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The 18-32 #Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 41-11 #Bulls. The Bulls sit solidly in first place even with injury to MVP Derrick Rose, while the Pistons are fighting for a possible playoff spot.

Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey are out for the Pistons tonight.  Derrick Rose is a gametime decision, while  Rip Hamilton, who hasn’t played the last 15 games for the Bulls says he’s ready to go against his former team.

  • The good: TGI FRIDAY? And the Pistons play the Bobcats Saturday night at home.
  • The bad: Chicago is already putting this one in the Win column by the way their local media is talking, which isn’t really a surprise. Do you even remember the last the Pistons beat the Bulls?
  • Who to watch: Austin Day, who will be in the starting lineup.  And keep your eye on Rip Hamilton, who seems to always want to show the Pistons what he can still do.
  • The unknown: Just how bad this one can be.

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Tip off is at 8:00 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 16-32 #Pistons are in Washington to take on the 11-37 Wizards Monday night.  Detroit lost the last one to Wizards in a 98-77 drubbing at the Palace of Auburn hills on February 12th.

  • The good: Look like Rodney Stuckey is good to go for tonight’s game.
  • The bad: The performance that the Pistons put up for the Knicks game.
  • Who to watch: John Wall, and his ‘battle’ with Brandon Knight. Also keep an eye out for Greg Monroe, who won’t have JaVale McGee to deal with anymore.
  • The unknown: How effective Rodney Stuckey will be.

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

The 16-31 #Pistons New York for the second game of a back to back to take on the 23-25 Knicks. The Knicks would like to bounce back after their five game winning streak was snapped, while the Pistons, who have lost four straight, will take any victory they can get.

The Knicks, under new interim coach Mike Woodson, are just one-half game ahead of the Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East.

  • The good: The Knicks are also on the second game of a back to back.
  • The bad: The Kninks are 3-0 under Woodson at home.  Carmelo Anthony this season.
  • Who to watch: I’m sure you all want to see what Jeremy Lin can do.  Keep an eye out for how Brandon Knight keeps up.
  • The unknown: Stuckey’s health.

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 16-28 #Pistons are in LA to take on the 25-18 Clippers.  Los Angeles had dropped three of the first four on its six-game home stretch before beating the Rockets on Saturday.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey is still red-hot.
    The bad: Clippers have won three of four verses Detroit, but the Pistons won the last on against the Clippers at Staples center in November of 2010.
  • Who to watch: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the newly acquired Nick Young.  Remember Nick, he was draft right after Rodney Stuckey.  And don’t forget all the Pistons fans in LA.
  • The unknown: How many jaw dropping dunks will Mr. Griffin rack up on the Pistons?

Tip off is at 3:30 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 16-27 #Pistons are in Phoenix to take on the 21-22 Suns Friday night. The Suns, who are looking to win their third straight will have Steve Nash and Grant Hill in the lineup. Detroit is looking add another victory on their current West coast trip.

    • The good: The Pistons have been playing together better as each game goes by.
    • The bad: The Suns have won eight of their last 11 games at home. This Picture of Grant Hill and Steve Nash from the Suns website. If my face looked like that in a picture I’d be saying something if I were Grant.

  • Who to watch:The very hot Rodney Stuckey.
  • The unknown: Not unknown to me, but I forgot that Michael Redd is on the Suns. He’s always been tough on the Pistons.

Tip off is at 10:00 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 15-26 #Pistons are in Utah to take on the 19-21 Jazz. It’s not going to be easy for the Pistons who will play the next 10 games in 10 different cities beginning in Salt Lake.

  • The good: The Pistons are on a roll and are very close to a playoff spot. However the next two weeks and the grueling road schedule may be too much for Detroit to keep them in contention for a playoff berth.
  • The bad: The Jazz have not lost to the Pistons at home in nearly 10 years.
  • Who to watch: Paul Millsap, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight.
  • The unknown: Starting guard Devin Harris missed Saturday’s game with a stomach virus and Bell was away for undisclosed reasons. No word on whether either of them will be on the floor for the Jazz.

Does anyone remember this classic Rock Financial commercial featuring Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups. Utah?

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Thanks to @joannepistonsfan for reminding me about this one.
Tip off is at 9:00 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 14-26 #Pistons are hosting the 13-26 Raptors Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The last time these two teams met Detroit got schooled by Toronto.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 8 of their last 11 at home.
  • The bad: The Pistons haven’t won four straight at home since a five-game run from Nov. 29-Dec. 12, 2009.  Brandon Knight still hasn’t gotten back in the swing of things since the All Star break.  Let’s hope he can break out against the Raptors.
  • Who to watch: DeMar DeRozan, who can hurt you on any given night, and our old friend Amir Johnson.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons keep rolling at The Palace?

