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The Pistons beat the New Orleans Hornets 89-87 Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills despite losing Brandon Knight within the first five minutes of the game. Knight, who only the night before put up a career high 26 points, went to the locker room after  an elbow under the basket from former Piston DaJuan Summers.  Knight suffered a broken nose and didn’t return, but  should be ready with his mask for the Pistons Tuesday practice.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell all about the hustle again.  Maxiell in another start, finished the game with 10 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. No shot was more important on the night than Jason’s putback jam on a Greg Monroe miss late in the game to help the Pistons lock in the victory. As much ups and downs as Jason has had he’s shown a lot these last few games and I have always called him the Putback King.
Pistons Jason Maxiell the Putback King

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  • This Maxiell dunk brought the house down. Via NBA.com

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Lawrence Frank “Jason Maxiell embodied what the effort was all about, his tenacity, his effort, his toughness – I don’t know what (Monroe) finished with (in) offensive rebounds. I guess he had six. I would bet that three of them were the result of Max keeping balls alive and then to get that big dunk – momentum play. Max brings a toughness, an intensity, a tenacity about him. He played with an edge.”

  • The Hornets Trevor Ariza couldn’t miss Saturday night leading all scorers with 26 on 9-for-12 shooting.
  • Jonas Jerebko was headbutted by Jason Smith and it looked almost intentional, that may have been the reason why Jonas put his arm out in retaliation after  he got hit.  Smith went crashing to the floor on his own.  And depending on the replay you saw, Jonas’s arm didn’t touch him.
  • Hustle all night from Jonas, who was 5-for-10 for 11 points, with 5 boards in just 18 minutes on the floor.
  • Austin Day just1-for-5 for 4 points and 3 boards in 19 plus minutes on the floor.
  • Add another check mark to Greg Monroe’s double-double tally as Moose poured in 24 points with 16 boards, 2 assists and a steal. Did you envision this much progress in Greg’s game this season?
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  • Yes this stat is correct…54 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Thirteen turnover on the night for Detroit, five of them came from Monroe.
  • This one went back and forth.  The Pistons trailed by three at the half took the first double-digit lead either way by going on an 8-0 run early in the fourth.

Greg Monroe: “You know Brandon’s a big part of what we do, but Walker D. (Russell) and Rodney (Stuckey) moving back to the point more, definitely stepped up tonight and everybody else that got into the game. Everybody stepped up tonight. It was a tough night, but everybody had a crazy amount of energy for the schedule that we just went through and I have to applaud my teammates, they did a great job tonight.”

  • Solid night for Rodney Stuckey, who really stepped up his game as soon as Brandon went to the locker room.  Rodney took it to the hole all night finishing with 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting with 3 assists, as steal and just one turnover.
  • Walker Russell showed just how important he can be for this Pistons team.  Russell with 4 assists, 9 points and 2 steals in 32 minutes.  Have they started selling his jerseys at the Palace yet?

Walker Russell on n Brandon Knight going out and him stepping in: “Usually I’m the guy that was always playing, but I’ve been playing more and more lately, so when coach called my number, he had the confidence in me and I had the confidence to step up and play.”

  • What you can see in the last two Pistons performances is that they still have issues holding on to a lead, but they are learning.
  • Highlights, including Brandon’s injury via NBA.com

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  • The Pistons can sure use their extended vacation, they next play on Wednesday in New Jersey.

It's Gores Time!

Remember me telling you that Danny and I just went on a podcasting marathon with my good friend and former Director of Strategic Communications at the Palace Sports and Entertainment Dave Wieme?  Well I wasn’t kidding at all.  The podcast was so long I had to cut this one it two.  If you missed the first part don’t fret, you can listen to it right here.

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The second half of this thing covers many things , the “Rip” trade, Need4Swede, the lack of a point guard, the All Star Game, The Finals, The Miami Heat, and so much more.

