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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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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 WWJ 950am.

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 22-38 #Pistons are hosting the Cavaliers Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons might actually win this one.
  • The bad: This on isn’t being televised so if you’re not at the Palace you probably won’t be seeing this one.
  • The unknown: Which team want’s more litter balls?/li>

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The #Pistons looked like they had a shot at breaking the 14 game winning streak that Chicago Bulls had over them, but a Derrick Rose three pointer with 6.4 seconds left to force overtime sealed the Pistons fate.   The Bulls were just too much for the Detroit in OT pulling away to a  100-94 victory at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • You can’t give Derrick Rose an open shot anytime let alone with the game is on the line.
  • Despite a missed free throw late in the game that could have cemented victory for Detroit, Rodney Stuckey played a fantastic game.  Stuckey with 32 points, 4 boards, 3 steals and an assist in 35 minutes from the floor.  Had it not been for Stuckey, the Pistons probably wouldn’t have come close to competing in this one.

Rodney Stuckey

  • Jason Maxiell just loves to give us a good highlight, and his thunder jam was one for the season reel.  Jason finished with 6 points and 9 boards.
  • The Pistons get baskets when their defense is working, and it led to a lot of nice buckets Sunday night.
  • Derrick Rose going 9-for-22 for 24 and the dagger.
  • The Pistons biggest lead 6 points, the Bulls 14.
  • Charlie Villanueva showing he’s got trade value with a SEASON HIGH 13 points on 6-for-15 shooting with 3 boards, a flagrant foul on Derrick Rose and a technical to follow.  The Bulls wound up shooting five free throws on that single possession, making four of them, to take a one-point lead with 4:20 remaining,  Let’s get on the phones in the off-season Joe! Look at this play NBA GM’s.

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  • OMG…Damion Wilkins 2 points where highlight worthy.
  • Messy basketball from the Pistons in overtime.
  • Greg Monroe with 13 points and 8 boards.
  • 12 lead changes.
  • This team is learning to close games out…learning but not winning.
  • Way too many Bulls fans in the building.  When you hear the crowd cheering for a Kyle Korver three pointer with the game on the line, you feel like you’re being punked by Rod Serling.
  • I don’t care…I still hate the Bulls, Kyle Korver makes me ill, I still can’t believe Brian Scalabrine is still in the NBA, and I still want to rip Joakim Noah’s bun off the top of his head.
  • Good to see Rip in the building, he seems to be in the right place for himself.  Hamilton finished the game with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
  • Prince with just 4 points on the night.
  • A surprising DNP coaches decision for Jonas Jerebko.  A conspiracy theorist would think something of Jonas not playing and Charlie with minutes.
  • Despite the outcome, this was a very good game played by this Pistons team.
  • Knight with 13 points, 5 boards and 7 assists and some gutsy  shots in the face of Derrick Rose.
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  • A season high 13 made free throws for Rodney Stuckey.
  • Ben Gordon a whopping nine points against his former team.  I don’t know why they don’t double team the man!
  • Next game is on Tuesday against the Cavaliers at the Palace. If you want to watch this one, you’d better head out to the Palace, this one won’t be televised.

The 22-37 #Pistons are hosting the 45-14 Bulls Sunday evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The first place Bull have locked up the top seed throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, while Detroit has struggled all season long.

  • The good: Reigning MVP Derrick Rose is having trouble with his shot. Rose finished with a career low three points in the Bulls meeting against Miami Thursday night.
  • The bad: The Bulls have won the last 14 meetings against the Pistons.
  • The unknown: Will Rip Hamilton and Derrick Rose see much time against the Pistons, considering the Bulls just want everyone healthy for the playoffs. Will Ben Gordon ever have a big game against anyone the Bulls in a Pistons uniform?

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The 22-36 #Pistons are back home to play the second game of a back to back Friday night against the 28-30 Bucks. Detroit is trying to get every win they can, while Milwaukee is doing the same in order to slide into the playoffs. The Bucks dropped two games behind the eighth-place Knicks after they lost at home Wednesday night.

  • The good: Knight had a career-high 26 points and seven assists in the Feb. 3 win over the Bucks.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 6-24 on the road.
  • Who to watch: Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings who can light it up in a blink of and eye. Keep your eye out for Monroe and Knight who will both look to continue their success after Thursday’s game in Charlotte.
  • The unknown: Will Charlie V get some time on the floor to give it to his former team? (I couldn’t even keep a straight face typing that one)

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The #Pistons finished off their four game road trip on a high note with a 109-85 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Pistons handed the Bobcats their 14th consecutive loss and the 19th of the season by 20 or more points.

