floor until the mid fourth quarter when Frank decided to go zone is just miserable.
  • Again, the Pistons hung right in there, but let the game slip away late in the fourth quarter allowing the Raptors their biggest lead (11) with less than five minutes to go.
  • The crusher, however was when Rodney Stuckey had a costly turnover with 31 seconds left in the game at 91-87.  He practically passed the ball to Amir Johnson, who was guarding Greg Monroe.
  • Is it me, or does DeMar DeRozan always put up a good game against Detroit?
  • Clearly what we always wanted to see from Greg Monroe.  Nothing or nobody could stop him Wednesday night as she was scoring at will, especially in the paint.  He scored 24 points in the second half alone on his way to a 35 point career high.  He added 10 boards, two steals and two assist.

Greg-Monroe Career High 35-points
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  • Calderon with 17 assists for the Raptors.
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  • Austin Daye with three points on the night on 1-for-6 shooting in 15 minutes on the floor. Are they trying to shop him? That’s the only explanation I can think of for his sudden appearance in the rotation.

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  • Looks like they’re not happy in Sweden – Thanks to Mathias in the comments for this link.
    “Swedens biggest news paper are getting angry and mad at L. Frank to the like never write about NBA, but now on the first page in the sport page” http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/basket/nba/article15960016.ab
  • Gross stat – the Pistons are 0-17 when going into the fourth quarter trailing.
  • Singler and Prince with nine points each.
  • Mr Drummond looked good again. Andre finished with six points, eight boards, a blocked shot and a steal in 20 minutes. He looks so uncomfortable at the line. If he can get his free throw percentage respectable, he’ll be unstoppable.

monroeGreg Monroe: “We’re trying to find what we need to do to get back on track, I don’t think we’ve fallen totally off track. The way we’ve been losing, it hasn’t been horrible games. We’re right there. Just a little bit more we have to do to finish games and pay attention to detail coming down the stretch.”

  • Can we start point the finger at Frank or have we already?
  • It may just turn out to be the end of he world on Friday night if I head out to the Palace and watch this team lose to the Wizards.

You’re not going to get many positives out of a game that the Pistons had in their hands.  Detroit put up 55 points at the half and led the Bulls by as much as 17 points in the first quarter, but everything changed in the second half as the Pistons lead dissipated and they couldn’t

Key Points:

  • Joakim Noah had a career night with 30 points and 23 boards. I know he’s having  great season, but wouldn’t it have been nice if Frank had a game plan to stop him when he started grabbing all those offensive boards?  Something like, put the Twin Towers in to stop him.
  • The 108-104 score makes it seem like the Pistons had a chance in the closing minutes, but they were awful.  Detroit missed all six of their attempts and committed three turnovers to finish the game.
  • The not playing Jonas thing is just getting silly.  He’s not going get out of whatever slump he’s in riding the bench.
  • Besides the ovation that Ben Wallace got from the crowd when they showed him on the big screen, Andre Drummond’s dunk set the crowd on fire.

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  • Drummond finished with 12 boards and four points.
  • 58 points in the paint for Chicago to Detroit’s 38.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 24, with 17 of them coming in the first half. It was Stuckey that propelled Detroit to its 17 point lead.
  • Villanueva still has his shot, he was 6-for-9 for 15 points in 20 minutes.
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  • Singler slumping, he was just 1-for-6 on the night.
  • Where did Greg Monroe disappear to in the second half?

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  • I sat in front of a friendly Bulls fan who I was joking with. When the Pistons were up 17 I told him he should be ashamed and should turn his Rose jersey inside out. We laughed and I said, “don’t worry, Detroit will blow the game very soon.” I sadly was right.
  • Fat Joe was the halftime entertainment at the Palace. Who’s career is in a better place Fat Joe or Austin Daye?
  • Brandon Knight finished with 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting. He’s making some sketchy late game decisions and is having tough time finishing at the rim.
  • Saturday night in Cleveland may help the Pistons wash the taste of this game out of their mouths.