Like the first half we went all out, this isn’t G rated so be aware.  And be sure to follow the very funny Mr. Wieme   on Twitter.

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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.

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.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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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?

The latest incarnation of the Detroit Pistons’ rotation can be viewed as a bit of a “success” because of the success the team has had since the benching of former starting shooting guard, Richard Hamilton. Despite rumors saying he was benched to avoid injury for a trade, or for being benched for being a poor influence to a young group of players, it’s hard for one to argue that the team has not been better off without Hamilton in the lineup.

Tonight, however, the new lineup could not contain the defending Eastern Conference Champs in Boston. Detroit took a small lead at half after shooting 58% from the field in the 2nd quarter. It was an odd game all around for both teams: Tracy McGrady played 37 minutes for Detroit, Shaquille O’Neal was diving on the floor for loose balls, etc. At the end though, all the strange things that we saw resulted in a familiar sight for Pistons’ fans as Detroit lost to the Celtics in Boston, 86-82. Get to the highlights you’re saying? Sure thing:

  • Sometime during the 2nd quarter, Richard Hamilton got up off the bench and started stretching.  It was the most game action he’s seen in the last 4 games.
  • Stuckey has played well at the 2 since Hamilton’s benching – tonight he didn’t shoot well (5-14 from the field) in 28 minutes.
  • Mr. McGrady played 37 minutes and started at the point again for the Pistons.  Although he didn’t shoot too well from the field, he did provide 7 assists and has proven to be the most consistent backcourt player on the roster so far this season.
  • Ben Wallace was out with an ankle tonight which meant that Shaquille O’Neal basically had an open lane to the basket all night.  Shaq finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Boston outrebounded Detroit 47-32. … lol
  • Rajon Rondo played a game high 40 minutes and did not register double digits in points, rebounds, or assists but he nearly had a triple double.  Rondo also picked up a technical foul in the game.
  • Charlie V played 30 minutes off the bench for Detroit – it seems as if my wishes of Charlie becoming a starter for this team are fading by the game.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • How about Chris Wilcox?  He’s getting close to 10 and 10 a night per 36, which isn’t bad for a $3m per year power forward.  Wilcox added 9 points with 7 rebounds to go with 1 blocked shot.
  • It looked like Detroit was going to pull out the win until they were unable to score a point in the final 2 minutes 43 seconds of the game.
  • This loss ended the longest winning streak of the season for the Pistons.  Think about that… 3 wins in a row
  • My how far we’ve fallen
  • Bynumite with 2 points in 10 minutes off the bench.
  • Nothing came of the KG – @CV31 battle.  I was sure KG would get one or two cheap shots in.
Charlie Villanueva and Kevin Garnett

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  • No playing time for Hamilton, Maxiell or DaJuan Summers tonight while Luke Harangody was the only Celtic healthy enough to play, but did not see action.
  • I really dislike the Boston Celtics and Tommy Heinsohn.

How fitting that the next game for the Pistons after the New Jersey Nets owner said “No deal” for Carmelo Anthony, is against the New Jersey Nets in New Jersey?

Hopefully Avery Johnson and Rip can share a good laugh during pre-game and maybe even a few pleasantries.  Detroit travels to New Jersey for a Friday night game against Kris Humphries and the New Jersey Nets.

Amidst the trade talk, the 12-24 Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 24-12 Bulls. The Bulls are on a season-high six-game home win streak and will try to win it’s 10th straight game against Detroit on Monday night.

And in case you were wondering, Rip was at the morning shoot around for the Pistons.

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Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on FS PLUS Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

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

The deal to send Rip Hamilton out of Detroit could be finished soon.

“A three-team deal involving the Detroit Pistons that would include at least 15 players — with Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups winding up in New Jersey with Anthony — could be completed as soon as this week, sources said.

The primary elements of the scenario currently on the table, sources said, call for New Jersey to acquire Anthony, Billups and Hamilton; Denver to land Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow and at least two first-round picks; and Detroit to acquire Troy Murphy and Johan Petro.

