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The 23-33 #Pistons will host the 34-22 Golden State Warriors at the Palace of Auburn Hills Monday night. Golden State would like to make it four straight to start off their six game road trip the right way while Detroit will take any victory they can, especially on their home court.

The good: Josh Smith had his best game as a Piston with a season-high 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting in the loss against the Mavs Saturday.
The bad: The Pistons have lost five straight against the Warriors.
Andre Drummond was off his game against and it won’t be easy for him and Monroe against Lee and Bogut (if he plays).
The unknown: The Warriors are looking for their second consecutive season sweep of Detroit. Can Detroit finally take one from Golden State?

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Injuries: Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Warriors: Andrew Bogut is questionable.
Festus Ezeli and Nemanja Nedovic are out.

Stat: Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 points against the Pistons on 11/12.
Fact: The Warriors have held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points in each of their last five meetings, the most consecutive games they’ve held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points since a 12-game stretch from 1955-56, when the teams were in Philadelphia and Fort Wayne, respectively.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

It’s tough for most #Pistons fans when Detroit heads off on their Western trips. It means long nights of games starting at 10 or later and finishing when most would be asleep. I’m happy to say I deiced to save myself of a lethargic Wednesday by turning this one off and going to bed after the Warriors had built a 19-point lead to close the first quarter.

Thinking maybe they made a game of it I turned on the TV when I woke up and fired up the Tivo. I had made the correct decision to go to sleep, that game ended as awful as it started. The Warrior made the Pistons look like an over-matched D-League team in their 113-95 victory on their home court.

So if you did as I did and decided this one was too later for you, you made a great decision.

Key Points:

  • It had to be embarrassing for the Pistons, Golden State just kept knocking down shots. It was so bad the Cheeks tried whatever he could to swing the game the Pistons way.
  • You know it started bad if Cheeks put in Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell to try to get things going.

Maurice Cheeks “I was a little disappointed in our effort. You can’t get down 20, 25 points” – it was 19 after a quarter and ballooned to 29 late in the third quarter – “and be happy with the effort.” Of the use of multiple players and starting the second half with Smith and Billups on the bench, Cheeks denied he was sending messages. “I just wanted to change some things up. It wasn’t about their effort. I just wanted to try to get something a little different.” Via Pistons.com

  • Don’t think that this was just a game of three-point shots for the Warriors. The Pistons gave up a ton of easy baskets in the paint, 54 points to be exact.
  • Note to self and fellow Pistons fans. It’s great to watch games like this when you can hit the fast forward and double speed button. It lessons the pain.
  • Gigi got some time scoring 10 and knocking down a couple of three-pointers.  Detroit is in desperate need of outside shooting, hopefully he can help.
  • In case you’re wondering the Pistons Andre Drummond is the fifth best center in the league and has one of the best shooting percentages. Andre led the Pistons with 16 points and 14 boards in the loss.
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  • Greg Monroe continues to play well and clearly been this teams best player since the season started. Monroe scored 15 with 5 boards, and two steals in 30 minutes on the floor.
  • Detroit on a four game losing streak going into Sacramento.
  • It’s great that the Pistons are scoring, but they wont win many games if they can’t hold teams below 100 points.
  • Golden State shot 50% from downtown and 60% on the night.
  • Josh Smith 18 minutes with two points on 1-of-6 shooting.
  • Caldwell-Pope 4-of-11 for nine points.  You can see he’s go a nice game, I’m just not sure if he’s ready yet.
  • The Warriors biggest lead was 29 points.
  • I suggest you don’t watch the low-lights.
  • I’m doing a mind erase on this one and hoping that two days rest with help the Pistons get their third win in Sacramento on Friday.

The Warriors spoiled the #Pistons home winning streak Wednesday night, but the 104-97 final score hardly tells the story in this one. The Warriors third quarter explosion pushed them ahead by 20, but Detroit had it down to a three points deficit with 1:08 left in the game.

