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The final outcome of the Pistons – Bulls contest Wednesday night didn’t go the way Detroit wanted.  Two things did happen though, Rodney Stuckey keeps on rolling,  leading the Pistons with 25 off the bench, while leading all bench scores in the NBA.

And this happened.



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This could have been the single most forceful dunk we’ve seen Rodney throw down since he’s been in the NBA.  What makes it even better? It was right in Carlos Boozers face.

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.

Jonas Jerebko Pistons vs Bulls
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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.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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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 forced overtime on a scrappy play that they just didn’t give up on. With 18 seconds left, McGrady missed an open jumper, Stuckey boarded the ball, Rip miss another jumper. Tayshaun then rebounds and passes it over to Rip who misses another jumper. Charlie V boards it and puts it in leaving the clock at .6 in regulation and tied at 85.  Maxiell blocked the final shot for Chicago to send it to overtime, where the Pistons finally fell to Chicago 95-92.

Key Points:

  • Detroit just couldn’t stop Boozer. No big body to stop a guy like that, he finished with 31 points and 11 boards. On a funny note, I find it funny that on NBA.com’s player profile of Boozer they have him in a photoshopped picture of him in a Bulls.
  • Tracy McGrady with 15 in the fourth quarter. It was his and Rip’s play late in the fourth quarter to take this game into overtime.
  • Rip with 15 points and late game heroics, but he did have a few horrible looking shots earlier in the game. Six for 14 shooting for Rip with 3 assists, and4 boards in 36 minutes.
  • Scrappy good effort from Detroit, even though they lost. Detroit really came out flat and had another third quarter collapse, but they kept at it. Honestly this one could have went either way.
  • Highlights from the game

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  • Good crowd at the Palace with a ton of Pistons fans back home for the Holidays. When Detroit tied it on their last play in regulation, the Palace was just electric. Hasn’t’ felt that good since 2007.
  • Stuckey still doesn’t get the call, but Boozer sure does.
  • Stuckey scored 16 on 6-for-12 shooting with 4 assists a steal and 3 boards. Rodney got into foul trouble and in came Bynum who really can’t handle Rose at all.
  • Boozer and Rose scored 54 of the Bulls 95 points.
  • 46 points in the paint for Chicago.
  • 13 Offensive rebounds from Chicago in the first quarter. Proof positive Detroit desperately needs big bodies. Detroit was outrebounded 55-39.
  • Good Defense from Detroit late in the game.
  • Pistons have now lost the last 9 games to the Bulls.
  • Tayshaun led the Pistons with 17 and some great defense, when Detroit really needed it. Tayshaun with 6 assists a steal and 2 blocked shots in 34 on the floor.
  • I only had to endure Scalabrine for the last 18 seconds of regulation, but I did have to look at Korver and his faux beard and ballet tights for much longer.
  • Ben Gordon also in foul trouble for Detroit, but surprisingly didn’t play more than a few seconds after he got his fourth.
  • When is the last time Charlie Villanueva has had a bad game? Charlie V with a double-double 10 boards and 12 points, with a blocked shot and 2 steals. He looked demoralized in his post game interview. He took this loss hard.
Charlie Villanueva against The Bulls

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  • Surprising bodies on the floor for the Pistons to finish up the game from Kuester.
  • An almost invisible Ben Wallace except for his 3 blocked shots.
  • Detroit hold the Bulls to 39.6% shooting on the night and loses.
  • The Pistons have played five overtime games this season, with four coming in Sunday home games. Wasn’t it last season they couldn’t win at all on Sundays? Or was that 2008? All this bad play is just running into each other lately.
  • They made it a game and it was exciting. I’ll take this kind of game any day, because they fought and had heart.
  • Back to back in Charlotte.

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Plenty of things have been swirling when it comes to Detroit’s offseason, but this comes from Yahoo Sport’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who’s been on point and breaking stories left and right.

“Detroit is still exploring ways to make a deal for Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer(notes), but the most likely scenario centers around the free-agent signing of Drew Gooden, or distantly, Boston’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis.”

Take into account that I got word from our Pistons insider Matt Dery of 97.1 the Ticket that Joe isn’t looking to pick up Boozer and he was right about the Afflalo move, so I trust what he’s got to say.

  • Kwame Brown will return to play for Detroit.
  • Interesting thoughts on why Boozer should Opt-out.
  • Nothing official yet on Pistons top Free Agent target Boozer…he has until 5pm today to make his the decision to stay with Utah or opt out and test the free agent market.
  • Dumars can start negotiating with Free Agents Wednesday July 1st, but can’t sign anyone until July 8th.
  • Free Agency looms….
  • The Bucks are not make a qualifying offer to Villanueva, making him an unrestricted free agent. Villanueva is now on the Pistons radar.
  • Pistons summer league taking shape.
  • Jonas Jerebko is a blast from Joe Dumars’ past

The Pistons vs. The Magic
The 24 – 6 Orlando Magic will take the floor tonight at the Palace winners of their last 7 games. The Magic are playing great basketball right now and are currently at the top of their division. With Superman’s size, along with the rest of the Magic is Curry going to play small ball again?
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

“I’ve got to make a decision on that,” he said. “I have to take a long look at Orlando. They are one of the teams we’d like to be big against, but we’ll have to see.”

Confounding Curry’s decision is the uncertainty of Richard Hamilton’s health. He missed the win at Milwaukee on Saturday because of a strained left groin. He won’t test it until this morning.

If Hamilton can’t play, then Curry’s decision is made for him. He will have to use his big lineup, and against Howard, he would probably start Kwame Brown instead of Amir Johnson, who contributed 11 rebounds and four blocks in his start Saturday.

….Beside’s Hamilton’s groin strain, Antonio McDyess and Prince needed extra treatment after the game Saturday.

Tip off is at 7:30 P.M. on FSN and NBATV for those of you who get it. If you can’t watch the broadcast, tune into 1130 AM The Fan where you can catch our friend Matt Dery with the Pre-Game starting at 6:30. Can’t do either, follow the game on NBA.com.

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