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The 6-8 #Pistons host the 6-7 Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons will try to make it three in a row, while the Bulls will try to avoid their fifth loss in a row. The Bulls will have to do it without former MVP Derrick Rose who tore the medial meniscus of his right knee after missing the entire 2012-2013 season with a left ACL injury.

  • The good: The Pistons looked they best they have all season long in their 113-94 win over the Bucks Monday night. With balance scoring and big runs the Pistons looked almost unstoppable. It was refreshing to see Detroit start off strong and keep their momentum all game long. /li>
  • The bad: The Pistons don’t have much luck of late when it comes to the Bulls, Detroit had lost 18 straight games to the Bulls before their last win on 4/7/13.
  • The unknown: Chauncey Billups is still listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 65.9%
Stat: Rodney Stuckey leads the Eastern Conference in bench scoring, averaging 15.9 off the bench.

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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.

The #Pistons looked like they had a shot at breaking the 14 game winning streak that Chicago Bulls had over them, but a Derrick Rose three pointer with 6.4 seconds left to force overtime sealed the Pistons fate.   The Bulls were just too much for the Detroit in OT pulling away to a  100-94 victory at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • You can’t give Derrick Rose an open shot anytime let alone with the game is on the line.
  • Despite a missed free throw late in the game that could have cemented victory for Detroit, Rodney Stuckey played a fantastic game.  Stuckey with 32 points, 4 boards, 3 steals and an assist in 35 minutes from the floor.  Had it not been for Stuckey, the Pistons probably wouldn’t have come close to competing in this one.

Rodney Stuckey

  • Jason Maxiell just loves to give us a good highlight, and his thunder jam was one for the season reel.  Jason finished with 6 points and 9 boards.
  • The Pistons get baskets when their defense is working, and it led to a lot of nice buckets Sunday night.
  • Derrick Rose going 9-for-22 for 24 and the dagger.
  • The Pistons biggest lead 6 points, the Bulls 14.
  • Charlie Villanueva showing he’s got trade value with a SEASON HIGH 13 points on 6-for-15 shooting with 3 boards, a flagrant foul on Derrick Rose and a technical to follow.  The Bulls wound up shooting five free throws on that single possession, making four of them, to take a one-point lead with 4:20 remaining,  Let’s get on the phones in the off-season Joe! Look at this play NBA GM’s.

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  • OMG…Damion Wilkins 2 points where highlight worthy.
  • Messy basketball from the Pistons in overtime.
  • Greg Monroe with 13 points and 8 boards.
  • 12 lead changes.
  • This team is learning to close games out…learning but not winning.
  • Way too many Bulls fans in the building.  When you hear the crowd cheering for a Kyle Korver three pointer with the game on the line, you feel like you’re being punked by Rod Serling.
  • I don’t care…I still hate the Bulls, Kyle Korver makes me ill, I still can’t believe Brian Scalabrine is still in the NBA, and I still want to rip Joakim Noah’s bun off the top of his head.
  • Good to see Rip in the building, he seems to be in the right place for himself.  Hamilton finished the game with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
  • Prince with just 4 points on the night.
  • A surprising DNP coaches decision for Jonas Jerebko.  A conspiracy theorist would think something of Jonas not playing and Charlie with minutes.
  • Despite the outcome, this was a very good game played by this Pistons team.
  • Knight with 13 points, 5 boards and 7 assists and some gutsy  shots in the face of Derrick Rose.
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  • A season high 13 made free throws for Rodney Stuckey.
  • Ben Gordon a whopping nine points against his former team.  I don’t know why they don’t double team the man!
  • Next game is on Tuesday against the Cavaliers at the Palace. If you want to watch this one, you’d better head out to the Palace, this one won’t be televised.

The 22-37 #Pistons are hosting the 45-14 Bulls Sunday evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The first place Bull have locked up the top seed throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, while Detroit has struggled all season long.

  • The good: Reigning MVP Derrick Rose is having trouble with his shot. Rose finished with a career low three points in the Bulls meeting against Miami Thursday night.
  • The bad: The Bulls have won the last 14 meetings against the Pistons.
  • The unknown: Will Rip Hamilton and Derrick Rose see much time against the Pistons, considering the Bulls just want everyone healthy for the playoffs. Will Ben Gordon ever have a big game against anyone the Bulls in a Pistons uniform?

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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.

The 2-6 Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 7-2 Bulls. The Pistons will again be without Rodney Stuckey as well as Charlie Villanueva, both out with injuries.

With players out for Detroit, guys like Tayshaun Prince really need to step up their games to contend with a very good Bulls team.  This will be the last time I’m going to call out Ben Gordon…if he doesn’t have a big game against his former team tonight, chances are he never will.

  • The good: More playing time for rookie Brandon Knight that will be starting at PG in place of Rodney Stuckey.
  • The bad: MVP Derrick Rose. This Bulls team has yet to lose a game at home and their good.
  • The unknown: Rip Hamilton is a game time decision, as well as is Austin Daye.

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The Pistons handed the Bulls their sixth win on the season with a 99-83 loss at the Palace.  Rip Hamilton scored 14 in his return to the Palace.

Key Points:

Pre game Austin Daye”he wanted to be in another jersey for a while and he got what he wanted” Austin Day on Rip Hamilton

  • Rip or no Rip the Palace is till having tons of trouble filling seats.
  • Lions Matthew Stafford in the house.
  • Rodney Stuckey just 15 minutes (groin injury).
  • Remember when there was a big debate about who was going to go #1 Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley.
  • Damien Wilkins has now taken Austin Daye’s spot in the rotation.  He put a spark in the team in the second half, keeping the team in it. He finished with 10 poinst, 3 assists, and three boards in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Daye a DNP.
  • News Flash: Charlie Villanueva still can’t play defense.
  • Miserable game to watch. The team that played defense against the Magic just didn’t show up.
  • The 23rd career double-double for Greg Monroe, who fought hard in the loss, putting up 19 points, 13 boards and assists in 35 minutes.  He magically put up 5 assists…that’s 3 more than the Pistons PG Rodney Stuckey.  Monster game from Moose, who continues to shine this season.
  • As bad as this one way, I’m still shocked that this team shows glimmers of hope in the mucus of mediocrity.

Rip “I get another chance at getting a ring”

  • Rip on his time in Detroit before the game via

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  • Good showing from the 12 fans at the Palace for Rip as they should have.  A few boo’s as expected.
  • I still really hate (and I know hate is a strong word) the Bulls Noah, Scalabrine and Ashton Korver.
  • 5 Bulls in double figures.
  • Four Pistons in double figures, on of them Will Bynum who played just 15 off the bench.
  • Torched on the boards 32-27.
  • Much needed Defense from Ben Wallace when he was out there.  The highlight of the game may have come of a Wallace high, high glasser that came out of nowhere.
  • Will Bynum sparked the team back in the fourth quarter
  • After giving up and easy bucket in the fourth quarter and some sloppy play, Frank called a time out and almost exploded mid court.  He looked like this.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence Frank

  • Looks like Ben Gordon will never be able to get the Bulls monkey off his back.  Ben with a sub-par game against his former team. Gordon finished with 7 points on 2-for-10 shooting with 4 boards in 28 minutes.
  • Pistons shot 40% to the Bulls 52%.
  • Jonas Jerebko put a screen on Rip Hamilton almost as bad as the one that Big Baby Davis put on Brandon Knight.
Jonas Jerebko

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  • Another bright spot was Jonas Jerebko who actually slashed his hand in the first quarter leaving bloody to get bandaged.  That didn’t stop him though, he finished with 13 points ,  4 boards, a steal and a whole lot of hustle.
  • 31 assists on the night from the Bulls.
  • The Bulls are simply better.
  • The Pistons never led this one.
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  • As fun as the Magic game was to watch, this one I could have taken a pass on.
  • Back to work at Philadelphia Friday and the Palace against the Knicks Saturday.

