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The Pistons will (hopefully) kick off the New Years Eve festivities at the Palace with a win against the Pacers.

  • The good: Moose Monroe. Charlie V back to help him down low.
  • The bad: The Pacers pummeled the Pistons in the season opener.
  • The unknown: Will it be as bad as last time..or last night for that matter.

The Game Day Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

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The Pistons finally broke whatever curse that the Pacers had on them Wednesday night at the Palace in their 109-115 overtime victory. Despite shooting over 65% in the first half and looking better than they have looked in quite some time, Detroit managed to let the Pacers back in the game late in the forth quarter. You could say this one went into overtime because of the two not foul calls on the last play that Danny Granger looked like he committed on Tayshaun Prince.

Key Points:

  • Somethings got to give, Rip on the bench again in street clothes.
  • Tayshaun Prince looked like an all-star, leading the Pistons with 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting in 29 minutes on the floor. A double-double for Prince adding 11 boards and 2 assists in one of those games that Tay just takes over.

Tayshaun Prince: “I was very surprised, I felt the contact, not just before I shot, but once I shot, too. I was also surprised at the reaction he gave me. But we kept our heads in it in overtime. (Rodney) Stuckey played well for us in overtime, attacking the rim, then (Ben Gordon) hit some tough shots for us, too.”

Tayshaun Prince

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  • One of the better performances from Rodney Stuckey since he missed those games after the hard check by Melo against the Nuggets. Rodney scored 18 points with 6 assists in 28 minutes.
  • Congrats to Tracy McGrady who scored his 18,000th career point against the Pacers. He finished the game with 15 points, 4 assists and 5 boards in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • The dunktastic highlights via Pistons.com

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  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit and Indiana.
  • Ben Gordon playing like that guy we remember from the Bulls. Ben scored 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting in 30 minutes and put up the Pistons first four points in OT. Did I mention a sweet reverse circus shot?

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  • So what’s up with Josh McRoberts and his jams, great highlight all night from the Pacer.
  • Roy Hibbert got whatever he wanted all night long with a game high 29 for Indiana.
  • The Pistons led by as much as 12 in this one.
  • For all the dysfunction surrounding the team, they played just like one (a team) on Wednesday night.
  • Sometimes you just have to take a guy out when he’s letting the other team back in. Bynum scored 5 on 2-for-7 shooting with 7 assists in 17 minutes.
  • How about Chris Wilcox’s one handed alley-oop dunk from Charlie V! Chris with 12 points and 6 boards in 15 minutes on the floor.
  • Greg Monroe with 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting with 4 boards and 2 blocked shots. Can’t say enough about his game.
  • Don’t forget to watch Monroe in the All-Star Rookie/Sophomore game.
  • How do you shoot so well and have to go into OT?
  • The win gained the Pistons a full game in the playoff run.  The Pistons are 4 back from Indian for last spot in the East.
  • The sale and the deadline is looming so enjoy the All-Star break Pistons fans and hope for something when it’s over.

The Pacers did a little more than just win a game last night at the Palace, they swept the season series from Detroit for the first time since their inception in the NBA.  It’s not like the Pacers are an eastern conference powerhouse, they are fighting for more lottery balls right along with the Pistons.  While the Pacers reached a milestone in team history,  Detroit has been breaking records of their own all season long.  It’s just too bad that the Pistons accomplishments aren’t ones to be proud of.

Final Score 98-83

  • Tayshaun Prince led the Piston with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting with 9 boards, and 6 assists in 40 minutes on the floor.  When Prince has to play 40 minutes in a game that means relatively nothing, you know it’s been a long season.

