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The 0-0 #Pistons will start the 2012-2013 NBA season at the Palace of Auburn Hills as they host the Houston Rockets.  It’s going to be a different Houston team than last season.  The new look Rockets just acquired 6th man of the year James Harden, from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-rounder.  Don’t forget that they also picked up Jeremy Lin this off season.

Don’t worry, the Pistons have a new dynamic duo to contend with in Andre Drummond and soon to be All Star Greg Monroe.

  • The good: Opening night at the Palace of Auburn Hills
  • The bad: Houston has beaten Detroit in eight of the last 10, six of the last seven and three in a row, including last season’s lone matchup in Houston.
  • The unknown: Who’s going to have a big game for the Pistons? Will Tom Gores be in the house trying to get noticed to be asked to audition  for a Dancing with the Stars?

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.

Don’t forget your November Schedule Wallpaper featuring Greg Monroe!

Yes…can you believe that the Pistons finally got their Center?  When David Stern called Andre Drummond’s name as the Pistons #9 pick in the draft the crowd at The Palace of Auburn Hills went wild, myself included.

Who would believe that Drummond would actually drop to nine?

Joe Dumars was interview before Drummond got on the call and was interviewed by George Blaha and Greg Kelser.  I was in the front row and when Joe Dumars came up on stage someone in the crowd shouted “you lucky bastard” in which Joe Dumars responded “yes, yes I am.”  Priceless!

Here is the audio of our newest Piston CENTER Andre Drummond.

So much for that five game winning streak the Pistons were hoping for.  The Washington Wizards came into the Palace and blew out the Pistons 98-77, on what you could call one of the least inspiring performances all year by the team.

I wasn’t at this one, (thankfully) nor was I paying much attention to the game after the Pistons started poorly.  You know it was one of those days that the game is on, but you’re doing  other things and listing for something enthusiastic coming from George Blaha so you can glance at the television.  Well the only thing I heard most of the night was, “JaVale McGee dunk,” “there goes another JaVale McGee dunk,” “Special K , now that was another impressive JaVail McGee.”

JaVale McGee, who attended Birmingham Detroit Country Day and is originally from Flint,  was all but unstoppable for the Wizards. He had eight dunks, scored 22 points and was a defensive menace, grabbing 10 of his 11 rebounds on defense.

It went on and on.

Nick Young also scored 22, and John Wall had 15 assists tying his career best, and all nine of his points in the third quarter.

The Pistons did however get my attention when the tied the game at the half 45-45 at the half,  and then took a 60-59 lead in the third after a Monroe layup. But then John Wall took over and they looked like they would have been happier eating a Happy Meal than playing an NBA game on their home court.

It was bad.

Greg Monroe against the Spurs

Bless Greg Monroe for doing what he could, leading the Pistons with 27 points and 6 boards.

It’s disappointing to watch, especially after the way they have been playing.  You win the games your are supposed to win.

This game showed one thing that most of us already know, this team needs SIZE. And for those of you paying attention and counting the days…another step towards the possibility of having Anthony Davis in red, blue and white.

With the strong play of Greg Monroe and the effective return of Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight, the Pistons made it three in a row Wednesday night with a 99-92 win in New Jersey. This was just the Pistons second road win of the season and first in the last 8 away from the Palace.

Key Points:

  • The eighth double-double in the last nine game for Greg Monroe who dunked so hard on Kris Humphrises that they already started printing the poster in the lobby. And don’t think Moose didn’t give a little attitude to top it off. He brought the whole Pistons bench off their feet.
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  • Greg led the Pistons with 20 points, 12 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals. Both Monroe and Night will be representing the Pistons in the Rookie/Sophomore All Star Challenge.
  • Fantastic outing for Jonas Jerebko, who put up 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting, with 7 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots in one of the best outings of the season for Jonas. All hustle again from the Swede.
Jonas Jerebko against the Nets

