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The Pistons and their fans are smiling today after the Detroit snapped their four game losing streak with a 97-90 win in Sacramento. What’s even more encouraging is that Detroit won on the road in a hostile Sacramento area that set a new world record Friday night for the loudest indoor crowd noise in an arena.
Key Points:

  • The Pistons were led by Josh Smith, who put up 21 points, with eight boards, seven assists, five steals and four blocked shots. This from a man who only a couple of days ago got limited time on the floor. Smith came out in strong in this one and didn’t let up, setting the tone on both ends of the court. This is the Josh Smith the Pistons signed up for.

Maurice Cheeks: “He got us going, but I thought more important he got us going defensively. The way he closed off the paint, got his hands on a lot of balls, come up with a couple of steals and made a lot of nice passes to guys running down the floor. I thought he was the one that ignited us to get that lead in the early going.” Via Pistons.com

  • Cheeks, who’s still not sure what to do with this rotation, gave Kentavious Caldwell-Pope his first career start in Billups absence.
  • Caldwell-Pope scored seven points with two boards and two assist in 21 minutes on the floor.
  • Singler with 22 minutes on the floor with hustle as always put up 11 points with three boards and assist and a blocked shot. I just with his three-point shot would start dropping on a more consistent basis. But to his defense I can say that about the Pistons in general.
  • Most are wondering by Jonas isn’t getting a ton of minuets, my guess is they need to see what Caldwell-Pope and Datome can do. Jerebko with 7 minutes and two points.
  • Detroit started this game on a mission, and didn’t let up till the final buzzer was blown. Nice to see after the blowout at Golden State.
  • Huge night for Andre Drummond, who had another HUGE night. Drummond, the dunking machine who was ruthless on the glass, tied  his career high with 18 boards. His dominance on the boards helps him clean up Detroit’s mistakes with ridiculous dunks. He put up 15 points and added two steals in his 36 minutes on the floor. I have to believe that Andre is turning heads every time he steps into opponents arenas. How can you not take notice of Dre?
Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-Kings 18 rebounds

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  • The game went back and forth with six lead changes, but a 16-4 run by the Pistons late in the third quarter gave them a ten point lead going into the fourth. The Pistons took that lead and finished the Kings off, never really letting them get close.
  • I wonder if Rodney Stuckey is upset he didn’t get the start, but considering he got more minutes than KCP,  probably not. I’m guessing Cheeks likes the spark Rodney brings off the bench for Detroit.  Stuckey with 16 points, 4 assist and a blocked shot in 30 minutes on the floor.  Rodney has been solid since the season started for him.
  • Greg Monroe didn’t have his usual battle with DeMarcus Cousins, mostly because Smith and Drummond were having big games.  If you’re counting though, DeMarcus led his team with 26 points and 13 points.  Greg with just eight points, four boards in 29 minutes.  This game was not a bright spot in a huge start to the season for Monroe.
  • A fun game to watch and even better that they came out with the win.
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  • LA Lakers at the Staples Center Sunday may start a winning streak.

The 11-22 #Pistons will be hosting the 11-19 Kings New Years Day at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons are coming off two strong wins against the Miami Heat and the Bucks.
  • The bad: Rodney Stuckey is questionable.
  • The unknown: Will there be a Greg Monroe – DeMarcus Cousins battle Tuesday night?

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

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Despite a fantastic game from the #Pistons Greg Monroe, who put up his first career triple-double, the Pistons still fell short to the Kings 103-105. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help Sacramento hold off Detroit in a game that went right down to the wire.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons have to stop putting themselves in a hole every game. The Pistons showed fight, coming from 10 points down in the second half to get within three in the final two minutes, but when you don’t play great defense that usually doesn’t add up to a win.
  • So can we say that Greg Monore won the Cousins vs. Monroe match-up even though the Pistons didn’t get the win?
  • Robinson…don’t touch our Swede!

