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The Pistons just did something no other team has done this season, beat the league leading Indiana Pacers on their home court.  Detroit controlled game leading from buzzer to buzzer in their 101-96 victory.

Key Points:

  • Josh Smith had another huge game leading all scores, as he did against the Blazers the night before, with 30 points.  Smith had the hot hand early, especially after the half. When he was in range he just couldn’t seem to miss.  Despite his huge offensive game, his block on West with 48 seconds left on the clock could have been the play of the game. Smith added 7 boards, an assist and two blocks.
  • Dare I say that Josh’s block on West, that went off the backboard and right into the hands of Brandon Jennings, reminded me of the Tayshaun block.
  • In his first 24 games with the Pistons, Josh Smith averaged 13.8 points and 14.0 field goal attempts. In the past two nights, he has averaged 30.5 points and 23.0 shots. Via NBA.com
  • It was nice to see Jennings and crew feeding Josh when he clearly had a rhythm going.
  • Let’s talk about the Pistons other Josh.  Harrellson, who was inserted in the game early after Drummond picked up two quick fouls, left off right where Andre would have. It was Josh’s best game of the season with 10 boards, 2 blocked shots and seven points in just 16 minutes.

Josh Harrellson Season High Pistons

  • After the heart breaker at the Palace on Sunday night I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think they could do it. They dominated the game, leading by as much as 11, but the Pacers were right there with a minute left on the clock. Thank you for proving me wrong and closing this one out.
  • Detroit played the best two teams in the league two nights in a row. They narrowly lost to the Blazers and beat the Pacers at home, so does that mean they’ve turned the corner?
  • The Pistons held Paul George in check, holding him below his season average of 24.
  • Will Bynum, who was on court in the third and fourth resting Brandon Jennings, clearly showed signs of rust. He was almost hard to watch, except for the alley-oop feed to Andre Drummond.
  • This team hasn’t been this fun to watch since 2004-2005.
  • Drummond played just two minutes in the first half. He finished the game with nine points and nine boards.

cheeksMaurice Cheeks on Josh Smith: “We keep putting him on the block and he’s being aggressive, attacking the rim, he’s getting a ton of opportunities. He’s just playing a full basketball game. That last play, that drive to the rim, he ended up blocking it off the backboard. He’s just playing great right now.” Via Pistons.com

  • Brandon Jennings is taking care of the basketball. Jennings put up 18 points with only one turnover and a couple of huge triples. He’s looked as good as Smith has the last two games.
Brandon Jennings Pistons vs Pacers

Photo Getty Images – Editing Need4Sheed.com

  • Give it up to Jonas Jerebko who walked in right before the half and dropped a buzzer beating three like it was nothing.
  • Monore was solid again with 12 boards and 13 points.
  • Why can’t Louis Scola miss against Detroit? It was Scola that got the Pacers within striking distance. He scored 18 for the Pacers off the bench.
  • Recap via NBA.com


  • The Pistons controlled the boards 55-40.  They did especially well limiting the Pacers get second chance shots.
  • Caldwell-Pope was just 3-of-11 shooting for 8 points, but his hustle was noticeable.
  • Stuckey, clearly hurting, played just 15 minutes with two points.
  • In Boston on Wednesday should keep this team rolling.
  • Are they getting a little respect yet?

 

The 11-14 #Pistons are in Indianapolis to play the second game of a back-to-back against the league leading 20-3 Pacers. The Pacers have reached the 20 win mark the fastest in their franchise history.

The good: Detroit has a better chance than most to take down the Pacers with their front line of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. The Pistons will have to go at the basket strong, they currently lead the league with points in the paint at 51.9.
The bad: Detroit is 1-o against Indiana this season and has lost 10 consecutive games to the Pacers on the road. The Pacers haven’t lost a game yet at home, where they are winning games by an average of 13 points.
The unknown: Can the Pistons minimize the damage that Paul George and Roy Hibbert cause most nights? Will Luis Scola do what he usually does when up against Detroit (score at will)? Can Josh Smith be the Josh Smith he was Sunday night against the Blazers?
Injury Report: None, but this is a second game of a back-to-back so Chauncey Billups will be sitting this one out.

Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.5%
Fact: Andre Drummond currently ranks first in NBA history for the highest average of rebounds per game among players 20 or younger with 12.7.
Fact: Detroit is 2-4 on the second night of back-to-back games.
Fact: The Pistons’ last win at Indiana came on Jan. 29, 2008.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

The Pistons led the West-leading Portland Trail Blazers on their court for close to 48 minutes Sunday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  It was the last-minute in regulation that got the Blazers into extra minutes and it was this


Damian Lillard fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime that broke the Pistons hearts.

The struggle to close games out continues for Detroit, final score 111-109.

Key Points:

  • Josh Smith all scorers with 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting with seven boards, four assists a steal and a blocked shot. This was clearly the best game for Smith since coming to Detroit.

Coming into the game, Josh Smith was averaging a career-high 4.4 3-point attempts despite making just 26.9 percent of them. He finally got the message to take the ball to the rim, scoring seven of his eight first-half field goals within five feet of the basket. He surpassed his season high by making four hook shots in the third quarter. via NBA.com

  • LeMarcus Aldridge continues to dominate the league and especially against Detroit.  He put up 27 points and 12 board and was the reason the Blazers got won the game.
  • It’s almost torture as a Pistons fan to watch a fourth quarter of any game.  I’m going to put a Gastroenterologist on retainer soon.
  • Brandon Jennings misses a triple-double with 15 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the loss. He’s cut down on the turnovers of late, he had just two on the night.
  • Not only does Andre Drummond fill the stat lines, he can fill hearts.  Playing high school and college ball in Connecticut he wrote the names of all the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting a year ago on his shoes and donated them and his jersey after the game.
Andre Drummond Sandy Hook

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  • Andre finished the game with 13 points, 14 boards, three steals and three blockes shots in 43:35 on the floor. He also added a few standard jaw dropping dunks and kept himself in the game getting his fifth foul mid fourth quarter.
  • Greg Monroe had another healthy game and did his best against the outstanding Aldridge. Moose scored 17 with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Singler gets the starting nod over Caldwell-Pope soon.  Each finished with five points on the night, but Singler has played more meaningful minutes the past few games.
  • Bynum was dressed but did not play.
  • Recap via NBA.com


  • Billups is getting time on the court but it seems to be limited.  Not sure if they are taking it easy on him since the injury or that’s what his role will be.  He will not be playing back-to-back nights, so we wont see him in Indiana. He scored six with four assists in 16 minutes on the floor.  I personally would have had him out there to take that last shot in regulation.

 smithJosh Smith: “If this doesn’t sting, I don’t know what does. When I was in Atlanta and we were young, we were in a lot of ballgames, but late down the stretch we couldn’t figure it out. A year later, we turned the corner. But those losses that we experienced in that time, they stung a little bit and they were also learning experiences. We sat down as a team and watched film. We didn’t want to watch them, but we saw reasons we lost those games and it didn’t do anything but make us better. We’ll sit down as a team and see what we’re doing wrong in late games, because this was definitely a winnable game.” Via Pistons.com

  • Stuckey with 17 on 7-of-18 shooting.
  • Monday night in Indiana against the Pacers is going to be rough.

The 11-13 #Pistons will host the 19-4 Portland Trail Blazers at the Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday evening.  Detroit will have their hands full when they go up against the West-leading Trail Blazers who haven’t lost a game against a team in the East this season.

The good: Detroit has won the last two home games against the Blazers.  The last time these two teams met Detroit gave the Blazers a run for their money on their home court losing 109-103.
The bad: The Pistons are just 1-8 on the year against Western division teams.

smithJosh Smith on blowing a 21 point lead against the Nets: “We have to learn to execute that much harder and not act kind of lackadaisical whenever we feel like we have the game won.” Via NBA.com

The unknown: Can Brandon Jennings  repeat his performance this time around after leading all scorers when these teams last met with 28 points, especially against Damian Lillard, who’s proved he’s a threat in just his second season in the NBA. Can Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe stop LeMarcus Aldridge, who’s leading his team in PPG with 23.4 points a game, and always steps up when he plays against Detroit.
Injury Report: Bynum is still listed as doubtful with his left adductor strain.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 62.9%
Fact:The Detroit Pistons are first in the NBA for most points in the paint with 51.2 per game.
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Tip off is at 6:00 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.

