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This one was just about over from the opening tip Sunday evening in Los Angeles. The Clippers gave the Pistons a 129-97 beating that consisted mostly of jaw dropping highlight from the home team.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Knight may never get over this one.

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  • Watching this was hard on any Piston fan. Thankfully Greg Monroe took the thumping very seriously.

Greg MonroeGreg Monroe: “There was just no effort, no fight,clearly upset and clearly sending a message. “It was an embarrassment. Maybe guys don’t care. Something has to change, though. This can’t continue. If you don’t want to play, just say it. This has got to stop. This is unacceptable.”

  • Greg finished with 10 points, five boards, and four assists. He may not always fill up the box, but one thing about Monroe he always seems to be giving 100%.
  • Nothing was working for Detroit, they allowed the most points the Clippers have scored since a 140 point overtime victory four years ago.
  • Nice to see Chauncey score 10 with six assists for the Clippers.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 18 points, 4 assists and a steal in 29 minutes. I think his assist to turnover ratio since getting to Detroit isn’t as good as it was, but somehow I don’t think it’s his fault.
  • Brian Hill filled in for L Frank who probably won’t be able to be with the team for this entire trip.
  • The Clippers shot 62% on the night.
  • The 32 point loss is the highest for Detroit all season long.
  • No need to keep going about this one. This is a game you want to forget if you’re rooting for Detroit.
  • It doesn’t get any easier Monday against the Jazz, who the Pistons haven’t been able to beat since they wore short-shorts in the NBA.

When you’re struggling to win on the road, it’s good to get one in place where they seem to be given away like free candy.

The Pistons survived a hot Eric Gordon, a beastly Blake Griffin, and another bad third quarter to get their first road win 113-107 again the Los Angeles Clippers Friday in at Staples Center.

Detroit was lead by Charlie Villanueva, who scored 30 points, but only pulled down one rebound.

The Clippers were lead by Gordon’s 28 points and Rookie-of-the-year candidate Griffin’s 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Unlike the previous game in Portland, the Piston starters got off to a great start, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter led by Austin Daye’s 9 points.

The lead would reach 10 at the break after a second quarter that saw Villanueva hit 3 treys.

Similar to the previous game (and seemingly all of the others) the third quarter saw the large lead evaporate faster than the Clippers last playoff appearance.

The Clippers surge back into the game thanks to Piston turnovers, rushed shots, and a series of Blake Griffin dunks that electrified the crowd.

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The fourth quarter saw the lead change several times before the Clippers took a four point lead with just under 3 minutes to play.

Charlie V then knocked down two consecutive triples to pull Detroit within one each time. Then LA’s Rasual Butler hit one to put the home team 102-99 ahead with 29 seconds left.

After some free throw makes and misses both ways, the Pistons found themselves down 2 with 15 second remaining until Rip Hamilton tied things with a left corner jumper.

Rip then made a steal as the Clippers tried to inbound the ball after their timeout, and missed a pull-up jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.

In overtime, Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell converted on free throws and field goals that put Detroit ahead for good.

Ben Gordon

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Key Points:

Being that I now live in Los Angeles, I took this one in.

  • Charlie V was on fire in the first half, and clutch in the fourth quarter. Clipper fans were amazed or astonished by his shot making down the stretch.
  • This was Detroit’s first road win in five tries this season.
  • Blake Griffin has one of the ugliest jumpers I’ve ever seen.
  • The Clippers played without two starters: Baron Davis and Michigan native Chris Kaman.
  • Why doesn’t Ben Wallace finish games anymore?
  • Hey, a Jason Maxiell sighting!
  • Austin Daye was hot in the first, but disappeared the rest of the way.
  • Fans at Staples Center began leaving at around the 3 minute mark for some reason although the game was still in the balance.
  • Ben Gordon was non-existent, but picked up a technical foul for arguing with the official.
  • There was a Clipper fan who was so into the game that during a timeout when the team dancers were on the floor, he stood in the aisle and followed the routine step-by-step as people were trying to walk to their seats. We were very entertained.
  • Tracy McGrady gave to Pistons a brief lift in the second quarter.
  • The Clippers seemed to get to the rim at will in that third quarter.
  • Why did Will Bynum continue to shoot jumpers late in the game?
  • Shout out to that drunken fan who kept screaming “Deeeee-troit Baaaaa-sketballllll Sucks d**k” at the Piston fans in the house. He was also trying to pick up teenage girls at the arena.
  • Next stop: Sacramento Sunday Night.
  • Tom Gores attends Pistons game – Says he still wants to buy the team. (hat tip EDT in the comments)

