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Chauncey BillupsMr. Big Shot will come back to the Pistons on a two year deal. No this isn’t a joke Billups is Back!

Nearly a decade after resurrecting the franchise and leading it to an NBA championship, Chauncey Billups has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The deal will be worth $5 million-plus for Billups, league sources said.Chauncey Billups in his glory days as a Piston. (Y! Sports)

Billups, 36, hopes to finish his career where it blossomed in the glory years of the Billups-Richard Hamilton-Ben Wallace Pistons of the mid-2000s. Billups will play the part of mentor for young Detroit guard Brandon Knight, and be a rotation guard off the bench for Detroit. Via Yahoo Sports

Chauncey Billups old School ToonI don’t know what to say, first Sheed back on the bench and now Chauncey is back, who’s next Darvin Ham?

Gotta love having Chauncey back, and I can tell you that the Palace will have a lot more visitors this season.

This one was just about over from the opening tip Sunday evening in Los Angeles. The Clippers gave the Pistons a 129-97 beating that consisted mostly of jaw dropping highlight from the home team.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Knight may never get over this one.

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  • Watching this was hard on any Piston fan. Thankfully Greg Monroe took the thumping very seriously.

Greg MonroeGreg Monroe: “There was just no effort, no fight,clearly upset and clearly sending a message. “It was an embarrassment. Maybe guys don’t care. Something has to change, though. This can’t continue. If you don’t want to play, just say it. This has got to stop. This is unacceptable.”

  • Greg finished with 10 points, five boards, and four assists. He may not always fill up the box, but one thing about Monroe he always seems to be giving 100%.
  • Nothing was working for Detroit, they allowed the most points the Clippers have scored since a 140 point overtime victory four years ago.
  • Nice to see Chauncey score 10 with six assists for the Clippers.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 18 points, 4 assists and a steal in 29 minutes. I think his assist to turnover ratio since getting to Detroit isn’t as good as it was, but somehow I don’t think it’s his fault.
  • Brian Hill filled in for L Frank who probably won’t be able to be with the team for this entire trip.
  • The Clippers shot 62% on the night.
  • The 32 point loss is the highest for Detroit all season long.
  • No need to keep going about this one. This is a game you want to forget if you’re rooting for Detroit.
  • It doesn’t get any easier Monday against the Jazz, who the Pistons haven’t been able to beat since they wore short-shorts in the NBA.

The 23-41 #Pistons are in Los Angeles for the first game of a four-game West coast trip to take on the 44-20 Clippers.

  • The good: It’s good to see Mr. Big Shot healthy and back playing basketball again for the Clippers. No matter what team he’s on, it’s always nice to see Chancey play and play well.
  • The bad: The Pistons are losers of four straight and it doesn’t look good for them heading into this trip. Detroit has lost 30 of 31 game on the road versus the West, including 13 straight.
  • The unknown: With a different player making a statement for Detroit it seems, who will be the player to step up against a very good Clippers team?

Tip off is at 9:00 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.

The 7-19 #Pistons are hosting the 17-6 Los Angeles Clippers Monday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:If there isn’t much to look forward to on the Pistons side, maybe Pistons fans can get a glimpse of our old friend Chauncey Billups.
  • The bad: The Clippers have won four of their last five against the Pistons. They’re also on the longest winning streak (9 games) in 38 years.
  • The unknown: How many jaw dropping dunks will we see from Blake Griffin?

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 Pistons vs. Clippers game you can get your tickets straight from the Pistons – No Ticket Fees!

The #Pistons lost to the Pacers Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 88-77.  I could go into my normal recap style of why, how and who did what, but I just feel like venting frustrations a little.

As a fan who goes to her fair share of games for more than 20 years, it’s getting pretty depressing at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  It’s rough heading out to a mid-week game against the Cavaliers.  I had my pick of parking spaces, I didn’t wait in line at any time for a beverage.  Heck I never even had to wait in line to use the restroom. But most of all, I didn’t get threatened by a rabid Cavs fan who infiltrated our home court.

Those things may sound petty, but it just goes to show you the state of our beloved team.  It’s not like this team hasn’t gone though tough times.  Most of us remember the “Teal Years” and some of us even remember the pre-Isiah days.  But there is something a bit different about what’s going on and how it unfolded the past few seasons.

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Sure we miss Chauncey, and it’s nice to see Rasheed back screaming “Ball Don’t Lie” for the Knicks, but it was time to move on from a team that just couldn’t win together anymore.  The thing that bothers me is the way it happened was almost spirit crushing from a fans perspective.  As we watched the team go from contenders to pretenders in a little more than a season, I don’t think we actually thought it would get as bad as it did.

