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The 26-44 #Pistons will host the 28-44 Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Cavs, are a game ahead of Detroit in the Playoff race and 4 1/2 back of Atlanta for the last spot in the awful Eastern Conference.

The two teams, who once were serious Championship contenders, haven’t had much luck making it to the post season. The Cavs have missed the playoffs for the past four seasons, while Detroit hasn’t been there since 2009.

The good:The Pistons finally ended their 13 game road losing streak against the Jazz Monday night. The Cavs will be without Kyrie Irving, who usually puts up big numbers on Detroit.
The bad: Despite Detroit owning the record that they do, they still have a chance to do two things. Make the playoffs and lose their lottery pick.
The unknown: Andre Drummond has played lights out since returning from injury, will he keep it up, or will Josh Smith who is averaging 21 against Cleveland this season, score the majority of the buckets?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Cavaliers:: Kyrie Irving , Anthony Bennett , Carrick Felix , Sergey Karasev and C.J. Miles are out.

Fact:The Pistons rank first in the NBA in points in the paint per game with 52.6.
Stat: Detroit is 1-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

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 22-29 #Pistons will host the 19-33 Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both teams come into the game on a three-game winning streak. Detroit would love to get to number four to tie their longest winning streak of the season. The Cavs on the other hand haven’t won four in a row since LeBron James and his talent were playing in Cleveland.

The good: Detroit are playing with a boost of everyone and have dominated the Cavs of late winning their last seven match-ups. A good thing for me is that I won’t have to see Anderson Varejao and his floppy hair on the Palace floor.
The bad: Cleveland is also playing good basketball and is averaging 106 points in the past five games.
The unknown: Will Detroit get a strong collective showing like they did against the Spurts? Can the Pistons go into the All-Star Break on a four game winning streak. If they can it will also give them the longest home-game win streak since a seven-game run March 14-April 4, 2008.
Injuries:
Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Cavaliers: Carrick Felix and Anderson Varejoa are out.
C.J. Miles– Questionable

Stat: Andre Drummond has an Eastern Conference leading 37 double-doubles.
Stat: Josh Smith scored 25 points to lead the Pistons in their 115-92 win over the Cavaliers on 12/23.
Stat: Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 21 points in the loss on 12/23.

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 13-16 #Pistons are in Cleveland to take on the 10-16 Cavaliers Monday night. The Pistons will try to snap their two game losing streak by taking out the Cavs after two disappointing losses to Charlotte and Houston at The Palace.

Detroit swept the season series last season 4-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The good: The Pistons have won their last six meetings with the Cavaliers, winning three straight in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.
The bad: The two very disappointing back-to-back losses at home. The Bobcats loss especially stung after the Pistons were cruising to victory going into the fourth quarter. The team that took the court against the Rockets did not look like the one that beat the Pacers or the Heat, in fact they looked like they had given up on themselves as soon as the second quarter started.
The unknown: Will Detroit hit the court with something to prove? Can Brandon Jennings continue to play well, and will he dominate a hot Kyrie Irving?
Injury Report: None.

Fact: Detroit swept the season series last season 4-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Fact: Detroit has a better record on the road than at the Palace so far this season.
Fact: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.9%.

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 got their 25th win of the season with a fifth consecutive win against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night. The 111-104 showcased Andre Drummond as he led the Pistons with a career high 29 points.

Key Points:

  • Though Andre stole the show, Greg Monroe was solid again for Detroit. Greg finished with 23 point, eight boards and four assists in 38 minutes on the floor. It was a Monroe layup with 39 seconds left in the game that gave the Pistons a 105-103 they never relinquished.
  • Stuckey is playing some of his best basketball of late. Rodney, in the starting lineup again, scored 18 with seven assists on the night.
  • Looks like we may not see Calderon again this season…or the next if Detroit doesn’t sign him.
  • A solid 16 from Bynumite off the bench.
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  • Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 27 points and nine assists.
  • As I watched the game Andre started off like this and I knew he would have a big night.

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  • The let’s foul the big man or the “Hack-a-Shaq” strategy backfired for Cleveland. Andre, who’s not the best free throw shooter went 9-for-17. The Cavs fouled him nine times in the fourth quarter.

Andre Drummond Cartoon Quote“I knew I needed to make free throws for us to win, so I just focused. Some went in, some went out, but all of them were on line. It gave me the chance to score more points. That’s the way you’ve got to look at it.” Via NBA.com

  • Just five turnovers for Detroit on the night.
  • As I watched how well Andre played Wednesday nigh I tweeted out just how I feel about what kind of player he’s going to be. Andre is the best draft pick since Joe Dumars. And I put Grant Hill aside because he was a no-brainer. Dre will be the pick that got away for all the teams that passed on him.

Andre Drummond Career High 29 points.
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  • Andre put up a double-double with 29 and 11 boards.
  • Knight with 7 on 2-of-11 shooting.
  • Pistons crushed on the boards 49-33.
  • Just a few more to go in what seemed to be a very long season for Pistons fans. Next up, the Bobcats Friday night at the Palace.

edt here. Detroit wins by (looks at score) 117 Detroit, 99 Cleveland.

Nat is taking a vacation.  Sitting on the beach.  Sipping Mai-Tai’s watching the sunset.  Cell phone turned off.  A big floppy hat — you get so pale in Detroit in the winter, need to protect the complexion.  She picked a good time.  Right now the airplane disaster which has been the Detroit Pistons for the past four years is in a holding pattern, as we wait for a new captain to get helicoptered on board.  Jose Calderon promises to be the first point guard we have had since Billups.  But apparently USA is worried this Canadian is here to steal our jobs so we have to wait for his work visa.  By the time it arrives Nat will be back, tanned and refreshed and ready to give us her take on the new look Pistons.

  • But for tonight we played the Cavs.  Starting lineup we had Stuck in for Prince, moved Singler over to the SF and for the first quarter we ran and ran.  We ran like we have never been able to run with Prince on the team, who no matter how good he is, Prince is an I’m sorry an extra-large serving of molasses.  Efficient molasses but still.   Watching an uptempo game like this is fun.  Of course this lineup is normally bad for Stuckey he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, reduces his effectiveness but the good thing is his efficiency seems to be a better with this setup, 14 points in greater than 50% shooting.  Or it could be the Cavs are awful.
  • There was certainly a battle, man to man, Kyrie against Knight, both going straight to the rim against each other. The difference is this Cav’s team is terrible.  So Irving got no help.  And this pistons team is gearing up for that 8th playoff slot.  There is just no way the Cavs could win this game with attitudes like that.  And Brandon took him to the cleaners too.  Brandon had 20 points Irving a mere 14.  Knight had 10 assists TWICE as many as Irving. Really outplayed him tonight.

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  • Recently the big penguin Andre Drummond is hearing comparisons about his game and the greatest center of our generation, Shaq.   Love to see how humble he still is.  Everyone loves the big penguin.  Bynum and Drummond are awesome together, they trust each other.  And the usual assortment of Bynum Drummond dunks.  However, Drummond with reduced minutes here, but I’m happy with this decision by Frank, because Drummond is our Death Star, we didn’t need to play him huge minutes tonight.  I think if the Cavs had challenged us we would have played him more than 18 minutes.  The Big Penguin had 4-4 shooting with a mere 5 rebounds.
  • With less Prince, we got to see a bit of Jerebko and some more of English.  English is really just not ready for the NBA, needs more D-league, more summer league, 15 minutes for English.  Jerebko needs his shot to go in, simple as that, until it does, or until he stops doing to Frank (come on Jerebko quit eating Frank’s donuts) it looks like he will be limited from here on out.  6 minutes for Jerebko.
  • I do have to be honest I didn’t keep track of this cavs team other than to watch Kyrie because without “Sideshow Bob” Verajao this team has Kyrie and . . . are looking at a #1 draft pick that’s about it.
  • It was kind of nice watching the cavs with this 2013 Piston’s team.  Not much to worry about, we are just too much better right now.  Relaxing even.  Certainly if you felt thirsty no need to wait for a time out.
  • Charlie is a funny guy he’s great at the three-point but 30 something percent at the free throw line.  Forget hack a penguin, hack Charlie V,  it’s way better.
  • There was a Middleton and Kravtsov sighting in garbage time.
  • Singler had an absolutely terrific game.  His shot went in and because it went in he just kept shooting all night, 9 for 17, that’s Prince efficiency.

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  • Bynum was super efficient tonight.  Bynum tends to play “hero ball” when we are behind (one thing I hate about his game) but when we are ahead Bynum is happy to create and only take good shots, 4-5 shooting, and 8 assists in only 15 minutes of play.
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  • It’s nice to be on vacation.  But even nicer to be able to relax when you watch the Piston’s cruise to victory against the worst team in the NBA.

The 17-29 #Pistons are back home to host the 13-33 Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. It will be Pistons fans first chance to see their new PG Jose Calderon take the court.

  • The good: Detroit could use a game with a team like the Cavs to start the winning again, especially with the Lakers coming in on Sunday the way they are playing.
  • The bad: Kyrie Irving has totaled 47 points in his last two against the Pistons. With the shake up of the team there is always a chance they need time to get things together.
  • The unknown: What will the rotation be like? Will Calderon get the bulk of the minutes at the point, considering that the Pistons can really use his 11.1 points per and 7.4 assists, not to mention his near league leading assist to turnover ratio.

Let’s hope the Palace crowd give their the new Piston a warm welcome.

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

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Footnote:
I’m on vacation so EDT will be updating you after tonight’s game as well as on Sunday. Go PISTONS!

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 got their second road win of the season Saturday night in Cleveland, when they beat the Cavaliers for the second time in a week 104-97.  This however wasn’t smooth sailing, as the Pistons again let a large lead disappear and had rally late in the game to get the victory.

Key Points:

  • Hats off to Rodney Stuckey and Andre Drummond who were pivotal in the third quarter. Putting Brandon’s game aside, the pair sparked the Pistons comeback.
  • It was Jason Maxiell who kept Detroit in it early helping them to a 13-6 run to close the half down just three points.  Jason finished the game with 10 points, 4 boards and a pivotal blocked shot against Varejao that seemed to give the Pistons the momentum.
  • This team needs to stop giving up so many offensive boards.  Noah on Friday and Varejao killed them on the glass. The Pistons were out-rebounded 35-46.
  • What’s up with Greg Monroe? Not only is he slipping in the efficiency category of centers in the league, his shot isn’t falling and he hasn’t put up a double-double in forever. He scored 11 on the night but missed 6 from very close range. He needs to throw it down with authority when he’s that close to the hoop. Monroe added four boards, three assists, a steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes.
  • Do we need to send out a search party for MOOSE?

Moose Monroe is Bullwinkle

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  • While we’re at it, maybe someone should help Kyle Singler find his game. Kyle was 2-for-4 for 9 points and two boards, an assist and two turnovers in 35 minutes.
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  • His stat line doesn’t amaze, but Andre Drummond had a great game.  He put up nine points, three boards and a blocked shot in 21 minutes on the floor.  Andre, in my opinion, is way ahead of whatever schedule we thought he was going to be on.
  • Brandon Knight led all scorers with a career high 30 points adding seven rebounds and five assists.  It was Knight who seemed to make things happen right when Detroit needed a boost late in the game.  His three pointer with 2:56 left to make it 97-89 seemed to quiet the fans at the Q and help Detroit keep on track.

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Andre Drummond on Brandon Knight: “He played with a force. He played real hard and the shots he put up were falling. Tonight was his night.”

  • Tayshaun continues to contribute putting up 14 with eight boards in 34 minutes.
  • Charlie V still getting playing time and producing, while Jonas continues to rack up DNP coaches decisions.
  • Monday in Philadelphia to finish the two game road trip.

The 6-15 #Pistons are in Cleveland for the second game of a back-to-back against the 4-16 Cavaliers Saturday night.

  • The good: Looks like both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, Cleveland’s two top scorers, won’t be playing for the Cavaliers.
  • The bad: Both the Cavs and the Pistons are hoping to break out of their losing streaks. Cleveland has lost four in a row and the Pistons two.
  • The very bad: Detroit is 1-10 on the road.
  • The unknown: Will Greg Monroe put up a double-double and break out of his mini slump while trying to stop Anderson Varejao?

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.

The #Pistons may not have dominated the second half of Monday night’s game against the Cavs as they did in the first, but the 79-89 win extended their home winning streak to five games.  That may not seem like a great accomplishment, but considering their start to the season and their overall record, they’ll take any milestone that they can.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons had a 22 point lead at the half, and it looked like there was going to be a blowout at the Palace.  The offense however stalled a bit and the Cavs closed the gap to ten by mid third quarter.
  • Cleveland didn’t have Kyrie Irving or rookie Dion Waiters their two scoring threats.
  • Being at the game (with the other 13 people) I didn’t realize just how many blocked shots the Pistons racked up.  The Pistons recorded 13 blocked shots on the night, the most they have since 2007.
  • I did mention before that with Andre Drummond the Palace is DETROIT BLOCK CITY.
  • Andre finished with seven points, 12 board and three blocks in 20 minutes.  It was great to see Frank utilize the Twin Towers Monday night. It may not happen every night, but when he makes an impact on a game it’s just so obvious.

Brandon Knight on Drummod: “He’s just playing with energy. He comes in the game and blocks shots, fights for rebounds, and he just provides a different type of energy we need with the second unit. When the first unit guys see that, they want to come in and provide that same type of energy. He does a great job of doing that.”

  • Jason Maxiell is still pouring it on do you realize he’s blocked 13 shots in the last three games?  He finished with 12 points, six boards and five blocked shots on the night. It’s nice to hear the crowd gasp when Maxiell gets a nasty block.
  • Tayshaun Prince and Kyle Singler each with 15 points. Kyle scored seven consecutive points to held Detroit to a 14-point lead late in the first quarter. ROY?
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  • Anderson Varejao with 17 points and 18 boards.
  • Best part of my night at the Palace, you’d think was the victory, but it was the 20 something D-Bag Cavs fan with the Varejao jersey on and NO shirt underneath that literally walk down every section of the Palace to try to get a closer seat. When he’d get turned away by the ushers the Palace crowd would laugh and then he would try to taunt them with by popping his jersey and waiving his hands. I’m surprised someone didn’t pop him in the face.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 17 points, five boards and five assists. It sure looks like whatever slump he was in to start the season is long gone.

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  • Moose with 14 boards, five assists, two steals. two blocked shots and nine points.
  • Charlie V is still getting time on the court, but his shot didn’t fall Monday night. He was just 1-for-6 with two points.
  • They won this one, but their second half play was alarming.  It was the a depleted Cavs team, so they were lucky to finish this out.  I was almost waiting for their “Lions” moment late in the fourth quarter.
  • A win Wednesday night at home against the Warriors would be a nice.