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Forget the fact that the Pistons just strung two wins together with their 88-90 victory over the Hawks.  This game showed heart and hustle from a team that was shorthanded and wanted the win.

Key Points:

  • No Rip, Tayshaun, Wilcox, Maxiell and Stuckey got hit pretty hard after playing 8 minutes and didn’t return.
  • If you missed this one, I’m sorry.  One of the best performances of the season for this team.
  • Will Bynum with a ridiculous HIGH and I’m talking high glass layup, and the made free throw had the Pistons within one 84-85 with 56 seconds left.
  • Then Ben Gordon took over.
  • Ben’s late game defensive hustle with a steal and two free throws to give Detroit the lead 86-85.  Gordon finishes with a game high 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting with 3 steals, 2 boards and 7 assists.

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  • 43 bench points for Detroit.
  • Let’s not forget a huge three from Chucky Atkins with 6 minutes left in the game that got the Pistons right back in it.
  • Charlie Villanueva with some key shots, but the fact that Austin was playing so well, CV didn’t see much time.  Charlie 4-for-8 for 10 points, a steal, 4 assists and 4 boards in 23 minutes.
  • Ben Wallace wasn’t resting much on the second game of the back to back.  The fro-less wonder scored 8 and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line with 3 huge blocks. When he did this coast to coast move, I about fell off my chair.

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  • 100% from the free throw line for Detroit! (16-16)
  • Small lineup for the Pistons gets them beaten up on the boards.  48 to 37 in favor of the Hawks.
  • Austin Day starts for Tayshaun Prince (out for personal reasons) played one heck of a ball game.  The kid played 44 minutes, and he hustled every single one of them.  Austin scored 13 points with 10 boards, his first career double-double, with a steal and 3 blocked shots.  I could watch him play like that all Daye long.

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  • “It felt good,” Daye said. “I was surprised I was able to stay out there that long without telling Coach to take me out. I’ve just been working on my wind and it definitely paid off.” Via MLive
  • Game was tied at the half and the Pistons came out strong in the second half until the Hawks went on a 20-6 run.  Detroit was down by as much as 9 points in the second half, until the magic happened.
  • Will The Thrill! 17 points, on 7-for-15 shooting with 3 assists, and a career high 4 steals, a huge bucket in the fourth and another one of his signature dunks. Pure Bymuite!  Well..can we keep him Joe?

The Pistons vs. The Suns

The 24-53 Pistons are hosting the 49-28 Hawks Wednesday evening. The Detroit, coming off a long awaited victory Tuesday night over the Sixers, could prove a worthy opponent to the playoff bound Hawks. The Pistons went toe to toe with Atlanta a few nights ago and they will again  be without the services of Joe Johnson or Mike Bibby.

Considering this is a back to back, Pistons fans probably won’t see Ben Wallace.  And if we do, it won’t be for very long.

Tayshaun Price will miss the game for lottery balls personal reasons, Austin Daye will start in his place.

No Jason Maxiell, Chris Wilcox and Rip Hamilton are is still a game time decision.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit PLUS with the radio broadcast over at 950 AM or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Hawks handed the Pistons their 11th loss in a row last night.  Despite the fact that is was a L and it did add to what has turned out to one of the most surprising season for Detroit fans, this team competed.  The  85-91 final score doesn’t tell you that he Pistons went neck and neck with the Hawks and had a good chance to take this one.

Key Points:

  • Kwame Brown started the game for the injured Jason Maxiell, who was starting for the injured Ben Wallace.  Two words…GO KWAME.  Kwame started off the game with a thunder dunk that had my surround sound rattling.  Brown finished with 8 points, 8 boards, a steal, an assist and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • This was the second Thundering Slam from Kwame, watch and listen. Via NBA.com

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  • Ben Gordon 0-for-7 in 22 minutes, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones waiting for his season to be over.
  • Horford and Smith 14 boards each for Atlanta.  Would love to have either of them on this Pistons team.
  • Jamal Crawford 29 points of the Atlanta bench.
  • Pistons shot 37% on the night and 35% from downtown.
  • Rodney Stuckey, back starting (playing the 2) lead the Pistons with 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting.  Stuckey just looks so comfortable at the shooting guard position.

