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There are times in a guy’s career where he gets snubbed for an All Star team a time or two due to “paying dues”, or like in the case of Andre Drummond this season, because he’s just not on a good team.  The Pistons who are currently playing at a .400 clip, are not playing poorly due to Drummond’s play on the court.  Drummond, 20, is in the top 3 among all Centers in the critical statistical categories aside from blocked shots.  Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Andre Drummond
12.6 points
12.7 rebounds
60% field goal percentage
5.2 win shares

Roy Hibbert (All Star reserve)
11.8 points
7.8 rebounds
46% field goal percentage
4.5 win shares

Joakim Noah (All Star reserve)
11.7 points
11.7 rebounds
46% field goal percentage
5.3 win shares

(Don’t get me started on Chris Bosh, even though he has filled in admirably for the Heat with Wade out for extended periods of time.)

The numbers show that Drummond is deserving to not only make the All Star team, but he would be an acceptable starter if voted in by the fans.  Drummond can partially thank the recent change by the NBA to eliminate the Center position from the balloting, so now fans are not forced to pick a Hibbert or Noah (who would be the popular choices) or like in past seasons Jamaal Magloire.

He also has his team to thank for the snub.  The collective team has not played well enough in a weak Eastern Conference to elevate themselves into the playoff conversation, let alone to be represented in the All Star Weekend events.  Sure, Drummond will play in the “Rising Stars Rookie vs. Sophomores” game.  Had he been snubbed from that game, then we really would’ve had a problem.  (I believe Kyle Singler AND Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were both snubbed)
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As a group, the coaching staff and players should look to this snub as a personal affront and should serve as a cold, hard truth about how the outside world views them.  The team is broken as a collective group, but even the stars are overlooked in favor for lesser performers.  Greg Monroe is being the ultimate team player by playing out of position and putting up with career low usage.  Andre Drummond is dunking everything in sight, to the tune of what should be an All Star reserve nomination and he has nothing to show for it.  These are our 2 building blocks and they’re in the years of their careers when showing promise for the future means that they may want to stick around for the duration of their careers… and the bunch of guys around them are playing and working as if they have no clue what they’re doing or wasting away.

Maybe Drummond will receive some recognition if Noah by chance chooses not to play (he’s been injured a little lately), but even then the damage is done and the truth is in black and white.  The Pistons are so bad, even their best players aren’t good enough for the bright lights.

Turrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible….

It’s been quite a long time, in fact since February 24 of 2006 since the #Pistons beat the Bulls in Chicago. The 92-72 victory put the Pistons at 500 ball since early in November when they were 2-2.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings led the way with a season high 33 points, five assists, and two steals in 41:55 on the floor. Jennings was hot from downtown knocking down 5-of-8, the last a glasser reminiscent of Sheed. Jennings outscored the entire starting lineup 33-32.
  • The Pistons took advantage of a broken down Bulls team that didn’t have Deng, Butler, Mike James and as we know Derrick Rose.
  • Just three Pistons in double figures.
  • Detroit led by as much 19, but it was a tie game at the half.  The Pistons pulled away in the third quarter allowing only nine for Chicago while scoring 24.
  • Rodney Stuckey left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter after a collision with Mike Dunleavy and didn’t return.  No word yet on his status.
  • Does Josh Harrellson remind any of you (who can remember) Bill Laimbeer?  The hop he takes when shooting a three looks just like Laimbeer.  All he needs to do now is develop a nice right hook.  Harrellson finished with 10 points, five boards, two assists and three blocked shots in just 12:56 on the floor.  Josh has played himself into this rotation.

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cheeksMaurice Cheeks:  On Josh Harrellson “Josh was good. Josh understands how to play the game. Not only to make a shot, he had 3 blocks tonight. If he doesn’t have a shot, he knows how to take the ball to someone else and he is a pretty good rebounder. He understands how to play the game. His 3’s and Brandon’s 3’s were big.”

  • The Pistons big three didn’t score in bundles combining for just 22, but their work on the defensive end won this game.
  • I don’t care if the Bulls were injury plagued, anytime the Pistons beat Chicago is a good day in Detroit.
  • Four game winning streak.
  • Singler keeps hitting his shots, which is good considering we don’t know the status of Rodney Stuckey.  Kyle was 4-of05 for 12 points in 22 minutes.
  • Turnovers are still an issue, Pistons with 18 on the night.
  • Grabbing boards were Smith with 10, Monroe with 12 and Drummond with 14.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • If the Pistons can beat the Heat at home Sunday for the second time in a week, they have truly turned the corner.

The 9-10 #Pistons in Chicago to take on the 8-9 Bulls Saturday night. Detroit would love to extend their three-game winning streak on the last game of their road trip before returning to The Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday to take on the Miami Heat who they beat in Miami on Tuesday night.

The good: The Pistons have looked sharp in their last three games making their outside shots, while playing with confidence and chemistry on their longest winning streak of the season.
The bad: The Bulls are among the league leaders in field-goal percentage defense which doesn’t bode well for a Pistons team that has struggled with their outside shooting. Chicago has dominated the Pistons of late winning nine out of their last ten. To make things even worse the Bulls have taken the last 14 regular season meetings in Chicago by an average of 11 points. Chicago held the Pistons to a season-low 26 second-half points on November 27th.
The unknown: Chauncey Billups returned to practice on Friday is close to a return. He is still listed as day-to-day and Will Bynum is doubtful with his left adductor strain. Can the Pistons keep the ball rolling with a win against the Bulls, especially with the Heat looming at the Palace less than 24 hours later?

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 64.6%
Fact: Andre Drummond joined Shaquille O’Neal as the only players in NBA history to record 18-plus rebounds in three consecutive games at the age of 20 or younger.
Fact: Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond became the first Pistons teammates to record 17-plus rebounds in the same game since Bill Laimbeer (20) and Dennis Rodman (17) vs. Denver (2/13/90).

Tip off is at 8:00 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 final outcome of the Pistons – Bulls contest Wednesday night didn’t go the way Detroit wanted.  Two things did happen though, Rodney Stuckey keeps on rolling,  leading the Pistons with 25 off the bench, while leading all bench scores in the NBA.

And this happened.



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This could have been the single most forceful dunk we’ve seen Rodney throw down since he’s been in the NBA.  What makes it even better? It was right in Carlos Boozers face.

No it’s not April Fool’s day, you’re reading this correctly. After 18 straight losses to the Chicago Bulls, the Pistons finally took a game from them at the Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday night 99-85.

Key Points:

  • I don’t care if the game didn’t matter much and the Bulls were stacked with injuries. This team and it’s fans needed to get that monkey off their back.
  • Brandon Knight has been red-hot for Detroit. Knight let the Pistons with 20 points, 12 of them coming in the third quarter.
  • Credit the Bench for really helping out in this one. The starters fell behind early, but a much-needed boost from the Pistons bench helped Detroit to a victory.
  • Andre with 10 boards and three points in 20 minutes on the floor.
  • No Deng for the Bulls
  • How about the play of Jonas Jerbko lately. This is the Jonas I remember from his rookie season. He doesn’t back down and he plays 100% it his team is up 30 or down 30. Jonas finished the game with 17 points, 9 boards and a steal in 27 very productive minutes on the floor.

Jonas Jerebko Pistons vs Bulls
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  • Never liked Carlos Boozer and still don’t, but it was nice to see Jonas Jerebko hold his own against him. Boozer led the Bulls with 21.
  • Rodney Stuckey with another start and another productive game. Rodney scored 14 for Detroit, with five assists in 35 minutes on the floor.
  • Jose Calderon is still being bothered with his right triceps injury and sat out another game. It will be interesting if Detroit gets him to stay this offseason.
  • Tolerate him or hate him, Charlie V is just like that. He finished with a dozen points in 14:51 minutes on the floor.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Khris Middleton doing his part to play a bigger role on this team next season. He finished with 10.
  • Bynum was back after the hand injury. Soak it in, you may not see him in a Pistons uniform after this season. In fact I’m pretty sure no one is safe except Andre Drummond. I’d like to think they’d keep Greg, but if a blockbuster is put on the table he’s pretty good bait.
  • Next up, the Cavs in Cleveland on Wednesday.

