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Turrible… It’s hard to not just mail it in on game re-caps after the Pistons mailed it in last night against the Mavericks, in Dallas.   The good news is that they came out of the halftime break showing some fight, with a 35 point outburst.  The bad news though, and this won’t be reported as a “4th quarter collapse” since they were losing heading into the 4th quarter, but the Mavs proved to be too much for the Pistons in the 4th quarter as they pulled away with a 32 point quarter behind the leadership of Dirk Nowitzki and former Piston Jose Calderon.

The good:

  • Greg Monroe scored 20 and fell short of a double-double by 1 rebound.  Dirk is a tough matchup for most, and you could tell when Monroe matched up with him that he was out of his comfort zone.

The bad:

  • 116 points on 74 field goal attempts by the Mavs.  58% from the field and 23-28 from the line mean that they were aggressive and assertive on offense all night.
  • 28 points in 3 of 4 quarters, and 32 in the 4th quarter for the Mavs.  No one took leadership on the defensive side of the ball.
  • Brandon Jennings had a good night on offense, but had half of the team’s turnovers with 6.
  • Jose Calderon took advantage of the Pistons poor perimeter defense to the tune of 17 points on 7-8 shooting
  • Devin Harris and the shell of Vince Carter’s former self were a +12 off the bench for the Mavs
  • Andre Drummond was in a tough spot all night, but at times it was so bad that he was pulled for Josh Harrellson because of blown assignments and poor matchups.

The ugly:

  • Usually I hate to keep beating a dead horse but… Josh Smith is a chucker.  25 points on 24 shots is awful.  At least he only had 2 3 point attempts.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Kyle Singler were awful off the bench.

The Pistons have now lost 4 straight, and it’s hard to see an end to this streak in sight.  On one night, they look like world beaters when they hand the Indiana Pacers their only home loss of the season and beat down the Miami Heat… but then on the next night they “done get blowed out” by teams like the Charlotte Bobcats, Utah Jazz, and other bottom feeders.

As a fan, you try to see the good that the team has.  Right now we know we have 2 cornerstone type players in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.  We have an unknown quantity in Caldwell-Pope, and there is some upside in the future with Tony Mitchell.  That’s it, folks.  We knew who Brandon Jennings was before he came to this team, and he hasn’t changed (no matter how many ‘Bad Boys’ t-shirts he wore as a kid).  We all let out a collective sigh when Josh Smith was signed because he has shown that he can’t (won’t?) adapt his game to a system.  I was a Trey Burke fan at the draft, but I’ll give Kentavious Caldwell-Pope my support because he has shown some flashes.  As Natalie said here, the sun’s not even shining on this dog’s a** nowadays.

Despite a 14 point first half lead, Chris Wilcox playing his best ball in a
Pistons uniform and Rip Hamilton leading the Pistons with 20 points, Detroit
lost their 10th straight game to the Dallas Mavericks 93-98.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons started hot and Dallas shot 28.6 percent and trailed 22-14 after
    one quarter.
  • Detroit looked like a rejuvenated team Tuesday night in Dallas, regardless of
    the loss.  Great first half, but things changed in the third quarter when
    Dallas started making their shots.
  • With Will Bynum out, Chucky Atkins played just 7 minutes.
  • Pleasant surprise of the night, Chris Wilcox.
  • Big shots late in the game for Rodney Stuckey kept Detroit in the game but he
    didn’t hit a shot till the second half.
  • Are you kidding me Mr. Wilcox? It’s about time that Chris is being the Chris I thought he was.

Chris Wilcox

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  • Dunk, after Dunk after dunk.  Wilcox scored 8 of his 12 points in the first quarter jump starting Detroit to first half domination. Chris also grabbed six boards in his 20 minutes on the court.

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  • Is Jason Maxiell in the dog house again? DNP for the Baby Eater.
  • Tayshaun Prince looked comfortable last night and did a great job down the stretch limiting Dirk. Tay finished with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting with 5 boards, 2 assists a steal and a blocked shot.
  • With Tay and Wilcox playing so well there wasn’t much Need4Swede. Jonas played just 14 minutes, but his 2 points came from a nice dunk.
  • Rodney scored 10 in the fourth with the game on the line but couldn’t make the WIDEST open three since …well that miserable night against the Spurs. Rodney finished with 15 on the night.
  • 12 boards and 6 points for Mr. Wallace. When Ben plays like that, Detroit usually always has a chance to win.
  • You kidding me Charlie V? Villanueva hit 4 huge 3-pointers in the first half which helped the Pistons pull away. He finished with 17 and 9 boards, that’s the Charlie V we want to see. Anyone else besides me wondering why he wasn’t on the floor when Detroit needed a three to tie the ball game?

Charlie Villanueva

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  • Ben Gordon just 9 points on 4-for-11 shooting with 4 turns. I knew he was going to have a bad night as soon as his first shot hit the side of the backboard like my grandma shot it.
  • Damn you Jason Terry and your 26 points and silly airplane dance.
  • Last Pistons double-digit losing streak was the 13-game tank for Grant Hill in 1994.
  • It hasn’t been fun to watch this team lately, but last night at least it showed that they still have some fight left in them.
  • 44 points in the Paint for Detroit.
  • Board war lost 41-47.
  • Exciting finish to the game, if you missed it the NBA.com Highlights will help you out.

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“I think ever since they traded Chauncey away, everything just kind of went downhill from there,” said McDyess, who will face the Pistons tonight. “It’s like they broke up all chemistry, and I really didn’t understand the whole logic of that trade.

“I guess they really was in a rebuilding stage, and it’s showing now.”

  • Yes it is Dyess….
  • To stir things up even more what is the Dumars for Governor of Michigan rumor I’m hearing. Let him fix this team before he even attempts to fix the State please.

The Pistons vs. The Mavericks

The now 11-21 Pistons are in Dallas to take on the 23-11 Mavericks tonight. If you were hiding under a rock lately then you don’t know that the Pistons are in the midst of a nine game losing streak.

The Pistons will be without Will Bynum, who last time they played the Mavs but up a very loud 27 points, almost leading them to a victory with 17 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Bynum who re-aggravated his ankles didn’t make the trip to Texas.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Hate to say it, but the way Detroit has been playing and with their record on the road, this one is going to be tough.

Even with Rip, Tayshuan and Ben Gordon back,  the team continues to struggle.  Charlie Villanueva, who’s suffering from plantar fasciitisis, is hobbled, underachieving and was complaining about playing time. Tayshaun hasn’t gotten his groove yet, and Rip Hamilton is 13-for-54 in his three games since coming back from injury.

Another fun fact:

  • Detroit did not lead in the second half of any of its last six games.

Tip is at 8:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 950 AM or follow the action over at NBA.com .

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

“At the end of the second the way things were going I thought Tay would be our best guy to guard Dirk…..maybe looking back on it if we stayed with another big and kept one of the guards on the bench”

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News asks probably the most hard hitting questions of last night’s post game presser.

At the end of the 14-4 run you had three guards on the floor at the same time was there a problem with that?

It seems like you gave into frustration early.

Michael Curry post game press conference January 23rd 2009.

From most of your comments it looks like the ESPN broadcasters really ripped the Pistons.  I don’t really want to revisit the 112-91 debacle, but I just may have to.

If you DARE, here are the FSN Highlights of the game by quarter. If the Jason Kidd high glass circus make late in the game didn’t tell the whole story of the game, nothing does.

Leave your thoughts on the game, the Curry presser and the ESPN broadcast if you need to vent.