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Danny and I along with Dave Wieme, the former Director of Strategic Communications for The Pistons, our new permanent member of the Podcast team just wrapped up the Pistons preseason in a fresh new podcast for your listening pleasure.

We covered what we saw in the Pistons two preseason games.  We also went into a number of topics like, Rodney Stuckey’s signing, Vernon Macklin, Brandon Knight, Danny’s sadness over not landing poster boy Kris Kardashian, Austin Daye’s emergence, Tayshuan Prince’s roll, Moose Monroe, the Need4Sheed and more.  We also each gave our Breakout player of the season as well as posed the question: Who’s going to win more games, The Pistons this season or Justin Verlander?

Dave WiemeWe also got into something you may not know about.  The new Management at The Pistons have removed Bill Davidson’s name off the court.  For many of you that might not mean much, but for this fan it was very upsetting to see his name gone.

Take a listen and feel free to comment.

New Detroit Pistons Podcast  – Preseason Wrap

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The 28-51 Pistons are in Charlotte to on the 32-47 Bobcats. A win in Charlotte will not only help me win a bet I made earlier this season but it will also prevent the Pistons from avoiding the first 12-game road slide since the mid 1990s.

  • The good: Pistons now have another former top-10 pick looking to resurrect his career in Wilcox, who’s averaged 11.8 points while shooting 67.6 percent over his last 13 games .
  • The bad It could be worse! The Pistons 11 game drought that dates back to Feb. 9 still has a ways to go to match the franchise worst 19 game road skid from 1980-81.
  • The unknown: Will Chris Wilcox score 50? Wilcox has averaged 11.8 points while shooting 67.6 percent over his last 13 games.

Last chance to see the Pistons this season. Get tickets for Monday (last Pistons home game) nights game for as low as $3!

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

Was Saturday’s win against the Pacers too little too late? Probably, but it doesn’t take away the enjoyment for Pistons fans to watch what this team can do when things are working right. The Pistons, in front of a packed crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills, came back after a sluggish first half to roll over a team that they have needed to beat all season long.

The Pistons 88-100 win now leaves them technically still alive in the playoff race with nine games remaining. Detroit is now five games behind the Pacers in the loss column, with another game against Indiana on Wednesday to make up more ground.

Key Points:

  • After having “technical difficulties” with Kuester and not playing in the last game, Charlie Villnuava looked like he wasn’t going to touch the court either in Saturday night. Kue surprised us all by calling on Charlie late in the game. He responded with 13 points by making all five of his shots, three of them from the 3-point line. The biggest came with three minutes left after a Danny Granger triple put Indiana within seven.
  • Chris Wilcox, who started the game, didn’t play after the half with a knee issue. Chris’s only two came in great fashion, with this reverse put back.

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  • One has to think that if Wilcox wasn’t shutdown at half and Ben Wallace could play, does Charlie V get another DNP.
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Villanueva: “Fresh legsI was well rested. (Kuester) called my name and I was ready to go and my teammates helped. They gave me the ball in position to score. (Assistant coach) Brian Hill talked to me in the third quarter. He said, ‘We might get you in, so just be ready.’ So I was ready to go.”

  • Question – Does Monroe get a Rebound Row at the Palace? Greg with 9 points and 13 points, with 3 steals and a blocked shot. Did I mention he was also a +20?
  • The Pistons were again led by that guy Rip Hamilton, who’s looked like “Rip City” lately. Hamilton put up 23 with 6 assists in 37 minutes starting for Detroit.
  • One of the better games to watch the action live in person. Trust me, it’s not been very fun this year at the Palace, so when you get an entertaining game you leave smiling, no matter what else is going on in the win-loss column or the front office.
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  • 21 to 3 run to help close the gap in the third quarter.
  • Give it up to Jason Maxiell who plays solid when he finally gets playing time.
  • Detroit shot 51.3% for the night an 57.1% from downtown.
  • T-mac out with back spasms.
  • Every Pistons that played scored the basketball.
  • Nice job by Tay holding Danny Granger to just 14 points.
  • A solid 42 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • With Indiana having to take on Boston Monday, and the Pistons off until their next game in Indiana Wednesday…this could just be the perfect storm for Detroit. The question always is…will they take advantage of it?

LaMarcus Aldridge is in a tough situation. He plays in the Western Conference that is full of young, talented big men who all deserve to be on the All Star team. LaMarcus hasn’t openly complained about being one of the bigger snubs out West but last night, he proved to the Piston faithful that he was indeed worth of All Star consideration in the tough Western Conference.

