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The 2-4 Pistons are in Golden State for the second game of their four game West Cost trip, to play the 4-3 Golden State Warriors. The Pistons are looking to break a 3 game losing streak, and more importantly, looking to get their first road win of the season. Golden State is in the midst of a short losing streak of their own, having lost their last 2 games.

  • The good:  The Pistons are averaging a league high 52 points per game in the paint. They will need to exploit this advantage against the Warriors big men pairings of David Lee, and Andrew Bogut.
  • The bad: The Pistons have lost 13 of their last 16 road games. The old adage is: protect your home court and go .500 on the road, and you’ll be alright. The Warriors present an obvious matchup dilemma for the Pistons as well – Klay Thompson, Andre Iguoudala, and Stephen Curry love playing an up and down brand of basketball and are all “long”. Long rebounds could be an issue.
  • The unknown: When will Detroit get back to playing defense? The front line has held its own, but the perimeter D has sorely been lacking this season and last night was no exception. 11 3 point field goals by the Trail Blazers. If the perimeter defense sags too far away from Curry, Thompson, Iguoudala, Barnes, Douglas, etc, it will be a long night.

Tip off is at 10:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you’re an out of towner like I am, the game will be broadcast nationally on NBATV. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

Sunday evening’s game against the Warriors was one the Pistons were hoping to put away. Well it didn’t matter that Golden State on the second game of back to back or that their star point guard Stephen Curry hasn’t played in quite some time. Golden State took it to Detroit 99-91 despite another big night from Greg Monroe.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons hand Golden State their first road win. That’s just the second time in 17 meetings.
  • 22 Points for Monta Ellis and 24 points for the Warriors David Lee. Despite the 24 points, Lee had his streak of double-double’s snapped.
  • Austin Daye He went 1 of 5 from the floor and passed up some other open shots while scoring just 3. Daye has missed all 13 of his 3-point attempts this season after shooting 40.1 percent from long range last season. During a critical stretch early in the fourth quarter when Golden State , leading by five after three periods, stretched its lead to nine points Daye missed three shots, including two from the 3-point arc. At this point I don’t thing the Pistons coaches know what to do with him to get him out of this funk.  Maybe they should think about lowering the net like we used to do in our driveways.  Can  you image an almost 7 foot tall Daye shooting on a adjustable basketball goal like it was a nerf setup?
  • I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but with Villanueva, Wilkins and Bynum out and he’s still only getting minutes out of desperation for a body on the floor and he can’t even show a glimpse of a game…what’s next for Austin?
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  • Nice to see Tayshaun put up numbers for the first time this season. Detroit really needed him to step up his game, especially with Wilkins out and Daye doing less than nothing. Prince with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting with 7 boards, a blocked shot and an assist.
  • Might as well just start fitting Greg Monroe for his All Star jersey right now. Another big game from Monroe who led the Pistons with 25 points, 8 boards, one assist and a steal. The stat I like most is 13-for-14 from the line. Finally a big man who makes his free throws (sorry Big Ben.)
  • VOTE MONROE
  • A nice game for Stuckey, who added 14 points and 6 assists in 26 minutes off the Pistons bench.
  • Ben Gordon played a decent game for him with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting with 6 assists, a steal and just one turnover. If he gives the Pistons similar numbers every game, maybe we can claim he’s out of his funk. If not, I would be much happier with Stuckey and Knight starting and Gordon off the bench.
  • Brandon Knight with 8 points, 5 assists and a board in 39 minutes. Again, he’s still learning and you can see the progress, especially against the Bobcats when turned the ball over a whopping ZERO times.

Highlights via Pistons.com

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  • This one was tied 8 times with 8 lead changes.
  • Proof the Pistons need a big man, 48 points in the paint for the Warriors.

Lawrence Frank: “At times, it’s going to be disjointed, That’s why, defensively, we have to tighten up the bootstraps. At home, you can’t allow a team to shoot 52 percent. At times, we’re going to run out of points. That’s when we have to dig that much deeper on the defensive end and know we have to make teams play against a set defense.”

Greg Monroe: “I think we’re getting a little bit better at accomplishing our goals. Eventually, hopefully we don’t have those (bad moments), but I think right now, these past couple games, we’ve been better at not letting those moments last for a long time without playing with a lot of effort.”

  • A day off for Detroit and then Tuesday night in Houston.

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When I was asked to do another guest post at Need4Sheed, I jumped at the opportunity. When I was asked to pick a game, I naturally chose the Knicks game because they can’t possibly beat the Pistons right? No? So for guest post #2 of my N4S career, I am stuck writing a recap of the worst loss of the season. Earlier, if you’ll remember, I wrote about the Pistons disastrous loss to the Indiana Pacers on the 22nd of January. So, whether you want to remember or not, here we go:

Final Score Pistons 104 Knicks 128

  • Jonas Jerebko is above and beyond the player of the night: 15 points (4-9 fg, 2-2 3pt, 5-7 FT) with 13 rebounds (4 offensive) in 34 minutes.
  • Only Austin Daye had a positive plus/minus (+6) for the Pistons, everyone else was a negative (Richard Hamilton was a team worst, -22).
  • With the Pistons down 20+ with a little over 2 minutes to go DaJuan Summers, Chucky Atkins and Kwame Brown got some burn. I guess being down by as much as 27 at one point doesn’t mean that perhaps another group could provide a spark huh Coach Q?
  • Actually since you’ve been reading this, the score is now 134-104 as Al Harrington has hit 2 more 3 pointers.
  • At least the Maxiell did what he could in place of Ben Wallace.
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  • I remember when I played basketball, they taught me to put my hands up on opponent’s shot attempts. The Knicks shot 55% from the field, 52% from 3. The Knicks made 6 more shots than the Pistons on 4 less shots. Where’s the D?
  • Newly acquired Bill Walker scored a career high 22 points on 9-13 shooting. So tell me Rip, Tayshaun, Daye, and whoever else guarded 2nd year SG/SF Bill Walker who couldn’t see any time in Boston… how does Bill Walker absolutely embarrass you like that?  This dunk didn’t help.

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  • Tracy McGrady with a near triple-double (21 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists). The man is playing on one leg.
  • The New York Knicks did not start a point guard.
  • The only players on the Knicks that shot under 50% on the night were Sergio Rodriguez and Toney Douglas.
  • 4 Knicks scored 20 or more. 0 Pistons scored 20 or more.
  • Poor ball movement – 19 assists on 41 field goals made for Detroit.
  • Remember New York didn’t start a point guard? They had 33 assists on 47 field goals made.
  • Ben Wallace out after injuring his knee against the Celtics. Jason Maxiell started in his place and played 30 minutes, scoring 10 points and securing 8 rebounds.
  • Awful game. Just awful.
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  • Why is Tayshaun Prince playing 33 minutes in a 20+ point blowout loss and Austin Daye only playing 10 minutes?
  • Why is this team as bad as they are? They have 7 road wins. 7. They’ve played 30 road games.
  • Al Harrington usually does not play well against us (12.2 ppg career) but he exploded for 26 points on 10-17 shooting with 8 rebounds.
  • Thanks again to Natalie for allowing me to write this re-cap. Nothing positive came from watching this game, writing this re-cap or thinking this team has a chance against cellar dweller teams anymore. The Detroit Pistons are a bad team right now.
  • The High-Low lights

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The Pistons vs. The knicks

The 14-25 Pistons in New York for their second game ofa home and home with The 16-24 Knicks.

Expect the Knicks to come out strong after taking the Pistons to the wire Saturday night.

Injury Report:

Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince and Will Bynum are all listed as questionable. No official word on their status at the moment.

Tip is at 1:00 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.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

The Pistons actually looked like they were going to cruise through their game Saturday night against New York. Up by as much as 21 points and putting on a show, Detroit let the Knicks climb their way back and take this game down to the final seconds. It was two free throws with 9.4 left that clenched the Pistons third straight victory 90-94.

Key Points:

  • Though Ben Gordon, Will Bynum and Tayshaun Prince were all listed as questionable, none of them took the court for Detroit.
  • David Lee (26) and Danilo Gallinari pack (27) pack quite a punch.
  • Lively crowd at the Palace, especially at the end when the game was on the line.
  • The best game for Chris Wilcox who’s been really contributing since he’s been in the starting lineup.  Wilcox put up a doubl-double with 14 points, 10 boards and a blocked shot in just 16 minutes on the floor.  How about another Rip alley oop to Wilcox for the game.
  • FYI the Palace store has absolutely no Wilcox merchandise available.
  • With the help of Nate Robinson off the bench, the Knicks went on a 24-10 run to take the game down to the final seconds.
  • After Friday night’s heroics in the fourth quarter and a trip to the hospital for Rodney Stuckey (to get his fluids replenished), Rodney led the team with 20 points, 4 assists, and three steals. Forty two minutes for a guy who could barley walk the night before and he leads his team to victory two games straight.
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“I will just fight through it,” he said. “When (Ben Gordon) and Will (Bynum) get back, maybe I’ll get some rest. But for now, I have to keep fighting.” Stuckey Via Pistons.com

