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This wasn’t you typical #Pistons vs. Bulls game we’ve been accustomed to lately. Despite the 94-95 loss Detroit played well, leading Chicago by as much as 13 points in the first quarter and led at the half. It however was Luol Deng and Nate Robinson who erased the Pistons six point fourth quarter lead to win the 18 consecutive game for the Bulls against the Pistons.

Key Points:

  • Andre Drummond with a +11 in the box, more than any other Piston. Drummond scored eight with 14 boards on the night and a blocked shot in 22 minutes. He’s been back for two games and you can instantly see what he brings to this team. He’s the building block.
  • Detroit shot 60 percent on the first half.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons off the bench with 25 points and 10-of-19 shooting, 16 of those points coming in the first half alone. Great game from Stuckey who’s 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left to pull the Pistons within one of the Bulls.

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  • Charlie V added 14 off the bench with 6 boards and two blocked shots. Villanueva nearly tied the game on a triple with six seconds left in the game, but I’m sure Charlie is still thinking about the late fourth quarter steal when Robinson took the ball away from him.
  • I’ve always been annoyed by Nate Robinson, but after he got into Brandon Knight’s face after a fouled Butler, I’m even less fond of him. It’s the little man complex.
  • I find it kind of insulting to put Andre Drummond’s two air ball free throw misses as one of the highlights on the game recap page as its own clip. I know they were important free throws, but I don’t think it needed it’s own highlight clip like it was a posterizing dunk. I don’t remember them doing that before, but correct me if I’m wrong.
  • Turnovers killed Detroit. The Bulls scored 24 points off of the Pistons 17 turnovers.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Despite the loss, one of the more enjoyable games to watch.
  • Jason Maxiell missed the game due to an eye injury. Bynum out with a hand injury.
  • Brandon Knight scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting with four assists in 36 minutes on the floor.
  • English and Middleton with minutes and zero points.
  • Jose Calderon playing with tendon issues in his right arm scored 11 points with five assists.
  • Singler with eight and six boards.
  • Detroit with Andre wins the rebound war 45-37.
  • Next up in Toronto Monday night to take on the Raptors.

The 24-49 #Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 39-32 Bulls Sunday night at the United Center.

  • The good:Andre Drummond and will be coming off a very strong game against the Raptors in which he 17 points in just 19 minutes.
  • The bad: The Bulls have won 17 straight games against the Pistons. The last time the Pistons beat the Bulls was in 2008.
  • The unknown:Could this Piston team that really has nothing to lose at this point finally take down the Bulls?

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

Just in case you missed it, Andre Drummond appeared in another episode of Hooper’s World over on Pistons.com. Being is that I remember the 90′s very well I got a big chuckle out of it.

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I still however love Andre in the Star Wars episode.

The 24-48 #Pistons will be hosting the 26-45 Toronto Raptors Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:Andre Drummond back and making his first career start against the Raptors.
  • The bad: The Pistons home game skid. Detroit has lost their last eight games at home.
  • The unknown: With I’m sure very limited minutes for Andre what’s the likelihood of him getting at least 3 ally-oops?

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.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The #Pistons lost their seventh straight home game Tuesday night falling to the Timberwolves 105-82.

Key Points:

  • Really?
  • Detroit let a the worst three-point shooting team that averages only five three-point makes a game hit 14 from downtown for 42 points.
  • Do they not know how to play defense or are they just not trying? I still can’t figure that one out.
  • Pummeled by a equally terrible Wolves team that hadn’t won two consecutive road game all season.
  • Detroit has not won a home game since before the All Star break.
  • Best part of the game was a thunderous (for a little guy) Khris Middleton dunk, who finished with 10 points.
  • Low-lights via NBA.com

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  • It’s one thing to get clowned by a team vying for a championship but come on.
  • Greg Monroe finished with 11 points and 12 boards with 4 steals on the night. I put Greg, Jose and Knight as the only ones out there that seem like they care right now.
  • I didn’t even know who Nikola Pekovic was but he rocked Detroit for 8 points and 11 rebounds in just 30 minutes.
  • No Will Bynum who sat with a hand injury.
  • Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 14 points, with just one assist on the night.

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  • It’s one thing to not be able to hit contested well defended shots but Detroit couldn’t make their open jumpers to save their lives. The Pistons shot 40% on the night.
  • Detroit was down just five early in the third and then they let the Timberwolves go on a shooting spree.
  • Just three Pistons in double figures.
  • If this is a bright side, it’s nice to see Slava, and the rest of the rookies get some time on the floor.
  • I wonder if L Frank sleeps at night?
  • You might want start figuring out where the Pistons are going to draft in the lottery or hope your NCAA bracket does you right. I’m setting my sites on new things I looking at odds for 2013 Kentucky Derby horse race. Maybe animals will bring be better luck than basketball.
  • Next up Toronto on Friday night at the Palace. Will Jose put up his best effort yet on the only other team he’s been with in the NBA?

The 24-47 #Pistons will be hosting the 24-44 Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:The Tibmberwolves are just 8-27 on the road. Detroit could actually win two in a row tonight after dropping 10 of their last 11 games.
  • The bad: Will Bynum is out with a hand injury and despite practicing with the team, Andre Drummond will still be cheering on his team from the bench. The Pistons have lost four straight games to the Timberwolves.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit sign Jose Calderon this off-season?

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.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

I had a sad realization on Saturday night as I was watching the #Pistons take on the Bobcats.

I shouldn’t care that much when this team beats the Bobcats on a second shot by Charlie Villanueva.