Aldridge killed the Pistons on the pick and roll, all night. Chris Wilcox got used and abused the final 2 minutes of the game – by committing 2 costly fouls to give the Blazers 4 points and also by turning the ball over with a 3 second violation. Coach Kuester is also partially to blame for reportedly drawing up the final play as an iso for Ben Gordon, but for not calling a 2nd option which caused Austin Daye to shoot an off balanced 3 point shot that would’ve tied up the game.

The player of the night has to be Will Bynum who ended up with a stat sheet filling night – 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Bynum singlehandedly brought the Pistons back from down 7 points at the start of the 4th quarter to within 1 with 1 minute left in the game. When Coach Kuester subbed out Bynum for Stuckey at the end of the game, you could feel all the momentum being sucked out of the arena. This is one of the tougher losses the Pistons have had in a season full of tough losses – let’s look at the highlights:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge scored 36 points on 12-17 from the field and 12-13 from the free throw line.  A knock on Aldridge has always been his toughness in the paint, as he is definitely a finesse big rather than a bruiser.  While he did torch the Pistons in the paint with points, he lived up to his soft nature by only pulling down 4 rebounds.
  • Coach Kuester has taken one of Richard Hamilton’s bad habits (poorly timed technical fouls) and started use it for himself.  Coach Kuester got called for a technical foul with the score 86-84 about halfway through the 4th quarter.
  • One of the craziest contracts signed this offseason was by Blazers guard Wesley Matthews – 5 yrs, $34m – who contributed 26 points and lead his team with 7 rebounds
  • Detroit won the rebounding battle in a game where both teams shot above 50% – 32-25
  • Ben Wallace is slowing down – Wallace only played 18 minutes last night and grabbed 8 rebounds.
  • Portland was able to go with a smaller lineup because of the matchups in the post with Ben Wallace and Greg Monroe.  Aldridge held Monroe to only 9 points in 34 minutes, which were a Pistons team high.
  • Detroit’s bench outscored the starters 57-43
  • I’m surprised no one on the Blazers hurt their knees in the game – Greg Oden, Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby all were out with knee injuries.
  • Jason Maxiell and DaJuan Summers were DNP-CD, while Richard Hamilton was out with a sore groin.
  • Detroit had only 1 starter play more than 30 minutes, Portland had 4.
  • Were those boos I heard when Coach K pulled Bynum for Stuckey in the 4th quarter?
  • Play of the night: Jumpball between 2 of the NBA’s shortest players in Will Bynum and Patty Mills.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day – hopefully you get to spend it with a loved one or family.  Tonight, the Pistons will face off against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2nd game of a 3 game homestand.

In a battle over 2 teams that are a combined 31 games back of the Central Division standings, the Pistons came out on top 89-78.

The night belonged to Richard Hamilton who, for all intents and purposes, had been virtually dismissed from the team that he helped win the 2004 NBA Finals.  Hamilton scored 15 points on 7-14 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench for the visiting Pistons.  A night after it was reported he admitted that he may never set foot on the floor for the Detroit Pistons, Hamilton said about his check-in:

“I thought it was a joke. Like I said, I had no idea. No idea. Just yesterday I was inactive. Like I said I thought that was a sign that was my last time ever playing in a Piston uniform, you know?”

It can be argued that the Pistons needed his help to overcome the struggling Bucks on the road – Hamilton tied for team high +9 and was the second leading scorer.  If not for Tayshaun Prince’s 12 points and 11 rebounds, Hamilton could’ve easily won “Player of the night”.  Let’s look at the highlights:

  • Greg Monroadwarrior Monrobocop Monroe continued his solid play in the post for the Pistons – he finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds
  • For all the talk last year about how good the now second year point guard Brandon Jennings was, he sure has come back down to earth in a major way
  • Every Pistons player that played finished on the plus side of the +/- statistic
  • Austin Daye with 28 solid minutes off the bench, most on either team
  • A lot of people had the Bucks as their “sleeper” coming into this season after the acquisitions of Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, and John Salmons – maybe we shouldn’t be giving former Piston executive John Hammond as much credit as he has been getting for building the Pistons.  The Bucks are loaded with bad contracts now
  • Chris Wilcox only played 7 minutes  - his lowest total in 14 games since coming back from injury
  • CV scored 6 points against his former team off the bench
  • I’d like to think the Bucks are what the Pistons would be if they had a scoring center – but then I remember that the backcourt of the Pistons is better and the bench is deeper
  • Mr. McGrady is steadily giving the Pistons minutes at the point – 30 minutes and 20 points for McGrady
  • Former Piston great Carlos Delfino had an off night – well, it’s a night that Pistons fans are used to seeing out of him (2-11 shooting and 8 points)
  • Tonight’s loss for the Bucks was their 14th out of the last 21 games

The Pistons get to spend Superbowl Sunday at home with their families before they gear up for their next game on Tuesday when Antonio McDyess and the 42-8 San Antonio Spurs come to the Palace to face off against the Pistons.  The Spurs have been by far the league’s hottest team and they’re being lead by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

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.”

