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The #Pistons treated their fans to a game they wished they would see more often, especially at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  Detroit dismantled the Brooklyn Nets in a game that at one point led by as much as 29.  Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond put up special numbers in the Pistons 111-95 win Friday night.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons clearly dominated the first half, but let the Nets get close late in the game. Brooklyn got the lead down to just nine with a little more than a minute to play.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • The Pistons had a whopping 52 points in the paint, while dominating the boards 57-40.
  • Chauncey Billups, who hadn’t played since January 10th played nine minutes, scoring two points and two assist. Billups knee injury has been sidelined him, but the fact that he returned the game after Cheeks and Bynum had their argument during the Magic game doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence. Bynum was a DNP.
  • Brandon Jennings let the Pistons with 26 points, 10 boards and nine assists  missing a triple-double by just one assist.  Jennings had a chance for that last assist in the final seconds of the game, but instead drained a three-pointer to end the game.
Brandon Jennings misses a triple double

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  • Andre Drummond with another double-double and another career high. Andre grabbed 22 rebounds, the most since McDyess did it in 2009 for Detroit. Drummond added 16 points, a steal and a blocked shot in 39:51 on the floor. It’s such a travesty that Drummond won’t represent this team in the All-Star game.
  • Monore with 12 points and 7 assists.
  • Looks like we won’t see much of Josh Harrellson anytime soon, an MRI showed a meniscus tear in his knee. There is no timetable on his return.
  • Detroit still needs to cleanup their turnovers. The Pistons with 22 on the night, 8 of them coming from Jennings.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Fun to watch for Pistons fans.
  • Rodney Stuckey with 14 points in 28 minutes.
  • A 20-5 run in the first quarter set the tone for this win.
  • Kyle Singler, who started for KCP dropped 16 on 6-of-13 shooting. Singler, who’s in there for the offense gave Detroit a considerable boost, especially when they were making their early run.
  • Josh Smith had some highlights in the win. Smith put up 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 35 minutes on the floor. He added seven assists, eight boards and a whopping 4 blocked shots.
  • Pistons fans hope Saturday night’s game against Denver at The Palace is as enjoyable to watch as this one was.

The 19-29 #Pistons will host the 22-25 Brooklyn Nets Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons have won both games against the Nets this season, but since then Brooklyn’s “issues” have settled down, they are an entirely different team. The Nets will try to make it three in a row, while Detroit would like to do whatever they can to play better on their home court.

The good: The last time the Pistons played the Net they scored a season high 38 points in the second quarter. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe continue to play well despite the Pistons’ record.
The bad: The Pistons played awful in their loss to the lottery bound Magic Wednesday night. At one point they looked like they had thrown in the towel.
Joe Johnson scored 34 in the first meeting and is averaging 23.0 points against the Pistons this season.
The unknown: Will Kyle Singler get the starting nod again? Did the Bynum – Cheeks argument get cleared up yet? Will and Cheeks got into a huge argument in the second quarter of the Pistons loss to the Magic and was benched for the rest of the game. Can Brandon Jennings bounce back shooting 5-of-23 on the night in Orlando? Can the Pistons start defending their home court even though they are having trouble defending.

Injuries:
Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) is questionable.
Nets: Brooke Lopez – Out.

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Stat: Andre Drummond recorded his first career 20-point, 20-rebound game with 21 points and a career-high 20 rebound vs.New Orleans (1/24). Drummond became the first piston with a 20-20 game since Antonio McDyess vs. New York (3/11/09).
Stat: The Pistons are first in the NBA for most offensive rebounds per game, averaging 14.6 per game.

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 looked as if they were going to coast a victory over the Nets Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  After being up most of the game and dominating the Nets by as much as 21, the Nets surged back in the fourth quarter and the Pistons narrowly escaped with a 103-99 win.

Key Points:

  • The big fella’s  Andre and Greg led the way combining for 44 points and 24 boards.
  • Josh Smith’s addition to this team is a work in progress.  Not sure if it’s his shot selection or the change of position but it’s been rare that we’ve been happy with his play on the offensive end.  Josh was 3-of-13 on the night for 10 points in 35 minutes.  For those of you who have suggested that the Pistons trade him, it’s not happening and for the others who think he should come off the bench, it’s not likely that Detroit would pay that much for a someone to come off the bench.
  • Brandon Jennings is a good player, but not a great player.  He may sparkle on some nights, but when he goes up against a high-caliber weapon on the other end like Deron Williams he hasn’t been able to hold his own.  Jennings was 3-of-14 for eight points with four assists on the night.  He did however step up his game and only turn the ball over once.  Deron on the other hand scored 22 with nine assists.
  • Huge night for Greg Monroe who put up 22 with 11 boards in 34 minutes.  It was Greg’s hook with 54 seconds left in the game that stopped the Nets run to put the Pistons up by seven.
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  • Kyle Singler has really stepped up the past few games, he hit some very important shots Friday night, especially his final two free throws to seals the victory. He finished with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
  • Stuckey is still rolling dropping 17 on the Nets in 29 minutes.
  • Very frustrating to watch this team dominate and then let the Nets get back in the game.

Chauncey BillupsChauncey Billups: “It wasn’t isolations that got us that lead. We were moving the ball and moving around. You shouldn’t change that. Just play the same way. Sometimes it calls for that, trying to beat the clock up, but not for a whole seven or eight minutes.” Via NBA.com

  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com


  • Another monster game from Andre Drummond who not only put up 22 with 13 boards, two blocked shots and a steal in 39 minutes he was 6-0f-8  from the free throw line.  Dre’s only chink in his armor is at the line and if he can keep this up he will silence any critic he has.
  • Dre is All-Star bound, are you voting for Andre and Greg?
  • The Pistons with 60 points in the paint to 38 for the Nets.
  • The Nets were without Brook Lopez who was averaging 24 the last for games for Brooklyn.
  • Post game interviews and highlights via Pistons.com

  • The 19-4 Trailblazers at the Palace Sunday night will be a test.

The 10-13 #Pistons will host the 8-14 Brooklyn Nets Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nets, who many picked as contenders in the East, have had multiple issues this season with injuries and coaching.

Kidd, the first year head coach butted heads with former Pistons head coach Laurence Frank and basically exiled him. Reports now surfaced of a Kidd’s tirade towards Frank in a staff meeting.

“Sit the (expletive) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (expletive) move,” Kidd said, according to NBA.com reporter David Aldridge. The report did not offer further details of what the 13-letter word was.

The argument ultimately led to Frank being reassigned to a reduced role which Kidd described as “doing daily reports.” Via ESPN

Despite their issues Nets have started playing well of late and are on a three game winning streak.

The good: Detroit has won 15 of the last 19 games at home against Brooklyn.
The Pistons got great games from Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey in their OT loss to the Pelicans. Detroit’s Bigs will have to play well on both ends of the floor with Brook Lopez averaging 24 over the last four game and Garnett and Pierce stepping up their games.
The bad:  The Pistons inability to close out games that they can clearly win. Detroit fought back in New Orleans only to fold in overtime.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: It’s on Greg and I to figure it out. We can’t continue to let guys come in our paint and do those kinds of things to us. It’s a building process and we’re going to figure it out. It’s not going to happen for too long.” Via NBA.com

The unknown: Can Josh Smith finally make his mark in a Pistons uniform and show everyone why Joe Dumars brought him here?
Injury Report: Bynum is still listed as doubtful with his left adductor strain.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 62.4%
Fact: Brandon Jennings tied a career-high six steals at New Orleans.
Link: Andre Drummond rands 3rd on ESPN’s 25 and Under NBA Rankings behind Anthony Davis and Paul George.

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 was a Sunday matinée in Brooklyn as the #Pistons beat the Nets 109-97.  The star of the show was Rodney Stuckey, who has had the best start to a season of his career. Stuckey, who’s leading the league in points off the bench,  scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Pistons to their best half this season.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons outscored the Nets 65-46 after trailing at halftime.
  • Take note: When Joe Johnson starts hitting his shot, double team him. Johnson couldn’t seem to miss scoring a game high 34 points while going 8-for-10 from downtown.
  • The Andre Drummond show is becoming a hit in the league.  Dre was a point shy of his 8th straight double-double. Did you know he’s added a freakishly good hook shot to his repertoire?  You can see his tools coming together better each game.  He finished with nine points and 10 boards in 27 minutes on the floor.
  • The Nets went to the foul Andre and send him to the line strategy I’m sure issued by “assistant coach” Lawrence Frank.  That’s the one department that Andre needs to improve on drastically.
  • They were actually fun to watch on Sunday, especially after being at the game and watching them lose one they really should have won on Friday night.
  • Give credit to the Pistons for sticking with this one. They trailed by 12 late in the second quarter before cutting their halftime deficit to seven points.
  • Brandon Jennings, who’s had trouble of late with his shot, put up a  double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. This was one of the most intelligent games I’ve seen him play in a Pistons uniform.  He didn’t force shots and he ran the offense well.
  • Solid double-double for Greg Monroe with 18 points and 11 boards.  With Lopez on the bench for the Net, Greg dominated down low.  Add the hustle and a couple of sweet and 1′s to Moose’s highlight reel this season.
  • Yes Rodney Stuckey has been brilliant. Whatever he’s taking or doing, he’s making a case for a nice contract and upping his trade value.  Rodney with a season high 27 with 6 assists, 4 boards and two steals.
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  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s struggles with his shot continue. He was 2-of-10 for five points on the night.
  • Shouldn’t they at least see what Datome can do? He’s not going to score by leaving him on the bench and giving him a minute or two here and there.
  • Charlie Villanueva sighting. CV31 with eight points, two blocked shots, and three boards in 12 minutes.
  • Josh Harrelleson has played himself in the rotation and is doing a heck of a job in limited stints on the floor.
  • Josh Smith got his starting job back after missing practice, but his shot still isn’t there. He went 4-of-9 shooting for 12 points.
  • Highlights Via NBA.com


  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit and just 26 for the Nets.
  • Busy week for Detroit starts Monday at the Palace against the Bucks.

The 4-8 #Pistons are in Brooklyn for a Sunday afternoon game against the 3-9 Nets. Neither team is setting the NBA on fire this season. Brooklyn, who were expected to be an Eastern Conference threat after acquiring Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce , have lost four straight and are plagued with injuries.

  • The good: The Pistons should be able to to stop the bleeding against the Nets. The Nets have lost seven of their last eight games, and their last four by an average of 12.4 points. Garnett is averaging a career low, Paul Pierce looks tired and Joe Johnson’s best days are behind him. Add the fact that Andrei Kirilenko, Brook Lopez, Jason Terry and Deron Williams will not play due to injury and it’s the perfect storm for the visiting Pistons.
  • The bad: The Pistons lost all four against the Nets last season and have lost eight of their last 10 game in Brooklyn. As bad as the Nets have looked lately, Detroit hasn’t looked much better. Both teams need to get things going and Sunday’s game may just come down to who wants it more.
  • The unknown: Is the Josh Smith issue an issue, or can he wash away the drama and start hitting his shots? It’s still not known if Chauncey Billups or Will Bynum will be back, they are each still listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 66.4%
Fact:  The Pistons are tied for second in the NBA in steals this season, averaging 9.8 steals per game.

Tip off is at 2:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

The 29-52 #Pistons play their last game of the season Wednesday night in Brooklyn when they take on the 48-33 Nets.

  • The good:The Pistons can close off the season with a five game win streak and 30 wins if they can beat the Nets.
  • The bad: With a win the Nets can sweep Detroit for the first time in their 36-year history.
  • The unknown: Though it’s the last game of the season, there is likely to be plenty of news out of the Pistons organization this offseason. What that news is, we’re not quite sure yet.

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.

The #Pistons probably would like a do-over after the thrashing they took Monday night on their home court. The 119-82 loss made it nine losses in a row, a season worst.

