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Josh Smith has a heck of a night on Friday against the 76ers, but he was the hero of the Palace when he scored the winning layup with 1.2 seconds left on the clock to give the Pistons the win against the Suns 110-108.

Key Points:

  • It was a frustrating night at the Palace for Pistons fans who watched Detroit lose an 18 point second half lead that gave way to the Suns knocking down open threes late in the fourth quarter. What’s even worse is Detroit led by three points 108-105 with 26 seconds on the clock on a Josh Smith three pointer only to have the Suns tie it up when Smith fouled Gerald Green on the other end to send him on to for three foul shots that he made to tie it with 4.3 on the clock.

smithJosh Smith: ”The last time I had the opportunity in New York, I settled for a jump shot [missing it in the closing seconds of an 89-85 loss to the Knicks. I wanted to be aggressive. I learned from that play that I made. I wanted to put the onus on the officials and I was able to get a good look at it." Via NBA.com

  • Smith finished with 25 on 11-of-16 shooting with 11 boards, five assist and a blocked shot.
  • Sheed, who did the post game interview at the Palace, reiterated that Josh said in the huddle as they were mapping out the last play the he wanted to make basically make up for his miss in New York. It wasn't more than 15 minutes after the buzzer has ended and Sheed was in his Pistons sweats and his Air Force One's.
  • Brandon Jennings had a heck of a night. Jennings tied Isiah Thomas' franchise record with 16 assists in the first half of the game. Jennings finished the game with 18 assists, a career high, adding eight points and eight boards.
Brandon Jennings Career Assists 18

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  • Smith, Drummond and Monroe with double-doubles.
  • Greg Monroe scored 20 points with 12 boards, four assists and a steal.
  • Andre Drummond 13 points, 13 boards and five blocked shots. Dre looks like he’s making a point of blocking every shot that comes his way.
  • This dunk from what was clearly the most exciting assist on the night from Jennings, brought the house down.


  • Was wondering why Cheeks didn’t have either Monroe or Drummond in the game when it counted to grab boards? I know the Suns had a small lineup out there, but Detroit couldn’t get a board to save their life in when the big fella’s weren’t out there.
  • The Suns tried the Hack-A-Dre.  When they sent Andre to the line and he made the first one, he glared at Phoenix’s bench. No words were needed to know what Andre was saying, it’s just too bad he didn’t make them both.
  • Can’t let Barbosa, who the Suns just signed on the 10 day contract, get wide open threes late in the game.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Will Bynum with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with one assist in 23 minutes. Bless Will, but he’s got to pass first instead of try to do everything himself when he’s out there.
  • Singler with cringe-worthy 6 turnovers, most of them coming as the Suns where edging their way back. Singler finished with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, adding eight boards.
  • It’s clear Rodney Stuckey isn’t back to true form yet. He finished with eight points in 20 minutes.
  • It’s funny how many people who go to Pistons games have no idea what’s going on. The girl behind me asked the guy she was with why Tayshaun Prince wasn’t playing.
  • The three-point line needs help, both offensively and defensively. The Suns were 13-35 from downtown, while Detroit was just 3-of-17 for a lowly 17.6%.
  • An extended break for Detroit, who don’t play again until Friday at the Palace against the Jazz.

I can’t blame any Pistons fan who flipped the channel Friday night in the first quarter of the Pistons 76ers game.  The Sixers burst out of the game and had Detroit up 19-2 early in the first quarter.  What looked like another disappointing loss turned out to be the Pistons first victory in seven games, as they roared back in the third quarter to top the Sixers 114-104.