It sure was looking like the #Pistons were going to get their first win Monday night.  After having control most of the way, Detroit let the Thunder go on a 17-2 run to open the fourth quarter, wiping out an 11-point lead in what was clearly the best defensively played game all season.  The Palace crowd could feel it, but a late turnovers and poor shot selection doomed the Pistons to a 92-90 loss.

Key Points:

  • Give it up to Jason Maxiell who may not make the stat sheet explode, but if not for him Detroit wouldn’t have had a chance in this one. We may think he should be the first off the bench, but he’s showing us otherwise. Jason finished with 13 points, 7 boards and 3 blocked shots.

Tayshaun PrinceTayshaun Prince: “Max was unbelievable for us, he was covering for a lot of our mistakes on the perimeter. It’s tough to swallow this one because guys put out a great effort for a long period of time in this game.”

  • Knight needs to make things right. His shot is off and he made some terrible decisions late in the game, even though he hit a critical 3-pointer in the final minutes to give the Pistons a 1-point lead. He shot just 2-of-13 for 8 points, with 6 assists and 4 boards. He did do a number on Westbrook making him take 25 shots to get to his game high 33.
  • Through three quarters, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were shooting a combined 13 for 37.
  • The crowd was willing the team to get the win. There may not have been a ton of people there on Monday night, but the ones that were there were loud and surprisingly proud.
  • The next time I look over to the bench when there is less than a minute left in the game and the team is trying to figure out their play to win a much needed ball game and I see Charlie V and Austin Day laughing and making jokes on the sideline. I’m going Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson on them. This time I’m running down to the court not up in the stands. Nobody is laughing Austin and Charlie…the only thing that’s funny is that the two of you have a job.
  • Drummond had a nice game with four points, six rebounds and two steals in 13 minutes.

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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He’s got to do much more than sporadically put up points to get back in most of our good graces. I feel like we have been waiting and waiting for him to break out…how long do we have to wait? You realize it’s been six years now?
  • Greg Monroe with 17 points, 6 boards, 2 assists and 4 steals. No twin towers sighing just yet, maybe we have to wait until they lose 15 game in a row before Frank will try it.

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  • This team is better than this, and they proved that they can play. They just have no idea how to win.
  • Wednesday night in Philadelphia should be fun.

The #Pistons are now 0-2 on the season after Friday night’s 89-92 loss to the Suns.  Despite an 18 point game from Tayshaun Prince, the Pistons couldn’t hold it together to pick up the win.

Key Points:

  • This wasn’t all Phoenix, down 39-28 with 8:00 left in the first half, the Suns, led by Scola, outscored the Pistons 26-7 the rest of the half to take a 54-46 lead at the break.
  • After going 1 of 10 against Houston, Rodney Stuckey was 0 of 7 against Phoenix and didn’t play after coming out midway through the third quarter with a terrible migraine headache. You can see that when Stuckey doesn’t play well that this teams chances to win severely diminish.  He’s got to get going for the Pistons to have a successful season.
  • Solid game from Brandon Knight who scored 13 points with 10 points.  Nice to see him bounce back with a  double-double after the sub par game Wednesday night.
  • What’s up with Bynum?  He’s really seemed to learn what his role with the team is.  Will scored 10 points, three assists and one assist in 16:40 on the floor.
  • Andre Drummond led Detroit’s rebounding with eight in 19 minutes. Andre the Giant finished with 5 points on 2 of 3 shooting with 2 blocked shots and an assist.

Andre Drummond against the Suns

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  • Greg Monroe scored 10 on 5 of 17 shooting with 6 boards.
  • I’m going to put this note on my desktop so I can copy and paste it every game.  Ready?
    Charlie Villanueva, and Austin Daye – DNP Coach’s Decision
  • I’m hoping that when Maggette comes back that Daye and Villanueva get “injured” and both Corey and Kravtsov dress for games.
  • They never really threatened the Suns in the second half until the final minute. Brandon Knight’s triple at the buzzer didn’t come close, though, after Kyle Singler’s three with 4.2 seconds left pulled them within two points.
  • Atrocious shooting in the paint.  You can’t miss 24 shots down low and expect to win.
  • When Jason Maxiell (bless him) had another solid night. Jason scored 16 points, with six boards and a blocked shot. He’s looking just fine sharing minutes with Jonas. When he’s hot, he’s always good for a highlight.

