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The 23-43 #Pistons are in California to take on the 36-29 Warriors Wednesday night.

  • The good: The play and leadership skills of Greg Monroe who’s leading by example.  His calling out of his team after the Clippers debacle seems to have lit a fire under the team even though the results weren’t favorable.
  • The bad:
    The Pistons six game losing streak.
    Brandon Knight is out for the foreseeable future after he sustained a sprained ankle in the Jazz loss.
    There was a Andre Drummond injury update, but there is also no timetable on his return to the team.
  • The unknown: With Knight out can Rodney Stuckey play like it matters? Can Jason Maxiell give 100% after missing the Jazz game?

Tip off is at 10:30 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 #Pistons lost their sixth consecutive game losing to the Jazz 90-103 Monday night in Utah. To make things a little bit worse for Detroit, Brandon Knight went down early in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and never returned.

Key Points:

  • You have to feel for Knight, who was all over sports media when he got posterized by DeAndre Jordan just the day before. When he went down it looked extremely bad as he had to be helped off the court. Knight thought it was much worse than just a sprained ankle initially.

knight“To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure, normally, when I sprain my ankle, I have the power to at least walk off the court. I turn ’em and I can walk it off. But this one, the pain wasn’t going away and I couldn’t put any pressure on it.” Via

  • No word on how long Knight will be out.
  • It looked like Greg Monroe’s comments about his team not playing hard or caring after Sunday nights lost to the Clippers seemed to work. Though they didn’t get the win they sure didn’t give up. They trailed by 18 in the second but rallied back to get within five points with just a few minutes left in the ball game.
  • Greg added another double-double to his totals for the year finishing with 15 points, 13 boards, three assists and a locked shot in 41 minutes on the floor.
  • Jerebko and Stuckey each had 15 for Detroit.
  • Speaking of Stuckey, he finally hit a shot. Rodney was 6-of-10 for 15 with four boards, two assists, and two steals in 35 minutes on the floor. Too bad he’s been the invisible man most of the past two seasons.

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  • Mo Williams led all scorers with 20 points. Quite honestly, I didn’t even know he was still in the league.
  • Khris Middleton with 12 points in 24 minutes on the floor all from behind the three-point line. He’s been quite a surprise this season, doing everything asked of him when he gets minutes.
  • Detroit has now lost 15 straight road games.
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  • I’m really hoping that Detroit can keep Jose, unless some miracle happens in the Draft Lottery. Calderon with another solid game finishing with 14 points, seven assists and two steals.
  • Detroit shot 60.9 percent in the third quarter and scored 33 points.
  • Jerebko making a solid case for a rotation spot.
  • Will Bynum with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 19 minutes.
  • Charlie V 1-of-7 shooting for two points.
  • Golden State on Wednesday night.

The 23-42 #Pistons are in Utah for the second game of their West coast trip and the second game of a back-to-back Monday night to take on the 32-31 Jazz.

  • The good: The Jazz have lost 7-of-8 overall.
  • The bad: As most anyone knows the Pistons can’t beat the Jazz. Detroit has not been able to twin a game against the Jazz in their building in nine seasons.
  • The unknown: Can Brandon Knight bounce back after being posterized by DeAndre Jordan? You have to give it up to Brandon for having the guts to try to stop that play.

Tip off is at 9:00 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.

This one was just about over from the opening tip Sunday evening in Los Angeles. The Clippers gave the Pistons a 129-97 beating that consisted mostly of jaw dropping highlight from the home team.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Knight may never get over this one.

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  • Watching this was hard on any Piston fan. Thankfully Greg Monroe took the thumping very seriously.

Greg MonroeGreg Monroe: “There was just no effort, no fight,clearly upset and clearly sending a message. “It was an embarrassment. Maybe guys don’t care. Something has to change, though. This can’t continue. If you don’t want to play, just say it. This has got to stop. This is unacceptable.”

  • Greg finished with 10 points, five boards, and four assists. He may not always fill up the box, but one thing about Monroe he always seems to be giving 100%.
  • Nothing was working for Detroit, they allowed the most points the Clippers have scored since a 140 point overtime victory four years ago.
  • Nice to see Chauncey score 10 with six assists for the Clippers.
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  • Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 18 points, 4 assists and a steal in 29 minutes. I think his assist to turnover ratio since getting to Detroit isn’t as good as it was, but somehow I don’t think it’s his fault.
  • Brian Hill filled in for L Frank who probably won’t be able to be with the team for this entire trip.
  • The Clippers shot 62% on the night.
  • The 32 point loss is the highest for Detroit all season long.
  • No need to keep going about this one. This is a game you want to forget if you’re rooting for Detroit.
  • It doesn’t get any easier Monday against the Jazz, who the Pistons haven’t been able to beat since they wore short-shorts in the NBA.

Another valiant effort from the #Pistons Friday night as they once again fought their way out of a big hole to give themselves a chance to beat Dallas. Despite a 24-8 run and snatching a 97-96 lead in the fourth, but the Mavs came right back and took down the Pistons 102-99.

Key Points:

  • Who would have thought little used Khris Middletion and Charlie Villanueva would be the ones to dig Detroit out of their whole late in the game.
  • Middletion put up a career high 14 points, ten of them being in the very important fourth quarter.
  • The fourth quarter run gave life to the crowd at the Palace who were extremely loud.
  • Another hustle night for Jason Maxiell who put up double-double with 13 boards, 12 points a steal and a blocked shot in 34 minutes on the floor.
  • Greg Monroe returned with 14 points and 10 boards on the night.

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  • Best wishes to Lawrence Frank who missed his second game tending to his ailing wife in New Jersey.
  • The Mavs with seven players in double figures.
  • Rodney Stuckey just looks horrible. Another game where he didn’t make a basket and looked lost in his 13 minutes on the floor. “Stuckey took just one shot, had zero rebounds and one assist in 13 first-half minutes against Dallas after missing all 10 of his shots spread over 35 minutes in losses to San Antonio and New York.” Via
  • Charlie V with a quick 12 points in 13 minutes.
  • Hard work again for Jonas Jerebko who played scrappy again. Jonas scored five points and five boards in 14 minutes.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting with three assists and three boards.
  • Singler getting better and better on the defensive end for Detroit. Three steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes is always a plus on a team that needs to play better D.
  • Jose with seven points and seven assists.

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  • Despite the hard-fought games and the “they almost had it” it’s time to just look towards next season.
  • It gets pretty rough as the Pistons go on a four game West coast trip that starts on Sunday against the Clippers.

The 23-39 #Pistons are hosting the 36-21 New York Knicks Wednesday Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Carmelo Anthony, who has been one of the reasons that Detroit can’t even compete with the Knicks this season, is a game-time decision for New York.
  • The bad:
  • Greg Monroe will not play due to a ankle tweak and Charlie V is a game time decision with a tight hamstring.
  • L Frank won’t be on hand due to personal reasons, coach Brian Hill will take his place.
  • A win for the Knicks would give them a season sweep in consecutive years against Detroit. Don’t expect to see Sheed, he’s out for the season.
  • The unknown: Are the Knicks the new Jazz for the Pistons?

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 the game, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The #Pistons got utterly embarrassed by the Spurs Sunday night in San Antonio 114-75. It’s games like this that tend to show you just how much work Detroit needs to do to be relevant.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points and eight boards but a -33 in the box. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a number that big, ouch.
  • Charlie Villanueva with the double-double not Greg. Villanueva with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 10 boards in 25 minutes.
  • Manu Ginobili didn’t miss a shot till mid third quarter. He led the Spurs with 17 points in 22 minutes on the floor.
  • Nothing really went right for Detroit after having the game tied at 12 with five minutes left in the first quarter. After that it was all San Antonio.
  • The Spurs with 35 assists on the night.
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  • The Spurs led by 20 at the half and started off right where they left off starting the third forcing Frank to call a quick timeout. It didn’t much matter as San Antonio just kept adding to their lead.
  • The Spurs biggest lead 37!
  • Quite honestly, the Spurs made Detroit look like a JV high school team. You just wanted it to be over.
  • Love it that Popovich took a time out in the fourth when Detroit got a few buckets. The score was Spurs 96 Pistons 68, can’t let them get too close Pop.
  • Take notes L Frank.

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Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “We don’t have the margin for error when you’re playing the best team (in the league). We’re definitely capable of doing better, and we’ve shown it. We’ve got to be locked-in on one thing, and that’s got to be about the team. It’s got to be the team first. That’s why San Antonio is such a great model. They play agenda-free. The effort is there on both ends. That’s why when you get your butt kicked like this, everyone across the board has got to be better because it’s embarrassing.” Via

  • Brandon Knight shot just 3-for-14 on the night for eight points, two steal and a team leading six assist.
  • Jose put up 14 points on the night, but was an ugly -30 in the box.
  • Jerebko, who is making the most of his minutes, scored 10 with five boards.
  • Demoralizing is a great way to describe this one.
  • Detroit fans will be watching the tournament this year to find their favorites for the draft this year if they already don’t have one. Need a Bracket? March Madness betting offers at
  • Next up the Sheedless Knicks on Wednesday night at the Palace.

Despite a late fourth quarter 9-0 run to give the #Pistons a chance to win, the Hornets went on their own 9-2 run to take the season series from Detroit 100-95 Friday night in New Orleans.

Key Points:

  • Detroit had a chance to tie with a last-ditch three-point attempt with 12 seconds on the clock by Rodney Stuckey, but came up short.
  • Apparently that last second three was supposed to be a play for Greg Monroe, but that didn’t work.

Greg MonroeGreg Monroe “It was a mixup, we’ve just got to keep the focus at that point of the game. We had a chance to get a good shot. A lot of time on the clock. The focus has got to be there. That’s just something unacceptable at that point of the game. Guys weren’t on the same page. That’s all it was.” Via

  • Brandon Knight picked up where he left off after having a career night on Wednesday. Knight put up 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting with four boards, three assist and two steals in 37 minutes on the floor. I don’t know if it’s the fact that Jose is running the show out there or not, but I love what Knight has been doing since he got here.
  • Jerebko, Stuckey and Bynum where took the bulk of the minutes off the bench for Detroit scoring a combined 17 points.

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  • If any of you out there play fantasy basketball, Grevis Vasquez is a great pick up. He’s been impressive all season long. He torched Detroit in the second half just like Ryan Anderson did the last time these two teams met.
  • Kyle Singler and Jason Maxiell each scored 10. Maxiell added two blocks and a steal with six boards while Kyle grabbed four boards and a steal.
  • Sad to lose a game when you shoot 50% from the floor and outscore a team in the paint by 10. It just goes to show you when things are tight like that how important rebounding and free throw shooting is.
  • New Orleans got the better end of the whistle calling. The Hornets made seven more free throws than Detroit attempted.
  • Andre Drummand can’t come back soon enough.
  • Another big night for Greg Monroe, who again put up a double-double, leading the Pistons with 27 points, 10 boards and a steal in 35 minutes on the floor. Regardless of the off night he has once in a while he’s clearly been the Pistons best player all season long, though if Drummond got more playing time and wasn’t injured I don’t think I could make that statement.Greg Monroe-Pistons-vs-Hornets

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  • Jose Calderon with another great assist game with 11 on the night and seven points.
  • With just 21 games remaining (8 at home) this team is lottery bound.
  • Detroit heads to San Antonio to take on the Spurs Sunday, and we know they can beat them but this one will be tough.

The 23-37 #Pistons are in New Orleans to take on the 20-39 Hornets Friday night.

  • The good: The play of Jose, Brandon and Monroe in Wednesday night’s win.
  • The bad: The last time these two teams met the Hornets but a hurting on Detroit at the Palace.  The Hornets have won the last three in the series.
  • The unknown: Will Brandon Knight shine bright again or will Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez have their way with the Pistons again.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

On his first night back after sitting three games with a hyper-extended knee, Brandon Knight put up a career best 32 points to help the Detroit hold on and beat the Wizards 96-95 Wednesday night in Washington.

Key Points:

  • Jose Calderon’s night was simply amazing, putting up 18 assists for Detroit. He almost pulled off a perfect game too by going into the final minute of the game with zero turnovers and his 18 assists.

“To understand the significance of that, consider: Since the 1985-86 season, when such records began being kept in necessary detail, there have been only 10 such games recorded in the NBA – and only one such game by a Piston, some guy named Isiah Thomas. Via”

  • Unfortunately Jose gave up two turnovers in the final minute to slightly tarnish his monster night.
  • The game really shouldn’t have come down to the final minutes as Detroit had the clear advantage going into the fourth quarter, but only scored 14 and gave up 27 points to the Wizards allowing them a chance to win.
  • Credit another double-double to Greg Monroe, who put 26 with 11 boards and four steals on the night. It’s great to see Moose have such a monster game after looking a little out of sorts in Detroit’s last three losses.
  • Maxiell with four points, three assists, four blocked shots and eight boards. His most important rebound coming in the late in fourth quarter helping Detroit keep afloat leading to a Singler basket.
  • Boy did the Pistons sure miss Brandon Knight. A career high for Brandon who help put some pep in Detroit’s step all night long. His knee looked fine and so did his shot going 11-for-18 and making 5 of 6 from downtown.

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  • It’s nice to have seen Jose feeding Brandon rather than Knight trying to find everyone himself and then getting shots off.
  • More defense please.
  • Trevor Ariza got the Wizards within one, scoring eight straight points on consecutive 3-pointers and two free throws following a clear path foul from Will Bynum with 12.3 seconds left in the game. Is that needing defense or what?
  • Kim English with 10 points in just 11 minutes on the floor.
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  • Next up Friday in New Orleans, who took the Pistons to the woodshed last time around at the Palace.