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Pretty cool goings on over at FoxSportsDetroit.com

Wednesday’s Pistons-Heat game will have a unique all-access component throughout the day, a first of sorts for a local broadcast…. Elements from the morning shootaround will be shown live on Foxsportsdetroit.com between 10-11 a.m. In addition, the 7:30 pm telecast will also feature unique broadcast access during the team’s pregame and halftime meetings, “wired” access to Pistons back-up guard Chucky Atkins, as well as a player interview during George Blaha and Greg Kelser’s telecast opening.

The Pistons vs. The Bulls

The 23-49 Pistons are hosting the 34-38 Chicago Bulls Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. I keep on stressing that it’s all about the lottery pick, but it seem as nobody takes this Pistons team seriously.

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With time running out to grab the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, the Chicago Bulls are trying not to take anyone lightly.

That might be hard against their next opponent, against whom they’ve won six straight and routed in their last matchup.

Hey, it is what it is, but the Bulls have lost eight in a row.

Injury Report:
Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox both questionable.  Speaking of Wilcox he’s played in just 34 games this season totaling 440 minutes.  Boy I thought he was going be more of a factor for Detroit.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 6:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket  or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons vs. The Pacers

The 23-47 Pistons will host the 24-46 Indiana Pacers tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills. If Indiana pulls out the win tonight, the Pacers will complete the season sweep of Detroit.

“The Pistons have never gone winless against Indiana since the Pacers joined the NBA in 1976. Surprisingly, the last time the Pistons had only one win over Indiana was the 2003-04 championship season.” Via Pistons.com

Looks like no Ben Wallace again…can we get some Summers Daye time?

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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As an extra bonus to tonight’s game, FSN’s broadcast is interactive tonight.

“Post your questions for George Blaha, Greg Kelser, Eli Zaret, John Keating and Mickey York, and they will answer the best ones on the air during Tuesday’s Pistons-Pacers telecast (7 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit).”

Me, I’m going to bombard Mr. Blaha with comment about  how awesome we think he is. You might want to ask Ryan Fields how much hair gel he uses for each broadcast, that’s your call.

Go interactive with FSDetroit Live at 7 PM

Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

The Nuggets snapped their seven game losing streak to the Pistons with a 102-107 win against Detroit Friday night.  It wasn’t easy for Chauncey to finally get a W against his former team,  the game went back and fourth all night with 14 lead changes and nine ties.

Key Points:

  • Glad to see Arron Afflalo starting for Denver and truly making a difference.  I know we are guard heavy, but we gave him up for next to nothing .  He’s making a difference on both ends of the floor for the Nuggets.  He’s a starter in the NBA…it would be nice if they updated his profile picture in his Denver uniform. NBA webmaster fail.
  • A monster game from Jason Maxiell, who put his athleticism and strength on display.  Maxiell went 7-for-9 for 16 points, a blocked shot and 8 boards in 24 minutes.  Denver didn’t know what to do with Maxi.
  • On the other side of things… Charlie V 5 points 0n 2-for-6 , 7 boards in 18 minutes.  At least he’s grabbing boards when his shot inst working.
  • Do we get alarmed with the way Ben Gordon’s season has turned out or do we blame injury or playing time?
  • Some key baskets again from Rodney Stuckey, who scored 19 with 7 boards and six assists.  Was he trying to show Chauncey up?  I would be trying to if I was him, but what his stat line does suggest is that he’s turning into a complete player.
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  • Jonas Jerebko can’t get a call to save his life.  When will this kid get some respect from the refs?  The whistle was going against the Swede all night long and his playing time was hampered by fouls.  Just 18 minutes with 9 points on 4-for-5 shooting with and assist and 2 boards.  How great was it to see Jonas shirts and horn in the crowd in Denver.  The Need4Swede is everywhere.
  • The Pistons really played a good 48 even though they didn’t come out ahead.  Board war won 50 to 38 and they had 21 assists on the night.
  • Little disappointed in Detroit’s free throw shooting lately.
  • Chauncey with 25 on the night with 2 assists and 4 turnovers.  The man is still Mr. Big shot no matter where he is.
  • I caught Chauncey’s post game interview and noticed something funny sitting in his locker.  A white lunch bag with different colored hearts all over it,  I think his wife Piper must have packed him a post game snack.  My guess PBJ and a Capri Sun.
  • Plenty of Blocked shots in this one.  Detroit blocked 5 and Denver 7.
  • Chris Wilcox and Kwame Brown not active for this one because of health reasons.
  • Highlights of The Game via NBA.com