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  • Jonas was solid and full of energy. He scored 11 points and grabbed one board in 16:36 on the floor.
  • Every time I see Kyle Single it’s more and more evident that he’s going to be solid and that he did the right thing by playing in Europe last season. He finished with 5 points on 2 of 2 shooting in 23:55 on the floor.
  • Out rebounded 39-52
  • Biggest lead for both teams was 11 points.
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  • The Pistons didn’t want to go into Staples Center to play the Lakers by losing to the Suns. The second of the six game road trip isn’t going to be easy for the Pistons on Sunday.

The Pistons tip off the regular season at home Wednesday night at the Palace.  With the a bunch of new faces on the team the youth infused team should really be fun to watch.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to see the Pistons start the season too many times to count.  I probably haven’t missed an opener since the late 80′s. Besides the openers after each one of the Pistons championships, I have to say that my excitement for the opener is almost in the same category. I know this team isn’t championship bound yet, but after the turmoil that they’ve gone through since Mr. Big Shot was traded, I can only look forward to the bright side things.

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It looks like the Pistons are going all out this season to make sure the fan get their fair share of excitement as soon as they walk in the door.

Take a look what they’re rolling out for the game.

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They’re even considering the kiddies, since it is Halloween night and all.

To begin the night, families are invited to arrive at The Palace early to enjoy youth-friendly trick-or-treating in the North Pavilion from 6-7 p.m. and take part in additional Halloween themed game entertainment throughout the evening (costumes are encouraged; no masks or toy weapon accessories will be permitted inside The Palace)…Weather isn’t going to be great, so all those kids can come inside to trick or treat and check out the game too…

Greg Monroe Pistons vs MemphisThere is still time to head on out to the game if you’d like to be part of the night, just head over to Pistons.com for tickets or more information.

Me, I’m more excited to see how the team handles themselves for their first official game together this season. And I don’t have to tell you who I think will have a great game.

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The Pistons kick off the preseason Wednesday night at the Palace. That may not excite most people, but there are many Pistons fans that can’t wait to see what the future holds for their team.

I’ll admit that I’ve taken a little extra time on my summer vacation, heck I haven’t even tooned Viacheslav Kravtsov, or learned how to spell his name for that matter, but I really haven’t been this excited to watch this team in quite some time.

No, they’re not vying for championships, but there seems like there may be some magic surrounding the team again.

  • What will Kyle Singler, who’s seemed to have a very productive season in Europe bring to the team?
  • Is Andre Drummond all that we hope he’s going to be?
  • Will Brandon Knight have a breakout season?
  • Will we have a Need4Swede?
  • Can Greg Monroe make the All Star team?
  • Is Jason Maxiell going to see any time?
  • We don’t have Ben Gordon right?
  • Will Rodney Stuckey be the leader that they wanted him to be?
  • Can Austin Daye prove he should be in this league?
  • Will Kim English and Khris Middleton make the roster?
  • Can Corey Maggette still contribute?
  • Can Will still be Bynumite?
  • Will Monroe, Drummond and Kravtsov be our Big Three?
  • Will Tayshaun play the entire season for Detroit or be traded?
  • Will Ben Wallace really stay retired? The other Wallace is back with NY.
  • Will Charlie Villanueva play more minutes than me?
  • Will Tom Gores be the next contestant on Dancing with the Stars?

So many questions, and a full season for the answers.

It’s not always sexy to pay attention to NBA preseason games, but I for one love to soak things up and take a look at what’s new with the Pistons.

May the Gores be with all of us…

The Pistons take on the Raptors Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tip off is at 7:30 and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit.