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The 5-13 #Pistons are hosting the 4-13 Cavaliers Monday night. With a win Detroit will have won five in a row at home, their longest home streak in three seasons.

  • The good:The Cavs have an awful record on the road (similar to Detroit).
  • The bad: We’ve got to endure my least favorite players Anderson Varejao, who is having an All-Star like season. Varejao is currently the top center in the NBA according to efficiency. But take a look who’s at #8. Via HoopsStats.com
  • The unknown:  Will this be a battle of the Centers? Can Knight put on a show against Kyrie?  No news yet if top draft pick Dion Waiters will be playing in this on for the Cavs.
  • Not unknown:  I still like to mock VareJoke. Anderson Varejao is a Clown

Tickets are ridiculously cheap, head over to The Palace for as little as $3!

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 22-38 #Pistons are hosting the Cavaliers Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons might actually win this one.
  • The bad: This on isn’t being televised so if you’re not at the Palace you probably won’t be seeing this one.
  • The unknown: Which team want’s more litter balls?/li>

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will not be broadcast locally. If you don’t have league pass you can catch it on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

The 17-32 #Pistons are in Cleveland to take on the 17-30 Cavaliers Wednesday night. Detroit would love to keep it going with another win, especially after the Stucktaclar performance on Monday night.

  • The good: (Most will say this is good.) Ben Gordon will not play after complaining of a sore groin suffered in the Knicks game.
  • The bad: Cleveland has won both meetings between the two teams this season.
  • Who to watch: Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight are the league’s top rookie scorers. I’m sure they both want to prove something.
  • The unknown: Can Rodney Stuckey keep this train rolling?

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.

The Pistons lost a heart breaker in Cleveland, letting the Cavs come back to hand them their 23rd loss of the season. The Pistons were up 17 late in the third quarter but were outscored 38-15 over the next 12-minutes leading to a final score of 101-100.

Key Points:

  • The fourth quarter was a disaster, they didn’t share the ball.  They were taking back shots and they didn’t get a singe offense rebound.
  • Rodney Stuckey with a heck of a block on Kyrie Irving, who had a great game leading his team in the fourth with 17 points.
  • Not a big fan of how Lawrence Frank handled this one.  He didn’t stop the Cavs from setting the tempo and roaring back in the fourth.  And was Ben Gordon the go to guy when the game was on the line?  Questionable.
  • Tayshaun just 2-for-15 for 7 points.  He was struggling to make a shot.  He didn’t do much better on the defensive end either. Wasn’t he supposed to be guarding Antiwan Jamison, who scored 32?
  • Greg Monroe with another double-double.  Monroe finished with 19 points, 11 boards and a career high 7 assists.  So close to a triple-double!
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  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 24 points, 3 assists, 5 boards a steal and 2 turnovers.  I can’t tell you enough how good he played battling Irving down the stretch.  So nice to have someone that isn’t afraid to take the shot. And it seems like when he does he makes it.  Oh…and he was 4-for-5 from downtown.
  • Want to hate CLE that much more?  Shouts of CLEEEEVLAND BASKETBALLLL in the crowd.
  • Sometimes I just want to pull my hair out when watching Ben Gordon for his shot selection.  Ben with 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting.
  • Rodney Stuckey scored 16 on 5-for-13 shooting.
  • Jonas Jerebko again with the hard work and a +13 in the box.  Jonas scored 9 with 6 boards in 23 minutes.
  • Worst reffing on both sides that I have seen in YEARS.  No joke.
  • The Pistons were out rebounded 44-49.
  • This one was in the bag and they let it all crumble in the fourth quarter.
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  • This one was just frustrating.  Hoping they bounce back in Toronto.

There were countless things that didn’t happen tonight, that lead to the Pistons getting the beatdown tonight from the Cavaliers.  Poor rotation on defense, guys out of position, offensive sets that were out of sorts, guards firing bullet passes to big men not ready for them, etc.  Tonight’s game was flat out hard to watch.

The lone bright spot for the Pistons was the emergence of 2011 lottery pick Brandon Knight.  Knight enjoyed a bit of a coming out party against his lottery mate, Kyrie Irving, with 23 points on 10/13 shooting including a 3 pointer to close out the 2nd quarter and 10 points in the 3rd quarter.  The kid proved why the Pistons decided to pick him with the #8 overall pick in this past year’s draft, and like George Blaha said, this is the first of many games like this for Knight.

  • Vernon Macklin saw some garbage time minutes, and finished 1/2 from the field with his only basket coming off of a highlight worthy no-look pass from his draftmate, Knight.
  • Jonas Jerebko got outplayed all night by the veteran Antawn Jamison and got outmuscled by Samardo Samuels and Tristan Thompson.
  • Ben Gordon got in kind of a rhythm, finishing with 25 points on 9/19 shooting.
  • Pistons were outrebounded 40-26 on the night.
  • Paint defense is still an issue, and is even more of a concern against a team that doesn’t have much upfront offense like the Cavaliers.  Samardo Samuels and Anderson Varejao got what they wanted by simply cutting to the basket.
  • Cavaliers backup point guard tried to “tit for tat” with Brandon Knight in the game – he ended up with 16 points on 4/11 shooting with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • There were many possessions where the Pistons were taking perimeter shots, with only Greg Monroe near the basket.  This is not how you improve your rebounding totals.
  • Greg Monroe finishes with a better 2nd game – 10 points and 7 boards.
  • Brandon Knight scored 23 of the Pistons 25 points off the bench (the other 2 being from the garbage time dunk, by Macklin).
  • The Pistons lineup is missing Charlie Villanueva (LOL!).
  • Tayshaun Prince ended up with a -15 for the night with Ben Gordon, Ben Wallace, and Jonas Jerebko with a -13.
  • There were several plays that showed why Irving and Knight were so  highly regarded out of college this past draft season.  Knight definitely has a developed 3 point shot, while Irving has the ability to cut to the rim and finish with relative ease.  Now if only both teams can build around their centerpiece point guards, the Pistons and Cavaliers could have quite a point guard rivalry for the next 12 seasons.
  • Lawrence Frank is now 0-19 in his last 19 games as a head coach in the NBA.

Video Highlights via Pistons.com

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This was a tough game to watch, you guys.  Aside from the awesome opening, with the new hype video and the gospel singers, the new cheerleading squad and improved dance team, and the halftime show with Taio Cruz.. this is going to be a long season for Pistons fans.  There were some highlights tonight that I wasn’t expecting: Brandon Knight coming out, and Ben Gordon finding a rhythm.  There is also a lot for this team to work on, but there is nowhere to go but up.

It should be exciting to get in on the ground floor now with a team that appears to finally be putting the right centerpieces in place for another long run.  Lawrence Frank appears to be in full on “teacher” mode right now with guys like Brandon Knight, Austin Daye and Greg Monroe.  So long as they’re willing to be open to the new system, there is no reason to think that this team won’t improve soon off of these 2 season opening losses.

The Pistons take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the Palace for thier first offical home game this season. It’s also the first official home game with new owner Tom Gores at the helm.

The Pistons didn’t “wow” thier fans on Monday in Indiana, in fact they threw up a stinker and plenty of you are ready to give up. As I mentioned before, it’s just one game and I have a feeling we are going to see something marginally better from Detroit tonight.

I for one am really excited to head out to the Palace for the game. I know the new managament team at the Palace has a bunch of different things in store to kick off the season.

This will be the first time the Pistons Officially step on court representing new ownership and I for one am excited to see the changes.

May the Gores be with you!

  • The good: Jonas Jerebko’s hustle.  Playing at the Palace for the first time this season. Greg Monroe not getting into any foul trouble and no #buffoonery.
  • The bad :  The Indiana game.
  • The unknown: What lineup “Larry” is going to throw on court.

 

Tom even checked out Practice via Pistons.com

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Make sure you follow me on Twitter for Live Game tweets from The Palace of Auburn Hills Tonight.

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 NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

GO Pistons!

Home for the very first time.

Who cares if it’s a preseason game, this Pistons fan is a little more than excited to watch her team on court at the Palace. Especially when we could have skipped this season entirely.

This will be the first time the Pistons step on court representing new ownership and I for one am excited to see the changes.

May the Gores be with you!

  • The good: Jonas is BACK, Brandon Knight.
  • The bad 0r maybe not: Still no Stuckey.
  • The unknown: Who really is going to play tonight.

Congrats go out to @Sneakerheadjfa , who is going to be sitting in my tickets tonight.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter for Live Game tweets from me at The Palace of Auburn Hills Tonight.

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 NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

Tom Gores toonAs reported on ESPN earlier, and also here by the dreamy Justin Rogers of MLive, the Pistons and Head Coach John Kuester will be going their separate ways after 2 long seasons with Kuester at the helm.

Kuester was 55 – 107 57 – 107 as coach of the Detroit Pistons.  This was the first NBA head coaching gig for the 56 year old Kuester, who was formerly an assistant coach under Coach Mike Brown and the Cleveland Cavaliers, after being a coach for the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics.  Prior to his time in the NBA he was the head coach for the George Washington Colonials and Boston University Bears and as an assistant coach for the University of Richmond Spiders.

Coach Kuester was known for being an offensive mastermind after his time in Cleveland with LeBron James, but more importantly for the Pistons organization, he had served on former Piston coach Larry Brown’s staff in 2003-2004.

Kuester, a former University of North Carolina player, will likely be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers to be an assistant coach under new coach Mike Brown.  Brown, who was hired as LA Lakers head coach less than a week ago, had already expressed an interest in bringing Kuester over with him on his staff.

Kuester was never really accepted by the Pistons fans because his name either wasn’t Bill Laimbeer or he wasn’t Avery Johnson, etc.  Coach Kuester was put into a bad spot by the organization with a roster in transition, that was bound to decline after the success of the early 2000s.  Kuester was given Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva as free agents in his first season as coach, but the Pistons couldn’t find a home for eventual malcontent Richard Hamilton which left the team extraordinarily deep at the shooting guard position.

During his time with the Pistons, Kuester clashed with Rodney Stuckey and Richard Hamilton and often dealt with problems through the media rather than being straight forward with his players.  While no one should argue Kuester mismanaged the available talent, it should be noted that he never did establish a set rotation of players.  The Pistons roster is in flux after years of consistency, which is President Joe Dumars’ primary responsibility.

Moving forward, the Pistons have a steady core of young players with Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko.  Rodney Stuckey is coming off of another year of ups and downs and is a restricted free agent.  Ben Gordon and Charlie V are now going into their 3rd year of 5 year contracts (with player options for 6th years) as well.  Tayshaun Prince is an unrestricted free agent, and Richard Hamilton has 1 more fully guaranteed season left on his contract.

The next Pistons coach will be inheriting virtually the same roster as Kuester, minus Chris Wilcox and likely Tayshaun Prince.  There could be a chance that Prince is signed and traded, and while I had once thought he would be a good fit in LA with the Lakers, now that Coach Kuester is heading there as an assistant, it’s an unlikely destination.

What are your thoughts about Coach Kuester being out as the coach?  Is it a good move for the Pistons?  What do you think should be the next move?

Little did I know that when I headed out for the last Pistons home game of the season that I would be so entertained. Sadly it wasn’t the game that did it though.

Detroit couldn’t muster up their first four game winning streak of the season against the lowly Cavs, but there was some excitement.

New Pistons owner Tom Gores was in the house giving some really memorable quotes to the media. If you were following @Chris_Iott of MLive you would have gotten bombarded by them mid game. My favorite has to be this one.

“I want to make Bill Davidson proud that we bought the team.” Via MLive

Now I was sort of close to where Gores was and I had a blast checking him out enjoying the entire game. Trust me when I tell you that if you get close enough to Gores you can actually Taste The Rainbow.

If the quotes and the smiles weren’t enough, the man totally got down to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing as it blasted though the Palace sound system. Thankfully the broadcast caught some of the action, but trust me it was much more awesome in person.  Everyone loved it!

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If that wasn’t great enough…Charlie V did the rest. I’m sure by now you know about the little tussle at the Palace, so here it is for you.

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Video Courtesy of The Detroit Pistons and the NBA

With Gores in the house and the crowd cheering “Charlie! Charlie!” it was a heck of a sendoff for this season.

And if you happen to have been following my tweets during the game you’ll know I created a new hashtag #Gores4Prez.

Home for the very last time.

Tom Gores’ 29-51 Detroit Pistons will take the court for the last time at home this season. If you’re lucky enough to see the dramatic home finale against the 17-63 Cavaliers, consider yourself one of the lucky ones who gets to be there when the Pistons wash away what was honestly one of the most dramatic and disheartening seasons ever.

May the Gores be with you!

(line courtesy of @mikea71)

  • The good: Stuckey off the bench.
  • The bad: Both of these teams.
  • The unknown: Since it’s fan appreciation night…who’s jersey-less body will get the most cheers?

Last chance to see the Pistons this season. Get tickets for Tonight’s last Pistons home game for as low as $3!

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 NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.