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It was somewhat of a surreal night at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday. Just before tip off we learned that Andre Drummond would be out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back. Then #Pistons fans had to realize that their three game losing streak was going to be very difficult to overcome with the NBA leading Spurs in town. Well Detroit didn’t seem to care about any of those things when they took the floor, in fact it was somewhat of a Freaky Friday at the Palace a the Pistons dominated the Spurs pretty much from start to finish leading by as much as 21 points. The Spurs go back into the game late, but Detroit held them off and took down the Spurs 119-109.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe was fantastic, putting up 26 points and 16 boards for Detroit and making sure the void of not having Andre Drummond wasn’t noticed. Greg played a whopping 40 minutes and added five assist, two steals and a blocked shot. He’s still however turning the ball over way too much (5) for a big man, but maybe that’s because he tries to do it all.

monroeGreg Monroe: “Andre is out for a while now, so I expect I’ll play a lot more minutes, but tonight was a good team win. We had four or five guys in double-digits. We beat a very good team tonight and we need to keep it rolling.” Via Pistons.com

  • Surprisingly, we didn’t see a minute for Kravtsov, but honestly that didn’t surprise too much since all the players on the floor for Detroit were paying well. Why mess with that?
  • Say hello to Charlie Villanueva who seemed like he couldn’t miss a shot, helping the Pistons pull away from the Spurs on multiple occasions by knocking down some critical three-pointers. Charlie played on of the best games as a Piston finishing with 21 points, 5-of-9 from downtown, with 8 boards and two blocked shots. Well rounded for Charlie.
  • We have us a point guard!
  • Calderon a +13 on the night with eight assists, seven points, a steal and ZERO turnovers. ME LIKE!
  • Singler played with great hustle and determination. He finished with 14 points, two assists, seven boards in 35 minutes. Check out this bucket thanks to an awesome assist by Jose.

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  • The Spurs were without Duncan and Ginobili. Tony Parker did his best to win the ball game for the Spurs putting up a game high 31 points.
  • Detroit put up a 21 points lead in the second quarter, but the Spurs cut it back to 13 by the half. The Spurs however got as close as seven in the fourth, but the Pistons did something that come difficult most nights and that was making shots.
  • If you’re like me you had a sinking feeling that Brandon Knight would thrive once he was moved to the two spot. Knight put up 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting with five boards, two assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.  Add his clutch three-pointers in the final minutes of the game and the move to the two looks better and better every game.

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  • Stuckey 4-of-7 shooting for 11 points, six boards adding 4 turnovers in 24 minutes.
  • Detroit with another Saturday night in Milwaukee against the Bucks.

The #Pistons were taken down 117-90 by the Bucks Tuesday Night. If you look at the end score you probably wouldn’t realize that the Pistons actually were up by 15 points in the fourth quarter. Add this one to the list of game that the Pistons had double-digit leads and then lost the game.

Key Points:

  • The box score pretty much says it all. Everyone but rookie Andre Drummond was awful in this one.
  • The other Brandon was extremely hot for the Bucks. Jennings led all scorers with 30 points.
  • Monore scored 14 with eight boards and four assist, and if it wasn’t for his early foul trouble, Andre may not have gotten off the great first quarter start.
  • Andre Drummond was spectacular, finishing the game with 18 points and a career high 18 board in what seemed like a few minutes. My goodness he put up a double-double in just eleven minutes on the floor. He’s picking pockets, blocking shots, boxing out and getting putbacks and having one hell of a rookie season.

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  • Milwaukee at times made the Pistons look like a high school team scoring on them at will and going on runs like it was a marathon.
  • Rodney Stuckey returned after his issue with the coach and put up seven.
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  • No reason to go over more of the mess or look at the highlights unless you want to see some of Drummond’s awesomeness.
  • Second game of a back-to-back against the Pacers Wednesday night in Indiana.

The #Pistons fought to the final buzzer to beat the Orlando Magic for the second time in a week 104-102 Sunday night. Brandon Knight put up a career high 31 points and traded 3-pointers with J.J. Redick all night, but it was Knight’s consecutive threes that took the Pistons from three points down to leading by three late in the fourth quarter.

Key Points:

  • Detroit had a solid hold on the game in the first half, but the Magic came right back to squash the Pistons 13 point lead in the third quarter. From there it seemed like both teams were just trading baskets for the rest of the second half. You knew it was going to go down to the wire and it did.
  • This was a crazy finish that could have gone a different way. Just watch the final play and just how many chances that the Magic had to tie the game right at the rim.
  • Watch the finish of this one.
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  • The buzz before the game even began was the deactivation of Rodney Stuckey for the Orlando game. Many Pistons fans speculated that maybe there was a trade in the works to Boston since the news came down about Rondo being out for the season with an Achilles injury. It can be a trade, but it can also be buffoonery. I doubt that Dumars would make a trade that helps Boston when they are vying for the last playoff spot with Detroit.
  • With Stuckey out of the mix Frank when with more minutes from Kyle Singler and 18 for Kim English who scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting.
  • Besides scoring doubts and turnover, the blowing double-digit leads needs to handled.
  • J.J. Redick also put up a career high 31 and looked like he cold knock down just about anything…well until it counted late in the game.
  • Greg Monroe scored 17 on 7-of-11 shooting with seven boards and six assists. He’s got to be one of the best passing big men in the league.
  • Brandon Knight may not be the best point guard, but he can sure shoot the three. Like him, love him or loath him, no matter how many points your PG score he should have more assists than zero. Despite that he played a great game. His career high 31 came on 12-of-16 shooting with five from downtown.

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  • It was a Bynumite night as Will seemed to know exactly where his teammates were and when to get them the ball. Bynum finished with 12 assists and nine points. His only knock on the night was a bad shot decision with too many seconds left on the clock late in the fourth when the Pistons were trying to put the game away.
  • Andre went scoreless playing just 16 minutes, but adding four boards and 2 blocked shots.
  • Singler played well scoring 10 with tow steals, three assists and three boards.
  • Charlie V has a couple of very timely baskets.
  • Home against the Bucks on Tuesday night isn’t a cakewalk.

The 16-27 #Pistons are in Orlando to take on the 14-28 Magic Sunday evening.

  • The good: Orlando, who are currently in the midst of a four game losing streak, are not playing good basketball. The Magic have lost nine of their last 10 game at home.
  • The bad: Despite the Magic’s woes of late, they seem to be able to take it to Detroit, especially after the pummeling they took Tuesday night at the Palace.
  • The unknown: Did it really take Lawrence Frank this long to figure out that the pairing of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond was a good thing?

Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports PLUS . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

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The 16-26 #Pistons are Miami to take on the 27-12 Heat Friday night.

  • The good: Detroit took the last game against the Heat at the Palace.
  • The bad: The Heat have won five of the last six games against the Pistons in Miami. Losing a 17 point lead to Chicago Wednesday night.
  • The unknown: Will the Pistons ever consistently be able to hold a double-digit lead and win? This season the Pistons have lost 11 games in which they held a double-digit lead. Now that stat is depressing.

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.

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The #Pistons lost in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night at the United Center. After domination most of the game, things got sticky in the fourth quarter. Detroit lost a 17 point lead, then came back after the Bulls took a six point lead.

You can say it came down to this play, but had the Pistons not buckled in the fourth quarter they could have finally beat the Bulls. You be the judge on whether Noah stepped out of bound when he saved it.
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Key Points:

monroeGreg Monroe: “We had control of the game and it’s another one of those games where we lost control in the fourth quarter, but still, there were a lot of plays I could have made before that. We wouldn’t have been in the predicament we were. It’s definitely a tough loss. We were in position to win, but I think this game, the opportunities we had earlier in the game to make the deficit even bigger for them kind of came back to haunt us.” via Pistons.com

  • That’s 17 in a row that the Bulls have beaten the Pistons.
  • Before the fourth quarter started and the Pistons amassed their lead, the Bulls had to call a timeout to stop the bleeding after a Brandon Knight layup. The joy on the Pistons faces was something I haven’t seen from this team. They looked like they were having a blast taking it to the Bulls. Now they just need to remember that feeling and strive for it for 48 minutes.
  • It was a tough game to watch and I’m sure a tougher one if you’re a Piston. The United Center was packed, the Pistons had the Bulls where they wanted them. I know it’s the players on the court, but Frank needs do something when they start sliding. It was clear that they had everything they needed for a decisive win and that’s the coaches job to get them there.
  • Give credit to the Bulls for coming back on the back of Nate Robinson who played great, but to be quite honest I’m pretty tired of his antics. Call me when you win a Championship Nate, not a dunk contest.
    Rodney Stuckey had one of those nights, he finished with 11 on 5-of-16 shooting with three turnovers.

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  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 13 points and two boards and a really sweet blocked shot on Kirk Hinrich. Just two turnover on the night for Brandon, which is a good sign.
  • Greg Monroe 4-of-13 shooting for nine points and six assists. Greg I love ya but you’re almost seven feet tall…dunk the basketball.
  • Speaking of dunking, Andre Drummond is currently 6th in the league with 68, adding three against the Bulls. He finished the game with eight points, seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot. To me it’s quite clear he’s been the best player on this team, per minute in the last few months.
  • Another great game from Kyle Singler who scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
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  • Friday night against the Heat in Miami.

The #Pistons took down the Orlando Magic Tuesday night in commanding fashion 90-105. It looked like this would be a battle to the end, with the game close up until the half, but Detroit’s defense held the Magic to just 14 third quarter points allowing the Pistons to build a sizable lead and never look back.

Key Points:

  • The tandem of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond put on the gas to help Detroit dominate the second half.
  • Brandon Knight stepped up his game leading Detroit with 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting with four boards, five assists, three steals and four turnovers. He may not be the Pistons best point guard, but at least his defensive game is getting better.
  • Only the pesky JJ Redick gave the Pistons problems leading all scorers with 26.
  • Jameer Nelson make 2 of this 10 three point attempts. If he was on the Pistons and jacked up 10 three’s he’d probably be sitting where Jonas is.
  • The Pistons were dunking away Tuesday night. Brandon Night put up another decisive dunk, as well as did Andre, but it was the Will Bynum alley-oop to Rodney Stuckey that really was amazing.
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  • Andre Drummond hands are amazing, he finishes at the rim with power and touch. He put up another double-double with 11 points, 11 boards, two blocks, and two steals. I think he deserves an A.
  • Again…why isn’t Dre starting? “Andre Drummond came into the game with 3:22 left in the first quarter and the Pistons trailing 22-11. They immediately went on a 12-0 run and finished the quarter leading 26-25.” Via Pistons.com
  • Maxiell also put up an 11 point, 11 board double-double adding one assist and a block in 22 minutes.
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  • Will Bynum is the best PG on this team plain and simple. He knows how to get the ball to his teammates and he knows where they want it. Will finished with 15 points, four boards and six assists with just one turnover in 25 minutes on the floor. The Will Bynum to Andre Drummond alley-oop combo is getting to be a staple. Throw it up and Andre will get it…he’s like the Calvin Johnson of the Pistons.
  • His first half wasn’t much to talk about, but Greg Monroe got the Pistons going by scoring 10 quick points in the third quarter on his way to 16 on the night. Monroe added six boards in 2 assists and looked determined after the half.

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  • Old friend and the Magic’s leading scorer Aaron Afflalo was held scoreless.
  • The defense is stepping up. Detroit with eight steals, five blocks and winning the board was 41-54.
  • Kim English with 2 points in his 3:36 cleanup minutes.
  • Wednesday night on the road against a surging Bulls team will not be easy.

The 15-25 #Pistons are hosting the 14-26 Orlando Magic Tuesday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 10 of their last 12 games.
  • The bad: Regardless of how the Magic are playing, the Pistons always seem to find a way to lose.
  • The unknown: How much better will Andre Drummond get? He’s currently ranked 9th in the league in rebounding (per 48 min) according to hoopsstats.com. And look at what Greg and Andre have done per 48. Detroit is currently #3 in the league at efficiently at the Center position.

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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.

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The 14-25 #Pistons are hosting the 20-19 Boston Celtics Sunday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Detroit has won the last three against the Celtics at the Palace. The Celtics have been streaky all season long and are coming off back-to-back losses at home, none worse than the OT loss to Chicago on a Belinelli off-balance shot to win.
  • The bad: The Pistons, like the Celtics run hot and cold, hopefully the loss in London doesn’t start a trend.
  • The unknown: Will…”The Thrill” play more minutes than Brandon Knight, who’s been in a huge funk of late?

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 Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

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.

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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.
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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.