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The Pistons beat the New Orleans Hornets 89-87 Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills despite losing Brandon Knight within the first five minutes of the game. Knight, who only the night before put up a career high 26 points, went to the locker room after  an elbow under the basket from former Piston DaJuan Summers.  Knight suffered a broken nose and didn’t return, but  should be ready with his mask for the Pistons Tuesday practice.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell all about the hustle again.  Maxiell in another start, finished the game with 10 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. No shot was more important on the night than Jason’s putback jam on a Greg Monroe miss late in the game to help the Pistons lock in the victory. As much ups and downs as Jason has had he’s shown a lot these last few games and I have always called him the Putback King.
Pistons Jason Maxiell the Putback King

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  • This Maxiell dunk brought the house down. Via NBA.com

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Lawrence Frank “Jason Maxiell embodied what the effort was all about, his tenacity, his effort, his toughness – I don’t know what (Monroe) finished with (in) offensive rebounds. I guess he had six. I would bet that three of them were the result of Max keeping balls alive and then to get that big dunk – momentum play. Max brings a toughness, an intensity, a tenacity about him. He played with an edge.”

  • The Hornets Trevor Ariza couldn’t miss Saturday night leading all scorers with 26 on 9-for-12 shooting.
  • Jonas Jerebko was headbutted by Jason Smith and it looked almost intentional, that may have been the reason why Jonas put his arm out in retaliation after  he got hit.  Smith went crashing to the floor on his own.  And depending on the replay you saw, Jonas’s arm didn’t touch him.
  • Hustle all night from Jonas, who was 5-for-10 for 11 points, with 5 boards in just 18 minutes on the floor.
  • Austin Day just1-for-5 for 4 points and 3 boards in 19 plus minutes on the floor.
  • Add another check mark to Greg Monroe’s double-double tally as Moose poured in 24 points with 16 boards, 2 assists and a steal. Did you envision this much progress in Greg’s game this season?
Greg Monroe against the Hornets

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  • Yes this stat is correct…54 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Thirteen turnover on the night for Detroit, five of them came from Monroe.
  • This one went back and forth.  The Pistons trailed by three at the half took the first double-digit lead either way by going on an 8-0 run early in the fourth.

Greg Monroe: “You know Brandon’s a big part of what we do, but Walker D. (Russell) and Rodney (Stuckey) moving back to the point more, definitely stepped up tonight and everybody else that got into the game. Everybody stepped up tonight. It was a tough night, but everybody had a crazy amount of energy for the schedule that we just went through and I have to applaud my teammates, they did a great job tonight.”

  • Solid night for Rodney Stuckey, who really stepped up his game as soon as Brandon went to the locker room.  Rodney took it to the hole all night finishing with 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting with 3 assists, as steal and just one turnover.
  • Walker Russell showed just how important he can be for this Pistons team.  Russell with 4 assists, 9 points and 2 steals in 32 minutes.  Have they started selling his jerseys at the Palace yet?

Walker Russell on n Brandon Knight going out and him stepping in: “Usually I’m the guy that was always playing, but I’ve been playing more and more lately, so when coach called my number, he had the confidence in me and I had the confidence to step up and play.”

  • What you can see in the last two Pistons performances is that they still have issues holding on to a lead, but they are learning.
  • Highlights, including Brandon’s injury via NBA.com

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  • The Pistons can sure use their extended vacation, they next play on Wednesday in New Jersey.

The 8-19 Pistons are hosting the 16-10 New Orleans Hornets Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The big question is, will Detroit bounce back from their abysmal performance against the Clippers?

Charlie Villanueva: “This one hits home, we know what was at stake. We know we laid an egg. We embarrassed ourselves out there. We all know that.”

The last time the Pistons met the Hornets it did not go well, when David West and Marco Belinelli combined for 47 points and Chris Paul had 14 assists as the Hornets cruised to a 93-74 victory.

Another big question is, will Kuester shake up the starting lineup? It may just happen, the Pistons starters scored just 29 points in their loss to the Clippers, a season low for a team.

UPDATE: Ben Gordon and Charlie V to Start

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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The Pistons vs. The Bulls

The 12-24 Pistons are hosting the 20-17 New Orleans Hornets Friday night at the Palace.  Detroit will try to get back on track after getting their first win in 14 games Tuesday night against the Wizards.  A win tonight will make it two in a row, which never sounded like much before, but after the 13 game skid it sounds just fabulous.

With Detroit’s less than stellar play on the road it’s great that they will play eight of this month’s remaining nine games at the Palace, including a season-high six-game homestand to finish January.

Injury Report:

  • No Will Bynum.
  • Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince are both game time decisions.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com
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Tip is at 8:00 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

Game on the line, Sheed having a great game, blows his top after a foul call and trows two towels.  One into the stands which led to his 16th technical foul of the year and then another on the court.

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No Sheed in Orlando against the Magic – SUSPENDED

UPDATE 2 of Sheed’s Techs have been rescinded by the NBA...he could play in Orlando but will he?  I’m Joe I make a statement after Sheed’s latest BLOWUP!

Terry Foster thinks SHEED should be waived.

The hits just keep on coming.

8 in a row……