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The 22-31 #Pistons are in Charlotte to play the second game of a home-and-home against the 24-30 Bobcats Wednesday night. Detroit will try to get one back after their 108-96 loss to Charlotte Tuesday evening on their home floor.

The good: Besides Andre Drummond grabbing every board in sight and Brandon Jennings adding to his point totals, nothing great can be said about he Pistons start to the second half of the season.
The bad: In a game that the Pistons should have played like their season was on the line (which it is), Detroit came out on Tuesday night and played with little effort. You can’t say that about the entire team, but it sure looked like they could have cared less about winning after starting the game like they were still on their All-Star break.
The unknown: Will the Pistons redeem themselves on against the Bobcats or is it just too little too late for this team?
Injuries: Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Bobcats: Brendan Haywood and Jeffery Taylor out.

Stat: Detroit has won eight of the last 11 games against Charlotte.
Stat: The Pistons have now lost the season series against the Bobcats giving them the advantage come playoff time.

Tip off is at 7:00 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 didn’t start off the second half of their season on a good note. With back-to-back games against the Bobcats, a team they are fighting for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Detroit handed them game one on their home court.  Detroit will try to bounce back from the 108-96 loss to with a win in Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Key Points:

  • What makes it worse it that if the final Playoff spot comes down to the Pistons and the Bobcats Detroit will have to finish ahead of Charlotte in the standings since the loss sealed the season series in the Bobcats favor.
  • The first quarter did the Pistons in.  They trailed by 11 points and could never make up the difference.
  • When Rodney Stuckey struggles, so does this team.  Stuckey shot just 1-of-11 from the floor in close to 18 minutes.
  • Detroit’s bench scored just 13 points on the night.
  • Al Jefferson made Greg Monroe look like a high school player. Jefferson led all scorers with 32 points, 12 boards and seven assists.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 24 points on 7-of-18 shooting with seven assists in 38 minutes on the floor. It was Brandon’s three that helped Detroit get within striking distance with five minutes left on the clock to make it 81-89, but Charlotte struck right back with a McRoberts three and never looked back.
  • Andre Drummond finished with 22 rebounds, tying his career high and added 16 points and two blocked shots. Drummond’s 40th double-double is an Eastern Conference best and the most by a Piston since Grant Hill’s 44 double-doubles in 1995-96. He should break that record in about five games.
  • The Pistons never led. The Bobcats led by as much as 19.
  • Singler, who scored 13 points said they treated this game like a Playoff Game. If that’s the case let’s hope they don’t even make it to the post-season.
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  • The rematch Wednesday night should be interesting.

The 22-30 #Pistons will host the 23-30 Charlotte Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit is within a half-game of the Bobcats for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they take the court on Tuesday night in their first game of a home-and-home with the Bobcats.

The good: Andre Drummond’s spectacular performance in Friday night’s Rising Star game. Drummond is playing some very good basketball of late scoring in double figures in a career-high eight straight games, averaging 15.8 points and 15.0 rebounds while shooting 67.1 percent from the field.
The bad: Despite the Pistons play of late their loss to the Cavaliers was a little disheartening.
The unknown: Will the Pistons make a move before the trade deadline? Some say that Monroe and Stuckey deals seem very plausible.
Injuries: Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Bobcats: Brendan Haywood and Jeffery Taylor out.

Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons Stats


Stat: Detroit has won eight of the last 10 games against Charlotte.
Stat: Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points in the loss on 12/20. Kemba Walker scored 34 points to lead the Bobcats to the 116-106 win.

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’s tough to be a Pistons fan but even tougher for the team themselves.  After playing their best basketball in their current form by knocking off the Pacers and coming back on the road to beat the Celtics, the Pistons gave up a 20 point lead at home to lose to the Bobcats by 10. The Bobcats Kemba Walker scored a season-high 34 points to help Charlotte outscored the Pistons 41-17 in the fourth quarter to top Detroit 116-106.

Key Points:

  • How does a team get outscored 41-17 in the fourth quarter at home when they’re up by 20?
  • The Pistons looked like they never played basketball together before the fourth quarter. Detroit shot just 6-for-20, while showing little or no defense.
  • Bright spot was Andre Drummond who added another double-double with 14 points, 15 boards all while throwing a block party (5).
  • Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings combined to take 40 shots for Detroit.
  • Smith was 8-of-20 for 18 points, with three assists, six boards, three steals, and two blocked shots. He’s clearly not going to put up 30 a night, but his defense is something the Pistons have been lacking for years.
  • Jennings led the Pistons with 26 on 10-of-20 shooting with five assists a blocked shot, a steal and no turnovers. Brandon Jennings has been showing signs of changing his game to help the team.
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  • Josh Harrellson has been a welcome surprise to this team. Not only does he do a heck of a job for Dre, he’s a big man who can knock down the three. Josh was 2-of-3 from downtown for 12 points with two blocked shots in 17 minutes.
  • Bless Billups, but he really has been a shell of himself this season.
  • Bynum needs to dust off more rust.
  • Caldwell-Pope took just two shots in 22 minutes on the floor.
  • Monroe with 13 points, nine boards and four turnovers. I love Moose, but I cringe at times when he just fumbles the ball away.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: “We’ve got to stick with what we do, we tend to get relaxed in the fourth quarter when we get a lead and we gave it away. That’s really what it comes down to. We gave away the game tonight. It’s tough to swallow, but we’ve got to move forward.” Via

  • Move forward they better with Houston at the Palace Saturday night.

The 13-14 #Pistons will host the 12-14 Charlotte Bobcats at The Palace of Auburn Hills Friday night. Detroit looks to continue their winning ways against a Bobcats team they’ve had success against of late.

The good: The Pistons have started to play like a winning team, from beating the Pacers, to coming back against the Celtics to win. Detroit displayed poise the past few games, something that this team has lacked for the past few seasons.
Detroit has won 12 of the last 16 games against Charlotte.
The bad: Detroit can’t take the Bobcats lightly, they are one of the league’s best defensive teams allowing only 35.7 paint points and 92.7 points overall.
The unknown: Can Brandon Jennings keep up this pace? Jennings averaged 20.8 points while hitting 20 of 49 from downtown in his last eight games. He’s also
Injury Report: Rodney Stuckey is still suffering from a sore right shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.

Fact:Andre Drummond ranks in the top 10 of six major statistical categories among NBA centers this season:
Stat:Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.9%.
Stat:The Detroit Pistons are first in the NBA for most points in the paint with 51.6 per game.
Fact:Andre Drummond ranks first in the Eastern Conference in double-doubles and third in the NBA with 18 double-doubles.

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 26-53 #Pistons will play their second to last home game of the season against the 18-60 Charlotte Bobcats.

  • The good:The Pistons could make it three wins in a row with a win against the Bobcats. Detroit has won seven of their last eight games against Charlotte.
  • The bad: The Bobcats are worse than Detroit so the lottery balls will be on their side come Draft day.
  • The unknown: Will Andre Drummond have another huge 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 23-47 #Pistons are in Charlotte to take on the 16-52 Bobcats Saturday night.

  • The good: Despite the losing of late, Greg Monroe continues to anchor the team. Monroe is averaging 19.3 and 11.7 boards in the last six games against the Bobcats.
  • The bad: If the Pistons lose in Charlotte they’ll match the longest losing streak in three years.
  • The unknown: Will this be the game that Brandon Knight returns for Detroit?
  • Tip off is at 7:00 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.

    Say what you will about the #Bobcats and their record because the #Pistons 105-99 victory didn’t come easy against the team with the worst record in the NBA. It took a combined 40 points from Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight and every one of the 48 minutes for Detroit to get their 22nd win of the season.
    Key Points:

    • Rodney Stuckey had a solid night, but it was  his back to back three-pointer plays in the fourth helped the Pistons make a solid run in the fourth quarter and then take control. Stuckey finished with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with seven boards and three assists in thirty minutes.
    • Stuckey and Bynum and possible Jonas are the players names that seem to be floating around at the trade deadline, but there is no solid rumor on any trades.
    • Bynum also helped out with eight points and seven assists on the night.
    • Jose put up 17 points for Detroit and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the three point line. Though he only had two assist he’s the kind of player that knows when he needs to score and when he needs to pass.  I’m sold.
    • Ben Gordon…still terrible. He played just ten minutes for the Bobcats. I’m sure they will still try to deal him by the Thursday 3pm deadline.
    • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five assist and a steal in 29 minutes. Bad news is Knight left the game and didn’t return after he had a collision with Kemba Walker and hyper-extended his knee. His status for the game against the Pacers is undetermined as of right now.

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    • Greg Monroe scored 19 points with seven assists and seven boards in a very solid night. I wouldn’t doubt if one of these days he puts up a triple-double. Too bad this had to happen to him last night. See Below
    • How will Greg Monroe ever recover from this dunk by Michel Kidd-Gilchrist, it was beyond ridiculous.

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    • Speaking of impressing, how about Slava? We may not know how to spell his name, but he’s sure making and impression while he’s out there. It seems like we get a nice dunk highlight every time he gets some minutes.  Slava scored six points in 13 minutes with four boards.
    • Is Maggette still a Piston?
    • Surprising stat of the night: Charlie Villanueva led the Pistons in rebounds with nine.
    • Charlie V added 12 points in his 26 minutes on the floor.
    • Is it just me or has Jason Maxiell been somewhat invisible of late?
    • Next up Indiana on Friday night.
    • Stay tuned for any trade deadline news.

    The 21-34 Detroit #Pistons are in Charlotte to take on the 13-40 Bobcats.

    • The good: Looks like the Pistons did a great job dumping Ben Gordon, even the lowly Bobcats don’t want him around.
    • The bad: Just because the Bobcats are terrible, doesn’t mean they didn’t take down Detroit the last time around. This is also a second game of a back-to-back and a road game so that never helps the Pistons.
    • The unknown: Can Jose get a better result aging Kemba Walker than Brandon Knight did last time around?

    Tip off is at 7:00 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 the game, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES. This one should be fun!

    And you thought Joe D has been playing tennis all summer.

    “The Detroit #Pistons have traded Ben Gordon and a lottery-protected draft pick in 2013 to the Charlotte Bobcats for Corey Maggette, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night.
    The deal will save the Pistons approximately $14.7 million on the two years remaining on Gordon’s contract. He’s slated to make $25.6 million over the term of his deal.
    Maggette has $10.9 million left on an expiring contract.
    After signing a five-year, $55 million free-agent contract with Detroit in 2009, Gordon struggled in his three years with the Pistons. He averaged 12.5 points per game a season ago. Gordon had been one of the league’s prolific young scorers in his first five seasons with the Bulls.
    Maggette, 32, will join his sixth NBA team. He averaged 15 points for the Bobcats last season.
    The Pistons’ draft pick is also protected through the eighth selection in 2014 and No. 1 in 2015. It is unprotected if the deal extends to 2016.” Via Yahoo Sports

    I’m perfectly fine with this parting of ways. Ben Gordon just wasn’t the Bulls Bulls Ben Gordon in Detroit. Is Charlie Villanueva next? I sure hope so. I don’t see any teams knocking down the Pistons door to get good old CV31 but he may be ripe for amnesty.

    Who knows what Joe has up his sleeve on Draft night!