Key Points:

  • I wasn’t as though the Pistons didn’t have chances in the final minute of the game, but failed to make a shot to keep them in it.
  • Someone tell me WHY Brandon Knight, who was having an awful night took three 3-Pointers in the final minute of the game. Add a turnover to that minute and you almost want to blame him for this one. And someone should also explain to me why in the world that Frank would even have him in the game, at that point?
  • Tayshaun Prince led the team with a season high 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting.
  • Greg Monroe just nine points with five boards. He’s been a little off his game lately, but is it wrong to almost expect a double-double every night?
  • Andre Drummond was a show within the show last night at the Palace. The NBA needs to take notice that this kid is the real deal. Mark Jackson can foul him all he wants to send him to the line, but he’s just going to make up for it. He played starter minutes on Wednesday night, and was in the game over Greg Monroe in the last minutes when the game was on the line.

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  • Drummond put up his second double-double of his career with 15 points and 12 rebounds. But it was his energy and scrappy play that wowed anyone that was watch the game. He may just be the Pistons new Putback King. I almost want to give him the nickname “Easy” because that’s how he makes everything look.
  • Less than stellar night for Kyle Singler, who put up just three points on 1-for-6 shooting.
  • Klay Thompson was a three-point machine.  His five third quarter three-pointers seemed more like 15, allowing the Warriors to pull away from the Pistons.  He finished the game with a game high 27.
  • Good to see Spartan Draymond Green get some playing time for the Warriors in front of his friends and family. He finished the game with two points in 12 minutes on the floor. Be thankful for Draymond’s supporters Wednesday night or the crowd would have looked much more sparse than it was.
  • Stuckey was great, scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists. Though he didn’t have a great first half he heated up big time after the break. He did a much better job keeping up with Curry, who made Brandon Knight look silly.
  • Singler and Stuckey combined missed their first 11 shots.
  • If it wasn’t for the Pistons bench this game would have been a Warrior blowout.
  • Charlie V’s three-pointer put the Pistons within three points with a minute left in the game. He finished with 11 points and has been doing well on the other end of the floor too. He’s giving the team non-Charlie like effort on the defensive end since he’s been back in the rotation.
  • Highlight of the Game via NBA.com

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  • Interesting stat from NBA.com: “Detroit is giving up an average of 84.3 points in its victories, compared to 101.3 points in its losses”
  • It’s all about defense. You can’t let a team score 39 points in the a quarter.
  • Stephan Curry is on a tear, putting up a 20 and 10 streak like it’s nothing. He also shut Brandon Knight down while scoring his 22 and 10 against the Pistons.

Andre Drummond: “We should have never let it get that far to where we had to work that hard to get back. Moving forward, we need to just play our game.”
 

  • Next up The Bulls Friday night at the Palace.

The 6-13 #Pistons with host the 10-7 Golden State Warriors Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons are looking to extend their five game home winning streak to six, something they haven’t done in almost five years.

  • The good: The Pistons have won the last four against the Warriors and 15 of 16 at home.
  • The bad:Brandon Knight may have a tough time containing Stephan Curry, who’s playing great right now. He’s currently ranked 14th in efficacy of all PG’s.
  • The unknown: Who’s going to be the Piston of the game?  I’m going with the combo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, who will have to contend with David Lee, Biedrins and Harrison Barnes.

Head on over to the Palace for next to nothing! Tickets as low as $5.

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 4-6 Pistons are on their last game of their West Coast trip to finish off their season series with the 6-4 Warriors. A win against Golden State will do more than just take the series from the Warriors, it will make this a successful road trip at 3-1. Just what the team will need when they head home to take on the Lakers at the Palace Wednesday night.

The Warriors, who have lost their last two games, will likely be without David Lee, who had surgery this past Friday to eliminate an infection in a cut he suffered earlier in the week.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 10:30 pm and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

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The 21-37 Detroit Pistons are in California to take on The 16-41 Golden State Warriors. This is the Pistons final destination of their road trip, but unfortunately most Pistons fans will be unable to see the broadcast.

As I mentioned earlier, this game was pulled from the FSN schedule, and if you have NBA league pass you may only be able to get it on the Warriors side of the broadcast due to local blackouts.   You do what you have to do to get your Pistons Fix.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 10:30 pm EST, for  the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

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The more they play the more the new-look Detroit Pistons look like a cohesive unit. It wasn’t pretty at times in Golden State, but The Pistons prevailed late last night with a 107-102 win over the Warriors.

Key Points:

  • Kwame Brown started in place of Amir Johnson and it may become a bit more permanent. Curry wants to throw a big body out there in the next few games when Detroit will be facing big centers. I’m cringing now as to what Brown will have to face (Andrew Bynum and Laker fans) tonight against the Lakers. It’s going to be brutal.
  • “I am glad this has happened,” Brown said. “I love playing with ‘Sheed in the starting lineup. I think (the coaches) noticed last game that with me ducking in (toward the basket), it was getting guys open corner 3-pointers. But they brought me in here to play defense, run the court and rebound. That’s what I am going to try and do.” Via The Detroit Free Press
  • Detroit started this game allowing Golden State to get pretty much anything they wanted down low. That changed in the second half as Detroit not only shut down the lanes but dominated them, finishing with  50 points down low for the game.
  • Will Bynum is killing it out there. The punch of Will and Iverson on the floor with Arron Afflalo sped this team up like I had never thought possible. Fearless Will scored 6 points in 11 minutes and continues to impress the Pistons fan base as well as the TNT broadcasters.
  • Five Pistons in double figures as well as five Warriors.
  • Detroit didn’t need Tayshaun to put up a ton of points, but they did need his career-high rebounding night. Tay had a double-double with 10 points, 16 boards, 3 assists, a steal and a blocked shot in a whopping 45 minutes on the floor.
  • Curry isn’t shy to tell the viewing audience that Amir make a mistake so he got yanked. That was after Amir was subbed in for the first time and was quickly pulled 30 seconds later.
  • Maxiell thunder dunk is always a pleasant sight, the one he missed before the dunk almost brought the building down. In 12 minutes Jason had 6 points and 4 boards. Love you Jason, but you got served on this play.
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  • NBA Highlights of The Game.
  • Chauncey is really lighting things up in Denver.
  • Detroit’s biggest lead was 9, while Golden State led by as much as 12.
  • 17 Detroit turnovers, that stat has to change. Luckily the Warriors handed the ball over 15 times.
  • We sorely miss Antonio McDyess.
  • TNT – Iverson, Rasheed Wallace Interview.
  • One of the best games from Sheed in quite some time. Ninteen points on 8-for-15 shooting but it was his key defensive shot and his back to back threes late in the fourth that put the game away for Detroit. Another double-double for the SHEEDtastic one.

Rasheed Wallace for Three

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  • We complained about Flip using the starters, well Iverson, Prince, Wallace and Hamilton logged 167 minutes.
  • “Now I have to learn A.I. It’s like starting over,” Hamilton said. “With (Chauncey Billups ) at the beginning, at least we had a training camp. With A.I., we have to learn on the fly.” Via The Detroit News
  • Fourth quarter tech for Mr. Wallace.
  • Out-rebounded 49-51.
  • Rip got his touch back leading Detroit with 24 points. It took him most of the game to get in a rhythm, but it was so great to see his shots falling. As soon as plays start getting run for him and he’s coming off screens things will get much better for Rip, who seems to be standing around a lot on the offensive end.

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  • Walter Herman got some time but he picked up three quick fouls in his 2 minutes and 45 seconds on the floor and didn’t return.
  • Allen Iverson put up 23 and had some “Iverson” moments.

  • “That really hurt my feelings, that tip,” Wallace said. “You can’t let that frustrate you. I missed two point-blank foul shots. I’m upset at myself about that. You can’t let that one thing get you down. That’s what we did, just dug deep and came up with some stops down the stretch.” Via Yahoo.com Steve made sure we didn’t miss that quote.
  • HUGE night for Arron Afflalo who seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Great defensively but his key layups in the third and fourth brought Detroit back to life again. Afflalo scored 11 and was out there when it counted in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.
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  • Detroit shot 45% on the night.
  • Important to get this one, especially after the slow start again. It’s going to be a tough one tonight against the Lakers but it with Rodney Stuckey on the floor again things should be a bit better. Although I’m loving Will Bynum.
  • Again….Must read Chauncey Billups interview.
  • Sheed’s New Tattoo…Thanks to Alana for sending us the Link ASAP!