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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.

The 21-35 #Pistons are in Orlando for the second game of a back-to-back against the 33-23 #Magic. The Pistons can pull off a season sweep with a win Monday night in Orlando.

  • The good: No Dwight Howard, who’s sitting the game out with back spasms.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 6-23 on the road.
  • Who to watch: Hopefully Ben Gordon, who put up 18 the last time these two teams saw each other.
  • The unknown: No work yet on the status of the Magic’s Ryan Anderson, but it’s possible Jameer Nelson will return.

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The 21-34 #Pistons are in Miami Sunday evening to take on the 39-15 Heat. Detroit, winners of five of their last seven games won’t have it easy in Miami since the Heat hadn’t lost at home since Jan. 22 against Milwaukee until being beaten by the Grizzlies there Friday night.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey seems to be completely healthy.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 6-22 on the road.
  • Who to watch: The big three…Stuckey, Monroe and Knight.
  • The unknown: Will Rodney Stuckey start this game or continue to come off the bench for Detroit.

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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.
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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.
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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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Yes, that’s right the #Pistons are now winners of five of their last six games after a 94-99 victory over the Wizards. So what if it wasn’t pretty, so what if the Pistons were supposed to beat the 12 win Wizards at home. They did, just not in convincing fashion.

Key Points:

  • Rodney Stuckey back and looking good coming off the bench for Detroit. Rodney with 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting with 3 assists in just under 19 minutes on the floor.
  • Ben Wallace is really making himself look good as he starts his ride off into the sunset after this season. He sure didn’t look like a 37-year-old out there on the floor last night. Big Ben with 8 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a blocked shot in 27 minutes on the floor last night. Frank decided to keep Ben in for the final 18 minutes of the game for a defensive boost. I can’t even stand up for more than 20 minutes straight let alone play in a basketball game for 27. Kudos Ben!

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  • Lawrence Frank: “The group that changed the game for us was Ben Wallace, Jonas Jerebko, Damien Wilkins, Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey. We went up 20 with that group and it was because of their defensive energy. Then we rode it. … You look at the numbers – we shoot 52 percent. For us, that’s a pretty high-water mark, but the game changed defensively because of the impact of that group. That’s what we’re going to be. We’re going to be a defense-first team. We can live with a lot of other things, but we’ve just got to continue to grind and establish an identity.”

  • Ok…so Charlive Villanueva is another DNP Coaches decision. Like I mentioned before I believe the fans that have been sticking with this team for the past few years should just split his salary. Wonder what my cut will be?
  • Washington led just once at 3-2, but the Pistons didn’t really put the Wizards away until early in the fourth quarter.
  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting with 7 boards in just twenty minutes on the floor.  Imagine how much better this team can be if he had a solid big man playing alongside him.
Greg Monroe vs. Wizards

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  • Make your free throws and this one is a blowout.  The Pistons were 23-for-39 from the line. Don’t put Big Ben in that mess, Ben was 5-for-6 from the line!

Ben Wallace: “I usually don’t make them until they make me make them. Tonight after the game, I got a text from my wife saying that she really hates when teams go to that Hack-A-Ben or Bump-A-Ben. But she’s very proud of the fact I can go up there and knock those shots down. As a player, you’ve got to accept the challenge and knock those shots down.”

  • John Wall 28 points and 10 assists.
  • Brandon Knight with 6 points, 1 assist and 3 boards in 28 minutes on the floor.
  • Why doing they bring Macklin back and put Charlie V on the inactive list.

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  • Maxiell with a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.
  • More wins means fewer balls, but I’m fine with it.
  • Next up Atlanta.

The 20-32 #Pistons will try to continue their winning ways when they host the 12-42 Wizards Thursday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Wizards have won seven of their last eight visits to Detroit and nine of their last 11 overall match-ups with the Pistons.

  • The good: It looks like Rodney Stuckey is going to give it a go tonight.
  • The bad: For some odd reason the turrable Wizards like to beat the Pistons.
  • Who to watch: Greg Monroe, who won’t have to go up against JaVaile McGee and the (hopefully) healthy Rodney Stuckey
  • The unknown: Will Charlie Villanueva ever play and if not can Pistons fans split his paycheck for sticking with this team?

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The Pistons added another one to the win column Tuesday night as they took on the short-handed Orlando Magic at the Palace of Auburn Hills. All Pistons starters plus Jonas Jerebko where in double figures in the 102-95 victory over a Magic team without Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson.