The 2-3 Pistons are at the Palace of Auburn Hills to welcome back Rip Hamilton and his 5-1 Chicago Bulls.

  • The good: The Pistons have won two in a row, and the Bulls played a tough one last night. Rip Hamilton returning to the Palace.
  • The bad: MVP Derrick Rose. Rip may not see much action at his old stomping grounds, he’s nursing a groin injury.
  • The unknown: What will the fans do when Rip is in the building? I sure hope he gets the respect he deserves, he helped this team win an NBA Championship. Will Ben Gordon finally have a lights out night against the Bulls?

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So… Natalie and I have taken quite a bit of time off from posting.  I don’t know why I’ve slowed down posting, but I know Natalie has been crazy busy with stuff so… you can always reach out to her on twitter if you miss her at Need4Sheed_com and I am back on twitter after a short hiatus at Bohnlein.

So I mean.. even when they’re not playing the Pistons get disrespected right?  Pistons super rookie, Greg Monroe, was not only snubbed in the 2011 Rookie of the Year voting (6th, really?), but he was also snubbed today in the voting for the 2011 All Rookie Teams.  He was voted, by the coaches, to be on the All Rookie 2nd team.

Not bad, for a guy an MLive “writer” compared to Rodney White on draft night last year when Cole Aldrich was passed over with the Pistons pick., right?  Wrong.

Greg Monroe was by far one of the most consistent 2010 draft class rookies in the league this past season.  As I previously said in one of our podcasts, at one point in the season Monroe’s key statistics improved each and every month of the season.  He finished the season averaging 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds a night.  What endeared him most to Pistons fans had to be his hustle on the offensive glass, as almost half of his rebounds came from the offensive end.

In a season of extremely low expectations, aside from my playoff shtick in the podcasts, Monroe’s snub for the All Rookie Team and the outright disrespect in the Rookie of the Year voting is unacceptable.  What hurts the most is, it seems like for the rookies, people voted more for rookies on winning teams.  Spurs G/F Gary Neal and Knicks G/F Landry Fields both were ahead of Monroe in the ROY balloting and for the All Rookie Teams.

So what has everyone been up to?  Are you enjoying the playoffs?  If you’re wondering, I’m pulling for the Bulls this postseason because I’ve always been a fan of Tom Thibodeau.  I wanted Thibs to become the Pistons coach over Kuester but, sometimes you don’t get what you want.  It’s also funny to read all the negative blog posts about Derrick Rose and how he won the MVP award.  As you can see, Natalie and I tend to not be too overly negative about things like most other blogs you see out there.  The outright hate coming from the majority of the NBA blogs out there for Rose’s MVP award is disgusting.  Spout statistics all you want but at the end of the day, he was clearly the best player on the best team in the league and he was deserving of the votes he received.  Is he better than Chris Paul or Deron Williams?  Probably not but, he’s improving.  So.. off my soapbox…

Who are you pulling for in the playoffs?  After tonight, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat have reached the Conference Finals… Memphis is looking pretty strong against Oklahoma City too.  The next big thing to come up for the Pistons is going to be the draft lottery which Greg Monroe will be the Pistons representative.  Aside from the obvious Derrick Williams or Kyrie Irving, what rookie do you think would look good in a Pistons uni next year?

Another game against Chicago with the same outcome. Pistons come out strong, play well, have the lead at half time (55-43) and collapse in the third quarter. The Bulls grabbed the lead midway through the third quarter and no matter how the Pistons tried, they fell short 82-95 losing to the Bulls for the 10th straight time.

Key Points:

  • I was surprised by all the Pistons based trade talk on the broadcast. They usually keep things like this hush hush, but I guess with the magnitude of it and the saturation by the media they had to put it front and center.
  • The Pistons were 11 for 40 (27.5 percent) from the field in the second half.  Scoring just 27 points after the break.
  • This is the Austin Daye we want to see. Another great night for Austin, who was 6-for-6 in the fist half with 14 points. I’m guessing his shot to save the game against the Sixers gave him a huge boost of confidence. This tomahawk dunk just made me smile.