Key Points:

  • Nice to get a solid win, but this Bobcats team is so bad that if they don’t win another game in their final nine, they’ll have the worst winning percentage in NBA history at .106.
  • Greg Monroe and Jason Maxiell combined for 28 first-half points and just kept taking it inside on the Bobcats.
  • A 15-1 run in the second pulled the Pistons away for good.
  • A 40 point third quarter for Detroit.
  • It seemed like there were more Pistons highlights in this single game than combined all season.
  • Brandon Knight dunking…check.
Brandon Knight Dunk Detroit Pistons

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  • Brandon Knight smiling and having just about the best time I’ve seen in a Pistons uniform…check.
  • Brandon Knight finishing the game with 21 points, 7 assists, 3 boards, 3 steals and a +27 in 28 minutes on the floor…priceless.

Lawrence Frank: “It was a fun game to coach and to watch tonight. I thought our guys played very hard and really committed on the defensive end. We ran the floor and did a great job sharing the ball. Everyone made their minutes count and that makes it so much easier out there.”

  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with a double-double. Moose finished with 25 points and 11 boards, a steal, a block, 4 assists and a +31. Nice to see Greg have a solid game after falling short the past month or so.
  • I see you Jason Maxiell – perfect 8-of-8 from the floor finishing with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Even in a blowout Charlie V is a -12 in the box. He scored two points in 5 minutes going 1-for-4.
  • 28 assists on the night for Detroit.
  • Rodney Stuckey back in the starting lineup after a knee injury in Orlando. Rodney with 9 points and 7 assists in 27 minutes.
  • Highlights…and a lot of them, courtesy of NBA.com

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  • Biggest Pistons lead 36.
  • You can’t forget Will Bynum, who also helped change the tempo of the game by playing good defense and helping Detroit go on a run. Bynum finished with 9 points and a +2o in the box.
  • Tayshaun just 3-for-14 on the night but one really nice jam. Tay finished with 6 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a steal.
  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Lots of oops!

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  • Tonight at home against Milwaukee.

The 21-36 #Pistons are in Charlotte to take on the 7-49 Bobcats Thursday night. The Pistons have lost their lost all three games of their current four game road trip, while the Bobcats have lost 13 games in a row.

  • The good: The Pistons have had two days to rest and think about what happened in the Sunshine state.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 6-24 on the road.
  • Who to watch: Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker for the Bobcats and keep your eye out for Monroe and Knight, who are bound to put up big numbers soon.
  • The unknown: No status update yet on Rodney Stuckey who left the game in Orlando after hurting his knee.

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The Pistons can’t get out of Florida soon enough after the last two games they played. If Sunday’s drubbing by the Heat wasn’t enough, Detroit got another beat down from the Orlando Magic Monday night. The 89-119 loss came from a Orlando team that was without their star Dwight Howard in a contest that saw the Magic team record a season high 15 three-pointers.

Key Points:

  • This one got away from the Pistons quickly. While keeping it close in the first, they were down 21 points by the half.
  • To prove a point as to how bad this one is, the missing in “DNP” action Charlie Villanueva entered the game late in the third quarter an played 18 minutes. CV31 was one of just three Pistons in double figures with 10 points.
  • All Magic starters in double figures with Glen Davis posting a double-double and Jason Richardson leading all scorers with 22 points.
  • The lone bright spot for Detroit was Tayshaun Prince, who led the Pistons with 21 points, 13 of them in the first quarter.
Tayshaun Prince with 29 points and his 400th Block

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  • Detroit led, 12-10, when Earl Clark blocked a Greg Monroe dunk attempt. Orlando outscored the Pistons, 42-18, over the next 14 minutes.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “It’s very embarrassing, we’ve got to figure out which group we want to be. Do we want to be the group that was four and 20 or do we want to be the group that went near .500 basketball? It’s humiliating. It’s not acceptable.”

  • Not cool..Stuckey banged knees on the last possession of the second quarter and stayed down for several minutes . He walked off eventually and warmed up after returning from the locker room. He was set to play, but didn’t feel he could go after warming up. Stuckey finished with 2 points in 16 minutes.
  • Here is your lone Monroe highlight. Greg finished with 9 points and 5 boards.

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  • Brandon Knight had seven points and 3 assists in 28 minutes.
  • In the basketball encyclopedia under ugly…there will be the box scores of the last two Pistons games.
  • Up next, Thursday in Charlotte and Friday at home against the Bucks.