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Happy?  Sad?  Depressed?  Anxious?  Melancholy?  Ecstatic?  Does the thought of having Charlie Villanueva to kick around for another potentially sluggish season give you hope for the 2012-2013 season?  What is it, you guys?

  • I’m excited about the opportunity to see guys like Brandon Knight improve and continue to gel with Greg Monroe and even Rodney Stuckey.
  • I’m excited about potentially seeing Ben Wallace back for his much deserved farewell tour.
  • I’m sad to see Austin Daye still in a Pistons uniform, after I had such high hopes for him.
  • As high as my hopes were for Daye, they couldn’t have been higher than when the Pistons signed Charlie Villanueva and now my feelings about that move couldn’t be any lower.  I can’t hate the guy, but I almost hate him for single handedly driving the team back to the Teal era on the court.
  • Although it cost the team a 1st round pick, I’m happy to see what an expiring contract like Corey Maggette brings the team in return.  So far, we’ve dumped Ben Gordon.  We won’t know who won the deal until we see who takes Maggette’s spot.
  • I’m excited that Joe Dumars was able to acquire Dwight Howard for a handful of 2nd round draft picks!
  • I’m happy to see what Lawrence Frank has in store for the team with a full offseason in place to work with them.
  • How can you not be excited about the potential that is there with Andre Drummond?
  • I’m happy that Kim English is talking about the Bad Boys as being the type of basketball he enjoys, he is now my favorite player aside from Greg Monroe.
  • I can never hate Tayshaun Prince (because of this - god, look how young he looks), but I’m tired of having him be the centerpiece of the offense.  Jerebko likely won’t ever be a starting SF in the NBA, but it’s time for Tay to sit for Coach Frank to fully realize what he has at SF.
  • I always love a good baby feast from Jason Maxiell, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Pistons.

It’s kind of been a down offseason so far for the Pistons.  There haven’t been any big splashy free agent signings or trades (largely due to the cap situation).  How do you feel about the team?  What are you excited about, if anything?  What moves do you think will take place between now and Game 1?

Quick Poll: Who liked the podcasts?  Is that a feature you’d like to see more of in the future?  It takes some time for Natalie and I to do them, because of our schedules, but we’re happy to continue doing them if they were a fan favorite.  (Except to that guy who said it sounded like I was chewing on my tongue, he knows where he can go and what he can do).

Summer LEagueI am, but unfortunately due to the times of the games, I’m relying on my trusty Tivo or the occasional 4AM rebroadcast.

What I’ve gleaned from watching just two games so far, since I’m going to tackle the Oklahoma City 83-64 loss that happened Wednesday afternoon.

  • Andre  Drummond is everything we think he is and hopefully more. The big guy is a project, but after I saw how easy he makes it look to block a shot I was sold. You can see why they say he needs to put forth a little (or a lot) more effort when you watch him sauntering down the court. When he learns how to hustle on every play…watch out.His free throws however are something to behold. I can probably hit more than him and I haven’t shot a regulation free throw since I was in the ninth grade.
  • Kyle Singler will be a very serviceable player for the Pistons.
  • Austin Day will probably forever be hot or very, very cold. I’m not giving him a pass for putting up 24 points in a summer league game, but I’m pulling for him for two reasons. He’s go a nice shot when he’s on, and if he plays well he might actually be able to be worth something in a trade.
  • Yancy Gates was a surprise.
  • Khris Middleton hasn’t shown much of anything yet.
  • I might be really sold on Kim English who’s got a sweet shot, and scored 18 against the Jazz in his first game.

Wins or losses, this part of the rebuilding is going to be fun. I’m excited to see the team play this year as well as the new renovations at The Palace.
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The #Pistons Summer League games are upon us, and it starts on Monday July 9th.  All five of the Pistons’ games in Orlando Summer League will be televised live on NBA TV while also being replayed each night.  Bonus for all of those who have NBA TV.
The Summer League Roster consists of:

  • F Austin Daye
  • C Andre Drummond
  • G Kim English
  • F/C Yancy Gates
  • G Armon Johnson
  • G Brandon Knight
  • F/C Vernon Macklin
  • G/F Khris Middleton
  • G Patrick Richard
  • F Kyle Singler
  • G Casper Ware

Unfortunately it looks like we won’t get to look at what Ukrainian center Vyacheslav Kravtsov can do for the team just yet. He’s in negotiation with the Pistons and can’t officially sign a contract with them until July 11th.

The Schedule:

  • July 9: Pistons vs. Jazz, 3 p.m.
  • July 10: Pistons vs. Orlando, 3 p.m.
  • July 11: Pistons vs. Thunder, 1 p.m.
  • July 12: Pistons vs. Celtics, 11 a.m.
  • July 13: Pistons vs. 76ers, noon.

The Rules are a bit different for Summer League games.

  • 10-minute quarters
  • 3-minute overtime period(s)
  • 5 full timeouts per team per game
  • 2 one-minute mandatory TV timeouts per quarter on the first dead ball at 5:59 and then again at 2:59 on clock
  • Maximum of 3 full timeouts to be used in the 4th quarter per team
  • 1 :20 second timeout per team per half
  • 1 full timeout and one :20 second timeout per overtime period per team
  • Teams will be in the penalty on the 5th team foul of each quarter
  • Teams will be in the penalty in overtime on the 3rd team foul
  • No foul out rule – for each personal foul in excess of 6, the opposing team receives 2 free throws. For each personal foul in excess of 10, the opposing team receives 2 free throws and the ball.
  • 10-minute halftime periods during games
  • 10-minute intermission between game

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about the Pistons Summer League games since…ever.

Cartoon Kyle SinglerLooks like the #Pistons are going to see what Kyle Singler can do for them this season.

“We expect to sign Kyle Singler on July 11″ Joe Dumars said Friday.

Singler earned Most Outstanding Player honors at Duke, and was drafted by the Pistons last year, but signed with the Spanish club Lucentum Alicante during the NBA lockout. He decided to stay in Spain even after the labor dispute was settled, signing a one-year deal with Real Madrid, where he averaged more than 14 points per game.

What does this mean for Austin Daye, who’s heading into the fourth year with Detroit? As a point of reference to know things are going for Daye, he’s heading into the fourth year of playing professional basketball and is still needs to show what he can do for Detroit by playing in the NBA’s Orlando Summer League which starts July 9th for Detroit.

The Indiana Pacers handed the #Pistons their last road loss of the season Monday night.  In a game that proved much closer than the Pistons season opener with Indiana, they still couldn’t put things together down the stretch to get the win. The final score Indiana 103 Detroit 97.

Key Points:

  • The Pacers converted 22 offensive rebounds into a season-best 32 second-chance points.

Lawrence Frank: “The game came down to free throws and rebounds, we gave up 32 second-chance points and we were minus 16 in free throw makes. Just think about all those extra possessions. We still had great opportunities, good looks, had free throws, but all those extra possessions add up and it put us in a situation where it’s a make-or-miss game and, unfortunately, tonight we missed.”

  • Was it me or did Rodney Stuckey already punch out for the season? Rodney with zero points in 20 minutes.
  • Daye getting minutes I assume to see what they are going to do with him next season. Though I’m not sure this extra time will tell them what happened to his “game.” Austin finished with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 18 minutes.
  • As the season draws to a close I don’t think we’ll ever really know what happened or didn’t happen with Charlie Villanueva. CV31 finished the game with 13 points in 18 minutes.
  • As much as I can’t stand the Pacers, as every true Piston fan should, they really do have some great young talent.
  • Brandon Knight with 16 points and 4 assists in 35 minutes on the floor. What I would love to see more of next season is assists, other than that Brandon has done a wonderful job in this shortened rookie season.

Brandon Knight vs. The Suns

  • Vernon Macklin, playing in place of Ben Wallace, did a very nice job in his 14 minutes on the floor. Vernon scored 6 with 6 boards and a blocked shot. i wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a legitimate chance next season.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • Greg Monroe with his 30th double-double of the season. Moose scored 18 points with 12 boards in a solid effort that was just a bit tarnished by his two turnovers late when the game was on the line.
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  • Your last chance to watch your Detroit Pistons and possibly the last time you will see Ben Wallace on court is Thursday night at the Palace against the Sixers.

The Pistons 76-73 victory Sunday night at the Palace wasn’t pretty, but it showed that the Pistons believe in winning more than anything. As Detroit’s lottery dreams fade with every W on the schedule, it seem the most important thing on Lawrence Frank’s mind is teaching this team how to win.

Key Points:

  • It took till the final second of this one to decide which team was going to get better lottery positions.
  • Ben Gordon scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.  Gordon put the Pistons ahead to stay, 71-68, on a 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining.
  • It was so bad that Detroit had just 29 points at the half.
  • Brandon Knight with 19 points, 2 assists, 3 boards and a steal in 31 minutes on the floor. If not for Brandon and Ben this one wouldn’t have gone the Pistons way.

  • I think Austin Day may have got his last chance last week, he was a DNP coaches decision.
  • 27% shooting in the first half and 36% shooting on the night for Pistons. The Raptors didn’t do much better themselves shooting 37% on the night.
  • The Pistons have shot below 37 percent in three straight games.
  • This game was tied 16 times with 21 league changes.
  • Despite the Hammer in the building at the half, the Raptors on a Sunday evening didn’t draw a big crowd at the Palace.
  • Stuckey 1-for-7 for 7 points on the night.
  • Ben and Brandon were the only Pistons in double figures.
  • Greg Monroe with 17 rebounds.
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  • Pacers Monday night and then just one more on Thursday at the Palace against the Sixers.

 

 

The 23-40 #Pistons will be hosting the 22-41 Raptors Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Both teams are looking to break out of slumps when they meet for the last time this season.

  • The good: Mc Hammer will be performing at halftime. Detroit has won 13 of the last 16 home matchups with Toronto.
  • The bad: The Pistons knack of letting teams that they should beat, beat them.
  • The unknown: Who’s going to throw down the Hammer better, MC Hammer or LF Hammer?

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The 23-39 #Pistons are back home to play their third game in as many days against the 25-38 Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • The good: No Kevin Love and no Ricky Rubio…but bad for most Pistons fans like myself who wanted to see them play in person.
  • The bad: For the Timberwolves – With Kevin Love (concussion), Ricky Rubio (knee) and Luke Ridnour (ankle) all out, Minnesota in the midst of an 11-game losing streak. Their longest since losing 15 in a row to close 2010-11.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons erase the bad taste that the Hawks left Wednesday night?

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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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