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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, 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.

This was a tough loss for the Pistons.  Detroit was up by 4 going into the 4th quarter against one of the league’s best teams in Miami.  Austin Daye, Ben Gordon and Greg Monroe started in place of Chris Wilcox (LeBron started at the 4 with Chris Bosh out), Ben Wallace (out for personal reasons) and Rodney Stuckey (out with a shoulder injury).

Austin Daye held his own against LeBron James, about as much as a 210lb guy can expect to do.  Coach Kuester shortened up the rotation by not going to Jason Maxiell or DaJuan Summers even though he was without 2 key rotation guys.

Let’s look at some of the highlights:

  • Austin Daye got the first true test of his young NBA career, and didn’t do too bad.  He started matched up against LeBron James and stayed there the better part of the night and finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
  • Detroit lost this game because of their poor shooting – 38% from the field and by their ability to not get to the free throw line – 11 attempts.
  • Each team had a combined 15 turnovers.
  • Perpetual pest Eddie House took advantage of Detroit’s help D by scoring 15 points off the bench on mostly wide open looks.
  • Chris Wilcox finished the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.  His value has certainly gone up in the last few weeks since he’s been seeing more time on the floor.
  • Tracy McGrady finished with 10 assists and 14 points – on top of a good defensive effort to keep the Heat’s Mike Miller from beating them on the perimeter.
  • CV was cold from the floor all night, shooting 2 of 10 from the field and scoring only 6 points on the night.
  • LeBron James took over in spurts and reminded us Pistons fans that he’s still capable of leading a team of no-names by scoring 39 points on 15 of 25 shooting.
  • Greg Monroe with a near double-double on the night – 9 points and 8 rebounds.
  • This road loss put Detroit at 5-20 on the season on the road.

The Pistons go up against the New York Knicks on Sunday, at Madison Square Garden.  Hopefully Ben Wallace will be back and able to start against Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks.

Just when the tired, road weary Pistons looked like they were going to lose another game, a burst of Bynum energy propelled the team to their 16th win of the season over the hot Phoenix Suns. With Phoenix up by 14 points to start the fourth quarter it was the Pistons bench of Bynum, Daye and Wallace who added the spark and chipped away at the Suns lead and 74-75 win Saturday night at The Palace.

Key Points:

  • Yes Will Bynum scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, but it was his defense along with Wallace’s that help the Pistons take this one.
  • This shows you the heart of Ben Wallace, knowing that Charlie Villanueva couldn’t go Saturday he volunteered to be put on the active list to help his team out.
  • Villanueva did not play, but Ben Wallace got back on court since spraining his ankle against the Bulls last week. Wallace played 25 minutes off the Pistons bench with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Tayshaun Prince, as solid as ever, led the Pistons with a 17 points, 13 boards, 5 assists and a steal in 40 minutes on the floor. As great as Prince has been all year for the Pistons I still think he doesn’t get the praise he deserves because for the most part his game is so quite.
  • Let’s not forget the huge bucket from Austin Day who really doesn’t mind taking (and making) the big shot.
  • Bynum with 12 points and four rebounds and two big steals in the fourth quarter. The biggest play may have been when he picked Steve Nash’s pocket and went the length of the court for a layup to cut the Pistons’ deficit to six with just under five minutes left.
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Bynum: “I just felt like we were lacking energy. I just tried to go out there and let my effort do the talking. Hopefully everybody else would follow.” “Defensively, I thought we played with a little more energy, a little more aggressive. We did a great job on Steve Nash and we did a great job of scrambling for everybody else after that and we came out with the win.”