The Pistons looked as if they were going to coast a victory over the Nets Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  After being up most of the game and dominating the Nets by as much as 21, the Nets surged back in the fourth quarter and the Pistons narrowly escaped with a 103-99 win.

Key Points:

  • The big fella’s  Andre and Greg led the way combining for 44 points and 24 boards.
  • Josh Smith’s addition to this team is a work in progress.  Not sure if it’s his shot selection or the change of position but it’s been rare that we’ve been happy with his play on the offensive end.  Josh was 3-of-13 on the night for 10 points in 35 minutes.  For those of you who have suggested that the Pistons trade him, it’s not happening and for the others who think he should come off the bench, it’s not likely that Detroit would pay that much for a someone to come off the bench.
  • Brandon Jennings is a good player, but not a great player.  He may sparkle on some nights, but when he goes up against a high-caliber weapon on the other end like Deron Williams he hasn’t been able to hold his own.  Jennings was 3-of-14 for eight points with four assists on the night.  He did however step up his game and only turn the ball over once.  Deron on the other hand scored 22 with nine assists.
  • Huge night for Greg Monroe who put up 22 with 11 boards in 34 minutes.  It was Greg’s hook with 54 seconds left in the game that stopped the Nets run to put the Pistons up by seven.
Greg Monroe Pistons-vs-Nets

Photo Getty Images – Editing Need4Sheed.com

  • Kyle Singler has really stepped up the past few games, he hit some very important shots Friday night, especially his final two free throws to seals the victory. He finished with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
  • Stuckey is still rolling dropping 17 on the Nets in 29 minutes.
  • Very frustrating to watch this team dominate and then let the Nets get back in the game.

Chauncey BillupsChauncey Billups: “It wasn’t isolations that got us that lead. We were moving the ball and moving around. You shouldn’t change that. Just play the same way. Sometimes it calls for that, trying to beat the clock up, but not for a whole seven or eight minutes.” Via NBA.com

  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com


  • Another monster game from Andre Drummond who not only put up 22 with 13 boards, two blocked shots and a steal in 39 minutes he was 6-0f-8  from the free throw line.  Dre’s only chink in his armor is at the line and if he can keep this up he will silence any critic he has.
  • Dre is All-Star bound, are you voting for Andre and Greg?
  • The Pistons with 60 points in the paint to 38 for the Nets.
  • The Nets were without Brook Lopez who was averaging 24 the last for games for Brooklyn.
  • Post game interviews and highlights via Pistons.com

  • The 19-4 Trailblazers at the Palace Sunday night will be a test.

The 10-13 #Pistons will host the 8-14 Brooklyn Nets Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nets, who many picked as contenders in the East, have had multiple issues this season with injuries and coaching.

Kidd, the first year head coach butted heads with former Pistons head coach Laurence Frank and basically exiled him. Reports now surfaced of a Kidd’s tirade towards Frank in a staff meeting.

“Sit the (expletive) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (expletive) move,” Kidd said, according to NBA.com reporter David Aldridge. The report did not offer further details of what the 13-letter word was.

The argument ultimately led to Frank being reassigned to a reduced role which Kidd described as “doing daily reports.” Via ESPN

Despite their issues Nets have started playing well of late and are on a three game winning streak.

The good: Detroit has won 15 of the last 19 games at home against Brooklyn.
The Pistons got great games from Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey in their OT loss to the Pelicans. Detroit’s Bigs will have to play well on both ends of the floor with Brook Lopez averaging 24 over the last four game and Garnett and Pierce stepping up their games.
The bad:  The Pistons inability to close out games that they can clearly win. Detroit fought back in New Orleans only to fold in overtime.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: It’s on Greg and I to figure it out. We can’t continue to let guys come in our paint and do those kinds of things to us. It’s a building process and we’re going to figure it out. It’s not going to happen for too long.” Via NBA.com

The unknown: Can Josh Smith finally make his mark in a Pistons uniform and show everyone why Joe Dumars brought him here?
Injury Report: Bynum is still listed as doubtful with his left adductor strain.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 62.4%
Fact: Brandon Jennings tied a career-high six steals at New Orleans.
Link: Andre Drummond rands 3rd on ESPN’s 25 and Under NBA Rankings behind Anthony Davis and Paul George.

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.

Watching the Pistons in Tuesday night’s game at the Palace of Auburn Hills against the Minnesota Timberswolves, you’d bet all the money you had that this team could never have beaten the NBA Champs a week earlier.  Detroit looked terrible against a mediocre Minnesota team losing, 121-94 on their home court.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings led the way for Detroit with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with six assists on the night. The scoring numbers are good and his assists keep growing, but it Jennings doesn’t start playing better defense and stop turning the ball over this team is in for some serious ups and downs. The Timberwolves back-court made Brandon look like a high school player scoring on him with ease.  He finished the game with six of the Pistons 20 turnovers.
  • Kevin Love and Minnesota’s center Pekovic  out-shined the Pistons Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.  Love was outstanding scoring 26 with 16 boards and seven assists.
  • Minnesota just played harder going to the line 33 times to the Pistons 16 foul attempts.  I will however say that the refs were a little biased toward the visiting team.
  • Best part of the game for a Pistons fan was this behind the back assist from Brandon Jennings to a trailing Andre Drummond for the Dunk.


  • This team need to work on their defense more than Gigi needs a shave and a haircut.
  • Speaking of Datome, he missed all of his six shots he attempted in garbage time.  He may never get going if he doesn’t get consistent minutes.  You can’t ask someone who’s never been in the NBA to hit his shots at a drop of a hat.  If he could do that he would have been a NBA player a long time ago.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a career-high 16 points and grabbed four boards.  He’s improving every game he’s out there.
  • Never thought I’d say this but, this team misses Rodney Stuckey who’s still sidelined with an injury.
  • Chauncey Billups finally returned, but was just 2-of-7 for seven points in 18 minutes.
  • Josh Smith put up 17 on 7-of-14 shooting making just one of this five three-point attempts.
  • The Timberwolves led by as much as 30.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Andre Drummond’s streak of six straight games with six or more offensive rebounds ended.  He finished the game with eight boards, eight points and two blocked shots.
  • I’m ready to wash this one away, but that all depends on what they do against the Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The 10-10 #Pistons will host the 15-5 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday evening.  Detroit, who have won four in a row, one of which was a win in  Miami on Tuesday night, would love to extend their winning streak with a win at home.

The good: The Heat could again be without Dwyane Wade who missed Tuesday’s game in Miami against the Pistons. Detroit held the HEAT to 43.9% (36-82 FG) shooting Tuesday night, their lowest percentage for the year.
The bad: The Pistons big three weren’t very productive offensively in Detroit’s win against the Bulls. The dynamic three must be productive in order for Detroit to have a change against the World Champs.
The unknown: Chauncey Billups returned to practice on Friday is close to a return. He is still listed as day-to-day and Will Bynum is doubtful with his left adductor strain. Can Andre Drummond stay out of foul trouble this time around against Miami?

If the Pistons can beat the Heat for the second time in a week, can you consider them to have turned the corner?

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 63.0%
Fact: The Pistons current four-game road winning streak matches the longest such streak since the 2007-08 season.
Fact: The Pistons haven’t won a regular-season series against the HEAT since 2007-08.

Tip off is at 6:00 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 been quite a long time, in fact since February 24 of 2006 since the #Pistons beat the Bulls in Chicago. The 92-72 victory put the Pistons at 500 ball since early in November when they were 2-2.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings led the way with a season high 33 points, five assists, and two steals in 41:55 on the floor. Jennings was hot from downtown knocking down 5-of-8, the last a glasser reminiscent of Sheed. Jennings outscored the entire starting lineup 33-32.
  • The Pistons took advantage of a broken down Bulls team that didn’t have Deng, Butler, Mike James and as we know Derrick Rose.
  • Just three Pistons in double figures.
  • Detroit led by as much 19, but it was a tie game at the half.  The Pistons pulled away in the third quarter allowing only nine for Chicago while scoring 24.
  • Rodney Stuckey left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter after a collision with Mike Dunleavy and didn’t return.  No word yet on his status.
  • Does Josh Harrellson remind any of you (who can remember) Bill Laimbeer?  The hop he takes when shooting a three looks just like Laimbeer.  All he needs to do now is develop a nice right hook.  Harrellson finished with 10 points, five boards, two assists and three blocked shots in just 12:56 on the floor.  Josh has played himself into this rotation.

Josh-Harrellson-Dance4-Original Gif via www.jamesvandermemes.tumblr.com

cheeksMaurice Cheeks:  On Josh Harrellson “Josh was good. Josh understands how to play the game. Not only to make a shot, he had 3 blocks tonight. If he doesn’t have a shot, he knows how to take the ball to someone else and he is a pretty good rebounder. He understands how to play the game. His 3’s and Brandon’s 3’s were big.”

  • The Pistons big three didn’t score in bundles combining for just 22, but their work on the defensive end won this game.
  • I don’t care if the Bulls were injury plagued, anytime the Pistons beat Chicago is a good day in Detroit.
  • Four game winning streak.
  • Singler keeps hitting his shots, which is good considering we don’t know the status of Rodney Stuckey.  Kyle was 4-of05 for 12 points in 22 minutes.
  • Turnovers are still an issue, Pistons with 18 on the night.
  • Grabbing boards were Smith with 10, Monroe with 12 and Drummond with 14.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • If the Pistons can beat the Heat at home Sunday for the second time in a week, they have truly turned the corner.

The #Pistons showed themselves and the NBA that they can win on any given night after they beat the defending World Champion Heat on their own floor ending their 10 game winning streak. Detroit was dominant during the 107-97 victory letting the Heat get the lead just once in the game on their first two point as they led by as much as 18 points.  Though the Heat got as close as three late in the fourth the Pistons did something they haven’t done all season…close them out.  And what better team to do it against than the Heat.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings had two very decisive plays that led to this victory.  One, a three-point make from way beyond the arch when the Heat had gotten within three 88-91 to put the Pistons up six.  The other a HUGE, and I mean HUGE steal from LeBron James who didn’t even know he got swiped.  James was still going up for the dunk when Brandon was halfway down the court getting ready to pass it to Monroe for two.



Via NBA.com

  • Jennings finished with 15 points, four steals, five assists.
  • This win was all about teamwork, with seven Pistons in double figures. By far the most complete game since this team was assembled.
  • Very surprised that not a ton of superstar fouls were called in this one, especially being that it was in Miami.
  • A breakout game for Kyle Singler, who led the Pistons with 18 point. More importantly his three-point shot was dropping. He went 4-of-6 from downtown his last from way back with LeBron guarding him and the shot clock winding down.
  • Great feeling to get this win, but it wasn’t fun watching late in the fourth as the Heat crept back in, especially leading by 18 points.
  • Josh Smith did a heck of a job guarding LeBron James. Pistons fan my complain about his shot selection at time, but he’s been bringing it on the defensive end. Smith finished with 15, a blocked shot (should have been 3), with four assists and four boards.
Josh Smith Pistons vs Heat December 3 2013

Photo Getty Images – Editing Need4Sheed.com

  • Huge start to the game by Andre Drummond who grabbed six boards in the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately Dre got into early foul trouble limiting his minutes to 19 on the night. Despite the limited time he finished with 10 points and 18 boards.
  • Jonas Jerebko, who been getting more time, scored 7 points all of which seemed to come at the perfect time.
  • If you missed it I’m sorry, the highlights just don’t do this game justice.


Via NBA.com

  • Defense was defiantly the deciding factor in this one.
  • When the Heat got within three I said to myself and twitter, “this is where Mo Cheeks shows he can coach….or not.”
  • Stuckey still being the catalyst on this team.  He finished with 16.
  • If Detroit would have lost you could have looked at the turnovers (18), especially the costly ones late in the game.
  • Greg Monroe as solid as ever with 16, five assists, a steal and two blocked shots.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: “It is a great feeling. We played all 48 (minutes) tonight. We played hard the whole game. We didn’t let up off the gas. We just took advantage of the lead that we had and just kept pushing forward.”

  • Brandon Jennings post game interview via NBA.com


  • I wish we could bask in this one a little longer, but Detroit has to keep it going Wednesday night in Milwaukee.