The 25-52 #Pistons are hosting the 42-33 Chicago Bulls Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:The NBA Draft Lottery is but a few months away.
  • The bad: Detroit’s abysmal record against the Bulls. The Pistons have not beaten Chicago since December 23rd 2008.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons give an early summer vacation present to their fans with a much needed win against the Bulls?

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.

This wasn’t you typical #Pistons vs. Bulls game we’ve been accustomed to lately. Despite the 94-95 loss Detroit played well, leading Chicago by as much as 13 points in the first quarter and led at the half. It however was Luol Deng and Nate Robinson who erased the Pistons six point fourth quarter lead to win the 18 consecutive game for the Bulls against the Pistons.

Key Points:

  • Andre Drummond with a +11 in the box, more than any other Piston. Drummond scored eight with 14 boards on the night and a blocked shot in 22 minutes. He’s been back for two games and you can instantly see what he brings to this team. He’s the building block.
  • Detroit shot 60 percent on the first half.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons off the bench with 25 points and 10-of-19 shooting, 16 of those points coming in the first half alone. Great game from Stuckey who’s 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left to pull the Pistons within one of the Bulls.

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  • Charlie V added 14 off the bench with 6 boards and two blocked shots. Villanueva nearly tied the game on a triple with six seconds left in the game, but I’m sure Charlie is still thinking about the late fourth quarter steal when Robinson took the ball away from him.
  • I’ve always been annoyed by Nate Robinson, but after he got into Brandon Knight’s face after a fouled Butler, I’m even less fond of him. It’s the little man complex.
  • I find it kind of insulting to put Andre Drummond’s two air ball free throw misses as one of the highlights on the game recap page as its own clip. I know they were important free throws, but I don’t think it needed it’s own highlight clip like it was a posterizing dunk. I don’t remember them doing that before, but correct me if I’m wrong.
  • Turnovers killed Detroit. The Bulls scored 24 points off of the Pistons 17 turnovers.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Despite the loss, one of the more enjoyable games to watch.
  • Jason Maxiell missed the game due to an eye injury. Bynum out with a hand injury.
  • Brandon Knight scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting with four assists in 36 minutes on the floor.
  • English and Middleton with minutes and zero points.
  • Jose Calderon playing with tendon issues in his right arm scored 11 points with five assists.
  • Singler with eight and six boards.
  • Detroit with Andre wins the rebound war 45-37.
  • Next up in Toronto Monday night to take on the Raptors.

The 24-49 #Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 39-32 Bulls Sunday night at the United Center.

  • The good:Andre Drummond and will be coming off a very strong game against the Raptors in which he 17 points in just 19 minutes.
  • The bad: The Bulls have won 17 straight games against the Pistons. The last time the Pistons beat the Bulls was in 2008.
  • The unknown:Could this Piston team that really has nothing to lose at this point finally take down the Bulls?

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.

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.
  • Highlights
  • Friday night against the Heat in Miami.

The 16-25 #Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 24-16 Bulls  Wednesday night.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 11 of their last 13 games and are playing well.
  • The bad: The Pistons can’t seem to beat the Bulls.  Not only do they have a terrible road record, they have not beaten the Bulls in Chicago since 2006.
    The fact the Jonas Jerebko’s father has chimed in on his not playing and that he’s pretty much had it with Lawrence Frank.
  • The unknown: The status of Lual Deng who has missed the past two games with a strained right hamstring.  Just how many dunks Andre Drummond will get.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

Head out to The Palace next week and get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES