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The 25-46 Pistons are in Cleveland to take on the 13-57 Cavs Friday night. The Pistons are looking to snap a seven game road losing streak with a win against the Cavs. Cleveland on the other hand is just looking to win.

  • The good: They are playing the CAVS
  • The bad: Detroit hasn’t won a road game since before the All Star break.
  • The unknown: What will Friday bring as far as the Pistons starting lineup goes?

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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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.

Looks like Joe Dumars was making good use of his Blackberry today trying to work deals that involved Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.

First the Tayshaun Prince deal.

Early Thursday the Pistons turned down a deal that would have sent Tayshaun Prince to Dallas for the expiring contract of injured Caron Butler and a late 2011 first-round draft pick.

So the Pistons swap expiring deals and get a first round draft pick out of it. Why didn’t Joe D pull the trigger? Tayshaun Prince is worth more to them as a sign and trade if he’s not in a Pistons uniform next season.

This is the one that hurts:

Rip HamiltonHamilton, who is owed $25 million for two more years after the current season, and who hasn’t played more than a few minutes since Laimbeer was wearing short shorts, would have been shipped to Cleveland for a future protected draft pick.

Sounds like the Pistons really don’t get a thing, but the fact is they are getting nothing from Rip and his contract at the moment no matter who you want to blame in this whole mess.

“We worked very hard through the trade deadline, but at the end of the day, there simply wasn’t a good deal for us to make,” Pistons president Joe Dumars wrote in an email to The Detroit News. If Hamilton would have been cut free, he would have become a free agent, free to sign with any team, most likely the Boston Celtics, who expressed interest in signing Hamilton.” via The Detroit News

So my initial reaction that I shared with twitter follower was:

Am I supposed to be pissed at Rip right now?….cause I think I am

Then the storm of tweets back at me followed and a good 95% of them were yes (that’s the G rated answer).

Pistons fans are upset and would have loved to see some of this mess resolved by seeing the whole Rip situation go away.

We can look at it from both sides.

I’m Rip, I don’t want to play for the worst team in the league and if I’m going to get bought out the money needs to be right.  So that’s Rip’s side right?

Right now we don’t know the final number he was offered, but he did have a choice.  He could have taken the money and played for a championship tomorrow with the Celtics who were drooling to pick him up.

So how do about 95% of the fans I have been in contact with feel?  Upset, betrayed and held hostage by a player who they once loved and respected.  In times when things are as bleak as they have been since the Pistons had horses on their jersey they wanted to see this thing settled in the any way possible.

Now for most it just looks like selfishness on Rip’s part.  Add in anger towards Kuester, and displeasure that this sale hasn’t gone through.

Pistons fans…this is limbo.

The 19-33 Pistons are in Cleveland to play the dreadfully bad (I love saying that) 8-44 Cavaliers Wednesday night.

Cleveland set a new record for futility with its 25th straight loss Monday…let’s make it 26!

Someone please tell me why the Cavs are favored by one point!

  • The good: Stuckey and Max are back.
  • The bad: THE CAVS
  • The unknown: Will Rip Hamilton play ?

Head on out to the Palace on Friday to check out the Pistons play The Miami Heat.  Remember when they were the easiest ticket in town!  Tickets as low as $6.

Tip off is at 7:00 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 WWJ AM 950.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

The 6-14 Pistons will hot the 7-12 Cavaliers Sunday evening at the Palace.  The Cavs have lost three straight by a combined 81 points, while the Pistons  have lost four straight and eight of 10.

No news flash that Detroit has been outscored in the second half of each of its last six losses.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on FS Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at AM 950 WWJ.
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Want to go to the game last minute tonight…here are some unbelievable ticket deals to head out to the game for next to nothing.

The Detroit Pistons took their “talent” to South Beach and got whooped up in quite possibly the most disheartening loss of the season. No effort, absolutely no effort.

My bad, Greg Monroe had his best game as a Piston. He showed effort. On to the highlights eh?

Greg Monroe vs The Heat

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  • Juwan Howard had more points (12) than any of the Pistons’ starters.
  • Greg Monroe lead all Pistons in points (15) and rebounds (8) in 31 minutes.
  • Hey guys, nice effort.  No… really.
  • Richard Hamilton isn’t going anywhere, according to a AOL Fanhouse report.  If this is true, I’d like to see him to and sit on the bench some more after watching him struggle his way through a 3-11 shooting performance.
  • All jokes aside – the Miami “Big 3″ combined for 50 of the Heat’s 97 total points.
  • Oh hey, Eddie House had more points (10) than any of the Pistons’ starters, so there’s that.
  • It was nice of the Pistons interior defense to not hit or foul LeBron James too hard, so he wouldn’t be hurt for tonight’s game in Cleveland.
  • Hey Coach Kuester, get a rotation and stick with it.  I prefer it included more Austin Daye and less old guys since, well you know, the old guys are helping the team lose.

Have some lowlights:

Low-lights via NBA.com

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Sorry for the negativity, it was an awful game.  I started and stopped putting this together 4 separate times. Oh and…

LeBron James is still a jerk.  Tonight we are all Cleveland fans.

So I’ve hesitated posting about this because I hate when people bring up Darko Milicic and the #2 pick that Joe D. whiffed on (Here is a reminder of what happened in the 2003 NBA Draft).  I’ve defended the pick by saying that several NBA GMs had interest in Milicic, it wasn’t only Joe D. that liked him.  Add that defense to the rumors of the Denver Nuggets possibly selecting Milicic at #3 if Detroit would have chosen Carmelo Anthony and well, we all see a clearer picture of what kind of potential others around the league thought Milicic had.  When LeBron James and Chris Bosh both left their teams last week to go to Miami, to play with Dwyane Wade, it got me thinking:

If Detroit drafted Dwyane Wade, could he or would he have recruited the other 2 guys to Detroit?

The immediate answer is no, because with the way the Pistons managed the contracts of players following the 2004 championship run, Cleveland and Toronto likely would have not wanted to do a sign and trade for anything the Pistons would have had on their roster this offseason.  Add that to the fact that Miami tanked a season between their 2006 title run and this offseason, and it allowed for guys with minimum contracts to come and go and contracts to expire while young and underpaid players remain behind.

Sure it would have been nice to see D. Wade bringing the ball up the floor with LeBron on the wing and Bosh working at the high elbow in the paint, all the while wearing the Pistons red, blue and white but… it’s highly doubtful that the chips would have fallen the way they did in Miami, for Detroit.

Don’t get me wrong here guys, this is not me bashing on Joe Dumars.  He’s a well respected Executive and one of the better GMs in the league right now.  Sure, he might have kept the core group from 2004 together a little longer than I would have liked but, no matter how much respect and experience Dumars has, he’s not as good at being a snake like Pat Riley.  Dumars would have never buried it into LeBron’s head that every team in the league should retire Jordan’s #23, only Riley has that much respect for Jordan.  If you’ll remember, Dumars was the only one in the league who could slow Jordan down, and there’s no way Dumars would sell himself to LeBron by pushing that idea on him while also playing up to his needs and requirements for him to join the team.

The same goes for Bosh.  Bosh, a player who I openly lobbied for Detroit to go after this offseason at the beginning of last season.  I saw how dirty he did the Toronto fans by simply reading his twitter feed during the whole process leading up to July 1.  Tweets like “alright followers, where should I go next season?” and then at midnight July 1 talking about it was going to be so tough on him even though he had a reality TV crew following him around while he made a mockery of the entire process.

And for all that above?  I’m not happy that Detroit likely won’t make the playoffs this season however,  I am happy though that the organization did not back down from their experience from previous winning seasons.  It’s more about team and making the pieces fit than it is about 1 player and selling your team’s soul just to keep 1 out of 15 players happy.  Look at what Dan Gilbert ended up with in ClevelandLook at what Toronto ended up with.  They did all they could to keep their marquee names happy and what happened?  Those guys ran away to play 3 on 5 basketball for the next 6 seasons.  It will be an alley oop fest next season in South Beach.  Miami doesn’t have enough season tickets to satisfy the demands.  But at the end of the day, you look at the wreckage of the Raptors and Cavaliers roster and you have to think to yourself “sure, it would have been nice to not give Hamilton such a big contract but really… at least the roster is balanced and not leaning so heavily on 1 guy that just left”.