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  • Things are looking up for Brandon Knight, he hit a whopping five 3-pointers on his way to a 21-point night on 6-for-10 shooting in 34:10 minutes on the floor.
  • Migraine Alert!
    Rodney Stuckey scored just five points on 2-for-6 shooting in 34 minutes.
  • The Pistons really have to concentrate on grabbing boards, they have yet to outrebound a team this season.
  • I was hoping for Drummond to start on Wednesday, but he didn’t. To make matters worse he got a whopping 5:58 minutes of play.
  • Jason Maxiell is doing enough to silence those who think he shouldn’t be starting. I personally think Tayshaun should be coming off the bench, but that’s a story for another day. Jason finished with 11 points, six boards, and assist and a blocked shot in 33:50.
  • We really need to think of a nickname for the Swede-Singler tandem.
  • Jonas with 7 points and Singler with 12, but both are doing more than just putting up points.
  • Solid again for Bynum who finally knows his role on the team. Will put up 14 with just one assist.

Greg Monroe: “We got really close, but we have to find a way to push through. We did a lot of things well, but we have to focus on the defensive end. Like coach Frank said, we scored over 100 points; we should win the game. That’s point blank. So we have to find a way to focus on defense.”

Greg Monroe Triple-Double
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  • There were just two lead changes in this one and it was tied six times.
  • This was a winnable game, next up OKC and then Houston on the road then back home to play OKC again on Monday. So…you know what that means.

Lawrence Frank: “I want to win the game, we all want to win the game. In order to win the game, we’ve got to put defense first. There were some good things offensively, but we have to be able to do both. We have it in us to do it. We’ve yet to do it for sustained stretches. Once we did – which we will – then we’ll get what we deserve. Right now, we’re getting what we deserve.”

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The Pistons got a much-needed win on the road against the Kings Wednesday night. With a 57-58 halftime score the game that looked like it was going to a battle, but the Pistons put the pedal to the floor with a 31 point swing and led by 15 with four minutes left in the third quarter and never looked back.

Key Points:

  • Stuckey and Monroe put up huge numbers, as well as Prince. The trio combined for 95 of the Pistons 124 points.
  • Prince had 28 including his 9000th career point. Prince, who’s been playing well during the Pistons resurgence added 7 assists, 2 blocked shots a steal and five boards in 36 minutes on the floor.
  • Trade deadline is 3pm today – Via @Chris_Broussard ESPN Insider “Detroit is shopping Austin Daye all day every day. Not many teams biting right now.”
  • Monroe and Brandon Knight with double-doubles.
  • Brandon Knight scored 10 point,a career high 11 assists, and zero turnovers.
  • Yes…that happened.

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  • The Pistons were giving up easy baskets to start this one, but started to play with more energy in the second quarter. Key word…Defense.
  • Every game this team plays better defense. Thank you L Frank.
  • Greg Monroe, winner of the Monroe/Cousins battle put up 32 points on 15 for 20 shooting with 11 board. He looked like he was on a mission all night long.

Greg Monroe: “The first game we won (against the Kings in Detroit). Tonight we won and that’s all that matters. Great team effort tonight, (Rodney) Stuckey got hot. Tay (Prince) got hot.… You never let a one-on-one matchup win the game.”

Greg Monroe vs. The Kings

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  • The Kings had 48 points with seven minutes left in the first half.
  • Another Stucktacular night for Rodney, who led all scorers with 35 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. As most of us have said before, this is what Stuckey could have always done if he was a two guard instead of making him be the point on this team for so many seasons.

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  • Jerebko had a bug and missed shoot around, but still managed to play 15 minutes. He scored 4 points with 4 fouls.
  • Pistons outscored the Kings 40-23 in the third quarter.
  • Playing like a team. Detroit with 29 assists on the night.

Lawrence Frank: “We loss to Utah, we won tonight, and now we prepare for Phoenix. I don’t look at it as an entire road trip. I look at it as one game at a time. I don’t think losing to Utah set a bad tone; I think we just lost the game. We are coming together as a team. It’s been a collection of things that are happening together that has allowed us to get some wins. We are making incremental improvements. It’s not just one game or one player, but as a team we are doing well on both sides of the ball.”

  • Nice to get this one, especially with the schedule.
  • Ben Gordon anyone?  Deadline coming up.