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  • What I was a little annoyed with was the fact that Austin’s hot hand sat for most of the second half.
  • Not sure what happened to Charlie Villanueva who gobbled up 6 boards before the first quarter was over but didn’t play much more after that. He finished with 7 boards, and 3 points in 16 minutes on the floor.
  • Ben Wallace fell the wrong way on the opening jump ball. He played the first two minutes and didn’t return. No updates as of yet.
  • With no Ben, Greg Monroe logged the most time on the floor for any Piston with 43 minutes. With each game this kid is improving. Monroe recorded his third consecutive double-double with 10 points, 11 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals.
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  • Ben Gordon just can’t put a game together against his former team. Another sub par night for Ben who went for just 5 points on 2-10 shooting.
  • Rip Hamilton didn’t fair much better, going 0-for-5 for 2 points. He may just have a New Jersey state of mind right now.
  • Kuester…where are the adjustments?

Kuester: “It was a tale of two halves. We did a nice job offensively in the first half. We also forced missed shots and got the rebounds. In the 3rd quarter, they went on a spurt and we just couldn’t control it. If we could have generated anything offensively, we would have been in this. We had a a good pace and took advantage of their mistakes but in the 2nd half we couldn’t get anything from that. Their team capitalized on our mistakes.”

  • Surprised by the MVP chats for Rose in Chicago, but his climb the latter dunk was ridiculous.
  • Stuckey continues to struggle against quality point guards no matter how hard he tries. Now he didn’t play horribly…in fact he shot 5-for-9 for 11 points with 4 assists in 19 minutes on the floor. He just couldn’t keep up with Rose (29), but really who can.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 15 points on 6-for-16 shooting in 33 minutes.
Tayshaun Prince

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  • Nine points with 2 assists, and 2 boards for McGrady who seems to be at the 30 minute mark playing time constantly now.
  • Maxiell and Bynum DNP’s.
  • Huge game from who I always thought was going to be the X-Factor of this team when they signed him. Chris Wilcox played solid with 13 points and 9 boards in 21 minutes. He may have been the reason Villanueva played limited minutes.
  • At this point it’s just a wait and see for this team as we wait for the trade and new ownership. Until both happen we are sort of in limbo until this team and organization has a plan.
  • Make sure you Follow Danny and myself on Twitter for any updates on the Pistons. Especially the Rip Hamilton trade.

The Pistons forced overtime on a scrappy play that they just didn’t give up on. With 18 seconds left, McGrady missed an open jumper, Stuckey boarded the ball, Rip miss another jumper. Tayshaun then rebounds and passes it over to Rip who misses another jumper. Charlie V boards it and puts it in leaving the clock at .6 in regulation and tied at 85.  Maxiell blocked the final shot for Chicago to send it to overtime, where the Pistons finally fell to Chicago 95-92.

Key Points:

  • Detroit just couldn’t stop Boozer. No big body to stop a guy like that, he finished with 31 points and 11 boards. On a funny note, I find it funny that on’s player profile of Boozer they have him in a photoshopped picture of him in a Bulls.
  • Tracy McGrady with 15 in the fourth quarter. It was his and Rip’s play late in the fourth quarter to take this game into overtime.
  • Rip with 15 points and late game heroics, but he did have a few horrible looking shots earlier in the game. Six for 14 shooting for Rip with 3 assists, and4 boards in 36 minutes.
  • Scrappy good effort from Detroit, even though they lost. Detroit really came out flat and had another third quarter collapse, but they kept at it. Honestly this one could have went either way.
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  • Good crowd at the Palace with a ton of Pistons fans back home for the Holidays. When Detroit tied it on their last play in regulation, the Palace was just electric. Hasn’t’ felt that good since 2007.
  • Stuckey still doesn’t get the call, but Boozer sure does.
  • Stuckey scored 16 on 6-for-12 shooting with 4 assists a steal and 3 boards. Rodney got into foul trouble and in came Bynum who really can’t handle Rose at all.
  • Boozer and Rose scored 54 of the Bulls 95 points.
  • 46 points in the paint for Chicago.
  • 13 Offensive rebounds from Chicago in the first quarter. Proof positive Detroit desperately needs big bodies. Detroit was outrebounded 55-39.
  • Good Defense from Detroit late in the game.
  • Pistons have now lost the last 9 games to the Bulls.
  • Tayshaun led the Pistons with 17 and some great defense, when Detroit really needed it. Tayshaun with 6 assists a steal and 2 blocked shots in 34 on the floor.
  • I only had to endure Scalabrine for the last 18 seconds of regulation, but I did have to look at Korver and his faux beard and ballet tights for much longer.
  • Ben Gordon also in foul trouble for Detroit, but surprisingly didn’t play more than a few seconds after he got his fourth.
  • When is the last time Charlie Villanueva has had a bad game? Charlie V with a double-double 10 boards and 12 points, with a blocked shot and 2 steals. He looked demoralized in his post game interview. He took this loss hard.
Charlie Villanueva against The Bulls

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  • Surprising bodies on the floor for the Pistons to finish up the game from Kuester.
  • An almost invisible Ben Wallace except for his 3 blocked shots.
  • Detroit hold the Bulls to 39.6% shooting on the night and loses.
  • The Pistons have played five overtime games this season, with four coming in Sunday home games. Wasn’t it last season they couldn’t win at all on Sundays? Or was that 2008? All this bad play is just running into each other lately.
  • They made it a game and it was exciting. I’ll take this kind of game any day, because they fought and had heart.
  • Back to back in Charlotte.

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9 points.

The Detroit Pistons scored 9 points in the 4th quarter of last night’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls, which went from a 20 point lead to a 10 point loss for the Pistons.

Ben Gordon picked up in the first half where he left off on Friday night, hitting all 5 of his first half field goal attempts for 21 points off the bench.  Rodney Stuckey was driving the ball and drawing contact for the foul or converting easy baskets at the rim.  Tayshaun started off looking good as well, but in the end it’s all about how you finish the game and that is something that hasn’t happened for the Pistons in the last 3 games.  Detroit has had the chance to win all 3 games but for whatever reason, either coaching or execution, the team just can’t finish.

  • Will Bynum missed his 2nd straight game.  With Bynum out, the Bulls backcourt was able to get to the rim at will.
  • Either play him or don’t – Austin Daye started at PF again but was limited to only 17 minutes and 5 points with 6 rebounds.
  • Tracy McGrady scored his first field goal in the regular season as a Piston, and was a team high +12 on the night.
  • Anytime you have more turnovers than assists, you’re not distributing the ball well.  Usually, it’s the PG’s fault for the poor distribution but, Rodney Stuckey lead the team with 7 assists and only 1 turnover.
  • Rodney Stuckey had his 3rd straight good game with 18 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
  • Derrick Rose scored 39 points on 13-27 shooting.
  • Bulls 2nd year forward, James Johnson, played well off the bench for the Bulls (8 points, 9 rebounds, +24 +/-) and was the main reason for their comeback due to his energy off the bench.
  • Questionable rotations on the floor at times for the Pistons – Tayshaun at PF, Coach Kuester?
  • We know the starting PF is hurt (Jonas Jerebko), but that doesn’t mean other legitimate PF aren’t available to start, instead of Daye.  Charlie Villanueva scored 15 points off the bench for Detroit.
  • Outrebounded, again: 51-44.
  • Ben Wallace had 13 rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor.

After the game, Detroit returns back home to face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night at The Palace.  The team could go either way at this point – at times they’ve played good enough to win, at other times they’ve brain farted enough to give up the game during a stretch of time as little as 5 minutes that allows for momentum to shift.

It should be interesting to see what kind of rotation Coach Kuester employs against a more traditional roster like the Celtics (PF and C who play in the post, strong rebounding team, etc…. as opposed to teams that start a SF as the PF)