I’m satisfied that yeah, Joe D. whiffed during the 2003 Draft but they still legitimately competed from 2003-2008, than I am with “well yeah, we got D Wade but we’re worrying about what sort of bit players we can put around him so he won’t get mad at us and leave”.  If you want to see what DetroitBadBoys and this site would look like after having D Wade, LeBron or Bosh leave?  Check out a Raptors or Cavs blog.  Fans are bitter and angry, if they’re even commenting at all anymore.  In some cases, it’s like a ghost town on the lesser known blogs.

We all know what the Pistons shortcomings are this season:  a lot of money tied up in older players who aren’t going to be a part of the rebuilding process, a small frontcourt, and a coaching staff lead by an inexperienced Head Coach.  Those 3 previously mentioned shortcomings are nothing like what the Cavaliers have to go through just to field a competitive team next season.  The Cavaliers are in the same position that the 2004-2005 Detroit Tigers were in.  They’re going to have to overpay a couple of free agents to come in and show the rest of the league that Cleveland isn’t such a bad place to play.  They’re going to have to nail their drafts over the next couple of years to develop their own young talent just to show other players in the league that Cleveland is an up and comer once again.

Call me a hater if you want.  I don’t hate any of those 3 guys who are members of the Miami Heat now.  Good for them.  Maybe they’ll get rings, maybe they won’t.  It doesn’t mean 2 of them didn’t do their teams dirty by flirting with the fact they were going to be free agents this summer while their GMs scrambled to acquire guys, with their input, who would make that 1 player happy.

The Pistons just got swept this season by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first time that happened in 30 years. The 79-104 loss is really an afterthought after what has turned out to be a season of frustration and disappointment.
This game just added to the mess that is the Detroit Pistons 2009-2010 season.

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  • The only thing positive of not from this game for a Detroit fan was the play of Jason Maxiell. Jason led the Pistons with 16 points, 9 boards and a block. Nothing against Maxi, but when he leads the team with 16, that stat pretty much tells the story of the game.
  • One thing I am happy about….that Fred McCleod (Ex Pistons broadcaster) is in Cleveland and is as annoying as ever,  just listen to him call the block on JJ. He seems to have turned it up substantially since heading to the land of LeBron and I for one am happy he’s anywhere but here.
  • Maxiell Highlights.

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  • At this point, I’m just excited to see more of DaJuan Summers, and Austin Day.
  • The Lottery Balls have our name on them. Right now for the the Pistons, it’s all about balls…..the lottery variety.
  • New slogan for this season really should be “The Detroit Pistons – We Got Balls”

Detroit Pistons The Season of Balls

The Pistons vs. The cavaliers

The 23-46 Pistons are in Cleveland to take on the 55-15 Cavaliers tonight. LeBron James is averaging 34.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists in three victories this season against the Pistons. What’s even worse is that Pistons are now on a nine game road losing streak.

As we know Rodney is back, but Ben Wallace is headed back to the bench after injuring his knee’s in Friday night’s game against the Pacers.  No problem, it just means more Ohio Baby Eating time.

With the Pistons record, I think they need a new slogan.

Tip is at 6:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticker or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Rodney Stuckey and Ben Wallace are set to return tonight, both will see limited time and come off the bench.

Via The Detroit Free Press

Rodney Stuckey and Ben Wallace were full participants in Thursday’s workout at the practice facility, and coach John Kuester is cautiously optimistic that both would be available for the game.

Kuester said both players looked good, but because they have missed so much time, they will come off the bench whenever they return.

“With both of those guys, they’ll come off the bench,” Kuester said after Thursday’s practice. “They’ve been out the past two weeks, or close to two weeks for Stuckey, and that’s what we’re going to do right now.”

Stuckey has missed six games since he collapsed and was carried from Quicken Loans Arena on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask during a loss at Cleveland on March 5.

He has undergone a battery of tests looking for any potential life-threatening condition, but all tests have come back negative. He has been cleared to return to the team.

Wallace has missed eight games because of a sore right patellar tendon.

Stuckey declined to speak with reporters Thursday, other than to say, “I’m good” as he left the practice floor.

Considering the scare caused by Stuckey’s collapse two weeks ago, Kuester admitted that whenever Stuckey checks in, that scene will be in the back of his mind.