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The 13-22 #Pistons will host the 8-24 Bobcats at The Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday night. Detroit looks to extend their four game winning streak to five, a win streak they haven’t seen in three seasons.

  • The good: The Bobcats…are the Bobcats.
  • The bad: The way the Pistons are closing out games. Ben Gordon can’t even get a starting job on the Bobcats, but he did score 27 off the bench for the Bobcats Friday night.  Gordon can’t even get the NBA to change his picture on their website, he’s still in a Pistons uniform.
  • The unknown:  Can the Pistons convincingly get the win against a turrable Bobcats team.

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The 12-22 #Pistons will be hosting the 20-10 Atlanta Hawks Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit will look to extend their three game winning streak and avenge the double overtime loss to Atlanta last week.

  • The good: The Pistons are averaging 102.7 points in their last three wins.
    • Andre Drummond is getting better every day.
    • Charlie V and Austin Daye are contributing more than they have in a very long time.
  • The bad: Detroit has lost six of the last seven against Atlanta. Rodney Stuckey is questionable.
  • The unknown: Has Rodney Stuckey had enough time to rest his ankle, he’s still listed as questionable. Stuckey will play. Who’s going to have a bigger game Knight, Monroe or Drummond?

Don’t forget it’s Star Wars Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Star Wars Night at The Palace May The Gores Be With You

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 the Game Friday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The #Pistons took down the Miami #Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 99-109 to snap Miami’s six game winning streak. It’s not a dream, but more like a late Christmas Miracle as the Pistons bench led by Will Bynum made sure Pistons fans got a late holiday gift.

Key Points:

  • Will Bynum was outstanding and did everything to make sure that Detroit was going to finish the game out with a win. He scored 25 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter. He didn’t just score either, his 10 assists helped the rest of his bench brigade take a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout into a holiday triumph.

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  • LeBron James finished with 35 points on the night and tried to put the game on his shoulders, but give credit to Tayshaun Prince who did his best to make sure that didn’t happen.  Tayshaun logged a game Pistons high 36 minutes, finishing with 11 points.
  • By far the biggest crowd at the Palace this season and boy did they have something to cheer about.
  • Bynumite Highlights via NBA.com

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  • The Zoo Crew Part Deux went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter on their way to putting up 41 points in the second.

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Will BynumWill Bynum: “Andre was big out there tonight, he’s been playing great. Game by game, he’s getting better and better. … We’ve got a great chemistry of players out there. It’s just simple. With Charlie, Austin, myself, Kyle (Singler), Stuckey, Drummond – they kind of have to pick their poison.”

  • Should the Pistons started be worried about their minutes? At this point yes! When your bench beats the Miami Heat pretty much by themselves erasing the deficit (22 points) you handed them you should worry.
  • 64 bench points for Detroit.
  • Miami’s biggest lead was 15, the Pistons 17.
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  • Is LeBron making excuses? “We’re a team that wants to be whole every night we go out there. A big part of the team was missing, but guys have to step up. We didn’t have enough tonight defensively.” It’s not the Pistons fault the Wade kick someone in the groin.
  • Andre Drummond had a fantastic night putting up another double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Had he not gotten into a bit of foul trouble, I’m sure his number would be bigger.  His defensive plays, especially the steal on James that led to the Villanueva fast break are thing that make him more than just another big man.
  • Charlie Villanueva was a +21 in the box reigning threes (4-of-5) on the Heat on his way to 18 points and six boards in 25 minutes.
  • Daye with 11 points two blocked shots and a +17 in the box. He’s not only producing, but you can see his confidence when he’s on the floor.
  • Singler with 12 points, five boards and two assist with a +14. He’s looked better in the last two games for Detroit than he has in a while.
  • Brandon Knight is clearly in a slump. I feel like it’s either a banner night or a bust with him. He’s got to make sure he doesn’t let the team dig themselves in holes like they do to start games. It doesn’t always fall on him, but as the PG he’s got to try to figure out a solution.
  • The starters did start the second half on a 9-0 run, and played a nice third quarter.
  • No Rodney Stuckey, who was out with a sprained left ankle, which he suffered in the Atlanta loss.
  • Is it wrong to be smug about the fans in the building Friday night who came to see the Heat?
  • The Heat are probably a little embarrassed that MC Hammer put on a better performance than they did.
  • Good times at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Next up Milwaukee on Sunday.

The 9-22 #Pistons are hosting the 28-5 Miami Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. It’s not a stretch to say that the Pistons can beat any team in the league considering that they’re only losing by an average of 2.2 points per game, but this one won’t be easy.

  • The good: No D Wade, who’s sidelined due to suspension (VIDEO).
  • The bad: The Heat have won seven straight against Detroit and 12 of the last 13.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons starters play up to their potential, especially after Tuesday night’s performance? This should be one of the biggest turn outs at the Palace all season long, especially since it’s the only time the Heat make the trip to Detroit. Question is how may “Heat Fans” will there actually be at the Palace and will they overtake Pistons fans?

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 the Game Friday night at the Palace to see the Pistons face the Heat you can get tickets directly from the Palace with no Ticket FEES!

The #Pistons lost to the Raptors Wednesday night 91-97 on a night that Toronto was without their two best players and a career high 35 points from Greg Monroe.

Key Points:

  • It’s hard to win a game no matter who you’re playing when only one of player on your team scores in double figures.
  • Letting Toronto shoot more than 60% from the floor until the mid fourth quarter when Frank decided to go zone is just miserable.
  • Again, the Pistons hung right in there, but let the game slip away late in the fourth quarter allowing the Raptors their biggest lead (11) with less than five minutes to go.
  • The crusher, however was when Rodney Stuckey had a costly turnover with 31 seconds left in the game at 91-87.  He practically passed the ball to Amir Johnson, who was guarding Greg Monroe.
  • Is it me, or does DeMar DeRozan always put up a good game against Detroit?
  • Clearly what we always wanted to see from Greg Monroe.  Nothing or nobody could stop him Wednesday night as she was scoring at will, especially in the paint.  He scored 24 points in the second half alone on his way to a 35 point career high.  He added 10 boards, two steals and two assist.

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  • Calderon with 17 assists for the Raptors.
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  • Austin Daye with three points on the night on 1-for-6 shooting in 15 minutes on the floor. Are they trying to shop him? That’s the only explanation I can think of for his sudden appearance in the rotation.

Free JEREBKO

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  • Looks like they’re not happy in Sweden – Thanks to Mathias in the comments for this link.
    “Swedens biggest news paper are getting angry and mad at L. Frank to the like never write about NBA, but now on the first page in the sport page” http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/basket/nba/article15960016.ab
  • Gross stat – the Pistons are 0-17 when going into the fourth quarter trailing.
  • Singler and Prince with nine points each.
  • Mr Drummond looked good again. Andre finished with six points, eight boards, a blocked shot and a steal in 20 minutes. He looks so uncomfortable at the line. If he can get his free throw percentage respectable, he’ll be unstoppable.

monroeGreg Monroe: “We’re trying to find what we need to do to get back on track, I don’t think we’ve fallen totally off track. The way we’ve been losing, it hasn’t been horrible games. We’re right there. Just a little bit more we have to do to finish games and pay attention to detail coming down the stretch.”

  • Can we start point the finger at Frank or have we already?
  • It may just turn out to be the end of he world on Friday night if I head out to the Palace and watch this team lose to the Wizards.

The #Pistons got their second road win of the season Saturday night in Cleveland, when they beat the Cavaliers for the second time in a week 104-97.  This however wasn’t smooth sailing, as the Pistons again let a large lead disappear and had rally late in the game to get the victory.

Key Points:

  • Hats off to Rodney Stuckey and Andre Drummond who were pivotal in the third quarter. Putting Brandon’s game aside, the pair sparked the Pistons comeback.
  • It was Jason Maxiell who kept Detroit in it early helping them to a 13-6 run to close the half down just three points.  Jason finished the game with 10 points, 4 boards and a pivotal blocked shot against Varejao that seemed to give the Pistons the momentum.
  • This team needs to stop giving up so many offensive boards.  Noah on Friday and Varejao killed them on the glass. The Pistons were out-rebounded 35-46.
  • What’s up with Greg Monroe? Not only is he slipping in the efficiency category of centers in the league, his shot isn’t falling and he hasn’t put up a double-double in forever. He scored 11 on the night but missed 6 from very close range. He needs to throw it down with authority when he’s that close to the hoop. Monroe added four boards, three assists, a steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes.
  • Do we need to send out a search party for MOOSE?

Moose Monroe is Bullwinkle

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  • While we’re at it, maybe someone should help Kyle Singler find his game. Kyle was 2-for-4 for 9 points and two boards, an assist and two turnovers in 35 minutes.
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  • His stat line doesn’t amaze, but Andre Drummond had a great game.  He put up nine points, three boards and a blocked shot in 21 minutes on the floor.  Andre, in my opinion, is way ahead of whatever schedule we thought he was going to be on.
  • Brandon Knight led all scorers with a career high 30 points adding seven rebounds and five assists.  It was Knight who seemed to make things happen right when Detroit needed a boost late in the game.  His three pointer with 2:56 left to make it 97-89 seemed to quiet the fans at the Q and help Detroit keep on track.

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Andre Drummond on Brandon Knight: “He played with a force. He played real hard and the shots he put up were falling. Tonight was his night.”

  • Tayshaun continues to contribute putting up 14 with eight boards in 34 minutes.
  • Charlie V still getting playing time and producing, while Jonas continues to rack up DNP coaches decisions.
  • Monday in Philadelphia to finish the two game road trip.

The 5-13 #Pistons are hosting the 4-13 Cavaliers Monday night. With a win Detroit will have won five in a row at home, their longest home streak in three seasons.

  • The good:The Cavs have an awful record on the road (similar to Detroit).
  • The bad: We’ve got to endure my least favorite players Anderson Varejao, who is having an All-Star like season. Varejao is currently the top center in the NBA according to efficiency. But take a look who’s at #8. Via HoopsStats.com
  • The unknown:  Will this be a battle of the Centers? Can Knight put on a show against Kyrie?  No news yet if top draft pick Dion Waiters will be playing in this on for the Cavs.
  • Not unknown:  I still like to mock VareJoke. Anderson Varejao is a Clown

Tickets are ridiculously cheap, head over to The Palace for as little as $3!

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 took down the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hill 108-101 thanks again to great nights by the young core of the team.  Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 26 points, while Kyle Singler and Greg Monroe added double-doubles.

Key Points:

  • With the win the Pistons are now playing 500 basketball at home.
  • Looks like my prediction came through, Brandon Knight with a season high 26 points looks like he’s got his confidence back.  Though it’s early in the season he’s playing the best basketball of the season right now. In that span of the last three games, he’s averaging 21 points and shooting better than 50 percent overall and from the 3-point line (9 of 16).

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  • You have to respect LeMarcus Aldridge, who really is the best kept secret in the NBA.  He led all scores with 32 points, adding 10 boards.  I love to how effortless he makes everything look.
  • Good luck to Rodney Stuckey, it doesn’t look like he’s getting his starting job back anytime soon. And it almost looks like he’s ok with it. Stuckey had 11 points and four assists on the night.
  • Seven Pistons in double figures.
  • Looks like Charlie V has cracked the rotation and his shot is going in. Charlie scored 10 on 4-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes on the floor.
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  • Kyle Singler was fantastic Monday night. Do you realize he scored six points and grabbed seven boards in the first 11 minutes of the game. He finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 10 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot. He’s making the Need4Swede disappear.

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  • Don’t think I wasn’t worried that Detroit was going to collapse in the third quarter when the Trail Blazers went on a 7-0 run, cutting the Piston lead to just 4 points. It was the three that got them back, one from Stuckey, Singler and Charlie V. Singler’s three to close out the third quarter brought the small Palace crowd to their feet.
  • Singler may turn out to be a legitimate candidate for Rookie of the Year.
  • Moose with another great game. He put up 20 and 10 and added another double-double on the season. And don’t forget he contributes everywhere on the court. I just love watching a big guy like that pass the way he does. If he doesn’t make the All Star team it will be a travesty.

Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “We had four possessions that resulted in a score where all five guys touched the ball and to have seven guys in double figures and to have a bunch of guys with multiple assists, that’s great. The way I look at is, they shot 42%, but had 17 offensive rebounds, so our first shot defense was good. Obviously we have to be better to limiting them to one shot, but the ball movement, the sharing, that was contagious.”