Key Points:

  • Sometimes we make good decisions and sometimes we make bad ones. I consider myself on the good side of that after deciding not to head out to the Palace Monday night. When you’re no actually there…you can turn off the madness.
  • This quote has applied for the Pistons as well as their fans for a little too long.

Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “The thing that we have to restore is pride in being a Piston.”

  • Deron Williams with a game high 31.
  • I know one of the contributing facts to the reason that Detroit can’t play defense is Andre Drummond’s absence, but if you have to rely on one person, a rookie at that, you’re in big trouble.
  • Jose Calderon played just eight minutes due to “flue like symptoms.” That diagnosis scares me when it comes to Pistons athletes. Poor Rip suffered from those same symptoms for almost an entire season. And doesn’t Rodney Stuckey get hit by that “bug” often?
  • This had to be one of the ugliest games I’ve seen in quite some time.
  • Lowlights via NBA.com

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  • Andre Drummond was at shootaround, but there is still no timetable on his return.
  • The Nets largest lead was 43.
  • Kim English with 10 points and Middletion with six.
  • Greg Monroe made all of his first half shots, but just one free throw in the second half. He finished with 17 points, seven boards and two blocked shots in 32 minutes on the floor. He also had another big turnover night with six.

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  • It’s sad because they don’t look like their tanking for a better lottery position, they’re just that bad.
  • Bynum led Detroit with 18 points off the bench with six assist in 29 minutes.
  • No need to relive this anymore, especially when Detroit faces Miami on Friday. If this one gave you nightmares, I’m almost afraid of what’s going to happen come Saturday morning.

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 #Pistons had another case of the fourth quarter sniffles as they lost a close one to the Nets 93-90 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. With every chance to send the game into overtime or win in the final minutes Detroit just couldn’t pull off a bucket scoring just 17 points in the final quarter.

Key Points:

  • Andre Drummond played just four minutes due to his back issues. He’s not worried though, he feels he just needs a day or two to recover and he’ll be fine.

Andre Drummond“It’s not my back – it’s my tailbone,” he said. “I fell on it the wrong way in the Laker game. I just need a day or two and I’m good. I felt good. Just after I took that charge, it hit me again. It’s tough. I couldn’t be out there to help my teammates tonight. I’m just going to take care of it and I’ll be back in no time.” Via Pistons.com

  • With Andre out and Jason Maxiell in foul trouble we saw Rookie Slava Kravtsov who despite some “rookie type” fouls, played very well. Slava scored four with two boards in ten minutes on the floor. And there is nothing like dunking right on Lopez to make the Palace crowd love you.

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  • Stinkers from both Stuckey and Villanueva. Stuckey was just2-of-7 for four points and Charlie was just 1-of-8 for two points.
  • Another game with a fourth quarter lead lost.
  • Odd player combinations late in the game for Detroit when Frank tried to counter the Nets going small.
  • I didn’t even realize Reggie Evans was still playing let alone putting up double-doubles.
  • Highlights Via NBA.com

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  • Greg Monroe was the star of the night for Detroit leading the team with 23 points, 10 boards, two assists and a blocked shot. As good a game as he played I wanted to bite my own hand when he kept fumbling the ball late in the fourth when Detroit had a chance.
  • Jerebko getting solid time with the absence of Daye and Tay. He scored six points in 19 minutes on the floor on 2-of-7 shooting. You know I have a Need4Swede but it seems like he’s trying a bit too hard and doing things he would normally do. He just needs to play his game and he’ll be just fine.
  • The Palace finally got to see Jose in uniform and a glimpse of what is a great PG can do for a team. He didn’t light up the box (just yet) scoring just eight, with nine assists, but when was the last time you remember a Detroit PG not named Chauncey get close to double-digit assists a game.

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  • Bynum a solid 13 points and seven assists, but he’s still got to know when to go up in a crowd and when to dish it off. When it works you wonder how he does it and when it doesn’t you scream.
  • Spurs on Friday night at the Palace to try to stop the slump.