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The 23-35 #Pistons are Houston to take on the 39-19 Rockets Saturday night. The Rockets are on a roll, having won 10 of their last 12 games and have won seven straight against the Pistons on their home court.

The good: You can see that this team is playing much better lately, they just need to learn to finish off games.
The bad: The last time these two teams met Dwight Howard had a monster game putting up 35 points with 19 boards. Remember the days when Sheed played Howard so well he was barley noticeable on the floor?
The unknown: Can Andre Drummond show that he’s improved since the last time he met Howard? Will Detroit’s defense be able to hold off Houston, who are averaging 114 points per game while shooting lights out from behind the arc?

Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Rockets: Greg Smith is out.
James Harden is probable.

Stat: The Pistons are 4-17 against Western Conference opponents.

Tip off is at 8:00 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 really had nothing to boast about in their 114-97 loss to the Rockets at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night, Andre Drummond however does. Despite Dwight Howard getting the best of him, Andre dropped some jaws when blocked a Greg Smith shot by catching it with one hand.



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As Pistons fans, we know Andre can do super-human things, but does the rest of the league yet?

 

 

The 13-15 #Pistons will host the 17-10 Houston Rockets for the second game of at back-to-back at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night. Detroit would love to prove themselves with a win against Kevin McHale and his squad after their very disappointing loss Friday night to the Charlotte Bobcats.

The good: The transformation of Brandon Jennings the past few games controlling games, putting up numbers and holding on to the ball.
The bad: The stinker of a fourth quarter against the Bobcats Friday night.
Detroit has lost the last five games they’ve played against the Rockets.
The unknown: It’s the match-up I’ve been waiting to see all season long, Dwight Howard vs. Andre Drummond.  I’m putting my money on Andre to outwork and outplay Howard.
Injury Report: Rodney Stuckey is still suffering from a sore right shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.

Fact: Andre Drummond ranks in the top 10 of six major statistical categories among NBA centers this season.
Fact: Detroit has a better record on the road than at the Palace so far this season.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.5%.

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.

The 0-6 #Pistons will be playing their last road game, of this the longest road trip of their season Saturday night in Houston against the 2-3 Rockets. The Rockets have lost three straight heading into Saturday’s game against the winless Pistons.

  • The good: Andre Drummond and his 22 points in 20 minutes!
  • The bad: James Harden, who pretty much single handily beat the Pistons on Halloween.
  • The unknown: Every Piston fan is going to be eagerly awaiting more minutes from Andrea and the pairing of Drummond and Monroe. Will Lawrence Frank do the right thing?

Tip off is at 8:00 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 0-0 #Pistons will start the 2012-2013 NBA season at the Palace of Auburn Hills as they host the Houston Rockets.  It’s going to be a different Houston team than last season.  The new look Rockets just acquired 6th man of the year James Harden, from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-rounder.  Don’t forget that they also picked up Jeremy Lin this off season.

Don’t worry, the Pistons have a new dynamic duo to contend with in Andre Drummond and soon to be All Star Greg Monroe.

  • The good: Opening night at the Palace of Auburn Hills
  • The bad: Houston has beaten Detroit in eight of the last 10, six of the last seven and three in a row, including last season’s lone matchup in Houston.
  • The unknown: Who’s going to have a big game for the Pistons? Will Tom Gores be in the house trying to get noticed to be asked to audition  for a Dancing with the Stars?

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.

Don’t forget your November Schedule Wallpaper featuring Greg Monroe!

The Pistons, now 3-11, got tossed by Houston 97-80.  Detroit went another night with  turnover issues letting the Rockets scored19 points off of 20 turnovers.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons didn’t go to the line the entire first half.  Something that hasn’t happened since December 2003.  Detroit finally reached the line mid third quarter. Detroit was 8-for-9 on the night.
  • Don’t worry about Greg Monroe not scoring a single point in the first half, he had a bad night. Greg was 2-for-9 on the night for 4 points with 11 boards, 6 assists, a steal and a blocked shot. He looked a little frustrated, but I’m sure the big guy will bounce back.
  • Who is this Chandler Parsons guy and why can’t we get rid of some of our dead weight for him. He and Dragic were everywhere for Houston Tuesday night.

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  • The Swede was bumped in the starting lineup for Ben Wallace. Starting or not, he still played the same amount of minutes he usually does. Hopefully he starts picking up the pace again for Detroit. Jonas with 7 points, 6 boards, 1 assist, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the team with 20 points with 2 exciting buzzer beaters at the end of the first and the half. Good to see TP with his game back, he looked like the 2006 Prince for the night.
  • Six Rockets in double figures.
  • The Pistons defense looked better in spurts, they did a nice job corralling Kevin Martin and holding him to just 11 points.
  • Outworked on the boards 35-42.
  • Monroe needs help…Houston with 46 points in the paint.
  • Boy Austin Daye can’t even get garbage minutes, another DNP.
  • Pistons would not go away and were down 72-66 with about nine minutes left to play in the fourth quarter. But the Rockets put the game away with a 15-4 run over the next five minutes. Shocker right!
  • Stuckey looks like he’s finally feeling better. Rodney with 16 points,3 assists,3 boards off the bench for Detroit. When asked if he was upset he wasn’t starting he basically said that the only difference it that his name isn’t called at the start of the game. Nice way to put it, but you can bet he’s going to fight for that spot back.
Rodney Stuckey at Houston

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  • Ben Gordon 7-for-15 shooting for 18 points in 40 minutes. I don’t want to jinx it but his shot is looking better and better every game.
  • Brandon Knight with 6 turnovers, 4 assists and 15 points. He really is a work in progress that can have a fantastic night followed by a bad one. Don’t get frustrated, he’s going to be great.
  • Monroe, Ben Wallace, Jason Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko – combined to score only 11 points.
  • Lawrence Frank “It was a combination of our turnovers and the extra possessions Houston got on their rebounds. We cut it down to eight to ten points, but then those two turnovers hurt us. We pieced together about thirty-eight good minutes; we have to defend, rebound, and keep down our turnovers. We did parts of those things at times. Protecting the ball is essential. Our effort, energy, and focus is where we want to be. We will get better as a team.”
  • Next up Rubio and Darko!

The 3-10 Pistons are in Houston to take on the 6-7 Rockets.   Houston is averaging 108.0 points during their current three game winning streak.  While the Pistons are averaging a leagues worst by putting up just 85.4 points per game.

  • The good: Despite the Pistons woes, Joe Dumars isn’t thinking small.
  • The bad: Lets hope the team have no emergency landings on the court like they did getting into Houston.
  • The unknown: Not unknown is the fact the Pistons will  be without Will Bynum. but will Charlie V (wont travel due to inflammation) or Damion Wilkins take the court against the Rockets?

The Pistons will be back in town again this weekend, and you can see them take on either Memphis or Portland for as little as 3 dollars!

Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

With 24 games left in the season the Pistons  have to sense some urgency, especially after Tuesday night’s 108-100 loss to the Rockets.  Detroit, who started the game right, led by eight points after the first quarter, but made it an uphill battle the rest of the way.

Key Points:

  • Can someone, anyone, tell me WHY Greg Monroe didn’t play a minute in the fourth quarter? Monore had a solid double-double with 12 points and 12 boards but he sat the entire fourth quarter when the Pistons were fighting to get a much needed win.
Greg Monroe 12 points and 12 boards

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  • I’m not one to question coaching, but this year my head has been spinning with doubt.  ( I thought MC made me nuts!)
  • When you have the other teams best scorers (Scola and Martin) struggling to do much of anything and you’re hoping to make a push for a playoff spot, this is one game that becomes a must win.
  • The Rockets led most of the second half, thanks to a 14-3 run at the start of the third.
  • Tayshaun with just one point on the night didn’t help Detroit, but as solid as he’s been all season long I’m OK with a bad game here and there.  Battier was on him all night long.
  • I was lucky enough to sit courtside at the end of the Pistons bench (thanks to someone who’s a bigger deal than I am) and seeing Rip sitting behind the bench next to Terrico White in street clothes is just sad.  The look on his face says it all…someone do something.
  • Will Bynum was again a Pistons spark-plug.  He led the team with 21 points on 9-14 shooting with 6 assists in just 22 minutes.
  • Austin Daye missed a couple of wide open threes late in the fourth that could have gotten the Pistons right back in the game. Daye scored 9 on the night with 3 steals and 5 boards.
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  • Houston got to the line and made them.  The Rockets were 26-for-28 from the line, while Detroit only made it there 15 times.
  • A five point and one board for Charlie Villanueva.
  • I talked to Jonas before the game…yes he is on Twitter! @JonasJerebko
  • Stuckey with 19, 2 assists and 3 boars but his +/- was -14. You can thank him for getting Detroit points in the paint. Stuck attacked the basket helping the Pistons outscored the Rockets 58-42 in the paint.
  • I was questioning the fourth quarter lineup four hours after the game.