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  • What’s with all the different shoe colors this season?  If I remember correctly, the NBA was a stickler for socks and shoes when it comes to on court uniforms.  It used to be that the whole team had to wear the same color shoes and socks.  And back in the day, Jordan was banned from wearing his signature shoes.  Things sure have changes, because Mike Bibby’s red kicks almost blinded me from my seat at home.
  • This was the kind of effort that you wanted to see every night if you are a Pistons fan.  The L really doesn’t hurt that much when you know that they had a chance and gave it all they had.  If they played like that all season they would have given themselves a chance to win every game.
  • Jonas had a few really swede moves against the Hawks.  He even knocked down a three.  Jonas finished the game with 11 points, 9 boards and yes 4 steals!  How his overall game has improved is dramatically.  Not that he was bad to start the season, but he picked up the NBA game very quickly.
  • Charlie V 3-for-13 for 8 points, 6 boards and a steal.  I think I have been hard enough on V.  I just hope I can comment differently next season.
  • Minimal time for DaJuan Summers, but he did score 2 points on his only shot in his 4 minutes on the floor.
  • Tayshaun with 17 points on 7-for18 shooting with 7 boards, 4 assists and a blocked shot.

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  • No Rip, no Wallace, no Wilcox or Maxiell.
  • 13 for Bynum on 5-for-7 shooting with just 2 assists.
  • This game was tied 11 times with 5 lead changes.
  • If you missed this game, I’m sorry.  After how Detroit has been playing this game was not only fun to watch, but it gave hope.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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The Pistons vs. The Suns

The 23-52 Pistons in Atlanta to face the 48-27 Hawks Saturday evening.
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Riddled with injuries to some key players in the final weeks of a frustrating season, Detroit (23-52) will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Making matters worse, the Pistons are mired in their longest losing stretch since dropping 13 in a row from Dec. 15-Jan. 11.

The Pistons haven’t won since a 101-87 victory over Washington – one of two teams worse than them in the Eastern Conference – on March 12.

Silver lining – The Pistons are just a game ahead of the Wizards and Warriors for the 3rd worst record in the NBA. What does that mean? More L’s = More Balls!

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons vs. The Suns

The 23-51 Pistons are hosting the 49-26 Phoenix Suns Friday evening at The Palace.
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The surging Phoenix Suns have already met the two teams with the worst records in the NBA on their five-game road trip, but they’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone playing worse than the Detroit Pistons.

Sadly, the statement it on point, and the injury report doesn’t make it any better.

Injury Report: Via Pistons.com

Jason Maxiell (back) and Rip Hamilton (ankle) are both questionable, and you could add Charlie Villanueva’s peculiar status to that list as well. Though healthy, Villanueva hasn’t left the bench in six quarters, receiving his first “Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision” of the season on Wednesday.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons vs. The Heat

The 23-50 Pistons are hosting the 40-34 Miami Heat Wednesday evening at The Palace. Miami has won 11 of their last 14 games, while Detroit is on an 8 game losing steak.  The Pistons are waiting for their lottery pick, while Miami is getting ready for the playoffs.

Injury Report: Via Pistons.com

For the Pistons, who have lost eight in a row, Rip Hamilton is questionable after turning his right ankle against the Bulls on Sunday. Ben Wallace remains a game-time decision with knee soreness and a third starter from the Jan. 29 game, Chris Wilcox, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Rodney Stuckey, who also sprained an ankle on Sunday, practiced Tuesday and is expected to play but continue coming off the bench. The Pistons (23-50) will see the Heat again in Miami on Apr. 9.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons dropped another game, and with it another season series.  The Bulls swept the Pistons for the first time in 14 seasons, while handing them their 8th loss in a row.

The final score 110-103.