Other players with smaller contracts would have to be included to make the salary-cap math work. Via ESPN

With Denver playing Carmel and Billlups (Sunday night), no deal will be completed until later tonight, at the earliest. And it looks like the odd man out that could go along with Rip to make things work could be either DaJuan Summers or Terrico White.

(sorry for the bad shtick headline, I couldn’t resist)

Will Bynum, who was recently benched in favor of Tracy McGrady, got a chance to remind us of why Joe Dumars viewed him as a key re-signing this past offseason. Bynum, who was able to see significant minutes in this game due to Richard Hamilton (upset stomach) and Rodney Stuckey (toe) both missing the game, scored 21 points off the bench on 8-10 shooting to go along with 9 assists.

With Stuckey and Hamilton on the bench, we got a chance to see Ben Gordon and Tracy McGrady in the starting lineup and in the revolving door that is the Pistons’ starting Power Forward position, we got to see Charlie Villanueva start as well. It was a nice sight to see after 27 games of inconsistent play by the starters. Let’s look at some of the highlights, shall we:

  • Tayshaun Prince with an impressive stat line on the night (28 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists) – but even more impressive was his weak side block on a Chris Paul shot to help send the game to overtime.
  • How awesome was Jason Maxiell’s play to close out the game in overtime?  Sure, he could’ve dribbled out the clock but… to play devil’s advocate here, Maxiell works so hard to get this loose ball he deserves to flush the ball with authority like he did.

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  • Tracy McGrady left the game early with a sore groin – yeah, he’s healthy.
  • DaJuan Summers played 9 minutes and was 3-4 from the field (including 2-2 from 3) for 8 points.
  • I’d like to thank New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams for playing Marco Belinelli over dynamic 2nd year guard Marcus Thornton.  Thornton, to me, would’ve been a perfect candidate for the “Player no one has ever heard of that the Pistons make look like an All-Star”.
  • David West scored 32 points and had 9 rebounds – he usually plays the Pistons tough.
  • Chris Paul knows how to make the most out of playing with the least, doesn’t he?  He scored 23 to go along with 10 assists.
  • Natalie wanted to receive “Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon” for christmas, and she got him tonight.  25 points and 7 rebounds with back to back 3s at the beginning of the 3rd quarter to help cut into a 10 point lead.
  • Ben Gordon is Back

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  • Detroit outrebounded 37-27, but they made the extra pass tonight by getting 26 assists compared to the Hornets 18.
  • Ben Wallace only played 19 minutes tonight.  Is it time to give Big Ben a rest?
  • Jason Maxiell didn’t do much to fill up the stat sheet, but in 21 minutes he ended up with a +7 +/-, good for highest among all bench players.
  • Fantastic Highlights of the game Via The NBA and The Detroit Pistons
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Up next, the Pistons travel to Toronto to face the Raptors in a rematch of what has been one of the most embarrassing losses in team history.  Are the Pistons going to be able to string back to back wins together, or are we looking at another embarrassing loss on the horizon?  They get a couple of days off between now and then, so hopefully the ailments that kept Stuckey and Hamilton out are healed up, so we can see how Kuester deals with them both after Bynum and Gordon’s good game tonight.

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Another game, another way to lose in embarrassing fashion.  The best player on the floor, Blake Griffin, had his way with the Pistons early and often.  Even when the Pistons decided to foul him hard, it wasn’t enough.  I believe during the last podcast that Natalie and I discussed the worst losses of the season and well, I think we spoke to soon.. or at least I did.

Embarrassing…lackadasical…half assed…etc… The Pistons got beat by a team who had not yet won a road game.  The Pistons got beat by the Clippers 109-89.

  • Ok so let me get this straight – Ben Gordon plays 18 minutes against the Raptors and 22 minutes against the Hawks before playing 31 against the Clippers last night.  If you’re not blaming the Coach at this point, you can hop on the bandwagon with me.  Hey Kuester, nice rotations you have in place.
  • Ben Gordon

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  • Hey Rodney Stuckey, you don’t have a good enough jumpshot to shoot your way (2-11 from the field) out of a cold slump.  Pass the ball.
  • All of the starters were horrible last night.
  • Brian Cook, possibly the worst “power forward” in the NBA, scored 12 points and had 7 rebounds for the Clippers.
  • Pistons Interim Head Coach Assistant Coach Brian Hill received a technical foul, his 2nd of the season.
  • Charlie Villanueva was the only Piston to show up last night – and he tried to lay what lumber he could on Blake Griffin, but we know how good Griffin is and we know how poor Charlie’s defense is.
  • If the Wizards can find someone to take Gilbert Arenas and his awful contract , why can’t Dumars find anyone to take Richard Hamilton?  (Please don’t tell me Arenas is better than Hamilton at this point in his career.  Arenas is extremely overrated right now)
  • I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe that Ben Gordon would’ve signed here last offseason if he knew he was going to play 27 minutes a night for a team where he’s the best shooter.  $10.8 million dollars this season for a guy who goes from playing 18 minutes to 31 minutes over the course of 3 games.
  • Blake Griffin had 24 points (on several dunks and a highlight reel worthy 360 degree layup) and 17 rebounds.
  • 16,000 fans attended the game last night – the Michigan economy is too bad to make Pistons’ fans have to pay to see this team give half assed effort… If I went to the game, I’d demand a refund on the grounds of the NBA is supposed to be entertainment, and I was not entertained.
  • DaJuan Summers broke a sweat in an actual game situation!  Summers played 7 minutes and had 2 points.

Ugh.  The Pistons are now 8-19 with a 6-7 record at home.  C’monnnnnnnnnnnnnn lottery balls!

As always, you can follow Natalie and I on twitter.  Leave your thoughts on this game in the comments.

It’s always tough when one of your players go down, but for the Pistons who were riddled with injuries last season the loss of their spark plug Jonas Jerebko with what looks to be a season ending injury in the starting minutes of their first Pre-Season game hurt.  What it also doses is put holes in the rotation and the starting lineup.

Sure the Pistons are stacked at the position, but who’s ready to be the guy that Jonas was.  Believe it or not Jerebko was a difference maker last season for Detroit.  How do you replace an unknown viking from Sweden who decided to wow us with his hard work, determination and fearlessness?

You don’t…

So here it comes.

Regardless of the fact that Jonas went down, it’s time for Charlie Villanuava to prove to this team and the NBA that he’s a player.

He said he was going to make a point of working all summer to prove it.  So now we want to see it.

The Pistons don’t need for him to lead the team in scoring, though I’ll bet that’s what he would like to do.  He needs to be the big man that Joe Dumars is paying over 7 million dollars a season.  We don’t need sulking on the floor or from a twitter account.  We don’t need 30 plus points a game.  We don’t need another big man that should be banging down low, but who hovers around the three point line.

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What we do need is someone who Charlie can be…just ask Jonas.

Grab a board or two, or three, or four.

  • Post up sometime.
  • Play a little D.
  • Be happy with  whatever time you have on the floor and make the best of it.
  • Be a man…not The Man (that goes form Tracy McGrady too).

I’m not trying to be hard on the guy, he seems like a really nice person. We don’t need much in the “D”, hard work is what we ask for no matter what the result.

Just think of Pistons past who did so much when no one really expected it from them.

Remember the Worm Dennis Rodman, how about Rick Mahorn or Bill Laimbeer.  And noone will ever surpass expectation like  Ben Wallace.  You could ask them what it takes and I’m sure one of the first things that come out of their mouths is hard work and determination.

It’s time Charlie…you have Austin Day, Greg Monroe, DaJuan Summers, Jason Maxiell, Chris Wilcox and possibly Ike Diogou ready to send you to the bench.

Charlie Villanueva

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