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The #Pistons finished off their four game road trip on a high note with a 109-85 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Pistons handed the Bobcats their 14th consecutive loss and the 19th of the season by 20 or more points.

Key Points:

  • Nice to get a solid win, but this Bobcats team is so bad that if they don’t win another game in their final nine, they’ll have the worst winning percentage in NBA history at .106.
  • Greg Monroe and Jason Maxiell combined for 28 first-half points and just kept taking it inside on the Bobcats.
  • A 15-1 run in the second pulled the Pistons away for good.
  • A 40 point third quarter for Detroit.
  • It seemed like there were more Pistons highlights in this single game than combined all season.
  • Brandon Knight dunking…check.
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  • Brandon Knight smiling and having just about the best time I’ve seen in a Pistons uniform…check.
  • Brandon Knight finishing the game with 21 points, 7 assists, 3 boards, 3 steals and a +27 in 28 minutes on the floor…priceless.

Lawrence Frank: “It was a fun game to coach and to watch tonight. I thought our guys played very hard and really committed on the defensive end. We ran the floor and did a great job sharing the ball. Everyone made their minutes count and that makes it so much easier out there.”

  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with a double-double. Moose finished with 25 points and 11 boards, a steal, a block, 4 assists and a +31. Nice to see Greg have a solid game after falling short the past month or so.
  • I see you Jason Maxiell – perfect 8-of-8 from the floor finishing with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Even in a blowout Charlie V is a -12 in the box. He scored two points in 5 minutes going 1-for-4.
  • 28 assists on the night for Detroit.
  • Rodney Stuckey back in the starting lineup after a knee injury in Orlando. Rodney with 9 points and 7 assists in 27 minutes.
  • Highlights…and a lot of them, courtesy of NBA.com

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  • Biggest Pistons lead 36.
  • You can’t forget Will Bynum, who also helped change the tempo of the game by playing good defense and helping Detroit go on a run. Bynum finished with 9 points and a +2o in the box.
  • Tayshaun just 3-for-14 on the night but one really nice jam. Tay finished with 6 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a steal.
  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Lots of oops!

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  • Tonight at home against Milwaukee.

Sure the #Pistons didn’t take advantage of being home or who they were playing when they were down a nine points to the Bobcats with four and a half minutes to go. Something inside clicked and the Pistons made a charge to get within three points, when Bynumite happened.

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Overtime wasn’t a breeze, but the Pistons squeaked out of the Palace with a 110-107 victory over Charlotte.

Key Points:

  • No Rodney Stuckey or Ben Gordon in this one. Both were on the bench in uniform but didn’t play.
  • Will Bynum’s late game heroics aside, it really was Brandon Knight who got the Pistons in the position to get it to overtime. Brandon knocked down three 3-pointers in the final two minutes to get the Pistons back in the game and quite frankly send the crowd into a frenzy.
  • Add a little credit to Jonas Jerebko, who played his heart out down the stretch. His tip-in late in the game on a Tayshaun Prince miss also played a part in the win. The Swede finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with 5 boards, 3 assists and a steal in 26 minutes.
  • Tayshaun led the Pistons with 24 points, 4 assists and nine boards on the night.
  • You really do have to give some credit to Lawrence Frank, who’s done wonders with this team.

Lawrence Frank: To show the fight and the grit, especially since we’ve been on the flip side of those where we’ve had some wins stolen from us,” Frank said. “To me, it’s how we got those buckets. You think about the trust we had – Will on a dribble handoff to (Tayshaun Prince), Tay making the next play to Brandon, and then the trust from Tay to Jonas, Jonas to Will. I just like how we found those shots. They weren’t forced shots; they were rhythm shots in pressure moments.”

  • One of the reason why I like Brandon Knight, he’s not afraid to take big shots. When the Pistons needed buckets, and his shot wasn’t falling, he took and made the three’s down the wire. Knight finished with 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting with 6 assists and 5 boards.
  • Hate to say this but one of the best parts of the night was a Byron Mullens missed dunk in which he collapsed to the ground in a heap after the shot. It seriously looked like a 7-year-old trying to dunk on his home Nerf basket and wiping out. The whole arena cracked up and a ton of Pistons fans in the lower level started chanting Mulllllins, Mulllllins over and over again for the rest of the night.

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  • Greg Monroe with 16 points and nine boards and his usual hustle that make this team go.
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  • Bynum, who is getting more burn since Rodney Stuckey and Gordon are out, finished the game with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
  • The defense looks better and better every game, but the Pistons allowed the Bobcats to finish shooting 46.5 percent and the 97 points they scored in regulation were nearly 10 over their average.
  • Damion Wilkins had a dunk last night that made him look like his uncle. Wilkins scored 8 points on 4-for-7 shooting.
  • Maxiell with 2 blocks on the night and probably one of the biggest surprises all season.
  • Next up, the Magic at home on Tuesday.

The 11-25 #Pistons are hosting the 4-28 Bobcats for their second game of a back to back at they Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit is looking to stop a three game skid, while the Bobcats would like to take any victory they could get.

With the leagues worst record, Charlotte is on pace to for one of the worst winning percentages in NBA history.

  • The good: Greg Monroe and…..Hooper. After having to sit through last night’s game at the Palace it’s hard to come up with the good things.
  • The bad: Both of these teams.
  • Who to watch:Greg Monroe, who no matter what the score is, plays 100%.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit get a win over a struggling team to kick-start something good?

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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.

Rising Star Greg Monroe was the only player that remained sharp after the All Star break for the Pistons, as the visiting Sixers had their way with the sluggish Pistons on their way to an easy 97-68 win. Monroe was tied for a game high 20 points with the Sixers Thaddeus Young, while the Sixers finished with 6 players in double digit scoring with the Pistons only finishing with 2.

  • Rodney Stuckey finished with a solid 17 points as he continues to show Pistons fans that he has talent to be a solid starting off-guard in the league
  • Underrated Sixers guard Lou Williams had a great game off the bench, along with Thaddeus Young, finishing with 13 points and 7 assists only 25 minutes
  • Just how bad was this game for Detroit? They did not connect on a field goal attempt outside the paint until the third quarter. They shot 35% in the first half. Turrable
  • 22 turnovers for Detroit. Turrable
  • 25 of 79 field goals. Turrable
  • 14 assists. Turrable
  • Sixers began the 2nd quarter on an 11-0 run which sealed the deal for the night. Turrable
  • I could hear the hecklers on TV. Sparse turnout indeed. Turrable
  • 0 blocked shots for Detroit.
  • How far was I off on saying Austin Daye would have a breakout year? He’s so awful that he can’t even start over Tayshaun Prince who finished with 4 points on 2-10 shooting

The Pistons get a chance to bounce back tomorrow night by facing the awful Bobcats. Pistons fans who were hoping that Joe D would draft Bismack Biyombo can get an up close and personal look at how awful he is, which should make them grateful that Brandon Knight was available in the draft when the Pistons pick came up. Knight, no matter how inconsistent he’s been, has not been as bad as Biyombo.  Actually, since Biyombo was placed into the starting lineup in Charlotte, he has produced as well as you can expect a rookie big man to produce.  He is extremely raw, but his numbers since becoming a starter have been solid.

The Pistons’ young guns showed off a bit of what Pistons fans should expect in the coming years tonight, as Jonas Jerebko, Greg Monroe, and Brandon Knight lead the Pistons to their first win in 5 games.  While Charlotte isn’t exactly a great team, they are a scrappy young team that can put it together occasionally and they do have an exciting young core in guards Kemba Walker and overseas sensation Bismack Biyombo.

  • All Pistons starters were in double figures for scoring with Jonas Jerebko leading the way with 22.  Jerebko scored 12 total points in his previous 3 games.
  • Rookie sensation Brandon Knight finished with a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) to go with 4 assists.  The stat line Coach Frank likes most is his 0 turnovers.
  • Former Piston draft pick DJ White finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds off the bench for the Bobcats, in 30 minutes.  (White would look a lot better in a Pistons’ uniform now, considering Walter Sharpe is no longer on the team)
  • Remember Tyrus Thomas?  The guy the Bulls traded LaMarcus Aldridge for?  He’s still in Charlotte and had 10 points and 7 rebounds.
  • Aside from the Wizards roster, I can’t think of another roster that is worse than the Pistons besides Charlotte’s roster.  Charlotte has drafted in the lottery every season they’ve been in existence except for 1.  There is not 1 player on that team that I’d take over the top 7 guys on the Pistons.  (I’d take Biyombo over Charlie Villanueva or Kemba over Bynum but they aren’t in either team’s top 7 players in terms of playing time)
  • Is there a team that people forget about more than Charlotte?
  • Tayshaun Prince took a night off from being the Piston fans’ punching bag, and finished +18 on the night (a team high).
  • The Pistons won the rebounding margin – 46-34.
  • The Pistons had a a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio on the night – in recent years these types of numbers would guarantee a Piston win.
  • Brandon Knight lead all rebounders with 10.
  • Jonas Jerebko was the high scorer for the game with 22 points.
  • DJ Augustin lead all players in assists with 13.
  • Bismack Biyombo blocked 5 shots – the Pistons had 6 blocks total.
  • Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson got into a bit of a scrap – they both received technical fouls in the 3rd quarter.
  • Charlotte falls to 2-10 on the season and Detroit improves to 3-9.

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Detroit heads home now to face the upstart Golden State Warriors and former Pistons great Kwame Brown.

Charlie Villanueva continues to sit out because of a lingering ankle injury.  It is not known when the former UCONN star will be available for the Pistons, who will continue to remain shorthanded in the frontcourt in his absence.  It is also not known what kind of shape Villanueva will be in once he is available for the Pistons.  Charlie V has often been criticized for being “soft” both from his lack of ability playing D on the block, and for his muscular definition (or lack thereof).  Villanueva may be feeling the pressure to come back sooner, rather than later, because of the looming amnesty clause that the Pistons held onto coming into the season.

Greg Monroe has made the most of his time on the floor by putting up All Star numbers in the first 12 games of the season (17 and 9) all while playing solid defense.  Monroe, who has turned out to be one of the better players from last year’s 1st round draft class, has benefited from increased playing time.  It is almost a guarantee that both Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko will be virtual locks for the Sophomore team during All Star weekend, but Monroe has to have the All Star game in the back of his mind right now.

The 2-9 Pistons are in Charlotte for the second game of a back to back to to take on the 2-9 Bobcats. In a meeting of two of the league’s worst teams, the Bobcats and Pistons will each be trying to put a W in the win column against a team each has a chance to beat.

  • The good: The Bobcats like to turnover the ball, similar to another team we know. Look for Detroit to try to capitalize on that.
  • The bad: DJ Augustine is about the only Bobcat that really needs to be held in check. Although Matt Carroll loves to light up Detroit for no good reason.
  • The unknown: Can Moose Monroe keep up the numbers he’s putting up? After scoring a career high 32 with 14 boards against the Bucks, can he do it two nights in a row?  How many people has Boris Diaw since we last saw him…the guy was huge.

The Pistons will be back home at the Palace on Sunday, get in the door for as little as $5.

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.

Kwame Brown with 14 points and 10 boards against DetroitDespite playing their last game of a six day trip in Detroit while after blizzard like conditions, the (if they have it their way) Charlotte Bobcats took an important game Wednesday night at the Palace. Despite going blow for blow with the Bobcats through three quarter, everything seemed to collapse in the fourth for Detroit who lost their fourth straight (97-87) to a team that is fighting for the same playoff sport they are.

Key Points

  • Stephen Jackson scores 26 points through three quarters and then decides to add a little more in the fourth for a season high 39 points.
  • This game just looked messy.
  • 40 points in the paint for Charlotte…come on.
  • You know what kind of game your watching when….. Kwame Brown could be the player of the game with 14 points and 10 boards. It almost looked like he got a hand transplant. Good for you Kwame!
  • Detroit shot below 40% in the first half and were outrebound by 12…and it looked that way.
  • Despite having to give free upper level tickets away the fans that did brave the roads should have been treated to a better game.
  • Multiple “We want Rip” chants at the Palace, who was on the bench and dressed, but apparently told Kuester (through Arnie Kandor) he couldn’t go. Don’t the fans know he’s got a horrible case of the flu that even the Center for Disease Control cant cure?

Charlie Villanueva: “They made a run and we didn’t have an answer for it,” Villanueva said. “We dug ourselves into a hole late into the fourth and they took advantage of it.”

  • Highlights of the game via Pistons.com

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  • Ben Wallace played 17 minutes and was a -16, with 4 boards and 2 blocked shots. Despite not playing in days, he looked exhausted.
  • Charlotte’s biggest lead was 18 and the Pistons was 8.
  • Detroit’s bench (the highest scoring in the league) was outscored 24-22.
  • Chris Wilcox starts and puts up 7 points, with 5 boards in 18 minutes…and one dunk that was about the only thing that rocked the Palace.

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  • The Pistons were led by Ben Gordon, who scored 20 on 8-for-18 shooting.
  • Non existent defense from Detroit. When you let Kwame Brown go in for an uncontested dunk and punk you all night long you know you have work to do.
  • Eight boards and 10 points from Greg Monroe, who will be representing the Pistons All-Star weekend. Monroe will be laying in the Rookie/Sophomore game. Nice to see him getting recognized for all the hard work he’s putting in on the floor.
  • Not much from Charlie V in his 15 minutes. He scored 3 points and with 3 boards and a steal. I’m sure he he’d like to forget everything about that game except this ally oop pass from T-Mac.