Key Points:

  • No Rodney Stuckey for the Pistons, but Ben Gordon was back and he put up 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting starting in his place. Ben also grabbed 6 boards, with 7 assists, and 2 two steals on the night in one of his most complete games this season.
  • Working as a team…25 assists on the night for Detroit.
  • The game wasn’t easy, especially with Glen Davis scoring a career high 31 points and even knocking down a three in the closing minute of the game to make the finish interesting. There were 16 lead changes and eight ties in this one.
  • Jason Maxiell going to work again. Jason put up 15 points, 7 boards, 2 assists, a steal and two blocked shots in 24 Energizer Bunny minutes on the floor.
Jason Maxiell Dunk

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  • Mr. Greg Monroe led the Pistons 22 point, on 9-for-11 shooting with 11 boards. That makes it 26 double-doubles on the season.
  • Brandon Knight had another tough night scoring going 5-for-12 for 11 points. Despite the lack of buckets, Brandon really drove the team when he was out there, even if the box score doesn’t show it.
  • I really never get enough of a convincing jam from Jason Maxiell.

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  • The Pistons didn’t make it easy on themselves with three of Orlando’s starters out. They had a hard time with the Magic all night, never leading by more than five in the first half and failing to put them away after opening the third quarter on an 8-0 run.
  • Jonas Jerebko really has found his stride coming off the bench for Detroit. Jonas scored 13 points with 5 boards and a steal in 20 minutes on the floor with just one foul.

Tayshaun Prince: “We were just moving the ball real effectively, moving their defense from one side to the other. Greg was doing a good job of getting the ball inside and making decisions. BG played a great all-around game coming off pick and rolls, making good reads. Just good all-around play by everybody. When you win, that’s how you want to play.”

  • Daye and Villanueva a DNP coaches decision. Anyone else think this whole Charlie V think is suspicious?
  • 22 points off of turnovers for the Magic.

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  • Tayshaun with 15 points, six boards and 3 assists. No two prettier than his dunk off a no-look pass from Will Bynum. Just check the highlights.
  • Next up the Wizards on Thursday.

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Sure the #Pistons didn’t take advantage of being home or who they were playing when they were down a nine points to the Bobcats with four and a half minutes to go. Something inside clicked and the Pistons made a charge to get within three points, when Bynumite happened.

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Overtime wasn’t a breeze, but the Pistons squeaked out of the Palace with a 110-107 victory over Charlotte.

Key Points:

  • No Rodney Stuckey or Ben Gordon in this one. Both were on the bench in uniform but didn’t play.
  • Will Bynum’s late game heroics aside, it really was Brandon Knight who got the Pistons in the position to get it to overtime. Brandon knocked down three 3-pointers in the final two minutes to get the Pistons back in the game and quite frankly send the crowd into a frenzy.
  • Add a little credit to Jonas Jerebko, who played his heart out down the stretch. His tip-in late in the game on a Tayshaun Prince miss also played a part in the win. The Swede finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with 5 boards, 3 assists and a steal in 26 minutes.
  • Tayshaun led the Pistons with 24 points, 4 assists and nine boards on the night.
  • You really do have to give some credit to Lawrence Frank, who’s done wonders with this team.

Lawrence Frank: To show the fight and the grit, especially since we’ve been on the flip side of those where we’ve had some wins stolen from us,” Frank said. “To me, it’s how we got those buckets. You think about the trust we had – Will on a dribble handoff to (Tayshaun Prince), Tay making the next play to Brandon, and then the trust from Tay to Jonas, Jonas to Will. I just like how we found those shots. They weren’t forced shots; they were rhythm shots in pressure moments.”

  • One of the reason why I like Brandon Knight, he’s not afraid to take big shots. When the Pistons needed buckets, and his shot wasn’t falling, he took and made the three’s down the wire. Knight finished with 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting with 6 assists and 5 boards.
  • Hate to say this but one of the best parts of the night was a Byron Mullens missed dunk in which he collapsed to the ground in a heap after the shot. It seriously looked like a 7-year-old trying to dunk on his home Nerf basket and wiping out. The whole arena cracked up and a ton of Pistons fans in the lower level started chanting Mulllllins, Mulllllins over and over again for the rest of the night.

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  • Greg Monroe with 16 points and nine boards and his usual hustle that make this team go.
Greg Monroe - Pistons Bobcats

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  • Bynum, who is getting more burn since Rodney Stuckey and Gordon are out, finished the game with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
  • The defense looks better and better every game, but the Pistons allowed the Bobcats to finish shooting 46.5 percent and the 97 points they scored in regulation were nearly 10 over their average.
  • Damion Wilkins had a dunk last night that made him look like his uncle. Wilkins scored 8 points on 4-for-7 shooting.
  • Maxiell with 2 blocks on the night and probably one of the biggest surprises all season.
  • Next up, the Magic at home on Tuesday.