  • Greg Monroe with 6 boards and 6 points and solid defense in 23 minutes.
  • I just love it how superstars get calls. Late in the fourth when the Suns needed to foul to keep in the game, the ball was in-bounded to Bynum and he broke free of Nash to take more time off the clock. Nash had to lightly touch Will on the arm and he got the foul call to stop the clock for Phoenix. And at the end of the game the Suns were in-bounded the ball and Stuckey got called for a foul before the ball was even in play for pulling Vince Carter’s jersey…if you looked at it again Nash was doing the same thing.
  • Bynumite highlight reel.

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  • I don’t say it often here on the site, but if you follow me on Twitter you know how I feel about The Call Sam Studios.  You can see (and hear) it in the clip above…some people really aren’t suited for an on air speaking job.  It really is hard to watch Mateen Cleaves stumble through the show night in and night out.
  • This may not have come down to the last shot if Bynum and Prince would have sank both of their free throws.
  • Lucky to get this one, for the second consecutive game the Pistons shot poorly.  Detroit shot 35% from the floor and 30% from downtown.
  • Another game with Rip sitting. Kuester did admit on Saturday that he did talk to the Pistons shooting guard.
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  • Rodney Stuckey with 11 points on the night on 3-for-15 shooting.
  • Detroit scored just 11 points in the third quarter and did not reach 50 points until a Ben Gordon basket with 9:33 in the game.
  • Quite night for T-Mac.
  • This will not be a fun week for Detroit.  They travel to Orlando for a Monday game with the Magic.  They then fly home to play Denver on Wednesday only to fly back to Florida for a game against the Heat Friday and a Sunday game in New York.  Thanks NBA scheduling gods.

The 15-28 Pistons are back home to take on Steve Nash and the 20-21 Suns.  Phoenix is currently unbeaten on their 5 game road trip and am sure they would like to stay that way with a win over the Pistons Saturday night.  Maybe the thought of their last contest against the Suns will motivate the Pistons into a victory.

If history tells us anything let’s look for Ben Gordon to do well. He is  averaging 25.6 points in his last nine games against Phoenix

Ben Wallace and Charlie Villanueva are both listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game.

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If you’re looking to catch a game you can get some get tickets for as low as $10 to see Detroit take on Phoenix.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

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The Pistons dropped their second straight in New Jersey losing to the Nets 74-89. Any loss is disappointing, but to the team and its fans is the fact that they went down to the wire on Wednesday night against the Celtics and then put up a dud against the struggling Nets is just another sign of the issues the Pistons have.

Key Points:

  • Really…what are they going to do with Rip Hamilton? Another game goes by that he’s glued to the bench even when the trade deal is off the table. Are there other reasons why Rip isn’t playing? I’m tempted to put up a poll on the site on how many more games it’s going to take until Rip explodes to the media. It’s an bad situation that’s only getting worse as the days go on.
  • Are they blaming energy on this one?

Ben Gordon: “We were definitely flat. I don’t know why but for whatever reason we were definitely flat. Whether you’re tired for one game or just can’t get into it you just have to dig down and try to find whatever we can. Guys came in the 4th quarter and we really didn’t have a rhythm. That’s pretty much the game right there, they just came in they had the momentum and we didn’t and that’s the difference.”

  • The most exciting thing about this game was the Will Bynum lob pass that when it.

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  • Greg Monroe struggled to score going 2-for-6 and 1-4 from the line for 5 points. Shooting issues aside he still grabbed 10 boards and playing solid defense on Lopez and Favors.
  • T-Mac with 10 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.
  • Shooting woes – Detroit struggled in the first half on the offensive, shooting under 30 percent and finishing at 33 percent for the game.
  • Tayshuan Prince led the Pistons with 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting with 3 assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 33 minutes.
  • Charlie Villanueva went down awkwardly late in the first quarter. He left the game and returned to start the second quarter, but only played nine minutes leaving with a sprained ankle and didn’t return. It looks like he’s going to be sidelined for a game or two…or more.
  • Stuckey struggled with his shot going 3-for-12 but thankfully was perfect from the line. Stuckey, who in the first six minutes shot 0 for 5 with two shots blocked, another layup missed and two turnovers. He finished the game with 14 points and an assist in 28 minutes.
  • The Pistons waived the red flag in the fourth quarter. Rare sighting of DaJuan Summers.
  • The Nets shot 50% from the floor.
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  • When is Ben Gordon going to shake this shooting slump?
  • Not much more to add, this one was just hard to watch considering they really could have pulled this one out. With no Charlie and no Ben it’s going to be tough for the Pistons. Will Saturday’s game with Phoenix add to the mess or get them back on track?
  • You do remember what happened the last time these two teams met?