Key Points:

  • How long has Flip Murray been with the Bulls?  Long enough to put up 23 points on his former team.
  • The Bulls went on a 31-11 run to take a 64-44 halftime lead. You need to score big numbers, just play the Pistons, apposing teams are averaging 110 points against.
  • The Bulls lead by as much as 21, the Pistons scored the first 5 points, which was their biggest lead of the game.
  • I’m sure the Pistons would love to have Ben Wallace back, their really is no D in the D without him.
  • Couldn’t pull it out despite a game high 29 points from Rip Hamilton.  Rip was 10-for-20 with 5 assists, a steal and one board in 34 minutes on the floor.
  • DaJuan Summers gets 5 minutes on the court lat in the game and scores a quick 7 points and almost gets Detroit back in the game.  I’ll take more Summers time please.  He’s athletic, has quick feet and can knock down the tree.
  • Rodney Stuckey is really playing well off the bench.  Stuck scored 20 points in 26 minutes with 3 boards and three assists.  He rolled his ankle in the third quarter and it looked like he wouldn’t return, but he got a magic tape up from Arnie and just kept on scoring.

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  • Charlie Villanueva …..pathetic. He played just 4 minutes and the only shots he took didn’t even come close to the rim. You might want to go with that whole side of barn analogy.
  • Ben Gordon par for the course, 1-for-5 on the night for 3 points. When Kwame Brown scores just as many points as you….you have problems.
  • Another nice showing from Austin Day, he’s got to help grab boards, but he does know how to score.
  • A Tay inbound pass right to Austin Day for the easy lay in, was not only nice but scared the Bulls into a time out when the game clock was winding down.
  • Prince with 13 points, 6 assists a steal and 3 boards.  He’s really looked good and he’s handling the ball well.  It’s too bad his performances haven’t translated into wins.
  • Maxiell is still doing his best to fill in for Ben.  Jason scored 4 with 10 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He’s all we  have on the defensive end right now.
  • Solid stat line again from Jonas Jerebko,  who had one of the nicest jump hooks I have seen from a Piston in quite some time.  JJ finished with 12 points, 5 boards and an assist in 37 minutes on the floor (the most of any Pistons player).   I love the fact that the fans have embraced him, but can someone tell me what the relevance of the “Eagle” is?  The two young men that I see at almost every game that dress up and have Swedish Eagle signs really makes me think.
  • Jokim Noah drives me nuts…does he always have to try to look goofy?  The Bulls had their black uniforms on with the black shoes and black socks.  Noah just had to have the white shoes on to make himself stand out while looking like an out of place 6th grader.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com

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  • At least they fought back in the second half, right?
  • Don’t forget I’m expecting your calls Monday night when I co-host the Celtics Late Night Show from 9 to 11 pm. This is your chance to get all your green hate out. We’ll be taking your calls all throughout the show so I’m expecting Pistons fans to outnumber the Celtics fans. We have to complain to someone don’t we?

The Pistons vs. The Bulls

The 23-49 Pistons are hosting the 34-38 Chicago Bulls Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. I keep on stressing that it’s all about the lottery pick, but it seem as nobody takes this Pistons team seriously.

Via The NBA.com

With time running out to grab the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, the Chicago Bulls are trying not to take anyone lightly.

That might be hard against their next opponent, against whom they’ve won six straight and routed in their last matchup.

Hey, it is what it is, but the Bulls have lost eight in a row.

Injury Report:
Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox both questionable.  Speaking of Wilcox he’s played in just 34 games this season totaling 440 minutes.  Boy I thought he was going be more of a factor for Detroit.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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

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The Pistons vs. The Pacers

The 23-47 Pistons will host the 24-46 Indiana Pacers tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills. If Indiana pulls out the win tonight, the Pacers will complete the season sweep of Detroit.

“The Pistons have never gone winless against Indiana since the Pacers joined the NBA in 1976. Surprisingly, the last time the Pistons had only one win over Indiana was the 2003-04 championship season.” Via Pistons.com

Looks like no Ben Wallace again…can we get some Summers Daye time?

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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As an extra bonus to tonight’s game, FSN’s broadcast is interactive tonight.

“Post your questions for George Blaha, Greg Kelser, Eli Zaret, John Keating and Mickey York, and they will answer the best ones on the air during Tuesday’s Pistons-Pacers telecast (7 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit).”

Me, I’m going to bombard Mr. Blaha with comment about  how awesome we think he is. You might want to ask Ryan Fields how much hair gel he uses for each broadcast, that’s your call.

Go interactive with FSDetroit Live at 7 PM

Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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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.

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