I don’t know about you, but I always considered myself a true Pistons fan. I understand that they are in a transition and working towards building the team back up. I don’t expect record-breaking crowds at the Palace. I don’t think a sought after free agent will sign with this team unless some sort of blackmail is involved. I’m not expecting Tom Gores to do the things that Bill Davidson may have done to make Detroit a contender. I don’t think lottery balls will ever fall in the Pistons favor. I can go on and on.

I have taken things a little different in regards to watching the team the past few years. Contrary what most people think I am a team person not a player person. I know you wouldn’t think that since you are on a site called Need4Sheed, but it’s true. I may like certain players, but at the end of the day I’m all about the team. So when this team started their transition into what they are right now I started mine too.

George Blaha BobbleHeadI didn’t get a stomach ache any more after a team loss. I didn’t have to take the exact same route to the game. I stopped doing my little ritual when passing by a certain landmark on the way to ensure that the Pistons won. I didn’t find it necessary to always walk into the same door at the Palace when attending a game. I didn’t make sure I rubbed the top of George Blaha’s bobble head like he was a Buddha and say “count that baby and a foul,” before I sat down to watch a road game in my living room.

In other words, I stopped acting nuts.

So on Saturday night when I was watched Detroit struggle to beat a team that have just as many wins in the past two seasons as Michael Jordan’s jersey number I realized I care just as much about this team as I did when they were dominating the eastern conference. I had to record the game because I had a birthday party to go to, but when I got to the restaurant I noticed they had a bar with a bunch of TV screens. All of them on the NCAA tournament but one. The one at the very end where nobody was sitting was turned to the Pistons game. Heck with the birthday party, I grabbed my drink and plopped down in front of the Pistons game and watched the last quarter of the game.

I cheered,  squirmed in my seat, and I was a little too loud when Charlie V hit his shot. I cheered because I cared, and so did the team. A win, even though it didn’t really matter, mattered more than I ever thought it could.

So I can pretend that I don’t really care as much as I used to, but I’d be lying to myself.

It’s the little things that make you realize how much you love things even when they may not be as good as they used to be. I look forward to being as nuts as I used to be.

To the future of the Pistons.

 

The 23-47 #Pistons are in Charlotte to take on the 16-52 Bobcats Saturday night.

  • The good: Despite the losing of late, Greg Monroe continues to anchor the team. Monroe is averaging 19.3 and 11.7 boards in the last six games against the Bobcats.
  • The bad: If the Pistons lose in Charlotte they’ll match the longest losing streak in three years.
  • The unknown: Will this be the game that Brandon Knight returns for Detroit?
  • Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

    If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

    Don’t be fooled by the 89-103 final score of the #Pistons Heat game. Sure Detroit lost their 10th game in the row and the Heat kept their near historic streak alive. The truth of the matter is Detroit played well and like many teams that have played Miami had every chance to win. Detroit led most of the game until the fourth quarter when Miami turned it on and put the Pistons away.

    Key Points:

    • Jose Calderon finished with 18 points, seven assists, two steals, and three boards. It was Calderon that helped set the tone early scoring and getting the ball where it needed to help the Pistons keep the lead for most of the game. Despite his uncharacteristic seven turnovers, this guy wants to win even if his team has no chance of a post season. He’s fun to watch, his passes are jaw dropping at times and he seems like a stand up guy, the kind of guy the Pistons need to keep.

    Jose Calderon: “I think this is our team, This is the team we’ve got to be. It’s not about winning or losing at this time of the season. It’s about showing what we can do, have pride, play 48 minutes. They’re a great team, but I think we gave it our best. It’s not like they just beat us. They beat 24 teams before us. I think a lot of people expected us to come here and they beat us by 40 or 50. That’s not going to happen. We’ve got to be positive with the effort we (gave) tonight. That’s for sure.” Via Pistons.com

    • Scrappy Kyle Singler may have made the biggest impression since getting the starting job position early this season. Singler put up 18 with 8 boards and assist, a steal a blocked shot and left some of his blood on the court early in the first quarter.
    • It was the Heat’s 7-0 run late in the third quarter that allowed the Heat to pull away.
    • Miami is a great team but if you watch them you can see that defense is just as important as putting up points. That’s something Detroit fans don’t need a lesson on.
    • Highlights via NBA.com

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    • Do you realize that Detroit has lost 16 of 18 games since Andre Drummond was injured?
    • Jerebko came in and really contributed doing all the things that made an impression when he first landed in Detroit. His hard work, and scrappy play was an interracial part of Detroit’s success early in the game. Jonas finished with nine points, eight boards, and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench.
    • Besides the Swede Detroit’s bench didn’t was less than stellar.
    • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting with 15 boards, a blocked shot and a steal in 40 solid minutes on the court. Greg set the tone in the first quarter for Detroit. Say what you want about Greg Monroe, but if it wasn’t for Moose this team would be lucky to have 10 wins.

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    • 22 Piston turnovers were one of the reason Miami was successful.
    • If though the Pistons have been pretty hard to watch of late, this one showed that they really can compete. Not nearly as hard to watch as you think it would have been.
    • A visit to Charlotte Saturday night may just help end the streak.

    The 23-46 #Pistons are finally back in action in Miami to take on the 54-14 Heat.

    • The good: One of Miami’s 14 losses this season came at the Palace when Detroit beat them 105-103. Though he won’t play, Andre Drummond is not practicing with the Pistons.
    • The bad: If you haven’t watched TV at all you don’t know that the Heat are chasing history with their 24 game winning streak. The Pistons are on a streak of their own, a nine game losing steak.
    • The unknown: Will this be a tough one to watch or will your Pistons give the Heat a run for their money?

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

    If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.