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  • Anyone else notice Jason Maxiell’s jump shot has been money lately?
  • Rip led the Pistons with 20 on 5-for-17 shooting with 5 assists and 6 boards.  He’s looking better and better ever game.
  • Bynum just doesn’t look right lately.
  • One points shy of a double-double for Ben Wallace, who scored 9 with 10 boards a steal and 2 blocked shots.  Where would this season be without him?
  • So…can we officially say we are going for the ping pong balls now?
  • Tonight against the Warriors.

A season high 33 from Dwight Howard pretty much tells the story in this one. Though Detroit fought through three quarteres against the Magic, they fell apart in the fourth as the Magic pulled away with a 116-91 victory over the Pistons.

Key Points:

  • Detroit started off slow, but dug deep, got back in it and were within one at the half 56-55.
  • Monster game from Dwight Howard, who is just plain fun to watch.  Howard put up 33 with 17 boards and 7 blocked shots.  He had almost as many Dunks as the Pistons did last night against Minnesota.
  • Did Charlie Villanueva get his minutes taken away?  Three minutes and 16 seconds for CV31.
  • Ben Gordon was ejected after he got clocked in the face by Redick.  The refs, who were extra bad last night, of course missed it and when Ben challenged the non call he was tossed.  He finished with 6 points in 21 minutes. He is slowly getting his game back.
  • Will Bynum with 5 assist and zero points and an assist.  Was it me, or did Will look extra slow?
  • Putback jam from Ben Wallace, who finished with 5 points, 6 boards and a steal.
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  • As always I’m impressed with the hustle of Jonas Jerebko, but when he set a screen and took a football tackle from Matt Barnes (flagrant one) and got up smirking, I appreciated him just a little more. Jonas with 13, 2 steals, a blocked shot and 3 boards in 34 minutes.
  • Win or lose, I love it how Detroit always brings it when it comes to the Magic.
  • Rodney Stuckey scored 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting with 6 boards and 7 assists. So what if his shot didn’t fall, he was doing whatever he could when he was out there.
  • Rip Hamilton with his most impressive game since he was injured. Game high 36 from Rip on 12-for-18 shooting with 3 assists, and 5 boards. It was nice to see everything going right for Rip, while playing the way we are used to seeing him play.
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  • Anyone catch how upset George Blaha was with the Refs?  It was hilarious.
  • Detroit stepped up their Defense to get back in the game in the second quarter, but lost their way after the half.
  • Tayshaun Prince keeps looking better, not perfect, but it will do. Prince scored 13 on 5-for-14 shooting with 8 boards and 3 assists.
  • 42% shooting on the night for Detroit and 51% for the Magic.
  • Outrebounded by just one 39-40.
  • In my book it doesn’t count as a “no look pass” if you turn away an pose dramatically Jason.

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  • We have until 3PM Thursday to see if the Pistons make a move.

Well this Pistons team didn’t get the memo that unlike their predecessors, they usually come back from the All Star break with a less then stellar performance.  The Pistons all but took a bat to the Timberwolves in one of their 108-85 victory.

Key Points:

  • I lost count after about 5, but this was the most dunk filled night ….ever?  (Blaha counted 12)
  • So many, that the plays of the night were all the Dunks.

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  • This game was dead even at the half at 52.
  • Pistons ran out of the gate as soon as they returned from the locker room and never looked back. They were clearly in command even before the third quarter ended. Detroit was up by 20 when the third was over.
  • Sharing the basketball was an understatement, and it started off that way.  The Pistons with 37 assists on the night.
  • Oh my, Jonas Jerebko kick started the night with point after point for Detroit.  He was one short of tying his career high at 21 on the night.  Why did he miss his career total? The Pistons pulled ahead and he only had to play 20 minutes on the night.  Jonas added 2 steals, 3 boards in one of his best performances of the season.  And that’s saying a lot for the guy who’s been the spark of the season.  Rip to the Swede for the Jam….priceless.