  • I feel like a broken record when I talk about Jonas Jerebko and yes maybe I am a JJ slappy, but I love it that he works hard for every single opportunity he gets.  Not only does he make plays for himself, he does whatever he can to involve his teammates.  Jonas finished with 8 points, 5 boards and a steal on the night.
  • Rip with 15 on 5-for-18 shooting with 5 boards and 5 assists.  He seems to be making an effort to get the ball where it needs to be.
  • Board war won 51 to 39.
  • The Pistons were outscored 30-17 in the fourth quarter.  Not Fun!
  • As for Jonas fouling Gallinari on the tree point try, I didn’t watch the replay of the game but that didn’t look like a foul from where I was sitting.  In fact that looked like Jonas got a piece of the ball.  How Jonas felt after the call…let’s just say he had a word or two to the officials about what he thought.
  • Another good performance from Charlie Villanueva.  Charlie scored 19 on 7-for-20 shooting, with 10 boards, 2 blocked shots and a steal.   Love that he’s putting up numbers, but don’t know if I want him going 1-6 from downtown.  I understand he was huge from three the other night, I just would like to see him get the bulk of his points down low.
  • I feel like that was a Sheed deja vu.
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“Guys are having fun,” Villanueva said. “Starting to see a little bit of chemistry out there and guys are kind of gelling together. We’ve got to keep it going.” Via Pistons.com

  • Though  Jason Maxiell didn’t fill the box score, he helped contain David Lee (as much as you can contain him).
  • You could clearly see that Ben Wallace and Rip Hamilton were tired after the OT win against the Hornets the night before.  Maybe they should have went with Rodney Stuckey to the hospital and got a little jolt themselves.  I don’t know how Rodney did it, but he did.
  • I have to say I LOVE the antagonizing way Mason says Rodddddneyyyy Stucccccckeeeeey after a basket.

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  • I hate that Ben Gordon is sitting dressed on the bench…it’s such a tease.
  • Special K and George with their thoughts and some Rodney Stuckey and Villanueva Highlights.

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  • Working in the paint again, Pistons with 42 down low.
  • The thing that impressed me all night was the great teamwork and ball movement.
  • Back to Back thrillers just might be a way to keep this team in the W column.
  • A MLK Matinee with the Knicks on Monday should prove interesting.  Three games in 4 days, with NY gunning for revenge.
  • You should head on over to The Knicks Blog and check out Anthony “Rice Balls” Donahue talking Knicks and Pistons on his show.
  • Curious to know what impressed you the most?

The Pistons vs. The knicks

The 13-24 Pistons are on a second game of a back to back and the first game of a home and home with The 16-23  Knicks.

The Pistons lost to the Knicks 104-87 at home on Dec. 29.

Injury Report:

Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince and Will Bynum are all listed as questionable.  That’s a good sign considering we  have had no real update on Will’s status since he re-aggravated his ankles.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 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.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

The Knicks handed the Pistons their eight straight loss Tuesday night at the Palace led by a season high 30 points from David Lee. The 104-87 to the Knicks now puts the Pistons 11-20 with just one game left this year.

Key Points:

  • Will Bynum sat this one out for Detroit, resting his sore ankles.
  • Rip, Tay and Ben took the floor and though he missed practice the day before with stomach flu like symptoms, Charlie Villanueva also played Tuesday night.
  • Rip doesn’t have it back just yet going 5-for-21 on the night for 16 points.
  • Ben Gordon led the Pistons with 17 points of the bench on 6-for-9 shooting.
  • This is the best thing that happened all of Tuesday night..an alley opp from Ben Gordon to Chris Wilcox.
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  • Outrebounded 33-44.
  • The Pistons made the Knicks look like a playoff team.
  • Gallinari can shoot, the 7 footer was 4-for-9 from downtown, and when he made them, they were impressive.
  • Frustrating.
  • Did they forget how to play D?
  • This stopped being fun about 5 losses ago.
  • George Blaha and Special K giving you the low, low….really low down on the game.
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  • Audio from Coach Kuester after the loss.

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  • Someone was happy at the Palace….

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  • I’ll leave the rest to you in the comments, Santa clearly didn’t give me what I asked for and now I have endure all the T-Mac nonsense.  If you are a Pistons fan and you actually want him in a Pistons uniform after the Allen Iverson debacle …..then maybe you’re not a Pistons fan.   We can get cap space elsewhere if that’s why you’re after him.

The Pistons vs. The Knicks

The 11-19 Pistons are back home to host the 11-19 New York Knicks. Detroit will have to improve their play to break their seven game slide tonight at The Palace.

With the team finally at full strength and one game of play behind Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, who sat out multiple games, the flow of the game means more than usual. It’s time to get the team to gel together, something they were unable to even attempt until now.

New York has its problems of their own, but the Pistons need to watch out for David Lee, who’s averaging a double-double. The Knicks have won two of its last three games at the Palace after losing 10 straight.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 9.71 The Ticket, or follow the action over at NBA.com.

It’s time for a W Pistons fans.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT