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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.

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.

So what if the he Pistons lost their 9th game in a row to the Miami Heat 98-81 Wednesday night at the Palace.  And so what if Charlie Villanueva isn’t all that happy that John Kuester is giving his time to the Rookies to see what they can do.

I’ll tell you why you shouldn’t care, because of this ankle breaking move Will Bynum put on former Piston Carlos Arroyo. Well I might be being over dramatic about the whole thing, but you have to look for the silver lining somewhere don’t you?

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Not only do I love the move, but I absolutely love what George Blaha and Greg Kelser said about Arroyo after it.  If you didn’t notice, play it again.  They made sure they didn’t give too  much credit to Arroyo’s skills, considering they watched what he did in Detroit.

Personally I never liked Arroyo’s  game.  To me he is better suited for the And1 Mix Tape tour (is that still around) rather than the NBA.  Heck, I think The Professor could take him.  Him in a Piston uniform trying to run the point was like someone sitting next to me and eating a bag of Krunchers in front of a microphone…..brutal.

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 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 Pistonees - The Detroit Pistons Awards

Bennie and Jeff had a brilliant idea to hand out Pistoneees. What are Pistoneees? Well they are the Pistons Decade awards voted on by you …the people.

Listen to the Nominations and then make your final decisions and vote.

Vote – The Best of The Detroit Pistons Decade

Bennie and Jeff with the Pistoneees – The Best of The Detroit Pistons

Like Bennie and Jeff mentioned, we will be announcing the awards later in the week, so get to voting.
I will put up a link to this post at the top of the page for easy access to voting.

Who is most deserving of a Pistoneee? You decide!

Despite having their team at full strength for the first time all season, the Pistons suffered a 95-102 loss to the Raptors Sunday afternoon in the Toronto.  Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon each scored 15 points as the losing streak goes to seven games.

Key Points:

  • Losing aside, it was nice to get Ben, Rip and Tayshaun back.  Because of the suspensions to Daye and Jerebko on opening night, this was actually the first game all season long at full strength.
  • Pistons started this one strong in the first few minutes of the game, but Toronto slowly pulled away leading by as much as 20.
  • Fantastic third quarter where the Pistons outscored the Raps 28-13 to give them a chance in the second half.
  • The Pistons still winning the board wars (40-36), and still not winning games.
  • Huge game from Chris Bosh a 16 rebound 25 point double-double in 38 minutes.
  • Chucky Atkins deactivated and the box score listed DaJuan Summers with a strained left knee.
  • The thing that the Pistons have been hanging their hat on has seemed to disappeared in the past few games. It’s not just the pick and roll defense that’s suffering either.
  • After being out 8 weeks with a back injury, Tayshaun Prince looked pretty good.  Prince scored 9 on 4-for-8 shooting with 3 boards and  3 assists in 26 minutes.

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Gordon looked a bit rusty to start, but caught his groove in the second half finishing with 15 on 4-for-15 shooting with 5 boards.  I’m guessing he’s back to his usual self by Tuesday.
  • “We had our chances tonight,” Gordon said. “With all the injuries and guys coming back, I still thought we had a chance to win the game. We just didn’t convert on plays that we needed to.” Via The Detroit News
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • A decent 40% shooting percentage compared to the twenty something they put up last time against Toronto. However the thing that may have done the Pistons in was it’s 33% shooting in the third quarter while allowing the Raps to shoot 62%.
  • With BG, Tay and Rip back and “The Swede” starting at PF I was surprised the Pistons didn’t rest Charlie Villanueva.   Charlie scored 8 on 2-for-7 shooting with 2 boards, a blocked shot and 4 turnovers.
  • The Raptors really have the Pistons number this season.  This may be one of the best Raptors teams I can remember in quite some time.
  • The Pistons seem to have trouble getting to the line lately they were 23-for-33, while Toronto was 32-for44.
  • Rodney Stuckey’s high…..high glasser had to be the shot of the night, this thing bounced off the top of the backboard and fell right in.
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  • Rodney scored 13 on 5-for14 shooting with 8 boards, 5 assists and a steal. Solid all around game for Rodney.
  • Detroit trailed 74-69 after three thanks to a (as Blaha said) a “man sized third quarter” from Jonas Jerebko. Prince got the Pistons to within 85-84 on a turnaround jumper with 5:47 left in the fourth, but that’s as close as it got.
  • Just 9 turnovers for Detroit.
  • A Bynumite ankle breaker.
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  • Will Bynum finished with just 4 points, 2 boards and an assist in just 14 minutes on the floor.
  • Clearly Jonas Jerebko was the player of the game, enormous hustle all game long and dunks and consecutive three pointers in the third to get the Pistons back in the game.

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  • Need4Swede, despite the return of Prince in the starting lineup, started the game at PF. Jonas finished the game with 14 points with 7 boards, 2 steals and a block shot before fouling out on a bogus call in the fourth quarter. I hate to say it, but had Jonas not been called for that last shot, thing may have ended just a bit different.
  • Rip, Ben and Tay back but Jonas was the difference maker.
  • Happy to see Chris Wilcox being the guy I thought he was going to be when he got to Detroit. Six quick points in 12 minutes with 2 boards and a blocked shot. That’s nice production in short minutes.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com
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  • Can they get things together for their next game at home against the Knicks? My guess it that the losing streak ends Tuesday.
  • Apologizing it was a long time coming, but Mr. Atkins is not tooned.  I also have a bit of a surprise with a couple new additions to the header of the site.

This may have been the most discouraging loss in quite some time for the Pistons. It wasn’t because they lost the game at the buzzer, it wasn’t a  great outing gone bad, it was simply just a hard game to watch from a tired, beat up, rundown, undermanned Pistons squad. Don’t get me wrong, the Bobcats had a lot to do with the 76-88 loss, but the Pistons couldn’t get anything going their way.

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I’ll let George and Greg tell the tale:

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Side note: Gerald Wallace was a killer, love his game, but we really don’t need to see his mouth piece the whole game. It’s for the inside of your mouth Gerald…ok?

I’ll leave it at that, because the now five game losing streak is weighing on the team and their fans. We will get a chance to get things going again when the Pistons face the Raptors tomorrow night at the Palace.  Hey, we may even get one of the injured back tomorrow if Santa is nice to us.  If anything, it will be nice to see Amir back at the Palace, even though he’s not in red, white and blue.

You may have wondered why I didn’t give you a blow by blow of Need4Sheed Suite Night at The Palace with our new friends from Austria.  Well, you can read about their experience over at Pistons.com where I was honored to tell their story.

And make sure you read Vladan and Martin’s daily journals of their trip over at Dunk on U.

Thanks again to David Wieme and The Detroit Pistons for making such special trip turn out magical. And from Vladan and Martin themselves, here is part of an email I received this morning.

Natalie,

If you see David, George or Greg Kelser, please tell them how much we appreciate everything they have done for us and that we will always remember this day for the rest of our lives.

We can’t even describe how much everything you have done for us means to us.

Saying that tonight was something special is truly an understatement.  I know the Pistons finally put up a win, in dramatic fashion by the way, but what happened for our new friends from Austria is something to remember.

Special thanks to George Blaha and Gregg Kelser who were kind enough to take time out of their busy pre- game schedule ….

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And then to Shout out Vladan and Martin on the broadcast.

What you don’t hear or see on that clip is what David Wieme of The Pistons did to make the boys’ 5000 mile trek something they couldn’t possibly imagine or forget. Thank You Dave, you’re kind of a big deal.

And thanks to all of you who emailed, and commented on the site so we knew it happened minutes after it happened.  Team N4S is quick!