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  • Rip Hamilton, sharing the ball like he was a point guard. Rip finished with 12 points. 7 assist and a steal in 28 minutes.
  • The Pistons were shooting 57% in the first half and the game was tied.  The defense helped that effort once the second half started.
  • Stuckey with 10 points, and 6 assist in 20 minutes.  Nice game for Rodney, who didn’t have to carry the load for once.
  • Ben Gordon with 8 points on 4-for-11 shooting…for a shooter, that’s still not good enough yet.
  • Ben Wallace simply amazes, he put up 8 points (all I think were dunks), with 8 boards 2 blocked shots and a steal.  I don’t know what he did during the break, but he shook the floor with this dunk like he was drinking Hulk juice.

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  • I got my hopes and dreams back for Jason Maxiell and since I have he’s done me right. Jason looks like the guy we know he can be, 10 boards, 6 points and a block that I’m counting that was a bad call in my book. The Baby Eater is back.
  • Charlie Villanueva with 11 points, 6 boards, a blocked shot and 2 assists in 23 minutes. I hate to criticize when we blow out a team (which rarely happens these days) but please Charlie do you really need to take 6 threes?
  • Tay with 11 points, 3 assists, 5 boards and a blocked shot in 31 minutes.  Prince was a +34 for the game.
  • BYNUMITE – Will with a career high 14 assists on the night adding 6 points and a steal. Will still looks like his ankles are bothering him, but he’s still over producing.
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  • We were even treated with a nice windmill jam from Chris Wilcox.
  • Board war won 38-44.
  • Detroit shot 53% on the night.
  • A Daye treat,  Austin with 9 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 7 minutes.
  • Yes this was the Timberwolves, but the way Detroit came out and played really shows you what they can do if they put some heart and effort in for a full 48.
  • Finally a fun game to watch.
  • At Orlando Wednesday.

Despite being down the majority of the game a fourth quarter comeback fell short in closing minutes when Detroit couldn’t make a bucket. The Pistons lost their third straight 99-93 to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • How do you lose a game when you have 30 assist on the night? It’s rare, trust me.
  • No Ben Gordon or Will Bynum.
  • Tayshaun Prince in the starting lineup, JJ off the Bench.
  • If you didn’t know it by now there is a Need4Swede at All Star Weekend.
  • Tayshaun showing some signs of life with 12 points, and three boards on 6-for-15 shooting in 33 minutes. Should he really be playing 33 when he’s clearly not 100%.
  • Austin Day – Did not play.
  • Combined 21 assists between Rip and Stuckey.

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  • Rodney led the Pistons with 17 points, 11 board, 2 steals and 5 boards. Stuckey had just on turnovers on the night, but 2 bad passes in the closing seconds of the game that could have given the Pistons a chance to tie the ball game.
  • But this…this in your face dunk will make it all better.  Well maybe not all better, but it was pretty sweet.
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See it again and again and again, full clip of the Stuckey Dunk. Gotta love the Blaha call.

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  • A very sparse crowd at the Palace.  I’m talking pretty empty.
  • Let’s just praise Ben Wallace for grabbing 9 boards and putting up 14 points, and adding 2 blocks.   His tip in for 2 points in crunch time was probably the play of the game.  How he keeps surprising us with his play is just short of miraculous.
  • The most Jason Maxiell has contributed in a ball game to actually make a difference in at the last 50 games he played in. Maxiell sparks the Pistons fourth to tie the Grizzlies and take the league.  Jason finished  with 12 points in 17 minutes  with 4 boards and a steal.  Why he wasn’t in the game (of JJ for that matter) at the end of the game was surprising.
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  • Charlie Villanueva with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting with 7 board s and 3 blocked shots on the night.  He was the only Piston with + (5) besides Maxiell for the game.
  • Good game from Rip, who really is impressing me with his assist totals lately.  Rip put up a double-double with 16 points, 10 assists and just one turnover.
  • This is why Jonas Jerebko is in the Rookie Challenge..because he’s everywhere all the time and it’s more than rare that a play ever gets called for him. If I’m coaching, I make sure this guy stays in the starting lineup. The Swede finished with 8 points and 7 boards in 20 minutes on the floor.

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  • Chris Wilcox started and put up 1 point in his 13 minutes.
  • Anyone else remember the last time Kwame was in there?
  • Outrebounded 44-39.
  • Zach Randolph had 23 points and 19 rebounds, what got into him this season?  I remember when he played this well then things just fell off.
  • Free throws cost us in this one, Detroit was 11 for 19 at the line.
  • Another one on Friday at home against the Heat.  Want to go with me? You have till 11 AM tomorrow to enter for the pair of tickets.

The Pistonees - The Detroit Pistons Awards

The First Annual, once in a decade Pistonees vote has come to a close and we have tallied up the winners and are ready to open the envelopes.

Who did you vote for?

Did your pics go home with the statue?

Bennie, Jeff and yours truly announce and dissect  the award winners that you picked.

Here are your  the Pistoneee Winners.

Bennie, Jeff  and Natalie with the Pistoneee Winners – The Best of The Detroit Pistons

The Pistons actually looked like they were going to cruise through their game Saturday night against New York. Up by as much as 21 points and putting on a show, Detroit let the Knicks climb their way back and take this game down to the final seconds. It was two free throws with 9.4 left that clenched the Pistons third straight victory 90-94.

Key Points:

  • Though Ben Gordon, Will Bynum and Tayshaun Prince were all listed as questionable, none of them took the court for Detroit.
  • David Lee (26) and Danilo Gallinari pack (27) pack quite a punch.
  • Lively crowd at the Palace, especially at the end when the game was on the line.
  • The best game for Chris Wilcox who’s been really contributing since he’s been in the starting lineup.  Wilcox put up a doubl-double with 14 points, 10 boards and a blocked shot in just 16 minutes on the floor.  How about another Rip alley oop to Wilcox for the game.
  • FYI the Palace store has absolutely no Wilcox merchandise available.
  • With the help of Nate Robinson off the bench, the Knicks went on a 24-10 run to take the game down to the final seconds.
  • After Friday night’s heroics in the fourth quarter and a trip to the hospital for Rodney Stuckey (to get his fluids replenished), Rodney led the team with 20 points, 4 assists, and three steals. Forty two minutes for a guy who could barley walk the night before and he leads his team to victory two games straight.
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“I will just fight through it,” he said. “When (Ben Gordon) and Will (Bynum) get back, maybe I’ll get some rest. But for now, I have to keep fighting.” Stuckey Via Pistons.com

  • I feel like a broken record when I talk about Jonas Jerebko and yes maybe I am a JJ slappy, but I love it that he works hard for every single opportunity he gets.  Not only does he make plays for himself, he does whatever he can to involve his teammates.  Jonas finished with 8 points, 5 boards and a steal on the night.
  • Rip with 15 on 5-for-18 shooting with 5 boards and 5 assists.  He seems to be making an effort to get the ball where it needs to be.
  • Board war won 51 to 39.
  • The Pistons were outscored 30-17 in the fourth quarter.  Not Fun!
  • As for Jonas fouling Gallinari on the tree point try, I didn’t watch the replay of the game but that didn’t look like a foul from where I was sitting.  In fact that looked like Jonas got a piece of the ball.  How Jonas felt after the call…let’s just say he had a word or two to the officials about what he thought.
  • Another good performance from Charlie Villanueva.  Charlie scored 19 on 7-for-20 shooting, with 10 boards, 2 blocked shots and a steal.   Love that he’s putting up numbers, but don’t know if I want him going 1-6 from downtown.  I understand he was huge from three the other night, I just would like to see him get the bulk of his points down low.
  • I feel like that was a Sheed deja vu.
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“Guys are having fun,” Villanueva said. “Starting to see a little bit of chemistry out there and guys are kind of gelling together. We’ve got to keep it going.” Via Pistons.com

  • Though  Jason Maxiell didn’t fill the box score, he helped contain David Lee (as much as you can contain him).
  • You could clearly see that Ben Wallace and Rip Hamilton were tired after the OT win against the Hornets the night before.  Maybe they should have went with Rodney Stuckey to the hospital and got a little jolt themselves.  I don’t know how Rodney did it, but he did.
  • I have to say I LOVE the antagonizing way Mason says Rodddddneyyyy Stucccccckeeeeey after a basket.