We had a first time NBA coach who really was in over his head.  We had another coach that had a horrible and public fight with a star player that led to a mutiny. We had a beloved owner pass away that left an unbelievable legacy and the team in limbo until his widow could sell the team.

We also have Bandwagon fans, you know it and I know it.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably not one of them, but the Piston have the biggest “Bandwagon Cats” (as Sheed would say) as fans as any team in Michigan.  I’m almost embarrassed by it.  I hate everything about the Cleveland Cavaliers, the building they play in and their fans, but kudos to them for packing The Q on a week day game against the Pistons.

Are you depressed yet?

I could go and on and on.

I think what’s bothering me most of all lately is the fact that I think this team is on the cusp.  I think they should be winning more than they are.  I’m so over the company line of why they  aren’t winning, they’re tired, they’re on long road trip…blah blah blah.  They have young talent that just needs the right direction. They need to learn how to win and they need something or someone to help them do that.

Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-SunsWe all think that Andre Drummond should play more, he’s even has heard the rumblings. It doesn’t look like this team is playoff bound so why not see what kind of players we have and what we need to do to get to the next level? Sure they sent Middletion and English to the D-League to get playing time and we know that Kravtsov is a project but that’s not everything.

Why is Jerebko the new Charlie V? What’s going on with Greg Monroe’s regression? Why play Maggette so much when he’s really just a one and done? Can the Pistons ever get anything for Austin Day?  Will Dumars ever make a move? When will Frank show us that he’s the guy for the job?

Has the holiday depression set in yet?

I know it’s tough to keep supporting a team when they’re not winning, but it’s what real fans do. Sure there isn’t the fire (literally they don’t have the pre-game fire anymore)  there once was at the Palace, but it’s still great heading out to the Palace to support your team, not just the Bel Biv Devoe half time show. You really should take advantage of going to a game if you haven’t in a while, they’re begging for people in the seats and are practically giving tickets away.  When you can go to a Pistons game for less than going to a movie you know times are really tough.

Heck if you head out to the game and see me we can commiserate together.

So don’t let the Pistons get you down this holiday season, just enjoy them for what they are.  But make sure you ask Santa to give them a hand.

Santa Dumars

The Pistons tip off the regular season at home Wednesday night at the Palace.  With the a bunch of new faces on the team the youth infused team should really be fun to watch.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to see the Pistons start the season too many times to count.  I probably haven’t missed an opener since the late 80′s. Besides the openers after each one of the Pistons championships, I have to say that my excitement for the opener is almost in the same category. I know this team isn’t championship bound yet, but after the turmoil that they’ve gone through since Mr. Big Shot was traded, I can only look forward to the bright side things.

Tayshaun Prince

It looks like the Pistons are going all out this season to make sure the fan get their fair share of excitement as soon as they walk in the door.

Take a look what they’re rolling out for the game.

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They’re even considering the kiddies, since it is Halloween night and all.

To begin the night, families are invited to arrive at The Palace early to enjoy youth-friendly trick-or-treating in the North Pavilion from 6-7 p.m. and take part in additional Halloween themed game entertainment throughout the evening (costumes are encouraged; no masks or toy weapon accessories will be permitted inside The Palace)…Weather isn’t going to be great, so all those kids can come inside to trick or treat and check out the game too…

Greg Monroe Pistons vs MemphisThere is still time to head on out to the game if you’d like to be part of the night, just head over to Pistons.com for tickets or more information.

Me, I’m more excited to see how the team handles themselves for their first official game together this season. And I don’t have to tell you who I think will have a great game.

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The Pistons lost their 10 point lead to the Clippers as they struggled to score in fourth quarter leading to the Clippers tying the game late and finally winning 87-83 in overtime in LA.

Key Points:

  • Detroit lost this one in the fourth quarter squandering a lead and scoring just 9 points in the fourth. You can’t give up 17 points and score just nine in the fourth quarter and win.
  • With the ball in his hands, Tayshaun Prince had the chance to win the game with the score tied at 74 an 19 seconds on the clock. Tay didn’t even get a shot off, when Paul clamped down on the D and forced a Prince turnover.
  • Tayshaun finished with 20 points on 9-for-17 shooting with 7 assists and two blocked shots. It’s nice to see solid numbers from Price, especially when Stuckey, Knight and Ben Gordon aren’t really scoring.
  • Tom Gores sitting court side to see is Pistons play.
  • Rodney Stuckey was 1-for-8 with six points, 2 assists and a board in 35 minutes. He wasn’t on the floor in crunch tine down the wire.  Apparently he tweaked his foot in Sacramento as Frank alluded to him playing in pain all game long in his post game interview.
  • Jonas Jerebko scrapped and fought for everything all game long and don’t think his baby hook didn’t fall a couple of times on Sunday.
Jonas Jerebko Pistons vs Clippers

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  • Jonas finished with 14 points with 8 boards an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Despite the fourth quarter collapse you have to be proud of this team for fighting hard the entire game. It’s games like this that make you realize that this is a team that wants to win, tries hard doing it and eventually will make it happen.
  • Yes, we also think he’s the steal of last year’s draft.

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  • Monroe was a beast, leading the Pistons with 23 points, 15 boards and a blocked shot.  He was clutch and did a fine job on Griffin, who didn’t make the game his personal highlight reel.
  • Ben Gordon…still turrable. 3-for-11 shooting for 7 points, 5 assists and 5 turnovers. He looks like he doesn’t even care out there.
  • It’s clear that this team needs Rodney to play well to win. At least that’s what we have seen this season.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Plenty of Pistons fans in the house in LA.
  • Gordon and Jonas Jerebko, Damien Wilkins and Ben Wallace helped the Pistons in the first quarter as they led the Detroit to a  14-2 run that erased a 10-point Clippers lead.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight combined to shoot 7 of 33.
  • Two key jump balls that the Pistons didn’t get their hands on could let to a different outcome for Detroit.
  • Knight 3-for-14 for 6 points and 0 for 7 from downtown.
  • Chris Paul just missed a triple-double with 9 boards, 15 assists and 19 points.

Greg Monroe: “Everyone feels like we should have won this game, because we came out and played hard for four quarters. A couple loose balls, a couple missed assignments, a missed block-out and that’s the difference in this game.”

  • Yes…yes they should have.
  • Next up Denver on Wednesday.

The Pistons got just what they needed Saturday night before they head out for an extended road trip.  Detroit took down the Raptors in convincing fashion right from the tip with a 37-14 first quarter, thanks to a 15 points Brandon Knight.  The  105-86 beat-down was a beautiful thing to see.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons 37 points in the first quarter was largest quarter total all season.
  • Detroit is hot at home, taking 9 of their last 12 at The Palace.
  • Don’t let the offensive numbers fool you, this team played defense all night long.
  • Everyone played in this one, including  Charlie Villanueva who jacked up a 3 pointer as soon as he got his hands on the ball. He went 0-for-2.
  • I’m getting to like Damion Wilkins more and more each game.  He’s all about defense and is doing a solid job backing up Prince.  He finished with 8 points, 2 steals, a blocked shot, an assist and one board.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting with 8 assists, 2 steals and 4 boards.  It was a solid performance in all categories for Stuckey.
  • The +/-  from the starting five went a little something like this.
  • Prince +27, Maxiell +20, Monroe +21, Stuckey +21 and Brandon Knight +16.
  • Can’t remember the last time this team had so many easy baskets.
  • Vernon Macklin is inactive now that Charlie V is healthy.
  • The new and improved Pistons backcourt scored 39 points and 15 assists.  Those are Chauncey and Rip kind of numbers.
  • Knight finished with 19 points, 7 assists and 4 boards.  His smile was brighter than ever after the game he was having.  He almost connected on a alley-oop from Tay in the first quarter that would have brought the Palace house down.  It’s good to see him bounce back like this.
Brandon Knight 15 points in the first quarter.

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  • Another solid night from Jason Maxiell, whose production none of us saw coming.  Jason finished with 12 points, 7 boards a steal and a blocked shot.
  • The Swede with 13 and 6 boards and the NBA’s Block of the night.

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  • Moose didn’t have to do the heavy lifting, which was nice for a change.
  • Ben Wallace still grabbing boards.
  • It’s always nice to put a smack down on someone, especially at home.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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Lawrence Frank “We had a real good pick-and-roll game going, very good intent in terms of turning the corner. The ball was moving and sharing, but it all started with good defense. This is our third straight game of holding a team to 86 points or less. Holding a team down to 40 percent (shooting percentage) and to win on the road there are certain things you have to do, you have to defend, rebound, and you have to have low turnovers.”

  • Tayshaun Prince played his 700th career game in a Detroit uniform Saturday night.
  • It’s not going o be easy-going forward, just look at the schedule.

This #Pistons Video has got to put a smile on your face after Detroit’s game against Philadelphia. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game live, but it was on in the distance and I watched the score throughout. I just had a chance to watch the replay and if you’re like me, you don’t want to rehash that one. That’s why I prefer to give you a little video to make you think of better days.

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Video Courtesy of the NBA and the Detroit Pistons