Thanks for being patient with the slowness issue on the site.  The site was down for a few hours today while I moved things over and upgraded the servers.  You may see some things missing for the next couple of days while I restore everything to its past Sheedness.

Enjoy the Clippers game…or at least I hope you can say you enjoyed it.

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Rashid S. UmarNeed4Sheed Guest Writer:
Rashid S. Umar
After getting off to a great start early for the second straight night on the West Coast Trip, The Pistons eventually stumble and fall to the Clippers in LA 97-91, halting Detroit’s modest two-game winning streak.  Tayshaun Prince followed Tuesday night’s great performance with another gem of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Rip Hamilton led the team with 21 points on 8-21 shooting.

Detroit led by as many as 12 in the first half and eight at the break.  The second half saw Clipper-newcomer Drew Gooden and Chris Kaman continue to exploit the Pistons’ lack of size upfront as they combined for 41 points and 28 rebounds.  Los Angeles got a huge performance down the stretch from Rasual Butler, who nailed a couple of 3s off of good ball movement (or bad defensive rotation).  He also had a huge block on Rodney Stuckey late in the game.

Key points of the night:

  • Being that I live in LA, I decided to take this one in.  You’d be surprised at how many die-hard Clipper fans are here in “Lakerland”.
  • For the second straight game, Detroit was outscored by at least double digits in the fourth quarter.
  • Rip Hamilton missed six free throws (including 3 straight with seconds to go that would have brought the team within a point) snapping his streak of 51 consecutive makes. Although he nearly completed a four point opportunity on a silly foul again Eric Gordon.
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  • Clippers win the season series for the first time since 2000 and only the third time in over 20 years.
  • In 26 minutes, Ben Wallace didn’t score but had 10 rebounds.
  • Did Ben Gordon suit up tonight?  I’m just saying.
  • There were a lot of Detroit fans in the house but, that’s not unusual against the Clippers.
  • Another DNP-CD for Kwame Brown, this even during a game where the rebound war was lost 56-44.
  • Drew Gooden has put up All-Star numbers against the Pistons this season especially in rebounds.
  • If the Pistons had a legitimate low-post threat they’d be a playoff team.
  • Before Rasual Butler’s late go-ahead three-pointer, the loudest cheers of the night were for a Michael Jackson look-alike in the crowd.
  • Charlie Villaneuva might as well be wearing roller skates on defense. I’m sure no one would notice.
  • Highlights of the Game Via NBA.com

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  • If it wasn’t for the logo on the court, you wouldn’t realize you were at a Clippers game at Staple Center.  There is nothing but Lakers championship banner and L.A. Kings retired jerseys in the rafters.  Even the WNBA team has something up.
  • Kid Rock in the house.
  • The road trip continues in Denver on Friday night against former Pistons Chauncey Billups and Aaron Affalo.
  • I got a text from my Friend in LA who was also at the game that read “The are chanting Stukey’s – Suckey.” For real LA, that’s as original as you can get? (Natalie)

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The Pistons vs. The Clippers

The 21-35 Detroit Pistons are in LA to face the 23-33 Clippers (late) tonight. With a win tonight, the Pistons could make it seven straight road victories against the Clippers. The Pistons would like to extend their winning steak, but they haven’t won three straight since Jan. 12-16.

I know one thing I can count on, plenty of Detroit love a The Staples Center.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 10:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

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The 5-10 Pistons will face the 6-10 Los Angeles Clippers at The Palace to try to end their 6 game losing streak.  No Ben Gordon for the Pistons, who is listed as day to day, after his ankle sprain during the Cavaliers game on Wednesday.