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  • I hate that Ben Gordon is sitting dressed on the bench…it’s such a tease.
  • Special K and George with their thoughts and some Rodney Stuckey and Villanueva Highlights.

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  • Working in the paint again, Pistons with 42 down low.
  • The thing that impressed me all night was the great teamwork and ball movement.
  • Back to Back thrillers just might be a way to keep this team in the W column.
  • A MLK Matinee with the Knicks on Monday should prove interesting.  Three games in 4 days, with NY gunning for revenge.
  • You should head on over to The Knicks Blog and check out Anthony “Rice Balls” Donahue talking Knicks and Pistons on his show.
  • Curious to know what impressed you the most?

It seems a little over the top to be celebrating a two game winning streak, but after last night’s 104-110 OT victory over the Hornets  that is exactly what I’m doing.

Stucktacular

Key Points:

  • Still not Will Bynum, Tayshaun Prince or Ben Gordon.  Gordon sat dressed in his uniform on the bench, but did not enter the game.
  • The Pistons started like gangbusters, outscoring the Hornets 31 to 16 in the first quarter, but Chris Paul started heating up and with him his team.
  • Team work was evident, Detroit finished with 27 assists on the night.
  • 42 minutes from Jonas Jerebko who seems to have a clone on the court when he’s out there. Jonas is  everywhere all the time.  J.J. finished with 13 points, 8 boards a blocked shot with 2 assists.  I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that when he’s in the starting lineup good things happen.
  • Though Chris Wilcox played just 12 minutes, scoring 3 points, it was this assist to Ben Wallace for the reverse jam that was really impressive.

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  • Oh my goodness,  Ben Wallace with 21 boards on the night, surpassing his season high while adding 13 points.  Another double-double for Ben, who’s constant control of the glass and the defensive end helped the Pistons control the game.   At this point in the season, it’s hard not to put Ben at the top of the list for team MVP.
  • Charlie Villanueva with 13 points, 7 boards and 2 steals.  I know he’s been hot and cold all season long, but I’m hoping the Pistons current play will help him out of whatever funk he was in.
  • Austin Day was great in his 14 minutes on the court.  Daye finished with 12 points and assist and a rebound.  He’s not afraid to take the big shot, and it always seems like he’s hitting them.  Is he our new 3 point go to guy?  Day was 2-for-2 from downtown.
  • Rip Hamilton led all scorers with 32 points, 10 assists, 3 steals and 3 boards. If Detroit ever needed a double-double from Rip it was last night. Rip, stepped up and helped control the flow of the game with Rodney feeling far from 100%.

Rip Hamilton

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  • It may have been upsetting to watch Detroit let their lead slip away in the fourth, but this time they didn’t fold when their back where against the wall.  Had they not have broken their losing streak before this game, their spirit may not have willed them to fight for this one.
  • Detroit had the ball for the last shot in regulation, but couldn’t convert on a Rip Hamilton jumper. Nothing to knock Rip’s fantastic night, but he took the ball up for the last shot and fell short. That’s where we miss Chauncey most of all. I wanted the ball in Rip’s hand, but not that way. Coming off a screen and getting the ball for the last shot is where Rip is money.
  • With Rodney not feeling well and not having a great game, it was most likely that we would have seen more of Chucky Atkins down the stretch, but Atkins fouled out and back came a hurt and very tired looking Rodney Stuckey. I don’t know what got into Stuck, but he put his team on his back in OT converting two three point plays, helping Detroit secure the win. Check out Rodney’s fire.

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  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • 30 points in the paint.
  • Board war won 46-34.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 18 points at one time.
  • Check out the Highlights via NBA.com with the ridiculous Charlie Villanueva slam.

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  • Another night, another game. Tonight against the Knicks.