Key Points:

  • The first six or so minutes of this game could have driven loyal Pistons fans to drink giving how Detroit has played since they took down the Pacers on their home court.
  • Credit Josh Smith for turning his game around giving Detroit a lift and putting up a stat line that was needed and unexpected at the same time. Josh led the Pistons with 22 points (on cough….) 8-of-23 shooting  with 13 boards, seven assists, four steals and five blocked shots.  One of those blocks was a ridiculous two-handed denial.  Not saying things have turned around, but it’s nice to see a balanced line from Josh. He’s always going to shoot first, and a ton of them are going to be cringe worthy, but some nights he puts the team in a position to win.  I guess that’s all you can ask from him.

smithJosh Smith when asked about if it was easier playing a little power forward during the game.
“Yeah, because the majority of the time, the guy that you’re guarding is around the rim as opposed to having to having to guard a spot-up jump shooter that you have to be a little closer to him. I just wanted to be active, fly all over the place, and set the mark on what we needed to do to win.”

  • Seven Pistons in double figures.
  • Great game for Will Bynum who was a +20 going 6-of-11 for 16 points, eight boards and three assists in 34 minutes. Can’t however let the five turnovers slide.
  • 18 turnovers on the night for Detroit.
  • Bless Chauncey Billups, his only basket was a much-needed triple.  He played just 7:23.
  • Detroit with a better 42.6% percent on the night.
  • A Pistons 15-2 run put them over the top in the third.
  • Kyle Singler with 16 points, eight boards, three assists a steal and blocked shot.  I wouldn’t be surprised that if there were a lineup change, it would be a swap of Singler for Pope.
  • Stuckey still struggling with his shoulder, played just three first half minutes.
  • Big Andre Drummond with another double-double. Dre scored 11 with 12 boards and a staggering 6 blocked shots.  Are you voting for him in for the All-Star game?
Andre Drummond Pistons vs Sixers

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  • Greg Monroe, who’s been the talk of trade rumors of late, added another double-double on the season. Monroe scored 15 with 10 boards and a steal.
  • A bounce back for Brandon Jennings who has really been struggling to score. Brandon with 19 points on 4-of-10 shooting, with six assists, three boards and two steals in 28 minutes.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • Detroit won the board war 62-42.
  • The Sixers scored 64 of their points in the paint to 50 for Detroit.
  • Detroit led by just two late in the fourth quarter 100-98, but pulled away scoring five in a row and never looked back.
  • Caldwell-Pope with 12 points going 2-of-4 from downtown, with seven boards, and three steals in 30 minutes.
  • Saturday night for a second game of a back-to-back against the Suns will be a tall task for Detroit.

The 14-21 #Pistons are in Toronto to take on the 16-17 Atlantic Division leading Raptors Wednesday night. Detroit, who have played awful basketball of late have won seven of the last 11 games against the Raptors.

The good: Candy, 70 degree weather and puppies. Oh…you wanted to know what was good on the Pistons end. Sadly it’s been difficult for me again to list what’s good in Detroit Basketball world. Maybe the possibility of Rodney Stuckey returning to help the Pistons off the bench.
The bad: The Pistons three-point shooting, shot selection, play-making, effort at times, should I go on? Detroit is on a season-worst five game losing streak and seven of their last eight. The Pistons have shown almost no signs of getting out of it besides the fact that they came back from a 17 point deficit against the Knicks. But a comeback doesn’t equal a win.
Keep an eye out for DeMar DeRozan who always seems to step up his game when he goes up against Detroit.
The unknown: Will Brandon Jennings wash away whatever has plagued him the last two games? Jennings has scored nine points in the last while missing 22 of 26 attempts, including 11 of 12 from 3-point range.
Injuries: Rodney Stuckey is listed as day-to-day with his shoulder injury.
Raptors: Tyler Hansbrough – doubtful

Fact: Greg Monroe averaged 22.3 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Raptors last season.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.0%.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The #Pistons fell short after coming back from a 17 defect late in the third quarter to lose their fifth consecutive game to the Kinicks 85-89.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons big three led the way for the Pistons, the combined for 52 points.
  • Andre Drummond with another double-double putting 12 points, mostly by way of dunks and 17 boards.
  • Brandon Jennings didn’t have a great night going just 2-of-12 for two points and five assists. On one fast break sequence he gave up the ball to Drummond a little to early and Andre got fouled. Consequently he missed both of his free throws. Was that the criticism by some that led to the tweets he deleted?
  • And then you have the Josh Smith potential game winning shot air-ball.

