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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.

The 14-20 #Pistons are in New York to take on the 11-22 Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Pistons will be looking for answers as they take the court against the Knicks having lost a season-worst four games in a row.

jenningsBrandon Jennings: “This is most definitely an emergency right now, it is slipping away from us. You start questioning if everyone is willing to sacrifice and do the things that we need to win games.” Via NBA.com

The good: It’s pretty difficult to put a good spin on Detroit Basketball since the Pistons managed to beat the Pacers. Besides the play of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe the real MVP of the season thus-far is Rodney Stuckey. Unfortunately Stuckey has not been healthy enough to help the Pistons fix their woes. Stuckey led the Pistons with 21 points the last time the Pistons took on the Knicks.
The bad: Detroit has lost seven consecutive games at Madison Square Garden.
Josh Smith leads the league in all things that suck.
As bad as the Knicks have been all season the UK’s top online betting sites are leaning towards New York in this one.
The unknown: Can Josh Smith stay true to his words when he says that the Pistons must be unselfish in order to have success?  Has Brandon Jennings put the frustrations aside after the loss to Memphis on Sunday?
Injuries: Pistons: Rodney Stuckey – day-to-day
Knicks: Raymond Felton – questionable, Metta World Peace – out

Fact: Detroit won the first meeting against the New York Knicks, 92-86.
Fact: Detroit has lost seven consecutive games at Madison Square Garden
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.2%.

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 broke a seven game Knicks losing streak Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills with a 92-86 win. Detroit who were without both Chancey Billups and Will Bynum, were led by Rodney Stuckey with 21 points off the bench.

Key Points

  • Rodney Stuckey had another solid game. Not only did he lead Detroit, but he stepped up in when they needed him. With the two backup PG’s out and Brandon Jennings limited time on the court with an upset stomach, Stuckey’s line was great. Rodney went 8-of-14 with 5 assists and a steal in 31 minutes on the floor. This is by far one of the best starts to the season for Stucky, who is in the last year of his contract in Detroit.
  • Stuckey’ second half scoring run was a contributing factor in this win.
  • Nothing came of the J.R. Smith – Brandon Jennings riff. They barley were on court at the same time together.
  • They held the Knicks under 100 points, but the defense still looked horrible at times.
  • Someone call Ben Wallace and get him to show this team how to play some D.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made his third start in the Tuesday night. Though he’s really not hitting his shots yet, he did make a couple of consecutive three’s and had some nice defensive stops. Kentavious finished with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting with four boards, and a steal in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Double-double’s for bot Monroe and Drummond.
  • Andre was…Andre scoring 13 with 11 boards and three blocked shots on the night. I know this sounds optimistic, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he started averaging 3 blocks a night.
Andre Drummond Pistons vs Knicks

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  • That’s five consecutive double-double’s for Dre.
  • It was nice to see the Pistons get a win on the ninth anniversary of one of the worst sports incidents ever. I was there for The Malace at The Palace and I hope to never witness anything like that ever again.
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • I’d love to see Singler’s shot start to fall consistently as well as a spark of something from Datome.
  • Smith with another good game putting up 19 with five boards, and a steal in 41 minutes on the floor.
  • I’d love to see Josh Smith with a better shot selection. You can blame some of them by him getting the ball late in the shot clock, but sometimes he just makes bad decisions.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • Greg Monroe dropped 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 boards, but turned the ball over five times.
  • The Pistons all but had this one locked up late in the fourth until the Knicks went on a 7-0 run to make things interesting.
  • Has Villanueva played more than 3 minutes all season long? And I’m so not complaining about that.
  • Jennings scored two points, with seven assists, a blocked shots, and a steal in 26 minutes on the floor.
  • Peyton Siva got some time on the floor and did a good job of running the show.
  • Detroit came into the game allowing a league-worst 48.9% shooting from the field. The held the Knicks to 43.4 percent shooting on the night.
  • Spotted actors Justin Bartha and Jesse Eisenberg right by the Pistons bench. I thought it was them but wasn’t sure till I was leaving the game. Little known fact, Justin Bartha grew up in Michigan graduating from West Bloomfield High school.

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  • Short turnaround for the Pistons who will play Wednesday night in Atlanta.This will be the first time Josh Smith will play in Atlanta after spending his entire career there.

The #Pistons finally had their new point guard in uniform Monday night in New York, but the Knicks spoiled his first game as a Pistons dominating them for another time this season with a 99-85 win.

Key Points:

  • The Knicks torched the Pistons with the three ball making 10 of their first 18 triples before halftime and finishing the game 14-of-34.
  • This game seemed over before it even started and when Detroit was down 26 in the second quarter the only real thing to do was watch and see how Calderon was doing with his new team.
  • Jose started the game at the point and led the Pistons with 15 points and zero turnovers in his 26 minutes on the floor. Though he didn’t rack up the assists, dishing just three, that part of his game will come as soon as it take him to get comfortable with his teammates.
  • Andre played just eight minutes before leaving the game with a back injury. No word on the seriousness of the injury or his status for the game against the Nets on Wednesday night. Too bad he didn’t play more, his lone two points came on this dunk from a Monroe feed in the face of Tyson Chandler who stepped aside for the young fella.

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  • Carmelo Anthony continues to play well and destroy the Pistons at the same time, he led all scorers with 27 points.

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  • Singler, who did his best to slow down Anthony, finished with five points.
  • Brandon Knight started at the two guard alongside Jose. Brandon shot 2-of-10 for five points in 28 minutes on the floor.
  • It was Rodney Stuckey who had a better night with 14 points, four assists and seven boards and three steals in 30 minutes.
  • What’s the deal with Greg Monroe and his turnovers this season?
  • Greg put up another double-double scoring 14 with 10 boards, two assists, a steal and two blocks shots. He had five of the Pistons 12 turnovers on the night.
  • Jerebko has cracked the rotation and was in early for Detroit. He finished with eight points in 16 minutes on the floor.
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  • Bynum with 13 points and 3 turnover in 21 minutes.
  • The Pistons just don’t know what to do with the Knicks who have beaten them handily in every game this season.
  • Sheed may be back by after the All Star break for the Knicks.
  • Detroit, who has lost six of their last eight games are now seven games back of the last playoff spot in the East.
  • To Brooklyn on Wednesday.

The #Pistons dug themselves a deep hole in London when they scored the games first two points and then let the Knicks score the next 16 points. Will Bynum and sparked a late third quarter run to get the Pistons within four points of the Knicks, but the Knicks came right back. Another Bynum rally got them close again in the fourth, but again the Knicks came right back to beat the Pistons 102-87.

Key Points:

  • Very cool to see the Pistons play on the big stage, too bad they didn’t look better doing it. I’m just happy that they didn’t get blown out because it looked awful when they were down 16-2.
  • Will Bynum led the Pistons with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting with four assists and a steal in 29 minutes. You have to appreciate Bynum who sparked two runs for Detroit to get them back in the game and not embarrass themselves in London. He even went on a person 7-0 run in the fourth quarter.

Will  Bynum Pistons-vs-Knicks-London
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  • You know I love me some Bynum, but when he’s the Pistons best player of the game it means people are not doing their jobs.
  • Speaking of people not doing their jobs…what’s up with Brandon Knight? He scored one point on 0-of-4 shooting in 18 minutes.
  • Andre Drummond helped Will get the Pistons back in the game. He posted another double-double with 11 points, 10 boards and two blocked shots. Per minute, he’s the Pistons best player of late.
  • Moose also with 11 and 10 boards.
  • Knicks are three-point shooting fools. They make them and they win, plain and simple.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Nice to see Bill Laimbeer in the house.
  • Great game by Singler, who was also responsible for helping the Pistons stay in the game. Kyle with one of the better games he played in the last couple of months. He finished with 15 points, 4 assists, 3 boards and a blocked shot.
  • A minute and twenty-five seconds for Kravtsov.
  • Prince with 12 on the night.
  • Not a great way to get overseas Pistons fans after that game, but I know quite a few Pistons fans in London got to finally see their team play in person, and that to me is pretty cool.
  • Sunday night against the Celtics at The Palace.

The Pistons got pummeled Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 103-80 in what may have been one of the worst showings by a Pistons team that I witnessed since the dreaded teal years.

Key Points:

  • It was actually 25-24 after the first quarter.  I left my seat for five minutes and the Knicks had already started the beat down.  They blew the score wide open in about a three minutes span going on a 16-0 run.
  • New York outscored the Pistons 39 to 18 in the second quarter and 22-to-15 in the third.
  • The dunks and open look shots the Knicks put up on the Pistons were demoralizing.  Every time it happened the Palace crowd gave an awe in unison.
  • At one point this team was shooting about 27% from the floor.  They finished shooting 37%.
  • This little stat was just really a first quarter thing.  The game was tied 7 times with 5 lead changes.
  • I think I saw “angry” Lawrence Frank more time than I wanted to last night.
  • Careless with the ball. A disgusting 20 turnovers.
  • Brandon Knight, who started again in place or Rodney Stuckey,  led the Pistons with 19 points, 6 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals. The kid is good and has a very bright future, but he needs work.  Knight launched 13 3-point shots and didn’t get to the foul line.
Brandon Knight Detroit Pistons

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  • Austin Daye in street clothes, though the score might have been worse if he had played.
  • Murdered on the boards, that was one reason the Knicks were able to build their massive lead.
  • Shame on this team for letting Mike Bibby kill them from downtown.  He’s almost as old as Lawrence Frank.
  • Greg Monroe with 15 points and 5 boards.
  • When the team has to count on Jason Maxiell and Damian Wilkins, there is serious trouble. No disrespect to either of them but Tayshaun and others need to start producing.
  • Want to talk about Turrrrable…Ben Gordon committed 9 of Detroit’s turnovers and was 5-for-12 with 12 points. His shot selection is suspect.
  • Jonas and Prince were both 1-for-6.
  • BTW in the official box score Charlie V is a DNP because of a sore right ankle.  Did he catch that from Daye?
  • Highlights of the game via Pistons.com

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  • 50 points in the paint for the Knicks.
  • The game was getting so out of hand that my math skills + a drink wasn’t allowing me to keep up with the deficit.  The Knicks led by as much as 30 in this one.

Lawrence Frank: “This is not representative of who we want to be. We all have to own it. This is going to be a long season, so what we have to do is figure out all the things that are going to be part of the solution.”

  • I can’t really spin any positives on this one, especially since the loudest roar I’ve heard at the Palace in quite some time was when they showed that the Lions had scored their first touchdown.

So, the musical starting lineups continued with Rip out due to the death of his Grandfather.

Austin Daye – SG
Tracy McGrady – SG
Tayshaun Prince – SF
Greg Monroe – PF
Ben Wallace – C

This lineup is interesting because Stuckey had previously been the replacement for any missing pieces from the backcourt but also since Kuester starts McGrady at the point, while Ben Gordon coming off the bench behind Austin Daye is also kind of a statement about how the coaching staff feels about Gordon.  Anywho, more about the game later…

Last night was the annual “Pistons Care Telethon” in which during the game the Pistons organization solicits donations from the crowd and viewers from home that go to benefit the Boys and Girls clubs of Michigan.  The donations started at 5am and ran all throughout the game, which helped the organization amass $350,110 in donations.  If you happened to donate during the telethon, you helped a great organization that has helped so many children through the years stay on the right path when we all know it’s so easy for them to fall off so… Great job!

  • Both teams exchanged awful quarters to close out the game: The Pistons stumbled out of the shoot with a 17 point 3rd quarter while the Knicks closed out the 4th quarter with 15 points.
  • Poor Carmelo Anthony pouted his way past the media after the game, and sat on the bus without speaking to anyone.  I’d be mad too if the team I was on was 7-6 (and traded away their young talent) since acquiring me while my old team was 9-3.
  • Will Bynum, Charlie Villanueva, and Chris Wilcox pushed this team to victory in the 2nd half.  Wilcox was easily the player of the game who scored 13 and rebounded 12 to go along with a handful of highlight plays including a put back dunk to put the Pistons ahead late in the 4th.
Chris Wilcox

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  • Amar’e Stoudemire did have a nice dunk over Greg Monroe but, let’s be honest, he wasn’t really a factor in the game.  He lead the Knicks in scoring and rebounds with 20 and 12.
  • The Knicks have no depth – all the Knicks fans that are complaining about the Knicks not winning need to look no further than Toney Douglas and Ronny Turiaf being the first players off the bench to see why the team will not be successful this year.
  • lol Jared Jeffries starts for the Knicks
  • While the Knicks were running their 8 man rotation out there, the Pistons employed a 10 man rotation with 2 guys playing 30 minutes (Tay and Stuckey), 1 guy playing less than 20 (Bynum) and everyone else playing 20-27 minutes
  • Charlie V for threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee: Villanueva went 4-6 from the long line
  • Chauncey Billups with a less than stellar return to Detroit: 12 points
  • Carmelo Anthony with a less than stellar game: 6 points on 2-12 from the field
  • Who needs consistency?  The Pistons have used 18 different starting lineups this season.  Remember when the starting lineup used to be the same every game for Detroit? Sad, isn’t it?
  • The video recap via Pistons.com

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This was a solid win for the Pistons, who at this point are playing the role of spoiler in any win they get meaning – they spoil their chances at a better lottery pick while also putting playoff bound teams in a position for a lower seed in the playoffs.

The Pistons now hit the road after this win to take on Zaza Pachulia, Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta for a Sunday afternoon game.  The Hawks have quietly had a decent season after an offseason in which they significantly overpaid for Joe Johnson.

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Rodney Stuckey takes a hard hit

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Rodney Stuckey left Wednesday night’s game against Denver withe a shoulder contusion after taking a vicious looking hit (screen) by Carmelo Anthony and didn’t return. X-rays were negative,

“He caught me at a good angle and I got hit,” Stuckey said. “I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes, just take it day by day.”

The 17-28 Pistons are hosting the 26-18 Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. That means Pistons fans get a special way-back performance from MC Rob Base! As an added bonus Pistons fan get to welcome back Chauncey Billups again.

Denver hasn’t won at Detroit since March 10, 1995 and the Pistons would like to keep it that way, especially since they are riding a two game winning streak. Billups has yet to make a huge impact in games against Detroit since he was dealt to the Nuggets, has scored 27.5 points in four games against his former team.

The Rip/Chauncey reunion will have to take place off the court since all of the drama is going on regarding Rip’s situation. As much as this has been an issue, it’s hard to argue the Pistons record since Rip has not played.

Look for big things from our old friend Afllalo, who’s having a huge year for Denver.

Charlie Villanueva (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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You can still score quality tickets to see Rob Base Chauncey Billups  Get tickets for as low as $3 to see Detroit take on Denver.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on FS PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

The Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “I’m not happy with the way … this deal has gone until now,” Prokhorov said. “It has taken too long. It has been played out in public and it certainly has taken a toll on the players and I believe that it has cost us several games. I think management did a great job, but there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I’m instructing our team to walk away from the deal.” Via ESPN.com