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The 21-34 #Pistons are in Miami Sunday evening to take on the 39-15 Heat. Detroit, winners of five of their last seven games won’t have it easy in Miami since the Heat hadn’t lost at home since Jan. 22 against Milwaukee until being beaten by the Grizzlies there Friday night.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey seems to be completely healthy.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 6-22 on the road.
  • Who to watch: The big three…Stuckey, Monroe and Knight.
  • The unknown: Will Rodney Stuckey start this game or continue to come off the bench for Detroit.

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Tip off is at 6:00 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.

The 4-14 Pistons are at home to host the 12-5 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dwyane Wade traveled to Detroit with his team, but it’s still unknown whether he’ll take the court for the Heat. The Heat look to avoid a fourth straight road loss as they try for a sixth consecutive road victory over the Pistons.

  • The good: Um…T-Pain if you’re a fan?
  • The bad: Um…getting throttled by the Thunder in convincing fashion Monday night. No Ben Gordon, no Will Bynum and again no Charlie V.
  • The unknown: Um…how bad will it be?

Kidding aside, it’s going to be a rough one for The Pistons. The Heat have held the Pistons to 85.6 points per contest during a five-game winning streak at The Palace and have won four in a row and nine of 10 overall versus Detroit.

If you’re going…enjoy the show. The T-Pain show at the half, because it’s highly doubtful that your Pistons will have much success tonight. And I assume if you’re one of probably the biggest crowds at the Palace this year, it’s because you’re there to see LeBron and the Heat.

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 25-45 Pistons are back in action Wednesday night to host the 48-22 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Miami is fighting for the first playoff spot in the East, while Detroit is 5 1/2 games back of Indian for the final playoff spot.

  • The good: It’s hard to give a good right now, but it helps that this is a home game and one of the last games (besides Boston) against a solid team.
  • The bad:The Pistons have dropped from 3-29 when giving up 100 or more points.
  • The unknown: How many Rony Seikaly jerseys will we see at the Palace? And is Chris Wilcox going to DOMINATE!

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

As it happens almost every season when the Pistons fall short, I reminisce to myself and to you about once was.  Today I bring you the joy and drama of the 2005 Pistons playoff run.

Remember the Miami series, when all we heard was that the only reason the Pistons won was because Wade was hurt?  Remember when the Pistons had to play through the drama of Larry Brown looking for another job in the middle of the Eastern Conference Finals. Remember when Sheed didn’t like the referee’s and made sure he let the entire country know and then gave us a GuaranSheed.

Rasheed Wallace Miami 2005 Interview
Take a trip down memory lane and revel in the joy of one Antonio McDyess, who looks like the happiest man on the planet…at least for that particular moment.

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What can you say about another painful loss?

There are two kinds of painful, one is when you lose a game that maybe you should have in the closing minutes.  The other, is the kind we witnessed last night at the Palace against the Heat.  Our once solid Pistons had to leave the the big guns in the game in a blowout so they wouldn’t break the record for the least amount of points put up by this historic franchise.

UGH…

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Do you realize that Dwayne Wade played only in the first and third quarter for a total of 24 minutes and that the Heat were without their second leading scorer Michael Beasley.

How do you get outboarded 25-52?

They get Ben Gordon back, that doesn’t help.

Why so listless?

And trust me I’m not the only one who has noticed that Tayshaun Price looks like he doesn’t even want to be there.

We can dissect it all we want, but the truth is they’re clearly not the team we hope they would be at the start of the season.   And this has absolutely nothing to do with injuries.  I miss that scrappy team that tried to do whatever they could to win when their starters were sidelined.

Do I want the Rookies to get more time?  I sure do, at least they actually seem like they care.

Thoughts…

The Pistons vs. The Heat

The 15-29 Pistons will host the 23-22 Miami Heat at the Palace tonight.

“Micheal Beasley will be a game-time decision Friday after he hyperextended his right knee in the first quarter of a 111-103 loss at Toronto on Wednesday.

This is the first of three meetings between these teams this season. Wade, averaging 31.5 points on 57.5 percent shooting in his last four contests, had 39 in the teams’ last matchup at The Palace of Auburn Hills last season, helping the Heat snap a six-game road losing streak in the series.” Via NBA.com

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Injury Report:
Ben Gordon is a game time decision and still no word on the progress of Will Bynum. Gordon may not play, but he will be at Meijer to sign an autograph or two on Saturday.

Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to WWJ 950 AM or follow the action over at NBA.com.

I will have some special guests with me at the game. Keep an eye out for some game time tweeting, as well as some HD  Flip Video later.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

The Detroit Pistons just dropped below .500 basketball with their seventh straight loss, 91-103 to The Miami Heat.  With the loss Detroit fell into a tie for sixth in the East with Philadelphia, and needs to win in New Orleans today to avoid matching the franchise’s longest skid since 1995.

Key Points:

  • Should we look past the Teal Era and dub this the Black and Blue Era?
  • The Pistons’ seven game skid is their longest losing streak since 2002-03.
  • If this quote by Allen Iverson doesn’t speak for a ton of what Pistons fans have been complaining about all season I don’t know what does. “We don’t have any consistency of how we are going to play night in and night out. We play different ways. We have to find an identity for ourselves on how we are going to play every night and stick to it. We have to live and die with it.” It’s actually quite funny to hear Iverson complain about playing defense when, well he’s know not to play any.  “We can’t stop nobody,” he accurately pointed out. “The way we played, we would have to shoot 60 percent to have a chance to win a basketball game. Everybody looks at our offense, but I thought we scored enough to win. We can’t get stops consistently and we can’t get stops when we need them. It seemed like they scored every time down the court.” Via NBA.com
  • At least they scored 42 paint points….right?
  • It ultimately was a cold third quarter in which Detroit was outscored 17-28 that did them in.
  • This is not your Detroit Pistons team.
  • You could see the frustration on the players’ faces throughout the game.

Tayshaun Prince and Allen Iverson

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  • Allen Iverson led Detroit with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting with 2 steals, a rebound and 2 assists. Can’t forget the pretty layup that was the play of the game.
  • You know Rodney Stuckey is struggling when Kwame Brown has 2 more assists than he does. Stuckey had 8 points, 0 assists, 0 rebounds, and 2 turnovers. Is it a wall or is it the system?
  • Antonio McDyess once again played his heart out for a team that truly looks like it has given up. Dyess kept Detroit in the ballgame putting up 17 on 8-for-10 shooting.
  • The Pistons shot 12% from downtown.
  • Missing in action….Rasheed Wallace. Can’t win when Sheed puts up 6 points and 6 boards. Detroit needs him to dominate when they struggle.
  • Rip wasn’t around either, just 9 points on 4-11 shooting.
  • Tayshaun Prince came close to a triple – double with 18 points, 9 boards and 8 assists. Is Tay doing Rodney’s job better than he is?

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Keep Curry, put Iverson in check?
  • A Walter sighting, whom Curry vows to utilize.  Kwame Brown saw some action too.
  • FSN Highlights by Quarter.
  • Outrebounded by 10.
  • Raise your hand if you wanted to see Detroit at least try to play zone when they were in trouble. I guess he will try anything because I can remember not so long ago that he didn’t want to play zone D at ALL.
  • To make things worse, how obnoxious is Wade’s band-aid which reads FLASH with a lightning bolt on it?  I don’t care who you are, a display like that is ridiculous.  Can you see Antonio with a face band-aid with dice on it?  Yes he’s a great player, but get over yourself.
  • Matt Watson – The Pistons are Tumbling Into Oblivion.
  • Think twice before you put all the blame on Allen Iverson.
  • Tonight in NO will be tough.  A back to back on a seven game slide facing Chris Paul.

The Pistons vs. The Miami Heat

The Piston and their  six game losing streak are in Miami to take on the 29-26 Heat.  Of all the games on Pistons’ current road trip, this game against Miami may be the most winnable for a seriously slumping Detroit team.

Miami has currently lost seven of their last 11 games.  Dwyane Wade seems to be the only one putting up number for the Heat. He surpassed his career high by putting up 50 points against the Magic on Sunday.  Stop Wade and maybe Detroit can muster a win.

More from Rip

“There’s been a whole lot of changes this year,” Hamilton said. “We’ve been changing stuff all through the season.

“For one example we just put (Antonio) McDyess back in the starting lineup and things like that. There’s been a lot of different changes. Me coming off the bench, so … there’s something different.”

When asked to clarify his comments Monday, Hamilton said: “I didn’t agree with coming off the bench, but I did it to help the team and to win games. But we haven’t won games with me doing that.” Via The Detroit Free Press

The Good/Bad and More:

Tip off is at 7:30 and locally broadcast on FSN.  If you can’t catch the game on TV, or are gearing up for the Oscars, you can listen locally at WDFN 1130 AM or follow/listen to the game at NBA.com.

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