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  • The bench unit of Gordon, Jerebko, Wallace, Walker D. Russell Jr. and Austin Daye were on the court together for about a seven minute stint in the second quarter as the Pistons went on a 9-0 run and took control of the game, outscoring the Nets 31-19 to take a 12-point halftime lead.
  • Walker Russell contributing again in short minutes on the floor. Russell knows exactly what to do when he’s on the floor and he helps this team play as a team.
  • Nets got back in it when the Pistons gave up too many open three point shots, eventually cutting the lead to one point in the fourth.
  • Board war won 41-36.
  • The Pistons largest lead was 18 points, the Nets 5.
  • Great game, and loved that the Pistons put it away late in the game. The thunder dunk form Moose really put the game away.
  • The Nets again on Friday night at the Palace for Star Wars night.
  • Ben Gordon with 14 points in 21 minutes on the floor with some timely makes when the Pistons needed them. He looked good in his return, but I have to say the guy is not a ball handler. Feed him the ball and let him shoot, that’s where he shines.
  • Another hot night for the Nets Deron Williams who led all scorers with 34 points. Deron went 6-for-9 from downtown and almost brought the Pistons team down late in the game.
  • To make matters worse for Mr. Kardashian, he got dunked on HARD by Jason Maxiell in the first quarter on a huge put-back from Jason. Max finished with 4 points on the night in 13 minutes.

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  • 50 points in the paint for Detroit to the Nets 24.
  • Austin Day played 7 minutes and scored zero points. To be quite honest, I didn’t even realize he played.
  • The three’s for the Nets almost turned this win into a loss.
  • Prince with 15 points, 5 assists in 34 minutes.
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  • Rodney Stuckey played 34 minutes with 13 points, 6 assists and 2 boards.
  • Brandon Knight has adjusted to the mask. Knight took it right to the hole as soon as he could, knowing he was going to get contact. The same spark he had before the injury was on the court in New Jersey. Knight finished with 13 points, 4 assists, 4 turnovers and a blocked shot in 36 minutes on the floor. To top Brandon’s return, he made a HUGE three late in the fourth quarter to cement the victory.
  • Fist time the Pistons have won three games in a row since last April.
  • Next up, the Nets again on Friday night for Star Wars Night at The Palace.

It was an emotional night at the Palace with a bulk of the Bad Boys on hand the Pistons honored Dennis Rodman by retiring his jersey and hanging it in the rafters of the Palace.

If you didn’t have the honor of following Dennis’s career you probably don’t realize what kind of person he really is.  The hair, tattoos and the stunts don’t even scratch the surface of the emotion, heart and will that Dennis had. Rodman left his mark on this franchise and not only will his jersey hang in the rafters of the Palace forever, the’s going to deservedly be inducted into the Basketball Hall of fame this year.

The Palace was electric and trust me when I tell you there wasn’t a dry eye (including my own) in the house when Dennis held up the t-shirt with a picture of Chuck Daly and Mr. Davidson that said Thank You Detroit on the back.

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Class act Dennis, no matter what you think you deserve all of this. We thank you!

Again..

The 6-13 Pistons are back home to hot the 14-4 Magic tonight at the Palace. Though the Pistons looked good for most of their Tuesday night contest in Orlando, they once again fell flat late in the game.

The best thing to come out of Detroit in the last past week, was the fact the Ben Wallace grabbed his 10,000th rebound at Orlando (11/30) becoming the third active player in the NBA to record 10,000-plus rebounds and 2,000-plus blocks in his career.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on FS Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at AM 950 WWJ.
Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

Want to go to the game last minute tonight…here are some unbelievable ticket deals to head out to the game for next to nothing.

I’m lucky enough to get to enjoy the game with Danny, who flew in to catch the game live at The Palace. I’m sure we will get into some trouble and tweeting about it live at the Palace. Follow us on Twitter @Need4Sheed_com (Natalie) and @bohnlein (Danny).