  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • The Pistons biggest lead in this one was 15.
  • Drummond with six boards, two points and two blocked shots in 14 minutes on the floor. He may not have put up a handful of points, but his defense gets better every game.
  • This had to be the best Basketball the Pistons have played all season, with everyone really contributing.
  • Prince with 10 and Maxiell with 11. I was off both of their bandwagons starting the season, but I’m back on. You really have to give it up to Prince and Maxiell who are the the unsung hero’s in most of the Pistons wins.
  • They could make it two in a row on Wednesday night when Phoenix makes a stop at The Palace.

The 3-11 #Pistons will be hosting the 6-7 Trail Blazers Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Trail Blazers may be without LaMarcus Aldridge Monday night. Though not good for me, I’ve always like to watch Aldridge play and this was my only chance to catch him at the Palace this season.
  • The bad: Pistons have lost 12 straight to Western Conference opponents.
  • The unknown: What’s more likely? Brandon Knight surpassing his season high of 21 against the Blazer or Charlie V get meaningful minutes after his performance against the Knicks.

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.

#Pistons fans haven’t seen a Knight of basketball like they did on Friday in quit some time. It was the Pistons youth core of Knight, Drummond and Monroe that helped power Detroit in their 91-90 win over the Raptors. With the Pistons down one, it was Brandon Knight’s dribble drive with 7 seconds on the clock that gave Detroit their third win on year.

Key Points:

  • I’m back on the Tayshaun Prince bandwagon for right now. It’s not that I don’t think he’d fit better off the bench on a contender, but he’s doing his part this season to keep the Pistons in games. As important as Brandon Knight was down the stretch of this one, so was Prince who got the Pistons right back in the game when they handed the lead to the Raptors. Prince finished with 16 points, seven boards, and three assists in 38:19 minutes on the floor.
  • Another solid game for Greg Monroe who led the Pistons with 19 points, 11 boards, a steal and a turnover in 38:24 minutes. He’s not only playing well, you can see him in every play and being a leader to this young team.
  • Monroe has grabbed five or more rebounds in 104 consecutive games, the league’s longest current streak. Are you voting for him?
  • I suggest you watch the highlights of this one just to see the last couple of plays unfold.
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  • Andrea Bargnani with 17 of the Raptors first 20 points, had one of the best games I’ve seen him play. He finished with a season high 34 on the night.
  • I also didn’t know how good Toronto’s Kyle Lowry was.
  • Very nice to see the Twin Towers on the court together for Detroit. You can see how productive that they can be. Drummond finished with 13 points and career highs of 13 rebounds in his first double-double of his career in 25 minutes on the floor. He had some nice highlights in this one, none better to me than when he hustled back on the defensive end to take a charge and as he lay on the floor he gave a nice fist pump when the call was made. He even was put back in the game with 16.1 seconds left in the game to help Detroit make a stop when the Pistons were down one.

Andre Drummond: “One of the knocks on me is that I don’t have a motor, that I don’t play hard every day.” “(Frank) just tells me every day, effort, that’s all you need to do. Give effort every single day, play hard and keep yourself going. So that’s what I do.”

Tayshaun Prince: “I saw a lot from him, the most important thing is when he made mistakes and he missed free throws, he just stayed the course, put his head down. Obviously it was tough for them to keep him off the offensive glass and he had key blocked shots and things like that, but I think his energy kept the crowd in the game. That’s what we need from him.”

  • Detroit started the second half strong, going on an 11-0 run after Toronto scored on its first possession of the half and expanding their lead to 10.
  • Brandon Knight comes out the hero in this one and rightly so. His layup to get the win wasn’t easy, but don’t forget the clutch shots late in the fourth either.
    This was just the kind of game that Knight needed to kick start his confidence in his shot. Brandon finished with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting with three assists and just 2 turnovers.

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  • Let’s not forget about Jason Maxiell who continues to make play and bring the energy. I don’t have the clip, but did you see the sweet bounce pass from Monroe to Maxiell for the dunk?
  • Stuckey with 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.
  • Kyle Singler with 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting in 28 minutes.
  • Just 26 points in the paint for Toronto to the Pistons 52.
  • This game was tied 10 times with seven lead changes.
  • After losing double-digit leads and dropping their first three home games of the season, the Pistons have now won two straight at The Palace and the crowd truly did appreciate it.
  • A Sunday afternoon SHEEDtastic matinee against the Knicks. I’m all for it!