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  • Tay with 16 and Daye with 11.
  • Tracy McGrady seemed to fade after the half. He finished with 12 points and 8 assists but did most all his damage in the first half of the game.
  • With this loss the Pistons are 4 1/2 games back from Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the East.
  • A whopping 8 blocks on the night for Detroit. The Tayshaun Prince one stood out most for me.
  • This one was rough, regardless of the blizzard.

If you didn’t already know, I attended the game as part of The Pistons Social Media Night.  I had a Need4Swede, was interviewed by Heather Zara for Pistons.com, got to ask Charlie Villanueva about coming off the bench and took video along the way.  Look out for the SWEDEtastic recap of the night very soon.

Cant wait to tell you what Jonas said to me.

The Pistons, who had an awful 2nd quarter and were down by as much as 23 had the game within reach with seconds left on the clock. Ben Gordon fell short on two 3-point attempts that would have tied the game. Yet another back to back game loss and a comeback left on floor.

Key Points:

  • I’m really starting to question what the heck Kuester is doing or not doing. First he sits Ben Gordon with the hot hand in the third quarter of Sundays game when he gets his fourth foul and never brings him back in. Then against the Bobcats with Charlie V on fire and hitting almost everything he fails to get him the ball when the Pistons need baskets. I’m the coach I’m giving Charlie the ball for the 3…not Gordon who missed it twice. Charlie finished with a team high 25 points, a blocked shot, 2 assists and 3 boards in 31 minutes. He was 10-for-14 and 5-for-5 from downtown…why Kuester? I want answers!
  • Ben Gordon with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting in 36 minutes with 4 assists and 3 steals. I still give the ball to Charlie for the last shot.
  • D.J. Augustin leads all scorers with 27…yep that’s right the Pistons got schooled by Augustin, who averages 12 points per game.
  • Ben Wallace just looks tired.
  • The Pistons outscore the Bobcats 31 to 20 in the fourth.
  • Are the Pistons now having second quarter collapses? Bobcats outscore Detroit 30 to 14 in the 2nd.
  • Shocking lineup of Bynum, Gordon, Hamilton, Wilcox and Charlie V to end the game.
  • Is T-mac hurt? He played just 10 minutes
Chris Wilcox

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  • Someone please tell Chris Wilcox that I thought he was going to play like this when the Pistons signed him. Wilcox with 15 points, 3 blocked shots, and 8 boards in 22 minutes off the bench. And one of the loudest dunks I have heard in a while.

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  • You know I love me some Will Bynum, but he his two horrible plays in the closing minutes really hurt Detroit. He finished with 6 points and 7 assists.
  • Block Party! Bobcats with 13 on the night.
  • Solid night for Tayshaun, 17 points in 29 minutes.
  • Off night for Rip 9 points on 4-10 shooting.
    What’s up with Stuckey? The incredible shrinking point guard. Can you really have a PG that gets less assists than most anyone else on the team?
  • How many valiant efforts that fall short can we watch?
  • I’m almost afraid of what’s going to happen when the Celtics come to the Palace on Wednesday night.
  • At least you can win a T-Shirt.

The 10-20 Pistons are on a second game of a back-to-back in Charlotte to take on the 9-19 Bobcats.

This could be an easy steal for Detroit considering all the changes going on in the Bobcats organization. Charlotte’s biggest losing streak was stretched to four with Tuesday’s 99-81 loss to Oklahoma City, getting outscored 31-12 in the fourth quarter. The skid is part of a 1-6 stretch that includes three losses by more than 30 points.

Within the five days between games coach Larry Brown stepped down and was replaced by Paul Silas on an interim basis.

There is also talk that the Bobcats are looking to move Gerald Wallace, though it seems like we hear those rumors every season.

Injuries:

Gerald Wallace out for the Bobcats (ankle)

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Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on FS Detroit 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.

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Update:

Rodney Stuckey – DNP

The 0-5 Pistons are back home to try to get their first win of the season against Larry Brown and his Charlotte Bobcats. With all the drama surrounding the team in the last few days, a team meeting was held to discuss the issues. No word yet whether Rodney Stuckey will play (after being benched Wednesday night).

UPDATE:
Stuckey WILL NOT START

Injury Update:

Will Bynum – Out Expected to play

Rip Hamilton – Questionable Looks like Rip back and will start.

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950AM.

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