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Due to my unmistakable awesomeness me being extremely busy, I have neglected my fellow Pistons fans. While Danny is doing a great job keeping you busy and up to date, I’m doing by best to stalk keep up with our favorite players.

As an “I’m sorry,” I’m giving away one of my Favorite Need4Sheed T-Shirts to one lucky Pistons Fan.

This one is easy to win, just Follow Me and Danny on Twitter and Tweet the exact phrase below.

Just like @Need4Sheed_com, I think George Blaha is Awesome!  #CountThatBabyAndAFOUL

Count That Baby and A FoulWhy Blaha? Because he’s the man, and because he’s being inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

I’ll be taking entries all week and will announce the winner (picked at random) on Friday August 27th.

Also be on the lookout for the Will Bynum interview and the Winner of the Limited Edition BYNUMITE T-Shirt.

Around the Way Detroit Pistons News

  • Great, great read over at Pistons.com (5 part series) on Will Bymum Part I and Part 2.
  • Look at the cover boy on the Pistons new Marquee! I don’t mind seeing Will when I’m driving up to the Palace.
  • I don’t care how bad off the Pistons are in terms of finances or fan turnout.  I don’t want to see this when I head over to Pistons.com.

The Pistons vs. The Bobcats

The 26-53  Pistons go in to Charlotte with a three game winning streak to play their second game of a back to back against Larry Brown and the 42-37 playoff bound Bobcats.

Injury Report:

  • Rip Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, and Chris Wilcox are game time decisions.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com
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Tip is at 7:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket, or follow the action over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Forget the fact that the Pistons just strung two wins together with their 88-90 victory over the Hawks.  This game showed heart and hustle from a team that was shorthanded and wanted the win.

Key Points:

  • No Rip, Tayshaun, Wilcox, Maxiell and Stuckey got hit pretty hard after playing 8 minutes and didn’t return.
  • If you missed this one, I’m sorry.  One of the best performances of the season for this team.
  • Will Bynum with a ridiculous HIGH and I’m talking high glass layup, and the made free throw had the Pistons within one 84-85 with 56 seconds left.
  • Then Ben Gordon took over.
  • Ben’s late game defensive hustle with a steal and two free throws to give Detroit the lead 86-85.  Gordon finishes with a game high 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting with 3 steals, 2 boards and 7 assists.

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  • 43 bench points for Detroit.
  • Let’s not forget a huge three from Chucky Atkins with 6 minutes left in the game that got the Pistons right back in it.
  • Charlie Villanueva with some key shots, but the fact that Austin was playing so well, CV didn’t see much time.  Charlie 4-for-8 for 10 points, a steal, 4 assists and 4 boards in 23 minutes.
  • Ben Wallace wasn’t resting much on the second game of the back to back.  The fro-less wonder scored 8 and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line with 3 huge blocks. When he did this coast to coast move, I about fell off my chair.

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  • 100% from the free throw line for Detroit! (16-16)
  • Small lineup for the Pistons gets them beaten up on the boards.  48 to 37 in favor of the Hawks.
  • Austin Day starts for Tayshaun Prince (out for personal reasons) played one heck of a ball game.  The kid played 44 minutes, and he hustled every single one of them.  Austin scored 13 points with 10 boards, his first career double-double, with a steal and 3 blocked shots.  I could watch him play like that all Daye long.

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  • “It felt good,” Daye said. “I was surprised I was able to stay out there that long without telling Coach to take me out. I’ve just been working on my wind and it definitely paid off.” Via MLive
  • Game was tied at the half and the Pistons came out strong in the second half until the Hawks went on a 20-6 run.  Detroit was down by as much as 9 points in the second half, until the magic happened.
  • Will The Thrill! 17 points, on 7-for-15 shooting with 3 assists, and a career high 4 steals, a huge bucket in the fourth and another one of his signature dunks. Pure Bymuite!  Well..can we keep him Joe?