  • What’s so tough about Josh’s shot is that he just had an awesome defensive stand on the other end of the floor when he took a charge against  Carmelo. One sequence, two totally different outcomes.
  • Not happy about Josh’s shot selection and attempt? Neither was he.

smithWhen I asked Smith if he got the shot he wanted, he said, “No, I didn’t. I’m still beating myself up because I could have been a little more aggressive and tried to put the initiative on the referees to make the call. It was a shot that is definitely going to be with me to the next game so I can try to get it out of my head.” Via Pistons.com

  • Cheeks didn’t have that one in mind. He actually had a 20 second time out the he could have used after Smith took the Anthony charge but decided to wait to see if he needed it later.

cheeks“I had a play in mind and they ran the play that I had in mind, would have liked to have seen him drive it. He didn’t drive it. I trust the shot that he took, it didn’t go in, and we live with it.”

  • Detroit was outscored 32-17 in the third quarter to fall 15 points behind after being tied at the half,
  • Who would have thought Charlie Villanueva, who hasn’t played since before Santa came to town, who be a spark off the bench. Charlie V dropped five points in his ten minutes right when the Pistons needed it.
  • Kyle Singler was also a spark for Detroit, putting up his 11 points right when Detroit needed them and playing with hustle that led to Knicks turnovers.
  • The Knicks are a horrible team, the Pistons should have won this one. Does it make it more frustrating? It does for me.
  • Josh Smith led the Pistons with 21 points, 12 boards, three steals and two blocked shots.
  • Chauncey look old.
  • Sheed made the best of his time in New York after playing with them for a season. He dropped by the Knicks locker room after the game and gave hug to Knicks owner James Dolan as the Pistons left the court.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • It’s like groundhog day sometimes. Detroit let the Knicks go on a 15-0 run in the third quarter.
  • Detroit, who are in desperate need of a three-point threat, shot just 3-of-19 from downtown. That’s 15.8%.
  • The Pistons lose a game where they out-rebounded their opponent 54-38 and led in pain points 48-38.
  • Don’t think Wednesday night’s game in Toronto will be easy, the Raptors are first in the Atlantic at 16-17.

Brandon Jennings sound like a very unhappy basketball player right now.  Shortly after the Pistons loss to the Knicks Jennings posted this tweet which he deleted just minutes later.

Brandon Jennings Tweet

Thanks to a quick thinking Pistons fan @mikea71 for getting the screen cap before it was deleted.

UPDATE

We have another tweet by Jennings that he sent minutes after this one and quickly deleted again . Brandon-Jennings-Two-Need4Sheed

Brandon Jennings Pistons vs. Magic 12-27-2013Take this any way you want to, but for me this sounds like someone who is clearly upset, weather it be with the losing streak, the media, the fans or coaching. You could almost see something like this coming when he walked off the court after the Grizzlies trashing.

Remember,  he’s no stranger for speaking his mind on twitter.

This may be thinking into this too much, but considering all the things that have gone wrong with the Pistons in the past it almost seems obvious.  Especially with the losing streak.

There were quite a few different ideas from other Pistons fans as well as the beat writers.

The 13-16 #Pistons are in Cleveland to take on the 10-16 Cavaliers Monday night. The Pistons will try to snap their two game losing streak by taking out the Cavs after two disappointing losses to Charlotte and Houston at The Palace.

Detroit swept the season series last season 4-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The good: The Pistons have won their last six meetings with the Cavaliers, winning three straight in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.
The bad: The two very disappointing back-to-back losses at home. The Bobcats loss especially stung after the Pistons were cruising to victory going into the fourth quarter. The team that took the court against the Rockets did not look like the one that beat the Pacers or the Heat, in fact they looked like they had given up on themselves as soon as the second quarter started.
The unknown: Will Detroit hit the court with something to prove? Can Brandon Jennings continue to play well, and will he dominate a hot Kyrie Irving?
Injury Report: None.

Fact: Detroit swept the season series last season 4-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Fact: Detroit has a better record on the road than at the Palace so far this season.
Fact: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.9%.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The 13-15 #Pistons will host the 17-10 Houston Rockets for the second game of at back-to-back at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night. Detroit would love to prove themselves with a win against Kevin McHale and his squad after their very disappointing loss Friday night to the Charlotte Bobcats.

The good: The transformation of Brandon Jennings the past few games controlling games, putting up numbers and holding on to the ball.
The bad: The stinker of a fourth quarter against the Bobcats Friday night.
Detroit has lost the last five games they’ve played against the Rockets.
The unknown: It’s the match-up I’ve been waiting to see all season long, Dwight Howard vs. Andre Drummond.  I’m putting my money on Andre to outwork and outplay Howard.
Injury Report: Rodney Stuckey is still suffering from a sore right shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.

Fact: Andre Drummond ranks in the top 10 of six major statistical categories among NBA centers this season.
Fact: Detroit has a better record on the road than at the Palace so far this season.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.5%.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

It’s tough to be a Pistons fan but even tougher for the team themselves.  After playing their best basketball in their current form by knocking off the Pacers and coming back on the road to beat the Celtics, the Pistons gave up a 20 point lead at home to lose to the Bobcats by 10. The Bobcats Kemba Walker scored a season-high 34 points to help Charlotte outscored the Pistons 41-17 in the fourth quarter to top Detroit 116-106.

Key Points:

  • How does a team get outscored 41-17 in the fourth quarter at home when they’re up by 20?
  • The Pistons looked like they never played basketball together before the fourth quarter. Detroit shot just 6-for-20, while showing little or no defense.
  • Bright spot was Andre Drummond who added another double-double with 14 points, 15 boards all while throwing a block party (5).
  • Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings combined to take 40 shots for Detroit.
  • Smith was 8-of-20 for 18 points, with three assists, six boards, three steals, and two blocked shots. He’s clearly not going to put up 30 a night, but his defense is something the Pistons have been lacking for years.
  • Jennings led the Pistons with 26 on 10-of-20 shooting with five assists a blocked shot, a steal and no turnovers. Brandon Jennings has been showing signs of changing his game to help the team.
  • Recap via NBA.com


  • Josh Harrellson has been a welcome surprise to this team. Not only does he do a heck of a job for Dre, he’s a big man who can knock down the three. Josh was 2-of-3 from downtown for 12 points with two blocked shots in 17 minutes.
  • Bless Billups, but he really has been a shell of himself this season.
  • Bynum needs to dust off more rust.
  • Caldwell-Pope took just two shots in 22 minutes on the floor.
  • Monroe with 13 points, nine boards and four turnovers. I love Moose, but I cringe at times when he just fumbles the ball away.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: “We’ve got to stick with what we do, we tend to get relaxed in the fourth quarter when we get a lead and we gave it away. That’s really what it comes down to. We gave away the game tonight. It’s tough to swallow, but we’ve got to move forward.” Via Pistons.com

  • Move forward they better with Houston at the Palace Saturday night.

The 13-14 #Pistons will host the 12-14 Charlotte Bobcats at The Palace of Auburn Hills Friday night. Detroit looks to continue their winning ways against a Bobcats team they’ve had success against of late.

The good: The Pistons have started to play like a winning team, from beating the Pacers, to coming back against the Celtics to win. Detroit displayed poise the past few games, something that this team has lacked for the past few seasons.
Detroit has won 12 of the last 16 games against Charlotte.
The bad: Detroit can’t take the Bobcats lightly, they are one of the league’s best defensive teams allowing only 35.7 paint points and 92.7 points overall.
The unknown: Can Brandon Jennings keep up this pace? Jennings averaged 20.8 points while hitting 20 of 49 from downtown in his last eight games. He’s also
Injury Report: Rodney Stuckey is still suffering from a sore right shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.

Fact:Andre Drummond ranks in the top 10 of six major statistical categories among NBA centers this season:
Stat:Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.9%.
Stat:The Detroit Pistons are first in the NBA for most points in the paint with 51.6 per game.
Fact:Andre Drummond ranks first in the Eastern Conference in double-doubles and third in the NBA with 18 double-doubles.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The Pistons just did something no other team has done this season, beat the league leading Indiana Pacers on their home court.  Detroit controlled game leading from buzzer to buzzer in their 101-96 victory.

Key Points:

  • Josh Smith had another huge game leading all scores, as he did against the Blazers the night before, with 30 points.  Smith had the hot hand early, especially after the half. When he was in range he just couldn’t seem to miss.  Despite his huge offensive game, his block on West with 48 seconds left on the clock could have been the play of the game. Smith added 7 boards, an assist and two blocks.
  • Dare I say that Josh’s block on West, that went off the backboard and right into the hands of Brandon Jennings, reminded me of the Tayshaun block.
  • In his first 24 games with the Pistons, Josh Smith averaged 13.8 points and 14.0 field goal attempts. In the past two nights, he has averaged 30.5 points and 23.0 shots. Via NBA.com
  • It was nice to see Jennings and crew feeding Josh when he clearly had a rhythm going.
  • Let’s talk about the Pistons other Josh.  Harrellson, who was inserted in the game early after Drummond picked up two quick fouls, left off right where Andre would have. It was Josh’s best game of the season with 10 boards, 2 blocked shots and seven points in just 16 minutes.

Josh Harrellson Season High Pistons

  • After the heart breaker at the Palace on Sunday night I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think they could do it. They dominated the game, leading by as much as 11, but the Pacers were right there with a minute left on the clock. Thank you for proving me wrong and closing this one out.
  • Detroit played the best two teams in the league two nights in a row. They narrowly lost to the Blazers and beat the Pacers at home, so does that mean they’ve turned the corner?
  • The Pistons held Paul George in check, holding him below his season average of 24.
  • Will Bynum, who was on court in the third and fourth resting Brandon Jennings, clearly showed signs of rust. He was almost hard to watch, except for the alley-oop feed to Andre Drummond.
  • This team hasn’t been this fun to watch since 2004-2005.
  • Drummond played just two minutes in the first half. He finished the game with nine points and nine boards.

cheeksMaurice Cheeks on Josh Smith: “We keep putting him on the block and he’s being aggressive, attacking the rim, he’s getting a ton of opportunities. He’s just playing a full basketball game. That last play, that drive to the rim, he ended up blocking it off the backboard. He’s just playing great right now.” Via Pistons.com

  • Brandon Jennings is taking care of the basketball. Jennings put up 18 points with only one turnover and a couple of huge triples. He’s looked as good as Smith has the last two games.
Brandon Jennings Pistons vs Pacers

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  • Give it up to Jonas Jerebko who walked in right before the half and dropped a buzzer beating three like it was nothing.
  • Monore was solid again with 12 boards and 13 points.
  • Why can’t Louis Scola miss against Detroit? It was Scola that got the Pacers within striking distance. He scored 18 for the Pacers off the bench.
  • Recap via NBA.com


  • The Pistons controlled the boards 55-40.  They did especially well limiting the Pacers get second chance shots.
  • Caldwell-Pope was just 3-of-11 shooting for 8 points, but his hustle was noticeable.
  • Stuckey, clearly hurting, played just 15 minutes with two points.
  • In Boston on Wednesday should keep this team rolling.
  • Are they getting a little respect yet?