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A second half turnaround for Josh Smith Saturday night helped propel the Pistons to a 104-98 win against the Wizards. Smith, after putting up just two points in the first half added 20 points in the second to lead Detroit in the win.

Key Points:

  • Detroit looked like they were headed in the same direction in their 21 point loss to the Jazz Friday night, but a determined Detroit team turned it around after the half.
  • The Pistons dominated the paint outscoring the Wizards 52-38.
  • Rodney Stuckey looks like he’s back to being one of the best players to come off the bench in the NBA. Stuckey scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shots in 31 minutes on the floor.
  • Caldwell-Pope still looking to find a consistent shot scored just five points on 2-of-10 shooting.
  • This team needs a free throw coach. Detroit was 18 of 31 from the line.
  • Kyle Singler again with the consistent hustle play put up 14 points with a steal, four boards and an assist.
  • Drummond and Monroe with double-doubles.
  • I understand this team in difficult to watch at times. I also understand that like many of you we know with the talent on this team they should be playing so much better. I just can’t understand the “fans” that claim they’re never going to watch this team again. To me those people aren’t really fans.
  • John Wall won the battle of the point guards putting up 34 points leading all scorers.
  • Brandon Jennings with 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting with eight assists and three steals.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Andre Drummond with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with 13 boards.
  • Greg Monroe with 12 points on-5-of-7 shooting with ten boards.
  • Are you like me? Are you waiting for a Pistons trade to go down? I’m waiting for something to happen, but totally afraid of what the end result is going to be. In Joe I don’t trust anymore.
  • Another one Monday afternoon against the Clippers at the Palace.

The 16-23 #Pistons are in Washington to take on the 19-19 Wizards Saturday Night. Detroit will look to bounce back after a blowout loss on their home court Friday night in Auburn Hills in their fourth and final meeting against a the Wizards this season.

The good: Detroit hasn’t lost a regular season againt the Wizards since before Chauncey Billups was traded. Greg Monroe is averaging 20ppg against Washington this season.
The bad: Pistons basketball at home. Detroit is awful on second games of back-to-backs.
The unknown: Can Brandon Jennings stop John Wall, who’s been having his way with this Detroit team all season? Will Pistons fan be pulling what’s left of their hair out after Saturday night’s game?
Injuries: Pistons – None
Wizards: Al Harrington – Out

Stat: Detroit is 1-2 against the Washington Wizards this season.
Stat: John Wall is averaging 23.0 points against the Pistons this season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

mitchell sivaThe Pistons announced Thursday that Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva will be sent to their D-League affiliate in Fort Wayne.

Mitchell saw very little minutes this season, while Siva had a chance with the injuries to Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum. It’s a great chance for the pair to get some valuable playing time, especially Siva, who showed promise, but clearly wasn’t ready to run the show.

The 11-14 #Pistons are in Indianapolis to play the second game of a back-to-back against the league leading 20-3 Pacers. The Pacers have reached the 20 win mark the fastest in their franchise history.

The good: Detroit has a better chance than most to take down the Pacers with their front line of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. The Pistons will have to go at the basket strong, they currently lead the league with points in the paint at 51.9.
The bad: Detroit is 1-o against Indiana this season and has lost 10 consecutive games to the Pacers on the road. The Pacers haven’t lost a game yet at home, where they are winning games by an average of 13 points.
The unknown: Can the Pistons minimize the damage that Paul George and Roy Hibbert cause most nights? Will Luis Scola do what he usually does when up against Detroit (score at will)? Can Josh Smith be the Josh Smith he was Sunday night against the Blazers?
Injury Report: None, but this is a second game of a back-to-back so Chauncey Billups will be sitting this one out.

Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.5%
Fact: Andre Drummond currently ranks first in NBA history for the highest average of rebounds per game among players 20 or younger with 12.7.
Fact: Detroit is 2-4 on the second night of back-to-back games.
Fact: The Pistons’ last win at Indiana came on Jan. 29, 2008.

Tip off is at 7:00 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 Pistons Andre Drummond helps Hooper in his new video to Emeinem’s Berzerk. They played this one on the big screen at The Palace, but when you look closely at about 41 seconds in,  you can see Dre is clearly lip “rapping” a bunch of random words to the song.

It just goes to show you that Andre clearly has fun with this stuff.

The Star Wars Hopper video is my clear  favorite though.

The 7-10 #Pistons are in Miami to take on the 14-3 Heat Tuesday night. The Pistons who are coming off a decisive win over the Sixers will have their hands full against a Heat team that is on a 11 game winning streak.

  • The good: Andre Drummond is all anyone is talking about when the Pistons are brought up after his record-breaking night on Sunday when he recorded career-highs in points with 31, rebounds with 19 and steals with 6. Detroit went 1-2 against the Heat last season.
  • The bad: The Heat are leading the league in field goal percentage with 51.3%. The Heat have won seven of the past eight meetings at home by an average of 12.0 points against Detroit.
  • The unknown:  Chauncey Billups is still listed as day-to-day and Will Bynum is doubtful. If the Pistons big men have big games Detroit will have a chance to knock of the Heat.

Stat:Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 65.2%
Stat: Rodney Stuckey leads the Eastern Conference in bench scoring, averaging 16.9 off the bench.
Fact: Greg Monroe averaged 20.0 points and 11.3 rebounds against the Heat last season.

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

The 4-8 #Pistons are in Brooklyn for a Sunday afternoon game against the 3-9 Nets. Neither team is setting the NBA on fire this season. Brooklyn, who were expected to be an Eastern Conference threat after acquiring Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce , have lost four straight and are plagued with injuries.

  • The good: The Pistons should be able to to stop the bleeding against the Nets. The Nets have lost seven of their last eight games, and their last four by an average of 12.4 points. Garnett is averaging a career low, Paul Pierce looks tired and Joe Johnson’s best days are behind him. Add the fact that Andrei Kirilenko, Brook Lopez, Jason Terry and Deron Williams will not play due to injury and it’s the perfect storm for the visiting Pistons.
  • The bad: The Pistons lost all four against the Nets last season and have lost eight of their last 10 game in Brooklyn. As bad as the Nets have looked lately, Detroit hasn’t looked much better. Both teams need to get things going and Sunday’s game may just come down to who wants it more.
  • The unknown: Is the Josh Smith issue an issue, or can he wash away the drama and start hitting his shots? It’s still not known if Chauncey Billups or Will Bynum will be back, they are each still listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 66.4%
Fact:  The Pistons are tied for second in the NBA in steals this season, averaging 9.8 steals per game.

Tip off is at 2:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

Rodney-Stuckey-Pistons-vs-NuggetsRodney Stuckey will be out for the foreseeable future as the Pistons announced yesterday that he would be having surgery to mend a broken thumb. No he didn’t break his digit fighting for a rebound of driving the lane. He slammed his thumb in his car door.

“Stuckey broke a bone in his right thumb and the Pistons said Thursday that Stuckey, injured Wednesday, will have surgery Friday and that a timeline for his return will be determined after the procedure.”

Say what you will about me, but I’m not too broken up about Stuckey’s future with the Pistons. Don’t get me wrong I don’t wish the guy any pain and I know slamming your hand in a car door is painful, but I won’t be missing his antics here in the D.

The injury doesn’t help Stuckey whose future on the team and in the rotation was iffy at best considering all the pieces that Detroit now has and the Stuckey’s issues and recent play. With Brandon Jennings, Singler, Caldwell-Pope and Chauncey Billups on the bench Stuckey may be out before he even gets to play this season.

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