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Serioulsy, what’s up with Rip Hamilton? Is he upset, or just playing that bad?  Rip was 3-for-12 for 9 points, playing just 20 minutes.
  • Someone tell my why Austin Daye got a DNP!  This is the time to develop him.
  • Kuester had enough of the refs in the third quarter, so much so he got tossed.
  • Will Bynum looked like he was going to have a great game, scoring 11 points, with 4 assists in the first half.  He didn’t return after the half, it seems as though a tumble into the stanchion took a little more out of them than anticipated.  Let’s hope he doing ok today.
  • Sadly to me Ben Gordon has been more of a disappointment than Charlie V.  I’m hoping it was just a fluke for both and that Pistons fans will see a turnaround as soon as the 2010-2011 season starts.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com

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  • I too am hoping the Pistons find their very own Danny Granger.
  • It’s been quite a season, one that we aren’t quite used to here in the D.  It’s sometimes hard to pinpoint the problems or get right down to the root of things.  That’s why I have some surprises in store for you coming soon.  Tonight I am interviewing long time Detroit Pistons beat writer Dana Gauruder.  Dana is a staple at the Palace, and  now doing the post game write ups over at NBA.com.  Dana and I are doing this one Podcast style, so if you have any questions you would like me to ask him about part, present or the future Pistons, leave them in the comment section of this post.

When you have a DVR it give you the luxury of starting the game when you can rather than when it starts.  I couldn’t catch the start of the game so my plan was to watch the game in its entirety right when I got home.  I usually can’t keep myself in the dark score wise (I just need to know), so when I opened up my Pistons Blackberry app and saw that the game was 6-21 in favor of the Pacers and it was mid first quarter I wasn’t exactly rushing home to see it.  To my surprise after digging themselves a substantial hole and trailing the game by double digits for most of the game, Detroit climbed back in the game taking a 95-94 lead thanks to a huge three from DaJuan Summers with 2:51 remaining.

It didn’t matter however, the Pacers scored the next 8 points and won 102-106.

Key Points:

  • I don’t care what you say there is some kind of issue going on with Rip Hamilton.  When I guy like Rip does his best “Kobe” impression by not looking for his shot and scoring ZERO points, something is up.  Rip was 0-for-3 in 18 minutes on the floor with 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 turnovers.  When he was resigned to the bench….he either looked pissed off, or he was sulking.  Let’s keep our eyes on this situation.
  • Detroit had 7 turnover in the first quarter, but clamped down and finished the game with 13.
  • Limited minutes for Ben Wallace who looked good in his 24 minutes.  Ben scored just one point, grabbed 7 boards, with 3 steals and an assist.  How we did miss the man.
  • Ben Gordon scores 17 on 4-13 shooting with 7 boards, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots.  Great game for Ben, but when it counted late in the fourth quarter he couldn’t knock down the shot.
  • Sometimes I think Gordon is still getting his check from the Bulls, not the Pistons.
  • If this wasn’t a statement from Rodney Stuckey than I don’t know what is.  Rodney was on fire as soon as he checked into the game.  Not only was it good to see him play, he didn’t look apprehensive about anything considering the circumstances.  Stuckey scored 25 in 26 minutes for the Pistons with 3 assists, 3 steals and a turnover playing most all of his minutes at the 2 guard position.   Stucktacular!

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I feel all right,” Stuckey said of his 26 minutes. “The plan wasn’t to play all those minutes, but it was just in the heat of the game. I feel fine, and my wind felt fine. Via The Detroit Free Press

  • Detroit shot a shocking 50% from behind the long line.  Only bad thing about that was Indiana shot 53%.
  • Jerebko with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 steals.  You can count on him each game with numbers like that or better.
  • Best thing I can say about Charlie Villanueva is that he’s been a disappointment this season.
  • Nine points for Will, with 4 assist in 21 minutes.
  • What a miserable 3 quarters for Detroit, I was almost happy FSN didn’t broadcast this game in HD.  Who wants to see all that blood?
  • We just bettered ourselves in the Lottery standings!  The Pistons are tied with the Pacers for the fifth-worst record in the league.
  • Give DaJuan Summers some minutes!  Summers scores 12 points in 17 minutes on 4-7 shooting with 4 boards and a blocked shot.  Just check out his highlights.

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  • Cavs again Sunday.