Bynum:(On guard line-up in the fourth) “Nah, I don’t think it hurt defensively, they made shots, they made shots down the stretch when it counts. I don’t think it hurt defensively, if anything it helped.”

Kuester:(On small lineup in fourth quarter) “We felt we could attack, we could defend with that lineup still and it ended up that wasn’t the issue. The issue was we had gotten looks but we just couldn’t finish it. I had no problems with the adjustments and again we have to be smart going down into the stretch.”

  • Patrick Patterson with 20 points for Houston…come on!
  • The Pistons have got to win Wednesday night against the Pacers to gain some ground.
  • Trade deadline looming.
  • Every game counts starting yesterday.

Add another loss to the Pistons record and put another check by Rip Hamilton’s name for Technical Temper Tantrum Ejections.  The Rockets handed the Pistons their 15th loss of the season behind the hot hand of Luis Scola’s game high 35 points, 21 coming in the second half.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons have lost 5 straight away from home and 15 of the last 18 in Houston.
  • Charlie Villanueva missed the game for personal reasons.
  • Rip – a call doesn’t go your way….get over it.  To top it off the call didn’t go against Rip, but McGrady. Another double technical, and a trip to the locker room for Rip.  I don’t care if it’s the worst call in the word, nobody cares.  The season just started and he’s has been ejected 3 times.  At this point it looks like he either doesn’t care or he’s doing on purpose.
  • I would like Luis Scola’s hair and jump shot for Christmas Santa.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the way with 18 point, 5 assists, a steal and 6 turnovers in 32 minutes on the floor.
  • Tayshaun Prince a -26 on the night.  Ten points on 5-for-12 shooting with 8 boards and a blocked shot in 33 minutes.
  • T-Mac really heard the boo’s from the Houston crowd.  T-Mac put up 11 points, with 3 boards and 3 assists.
  • Play more Daye…with Charlie V out, Austin got time on the floor and responded with 12 points on 4-6 shooting in just 18 minutes.
Austin Daye

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  • Detroit held a 43-34 advantage with 5:54 left in the second quarter before the Rockets closed the first half on a 20-2 run. Great…
  • Kuester complaining about whistles post game.

Kuester “We have to work through things and the mental toughness must come through. We had some guys step up their games. Rip (Hamilton) knows what he has to do and he must adjust his game to the whistle. We didn’t do a good job of keeping Houston away from the basket. We turned the ball over too often in the second quarter.”

  • With Rip tossed, Bynum finally saw some time.  A whole 3 minutes 40 seconds.
  • Ben Gordon still slumping 3-11 shooting for 9 points.  See ya Rip…ride the bench and let Ben get going again.  Doesn’t matter anyway.  You get ejected when you start.
  • Detroit got within one late in the fourth, and when Houston stepped on the gas the Pistons tires just seemed to deflate.  It was as if they just gave up with about 7 minutes left.
  • Kevin Martin got the foul line 15 times.

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  • This is when you miss Sheed, Detroit had no one to stop Scola, or anyone big who has the hot hand for that matter.
  • Greg Monroe with another solid night for the Pistons. Monroe scored 7 points, pulled down three rebounds, and stole the ball twice in a little less than 25 minutes on the court.
  • 24 points in the paint to the Rockets 34.
  • The Hornets tonight (WED), The Timberwolves Friday and Toronto Saturday.  Good luck boys.

The 7-14 Pistons are in Houston to take on the 7-13 Rockets Tuesday night. The Rockets are still missing Yao, who had hoped to be back for the game against Detroit.

Meanwhile, Tracy McGrady who averaged 23 points during his five year run with Houston, will be returning tonight. As for his homecoming of sorts…it will most likely be hot and cold after the way circumstances behind his departure.

Charlie V out tonight.

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Tip off is at 8:30 pm and will be broadcast on FS 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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