My hope was to have Bynum start at point guard and move Stuckey over to the two spot, but it looks like Austin Daye will take Ben’s place in the starting lineup.   The Clippers won’t have Blake Griffin, the number one draft pick, on court because of injury.  They do have Chris Kaman, who is averaging 22 points per game this season.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune into wwj 950 AM or follow the action on NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Could another deal be brewing? Probably not, looks like Joe is trying to avoid the luxury tax.

“The Detroit Pistons will trade seldom-used guard Alex Acker to the Los Angeles Clippers for an exchange of future draft picks, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade hasn’t been announced.

The Pistons might stand pat before Thursday’s trading deadline, instead of trading Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace, despite its struggles this season.

If Detroit doesn’t make another trade, it will clear about $23 million in salary-cap space to make major moves this summer and in 2010 when a slew of marquee free agents will be available.” Via SI.com

On another note, I know one NBA Coach that’s gone, could there be a change we can believe in?

The Pistons finally won a game on Sunday as they squeaked out a W against a severely depleted Los Angeles Clippers team at The Staples Center. It took an Allen Iverson fingerroll goaltending call with 2.8 seconds left on the clock to seal the 88-87 victory for Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Detroit is on its largest win streak of the season at 7, currently the longest active streak in the NBA.
  • The Clippers haven’t beaten Detroit since Nov. 3, 2002 at Los Angeles.
  • Allen Iverson put up a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. He was having a hard time hitting all game long going just 7-for-22 but it was his clutch jumpshot with 1:20 and his fingeroll with 2.8 seconds left that won the game for Detroit.
  • Like the trade or not, AI has been the Pistons “Big Shot” of late.

Allen Iverson

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  • Another game without Rip and Sheed but McDyess stepped up even when he was hurting. It doesn’t compare to a Clippers team that was without Baron Davis, Zach Randolph, Ricky Davis (suspension), Taylor, Hart and Fred Jones who was hurt after the first two minutes of the game.
  • Dyess, unsung hero with 15 boards, a steal and 6 points. The man has heart.
  • Rookie Eric Gordon played a heck of a game for the Clippers with a career high 31 points in 44 minutes. They trusted him enough to take the possible game winner when LA had just 0.4 on the clock. Interesting note, the Clippers are so high on the rookie that they assign him the opposing team’s best player to defend. That player wasn’t AI for Detroit….Gordon was assigned Rodney Stuckey.
  • The Pistons finally won the war of the boards 47-40. Half of the Clippers boards were courtesy of Marcus Camby (20).
  • Tayshaun had another big game with 20 points, 7 boards, 2 assists and 3 blocked shots. He had some key baskets late in the game to help the Pistons win the game. But nothing was better than the play of the game.

Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit
  • This game was close, it was tied 28 times with 42 lead changes.
  • Aaron Afflalo wasn’t feeling well but still managed to put up 10 points against his hometown crowd.
  • Just what we need from Kwame Brown, 11 boards in 18 minutes and 2 points.
  • To all the Pistons fans in the house, we could hear you loud and clear. The Pistons have a huge fan base in California so I’m glad they have taken both games in LA for our Pistons fans on the left coast.
  • “Detroit scored eight straight points to take a 78-70 lead with 7:04 to play. The Clippers tied it at 80 with two free throws and a short jumper by Gordon that capped a 10-2 spurt with 2:56 remaining. But the Prince spun around Mardy Collins for a dunk and Iverson hit a 20-footer from the key 32 seconds later, giving Detroit an 86-82 edge with 1:20 left.” Via NBA.com

Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit
  • FSN Highlights of the game complete with the Tayshuan Dunks and AI’s clutch plays.
  • Can we finally put to rest the argument about Amir Johnson? I, along with plenty of you, have been criticized for being on his bandwagon. Hasn’t he proved his value to this team by now? He’s out there changing games with everything he does on the court. He may not always fill up the stat sheet, but his contributions can’t be denied.
  • Amir unfortunately got into a bit of foul trouble and ultimately fouled out of the game. His 6 boards, 4 points, blocked shot and a steal in 23 minutes didn’t tell the whole story when he was on the floor. Did you see his putback jam that had the crowd breathless? It’s ok to watch it more than once.
  • If you haven’t jumped on the Stuckey bandwagon yet think about this… Detroit is 13-3 since inserting Stuckey into the starting lineup.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 24 on 10-for-24 shooting with 6 assists and 2 steals. He’s playing out of his mind just when Detroit needs him most. I know that Pistons fans have been watching him, but he’s getting noticed by the whole league. He’s being picked up in all the fantasy leagues and he’s the chatter all over the internet. They are even talking about him down under.

Rodney Stuckey

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  • Rodney Stuckey Highlights.
  • The Pistons held the Clippers to 12 third quarter points.
  • 40 points in the paint for the Clippers and the Pistons.
  • Just 16 minutes for Maxiell who scored 4 with a blocked shot and a rebound.
  • Herrmann just isn’t hitting his shots when he gets on the floor and Curry is pulling him quickly. He was 0-for-2 in six minutes.
  • The Pistons shot just 39% on the night.
  • It’s starting to click.
  • Wallace should be ready to play Wednesday in Portland. The Pistons are being more cautious with Hamilton. Hamilton hasn’t tried to sprint or make a hard cut yet. Via The Detroit News
  • Dana Guarudner of the Oakland Press is also jumping on the Rip to the Bench Bandwagon.
  • Aaron Larson Need4Sheed reader who was at the game in LA had a little tidbit for us. “I watched Sheed during a timeout take a piece of gum off the scorers table, roll up the wrapper and place it in an assistant coaches suit breast pocket secretly…he noticed it, grabbed it and placed it in his EAR…AND LEFT IT THERE ALL GAME. LOL always a joker that Rasheed!”
  • Aaron and Joe!
    Aaron Larson and Joe Dumars
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  • Justin Shaw was there too, and he had some pretty sweet seats. “Good to see our bench players pull off a win on the road / Here are some pics from the game, 2 of them are the refs talking to the kids whose drinks Iverson slipped on and hurt his side when he landed on a water bottle / The fans were pretty cool, better than Laker fans for sure cause they know about being a fan for a a team that has struggled / If you watch the video you can see the backs of me and my friend jumping up when Prince takes that one to the rack for the dunk”
  • Justin Shaw Clippers
    Justin Shaw Clippers

  • As always I welcome comments, but I would especially love to hear from those of you that attended the game.
  • For those of you who downloaded my January Game Schedule Wallpaper the 1st day I had it up, I neglected to put the game against the Hornets on the 17th on. I have since fixed it so check your wallpaper and download again if needed. Sorry about that.

Detroit starts their four game West Coast trip Sunday afternoon in LA against the 8-24 Clippers. The good news – the Clippers, who are just 3-13 at home, are on a six game losing streak, and are a perfect 0-9 against the Eastern Conference this season. The bad news – it’s Sunday! Detroit has yet to win a Sunday game this season.

Don’t fear Pistons fan, Curry says the Sunday jinx is nonsense.

“We talked about that when we did it. We’re past that now,” Curry said Friday. “The losses on Sundays, what happened is some games we should have won, (but) the way we played on Sundays we didn’t take care of it.”

“Then you start playing some really tough teams that would be hard to beat on any day,” Curry said. “The Hawks right now are tough to beat any day at home. But it happened to be another early Sunday game.

“So the reality is I think we’re playing better in that situation and we’re coming out pretty focused on what we’ve got to do to be a good team. That’s where it lies regardless of who we’re playing. We’re looking at how we need to come out and play.” Via The Detroit Free Press

The Pistons will again be without Rip Hamilton (groin) and Rasheed Wallace (foot). Antonio McDyess is still a game day decision with sore ribs.

Meanwhile, Walter Sharpe hit a late game three for the Mad Ants to break a deadlock with 27 seconds left in the game.

Tip off is at 3:30 P.M. and will be locally broadcast on FSN . If you can’t watch the broadcast, tune into 1130 AM The Fan. Can’t do either, follow the game on NBA.com.

You can bet the Pistons will be well represented today in LA. I know plenty of team N4S members that will be at Staples cheering our boys on.

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