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The 17-24 #Pistons are in Milwaukee to take on the 7-33 Bucks Wednesday night. Detroit will try to make it four in a row on the road with a win against the league’s worst team.

The good: Detroit has won three consecutive games against the Bucks , who are currently sitting in the cellar. It’s a great time for the Pistons to get a dominating victory to try to turn this thing around for the second half of the season.
Rodney Stuckey looks completely healed from his shoulder surgery and making himself a very coveted player this trade season. Stuckey scored a season-high 29 points off the bench in the Pistons loss to the Clippers Monday afternoon.
The bad: Detroit always seems to know how to lose the games they should win.
I’m sure that the Wizards aren’t the only team that would like to have Greg Monroe.
The unknown: Who’s going win the war of the reversed Brandon’s?  Who has more to prove, Jennings or Knight?
Injuries: Pistons: None
Bucks: Carlos Delfino – Out
Zaza Pachulia – Out

Stat: Andre Drummond is averaging 18.0 points and 13.5 rebounds against the Bucks this season.
Stat: The Bucks swatted a season-high 13 shots during the 12/4 game in Milwaukee, six by Ekpe Udoh alone.
Fact: Three former Pistons play for the Bucks. Carlos Delfino, Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

Tip off is at 8:00 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 5-8 #Pistons are back home to play a the second game of a back-to-back against the 2-10 Milwaukee Bucks Monday night. Detroit could be starting a roll after their 109-97 win in Brooklyn Sunday afternoon. The Bucks are prime for the taking being that they are the heels of their worst losing streak in 16 years.

  • The good: Mr. Rodney Stuckey has turned into the best player on the Pistons team putting them on his back and keeping them in game. Andre Drummond’s new jump hook is pretty awesome too, keep and eye out for it.  The Pistons won 3-of-4 against the Bucks last season and seven of their last 12.
  • The bad: The Pistons new acquisitions Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings have been a disappointment this season. The organization was hoping the two would put this team over the top, but they’ve each regressed this season. Jennings, who will play his former team for the first time Monday night, averaged 17.0 points and 5.7 assists in four seasons with the Bucks.
  • The unknown:  It’s still not known if Chauncey Billups or Will Bynum will be back, they are each still listed as day-to-day.

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Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 66.4%
Fact: Greg Monroe averaged 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in four games against Milwaukee last season.
Fact: Khris Middleton, who’s now in Milwaukee after the Brandon Jennings for Brandon Knight trade scored a career high 20 in the Bucks last game.

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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 97.1 The Ticket.

He hasn’t gotten to Detroit yet and it isn’t really official yet, but Brandon Jennings the new Detroit Piston has been tooned.  I wouldn’t have done this so quickly, but when I shot out a question to my twitter followers about what hairstyle I should toon Brandon in, I got the best answer from @evan4623.  Toon ‘em all!  I have a feeling I’m going to be retooning his hair all season.

I myself am partial to the Gumby cut.

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Yes, Brandon Jennings is a Piston.  Are you happy?

The newest rumor down the pipe is Brandon Jennings to the Pistons.  Problem is that Joe Dumars vehemently denies any such talks with his old friend John Hammond in Milwaukee.He’s also denying any such talks about bringing Rondo to Detroit or the fact that he would trade Brandon Knight.

Personally I don’t believe Dumars, he’s just not going to show his hand and make his players upset about possible trade rumors if they don’t happen.  As far as Brandon Jennings is concerned, he’s to wishy-washy and selfish for me to want to give anything at all for him.  Sure he can dazzle at times and put up huge nights, but he’s not the type of guy that you build around.

Is this a Pistons summer to remember or what?

Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-SunsIt’s no secret that the Pistons are looking to bring Boston Celtics PG Rajon Rondo to Detroit.  Joe Dumars has made the call, but it will take something that Detroit won’t part with in order to get him, second year sensation Andre Drummond.

Drummond is the Pistons sacred cow, so it’s not likely you’ll see this one going down unless the Celtics change their tune. Joe is willing to send Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that just doesn’t cut it. The other problem is that the Pistons can’t even offer a draft pick in the deal because because of the Ben Gordon deal that gave the Bobcats the choice of a Pistons draft pick over the next four seasons.

I’m not going to say I wouldn’t love to have a All Star legitimate PG on this team and Chauncey as his backup, but there is basically no way I’m trading the centerpiece of the team. Drummond has the potential to be a superstar, something Detroit hasn’t seen from a draft pick since Grant Hill. And boy is Dre fun to watch.

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No it’s not April Fool’s day, you’re reading this correctly. After 18 straight losses to the Chicago Bulls, the Pistons finally took a game from them at the Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday night 99-85.

Key Points:

  • I don’t care if the game didn’t matter much and the Bulls were stacked with injuries. This team and it’s fans needed to get that monkey off their back.
  • Brandon Knight has been red-hot for Detroit. Knight let the Pistons with 20 points, 12 of them coming in the third quarter.
  • Credit the Bench for really helping out in this one. The starters fell behind early, but a much-needed boost from the Pistons bench helped Detroit to a victory.
  • Andre with 10 boards and three points in 20 minutes on the floor.
  • No Deng for the Bulls
  • How about the play of Jonas Jerbko lately. This is the Jonas I remember from his rookie season. He doesn’t back down and he plays 100% it his team is up 30 or down 30. Jonas finished the game with 17 points, 9 boards and a steal in 27 very productive minutes on the floor.

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  • Never liked Carlos Boozer and still don’t, but it was nice to see Jonas Jerebko hold his own against him. Boozer led the Bulls with 21.
  • Rodney Stuckey with another start and another productive game. Rodney scored 14 for Detroit, with five assists in 35 minutes on the floor.
  • Jose Calderon is still being bothered with his right triceps injury and sat out another game. It will be interesting if Detroit gets him to stay this offseason.
  • Tolerate him or hate him, Charlie V is just like that. He finished with a dozen points in 14:51 minutes on the floor.
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  • Khris Middleton doing his part to play a bigger role on this team next season. He finished with 10.
  • Bynum was back after the hand injury. Soak it in, you may not see him in a Pistons uniform after this season. In fact I’m pretty sure no one is safe except Andre Drummond. I’d like to think they’d keep Greg, but if a blockbuster is put on the table he’s pretty good bait.
  • Next up, the Cavs in Cleveland on Wednesday.

The #Pistons once again could not convert down the stretch as they lost their 52nd game of the season to the Timberwolves 101-107 in Minneapolis.  Don’t think they didn’t have a chance though, a Brandon Knight driving layup with 20 seconds left on the clock had the Pistons within two points (101-103). Detroit had to foul and the Timberwolves free throws were made leading to another Piston loss.

Key Points:

  • The officiating was very noticeably swallowing whistles, so much so that it got rough towards the end of the game. Late in the fourth quarter Pekovic clocked Brandon Knight so hard to the ground with not so much as a glance from the officials that he went to the bench on the next play to get his mask to protect himself. One thing I love about Knight is that he doesn’t back down and he plays all out every time he hits the floor.
  • Another game and another stepping stone to Andre Drummond’s productivity. Drummond finished with nine points, a steal, three blocked shots and 10 boards in 30 minutes on the floor. He’s young, he’s smart and I wouldn’t want to be on the end of this stare…ever.

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Andre Drummond Cartoon Quote“They are a physical team, that is how they get their wins. They try to beat people up to get their Ws. We did what we needed to do, but we just couldn’t pull it out at the end.” Via Pistons.com

  • If this is the real Rodney Stuckey, where the heck has he been? Stuckey with another fantastic game dropping 20 points, 4 assists and wight boards in 27 minutes off the bench for Detroit.
  • Everyone with turnover issues in this one. I can’t ever imagine the championship Pistons teams turning the ball over into the double digits let alone giving it away 24 times in a game.
  • Take care of the ball!
  • Brandon Knight led all scorers with 25 points, two steals, six assists and two boards in 40 minutes on the floor, not to mention standing up to a oafish Pekovic after he set one two many screens on him.
  • Jerebko keeps playing hard and keeps making it hard not to give him minutes.
  • I like the way he plays, but Kyle Singler is not a starter in this league…yet.
  • Monroe with 16 points and six boards.
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  • Didn’t the Pistons learn from the last time they played the worst three-point shooting team in the league? This team needs a ton of work on the defensive end.
  • It’s pretty obvious that this team is going to look very different come next season.
  • The Bulls Sunday at the Palace is likely to be the Pistons 53rd loss.

The 23-45 #Pistons are back home for one game to take on the 38-28 Brooklyn Nets Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Despite losing both games to the Nets that they have played this season, Detroit could have gone away the winner of each of those games. The Nets won by a combined five points in those games.
  • The bad:
    The Pistons have lost eight games in a row and are a loss away from their longest home losing streak in over 12 years. Brooklyn is a good basketball team and is right behind the Knicks for the top of the Atlantic division.
  • The unknown: Can Rodney Stuckey continue playing the best basketball of his season? No word yet on Brandon Knight’s status though it doesn’t look like he’ll be playing in this one. It’s also unclear whether Lawrence Frank will be on the bench for Detroit Monday night.

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 97.1 the Ticket.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The 23-44 #Pistons are in Portland to take on the 30-34 Trail Blazers Saturday night.

  • The good: Nothing much good for Detroit these days, but you’ll get to take a look at the most likely candidate for Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, who put up 26 with 10 assists a few days ago against the Knicks.
  • The bad:
    The Pistons seven game losing streak. A loss in Portland will tie a seasons worst eight game losing streak.
    Detroit has won just eight games away from the Palace.
  • The unknown: With Knight and Drummond out, Monroe can’t be the only one who puts up numbers for Detroit.  Who will it be if anyone against Portland? My money is on Calderon, who has seemed to regress ever since he got to Detroit.

Tip off is at 10:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

It sometimes takes time for #Pistons fans to catch up when their team is on a West coast trip.  It’s difficult to stay awake when games start at 10:30 EST and most of us in Michigan have a life that starts before the sun rises.

If you missed the Pistons game Wednesday night altogether, or had to wait and watch it on DVR like I did you’d know that Rodney Stuckey had a great night.  A night in which he stepped up when the team was shorthanded, scoring 22 points with five assists.

Great right?

Too little too late for this Pistons fan thank you very much.

Stuckey has disappointed most of the Pistons fan base since he was (probably unfairly) anointed the savior when Joe Dumars traded Chauncy Billups.

Chauncey Billups
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  • Is it his talent? It’s very clear that Stuckey has talent, but when and if he uses it is another story.
  • Is it his coach? Well he’s had multiple coaches, so if that’s the case he’ll never be productive in professional spots.
  • Is it his role? Maybe, but when he was called upon to be the man he didn’t deliver and now reserved to coming off the bench (even though I don’t believe for a minute that it was his choice) he still hasn’t delivered.
  • Is it the system? It could be, but he’s had just about every roll he can play in Detroit.
  • Is it his attitude? It sure looks that that’s a problem. I can count multiple instances where we didn’t see Stuckey in the lineup for “issues” whether it be personal, coaching or mysterious health issues.
  • Is he giving 100%? No freaking way.
  • Is he unhappy? It sure looks that way.

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My good friends on press row reminded me even more about Rodney Stuckey’s effort. I dare you to go look at Rodney’s production and contributions the game before the All Star break each and every season he’s been in the NBA and if that doesn’t prove to you that this guy doesn’t care I don’t know what will.

Rodney has serious issues to deal with. I can’t tell you if they are on or off the court, or on, but I can tell you from a fans perspective I’d rather see Brandon Knight give it all he’s got and fall flat on his back trying to block a 7 footer’s dunk than watch Rodney Stuckey play one more minute as a Detroit Piston. I’m the biggest Dumars fan, but I’ll never understand what he saw in Rodney to believe in him, let alone extend his miserable contract.

For this fan, the departures of any one on the Pistons that doesn’t want contribute or doesn’t want to be here is a blessing.

We could use a blessing in Detroit right now.