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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, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

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The 11-22 #Pistons are in Cleveland to take on the 12-17 Cavaliers Tuesday night. The Pistons, who have won seven of their last nine game, are one on the hottest teams in basketball and would love to go into Cleveland and extend their winning streak.
Cleveland beat Detroit 105-89 on Dec. 28 at the Palace. The Cavaliers have won three straight and 10 of 12 between the two.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey, Brandon Knight and the Pistons current winning streak.
  • The bad: Cleveland for one, and the simple fact that Detroit always has problems beating them.
  • Who to watch:The Kyrie Irving/Brandon Knight match-up.
  • The unknown: Can Rodney keep playing like he has been?

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

The #Pistons closed out their season series with a 96-81 over the #Celtics Sunday night at a sellout crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons, who have now won seven of their last nine games could go into the All Star break on a winning note.

Key Points:

  • This game looked as though it may have been close, but soon after Detroit  broke a  26-all tie after one quarter to seize control firmly before halftime they never really let go.
  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 17,  and 10 boards.  Good to see Moose shake his offensive woes.  Greg was aggressive all night long.
  • No Kevin Garnett for the Celtics.
  • Defense! Detroit forced turnovers all night and capitalized on them.

Rodney Stuckey on defense: “It’s pretty much how we won the ball game. Defensively getting after them; our big guys did a phenomenal job of rebounding the basketball, we got out on the break, pushing the ball, and getting to the free throw-line really helped us. We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but just getting to the free-throw line and our defense really helped us tonight.”

  • I can’t remember the last time the Pistons dis so well with second-chance points. The Pistons with a  29-6 advantage over Boston.
  • The Pistons shot more than 30
  • The Pistons frustrated Rajon Rondo so much that he got tossed in the third quarter after two quick technical fouls.  FYI, after a few choice words you can’t throw the ball at the ref, just ask Sheed.
  • Rondo ejected via NBA.com

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  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • 40 points in the paint to 18 for Boston.
  • Jason Maxiell with six points and 10 boards, with one blocked shots and three assists in 21 minutes.  Jason is flourishing in the starting lineup.  He’s not filling the stats but he’s doing the important things to make teams win just like Jonas.
Jason Maxiell

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  • Jason isn’t the only one who has been playing better. Since Jonas and Jason have switched places in the starting lineup they each have stepped up their game.  Jonas finished with 13 points, 6 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 21 minutes.  That’s a Need4Swede.
  • How good does it feel to win the season series again the Celtics?
  • Daye in the doghouse.
  • Vernon Macklin gets 2 points in his 43 seconds on the court!
  • Brandon Knight with 12 points, 2 assists and 4 boards.
  • Nice game from Tayshaun who put up 13 with 6 boards and an assist.
  • Ben Wallace…Get that out of here

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  • Ben Gordon puts up 4 points, but am I imagining things or is this guy actually playing defense?
  • Pistons to the line 46 times on the night and made 29.
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  • I wish I had Charlie Villanueva’s job. I could really use a paid extend vacation.
  • Stuckey with 16 points on 2-for-10 shooting, going 12-15 from the line.
  • The Pistons won the board war 43 to 40.
  • The Pistons led by 13 at halftime and 14 after three-quarters, had they made their free throws this would have been a blowout.
  • It’s fun to win and I’m glad this team is doing so.  They are actually fun to watch right now.  I hate to say it, but I’m hoping they don’t play well enough to ruin their chances of a high draft pick just to sputter out.  I am not about tanking at all but it’s a double-edged sword.  You need a good draft, especially when you have money tied up in players like Gordon and Villanueva.
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Greg Monroe: “I think our intensity and focus over the full 48 minutes has changed. Everybody has come into their roles, everybody is holding themselves accountable and we’re all playing together.”

  • Winnable game against the Cavs on Tuesday.

The 10-22 #Pistons will be hosting the 15-14 #Celtics for a rematch of their meeting in Boston on Wednesday. The Pistons, who prevailed in Boston, find themselves winners of six or their last eight games, while the Celtics have dropped four of five, managing just 84.8 points per game.

This will be the last time these two teams meet this season.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight.
  • The bad: Rajon Rondo, the Pistons can’t let Rondo have a game like he did on Wednesday, especially if anyone else on the Celtics gets involved.
  • Who to watch: Greg Monroe would love to get back to putting up the scoring numbers he has been all season. Keep an eye on him early to see if he pulls out of his mini slump.
  • The unknown: Can Rodney keep playing like he has been, especially with Rondo on the floor?

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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.