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The 25-41 #Pistons are Denver to take on the 30-37 Nuggets Wednesday night. Despite pulling some victories together the Nuggets will miss the playoffs for the most likely miss the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03.
The good: The Nuggets seem to play well against the elite teams, but lost to teams below 500. Detroit certainly fits into the scheme for a win against Denver if that holds true.
The bad: Detroit has lost four consecutive road games to the Nuggets. Andre Drummond is out for the Denver game, but questionable for Friday’s contest in Phoenix. Personally I’d be ok with the Pistons shutting him down for a while to prevent further injury.
The unknown: Will Josh Smith be the Josh Smith Joe Dumars hoped for when he signed him while he’s playing his natural position with Andre out.
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson and Andre Drummond out. Peyton Siva is day-to-day.

Stat: The Nuggets have lost eight of the last 14 games to Detroit and 17 of the last25 meetings since the 2000-01.
Stat: The Pistons are 1-0 this season against Denver. Brandon Jennings led the Pistons that night with a season-high 35 points.
Tip off is at 9:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The Detroit #Pistons put up another convincing win Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night behind stellar games from Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. The Pistons 126-109 win was the most point they’d score since they defeated the Denver in March of 2008.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings was on fire scoring a season high 35 points on 11-of-22 shooting with 12 assists and just two turnovers.  Another highlight filled night from Brandon, on the night after he narrowly missed a triple double.  Credit Jennings for being a catalyst during their run in the third quarter and pushing the lead to 14.
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  • Jennings is currently 4th in the league for PG’s in efficiency in the past five games, and ranked 7th in the past 10.
  • Another reason why the NBA should be ashamed of themselves for Andre Drummond not being an All-Star reserve.  Andre with his Eastern Conference leading 38th double-double scoring 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, with 15 boards and three blocked shots. Andre’s numbers speak for themselves and watching him makes it evident that he’s a star.
  • The Pistons won with game playing just three off the bench.  Stuckey played 28 minutes, scoring 19, while Caldwell-Pope and Jerebko combined for 14 minutes and zero points.
  • No Bynum again.
  • Josh Smith with 30 points on 14-of-27 shooting with 10 boards, 8 assists, four steals and a blocked shot.  Two almost triple-double’s in two nights from two different Pistons.  That’s nice!
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Josh Smith CartoonJosh Smith: “We’re winning basketball games at home. Early on, we struggled. It feels good to be able to get that monkey off our back and keep winning consistent games at home.”  Via

  • The Pistons put up 65 at the half.
  • Just 10 turnovers for the Pistons Saturday night.  Less than half from the night before.
  • Greg Monroe with 14  points and six boards in 30 minutes.
  • It’s clear that Detroit has and issue with Harrellson out, especially when Drummond or Monroe get into foul trouble.
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  • Kyle Singler with the start again. Kyle scored 10 on 4-of-10 shooting with three boards, two steals and one assist. He didn’t shoot as well as he did Friday night, but he’s still putting up better numbers offensively that KCP.
  • 66 points in the paint for the Pistons.
  • Monday night at the Palace against the Spurs will not be easy.

The 20-29 #Pistons will host the 24-24 Denver Nuggets Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nuggets have won two straight, while Detroit will try to go for their fourth straight win on their home floor.

The good: The Pistons put up one of their best performances of the season Friday night against the Nets on great games from Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Despite the Pistons record at home, they’ve played much better of late in Auburn Hills.
The Nuggets will be without Javale McGee, who seems to put up great games against Detroit.  Denver is allowing an average of 114.7 points while going 3-7 over its last 10 on the road.
The bad: Josh Smith left the Nets game late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He said he’s good to go for Saturday’s contest, Detroit just hope he’s as effective as he was Friday night.
The Nuggets swept the series from the Pistons last season.
The unknown: Can the Pistons put two stellar game together on back-to-back nights? Will we see Will?

Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari, Javale McGee and Nate Robinson – Out. Ty Lawson – Probable.

Stat: Andre Drummond has an Eastern Conference leading 37 double-doubles.
Fact: Ex Pistons Scott Hastings will be calling the action for the Denver broadcast.

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

There is nothing like starting a game with a 21 to 4 lead…except for maybe the Pistons. After bursting out of the gate to start the game Detroit slowly and methodically blew any chance they were going to have to win the game. The first quarter was just about all that Pistons fans had to cheer about in the 101-94 loss, besides the outstanding play of Jason Maxiell.

Key Points:

  • How can anyone argue right now that Jason Maxiell should lose minutes on the floor? Maxiell tied a career high with six blocked shots, all of them which came in the first half. He finished the game with 18 points, grabbing six boards and a steal in 32 minutes. If you actually watch the highlight of this game, you’ll see a lot of Max.
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  • Kyle Singler with nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, with three boards, two assists and a blocked shot in 28 minutes. I’m surprised I haven’t heard more of fans wanting Stuckey back in the starting lineup of Kyle since he’s been slumping a bit.
  • Yes Rodney, no one is happy about this one. Photo/Associated Press editing
  • Stuckey finished the game with 17 (after the half) on 5-of-12 shooting with five turnovers in 27 minutes before fouling out. It really was Rodney that made sure the Pistons stayed in this one.
  • JaVale McGee decided to put on a show and Detroit let him. Lobs into the big man from Andre Miller made the Pistons look like a grade school team playing in the NBA.
  • Why can’t Greg Monroe finish around the rim?
  • Defense?
  • Drummond scored seven points and 11 rebounds. He looked a little lost trying to guard McGee when he was putting on the dunk show, but I don’t think that was all on him.
  • Tayshaun Prince, who scored eight with six boards said it all.

“The growing trend has been when we get a lead, we continue to take care of the offensive opportunities, but then still be (undisciplined) on the defensive end. And it’s been like that this season so far. The teams that we’ve been up on early in the first half, we get really comfortable with what we’re doing offensively … then from a defensive standpoint, the discipline ends up going away because we’ve got it going so good on the offensive end.” Via The Free Press

  • Four games in five days is tough, but that’s no excuse in my book. This team as two days and a trip to Brooklyn to shake the funk for a Friday night game against the Nets.

Despite Greg Monroe’s double-double, and Rodney Stuckey’s season awakening the Nuggets handed the Pistons their fourth loss of the season.  Things looked promising late in the game when Detroit trimmed a 16-point deficit to seven with 3:38 left in the game, but Iguodala took over. He hit two free throws, scored on a dunk and hit a 15-foot turnaround fadeaway to put Denver up 13 to seal the game.

Key Points:

  • Yes it’s a bit too early to start looking at the 2013 draft class.
  • Brandon Knight really needs to find his game. Knight didn’t score his first points until midway through the third quarter, finishing with just two points on 1-for-6 shooting.  He’s at least contributing in other ways.  He had nine assists on the night.
  • It was a massacre on the boards.  Denver outrebounded Detroit 35-52.
  • Great game from Greg Monroe who put up 27 points.  Monroe’s double-double was the 52nd of his career. It was the 16th time he’s had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game.
  • Is it just me (I know it’s not) that has been ready for a Tayshaun trade since 2008?
  • Surprise, surprse…Kim English has really made us notice him.  He dropped six points in nine minutes on the floor.
  • In other news Charlie Villanueva got his firs .04 seconds of playing time…that is all.
  • Play more Drummond!  Andre with seven points in 12 minutes on the floor with 2 assists and 2 boards.  We know he needs work on the defensive end, but he’s never going to get it if he’s not playing.  Let’s not forget his first and probably his only made three point attempt as the shot clock was running out.
  • This team needs to learn to defend against the three point shot.  The Nuggets finished with 30 points at the 3-point line.
  • Stuckey shook off his migraines and finally got his shot back right at the start of this one.  He wasn’t stellar, but it’s a start.  He put up 17 points on 5-for-17 shooting, with 4 assists, 4 boards and a blocked shot in 39 minutes.

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  • The Pistons bench is really outshining the starters, they have been the ones to erase most of the deficits and get Detroit back into almost every ball game this season. No, I don’t think we can call them The Zoo Crew…maybe The New Crew.
  • Another solid gave for Bynum, who continues not to force things and is leading the bench to solid play.  Will scored five points in 15 minutes with eight assists and three boards.
  • Who’s your breakout this year, Singler, English, Maxiell ,  Kravtsov, Jerebko?
  •  Middleton dressed instead of Kravtsov, but didn’t play.
  • They have a chance tonight in the second game of a back-to-back in California Wednesday night.  The scheduling nerds at the NBA weren’t very kind to the Pistons to start off the season.

Denver dealt the the #Pistons probably one of the biggest blows in quite some time as they narrowly escaped with a 116-115 victory at home over Detroit.

In a drama filled game, after the Pistons came back from a sluggish first quarter to come back from a 25 point deficit, it came down to Arron Afflalo taking it to the hole to get fouled.  Arron made the shot to put the Nuggets within one point of Detroit 114-115 with 5.6 seconds on the clock.  His free throw however missed, but JaVaile McGee rebounded the miss and dunked it home to put the Nuggets up 116-115.

Gordon had on last shot with 2 seconds left, but missed.  Making this game one of the toughest losses to most of us will remember in a while.

 Key Points:

  • Ben Gordon with his best game as a Detroit Piston carried the team on his back after taking his place in the starting lineup for and injured Rodney Stuckey.  Ben Gordon not only orchestrated the Pistons 31 point turnaround on his red hot shooting, but tied a league record of NINE consecutive made three-point shots.
Ben Gordon vs Celtics

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Gordon put up 45 points with 21 on then coming in the second quarter alone and 27 at the half.  Ben was 13-for-22, making 10-for-11 from the line. He also had 8 assists on the night.

  • The Pistons have still never come back from a 25-point deficit to win.
  • Initially when McGee tipped in Afflalo’s miss all most of us watch could think was, “how do you not box out?”  After seeing the replay, you notice that Greg Monroe slips and McGee gets by him.  Either way, it stings.

JaVale McGee: I just went hard and pushed Monroe under the rim and I was just wide open. I was trying not to goaltend it and I just dunked it. It was definitely exciting — my first game-winner.”

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  • Why didn’t the Pistons foul before letting Afflalo go to the basket for an and 1?
  • Bynum the first guard off the bench played well for Detroit.  Will, who hasn’t seen much playing time at all this season was quite Bynumite at time.  Bynum put up 10 points and six assists in 22 minutes. He had a huge backcourt steal he converted into a dunk for Jonas Jerebko to put the Pistons ahead by two with under 10 minutes to play.

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  • After the Pistons miserable first quarter in which they scored just 18 and gave up 40 points, it looked like it was over before the second quarter horn started.
  • Anyone miss Arron Afflalo?
  • Maxiell and Jerebko both had solid night with a few highlights themselves.
  • Curious to know how many of you that watch the game were surprised they called the foul on Gordon at the end of the game to send Afflalo to the line.
  • Ben Gordon with a fantastic night, too bad we haven’t seen more of these the last three seasons.
  • Gordon was just three points shy of his career high set more than five years ago.

Lawrence Frank on Ben Gordon: The guy was freakin’ off the charts. Not only did he make shots, he made plays. You can’t say enough positive adjectives about the job he did. He was phenomenal.”

  • The Pistons hit their first 11 shots from 3-point range and finished 14 of 18.
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  • Tayshaun Prince, who was 2-for-9 finished with 6 points. Prince had a chance to add to the Pistons lead and basically put the game away with 12 seconds left on the clock, but he missed his jump-shot. If un-clutch is a word, Prince would be it this season. I’m really tired of the ball in his hands when the Detroit needs a bucket, because I can’t remember the last time he made one.
  • Monroe with 13 points and 11 boards.
  • Knight with 16 points and 4 assists.
  • This on is going to sting for a while. It’s sad that their effort, and an electric night from Ben Gordon had to end the way it did.

Just in case you happened to be watching this one and you may have stepped away from the television set to fix yourself a snack when Detroit was ties with Denver 72 all in the third quarter, you probably thought something odd had happened once your microwave popcorn finished popping.  The Pistons fell apart letting the Nuggets score 21 point to their 2 to finish the third quarter 93-74.

With the 101-131 loss to Denver that make the Pistons dead last in the NBA in field-goal percentage defense.

There truly is no D in Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Another variation of the Pistons starting lineup Saturday night when Kuester started Stuckey at point with Rip, T-Mac, Tayshaun and Greg Monroe.  That make 17 different variations of the starting lineup this season, despite major injuries and I’m not counting that nasty “flu” bug that Rip had.
  • Rodney Stuckey with zero points and 4 assists in 23 minutes.
  • Bynum, who finally got to see time on the floor because of the lineup shakeup scored 8 with 10 assists.
Will Bynum and the Birdman

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  • When Chris Wilcox leads the team with 21 points usually that means doom.
  • I say this every recap, you can’t win in you can’t stop anybody.  Really how do  you give up 131 points?

Tayshaun Prince “It is about pride, but when you go out and play like that at the end of the game that is not pride at all. JR Smith is one of my good friends, but when a guy is on fire like that and you continue to let him shoot. One is enough, but our guys out there on the floor just continue to let him shoot. It was our fault because at the end of the third we didn’t finish that quarter off and put them in a bad position for the fourth. You go out there and play like that and let them just pretty much put the quotations around embarrassing. When are you going to step up and do something about it.”

  • 50 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • 13 off the bench for Ben Gordon.
  • Rip’s fist start since December 17th.
  • Detroit shot 56% from the floor in the first half and 32% in that miserable third quarter.  Do you know why?  Denver played defense.
  • Another solid game for Greg Monroe who really is turning out to be the only bright spot of this entire season.  He may not put up a double-double but he’s doing the little things.  He finished the game with 8 points, 6 boards, 3 steals and an assist.

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  • Not one Detroit player was a + in the +/-box score ….every player that took the court was.

What else can I say that I haven’t already this entire season.  The team is a mess, the ownership issue is holding them back and they are stuck between a rock and a hard place roster wise.  Don’t get too excited about the Draft this year either, this rebuilding plan looks like it’s going to take a lot longer than we hoped for.

Would a win at home against Toronto Wednesday be asking for too much?  Probably.

The 23-43 Pistons are in Denver on a second game of a back to back to wrap up their three game West coast road trip to take on the 38-27 Nuggets. The hot Nuggets look for their seventh win in nine game when they go up against Detroit Saturday night.

  • The good: The Pistons played well of late.
  • The bad: Defense
  • The unknown: Will Detroit get to play against old friend Aaron Afflalo who’s flourishing in Denver, but has a hamstring issue.

Tip off is at 9:00 pm and will be broadcast on FSN PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at or on the radio over at 950 AM WWJ.

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

The 17-28 Pistons are hosting the 26-18 Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. That means Pistons fans get a special way-back performance from MC Rob Base! As an added bonus Pistons fan get to welcome back Chauncey Billups again.

Denver hasn’t won at Detroit since March 10, 1995 and the Pistons would like to keep it that way, especially since they are riding a two game winning streak. Billups has yet to make a huge impact in games against Detroit since he was dealt to the Nuggets, has scored 27.5 points in four games against his former team.

The Rip/Chauncey reunion will have to take place off the court since all of the drama is going on regarding Rip’s situation. As much as this has been an issue, it’s hard to argue the Pistons record since Rip has not played.

Look for big things from our old friend Afllalo, who’s having a huge year for Denver.

Charlie Villanueva (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game.

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You can still score quality tickets to see Rob Base Chauncey Billups  Get tickets for as low as $3 to see Detroit take on Denver.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on FS PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at 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 Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “I’m not happy with the way … this deal has gone until now,” Prokhorov said. “It has taken too long. It has been played out in public and it certainly has taken a toll on the players and I believe that it has cost us several games. I think management did a great job, but there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I’m instructing our team to walk away from the deal.” Via