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The Pacers did a little more than just win a game last night at the Palace, they swept the season series from Detroit for the first time since their inception in the NBA.  It’s not like the Pacers are an eastern conference powerhouse, they are fighting for more lottery balls right along with the Pistons.  While the Pacers reached a milestone in team history,  Detroit has been breaking records of their own all season long.  It’s just too bad that the Pistons accomplishments aren’t ones to be proud of.

Final Score 98-83

  • Tayshaun Prince led the Piston with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting with 9 boards, and 6 assists in 40 minutes on the floor.  When Prince has to play 40 minutes in a game that means relatively nothing, you know it’s been a long season.

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  • Serioulsy, what’s up with Rip Hamilton? Is he upset, or just playing that bad?  Rip was 3-for-12 for 9 points, playing just 20 minutes.
  • Someone tell my why Austin Daye got a DNP!  This is the time to develop him.
  • Kuester had enough of the refs in the third quarter, so much so he got tossed.
  • Will Bynum looked like he was going to have a great game, scoring 11 points, with 4 assists in the first half.  He didn’t return after the half, it seems as though a tumble into the stanchion took a little more out of them than anticipated.  Let’s hope he doing ok today.
  • Sadly to me Ben Gordon has been more of a disappointment than Charlie V.  I’m hoping it was just a fluke for both and that Pistons fans will see a turnaround as soon as the 2010-2011 season starts.
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  • I too am hoping the Pistons find their very own Danny Granger.
  • It’s been quite a season, one that we aren’t quite used to here in the D.  It’s sometimes hard to pinpoint the problems or get right down to the root of things.  That’s why I have some surprises in store for you coming soon.  Tonight I am interviewing long time Detroit Pistons beat writer Dana Gauruder.  Dana is a staple at the Palace, and  now doing the post game write ups over at  Dana and I are doing this one Podcast style, so if you have any questions you would like me to ask him about part, present or the future Pistons, leave them in the comment section of this post.

The Pistons vs. The Pacers

The 23-47 Pistons will host the 24-46 Indiana Pacers tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills. If Indiana pulls out the win tonight, the Pacers will complete the season sweep of Detroit.

“The Pistons have never gone winless against Indiana since the Pacers joined the NBA in 1976. Surprisingly, the last time the Pistons had only one win over Indiana was the 2003-04 championship season.” Via

Looks like no Ben Wallace again…can we get some Summers Daye time?

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As an extra bonus to tonight’s game, FSN’s broadcast is interactive tonight.

“Post your questions for George Blaha, Greg Kelser, Eli Zaret, John Keating and Mickey York, and they will answer the best ones on the air during Tuesday’s Pistons-Pacers telecast (7 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit).”

Me, I’m going to bombard Mr. Blaha with comment about  how awesome we think he is. You might want to ask Ryan Fields how much hair gel he uses for each broadcast, that’s your call.

Go interactive with FSDetroit Live at 7 PM

Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at


When you have a DVR it give you the luxury of starting the game when you can rather than when it starts.  I couldn’t catch the start of the game so my plan was to watch the game in its entirety right when I got home.  I usually can’t keep myself in the dark score wise (I just need to know), so when I opened up my Pistons Blackberry app and saw that the game was 6-21 in favor of the Pacers and it was mid first quarter I wasn’t exactly rushing home to see it.  To my surprise after digging themselves a substantial hole and trailing the game by double digits for most of the game, Detroit climbed back in the game taking a 95-94 lead thanks to a huge three from DaJuan Summers with 2:51 remaining.

It didn’t matter however, the Pacers scored the next 8 points and won 102-106.

Key Points:

  • I don’t care what you say there is some kind of issue going on with Rip Hamilton.  When I guy like Rip does his best “Kobe” impression by not looking for his shot and scoring ZERO points, something is up.  Rip was 0-for-3 in 18 minutes on the floor with 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 turnovers.  When he was resigned to the bench….he either looked pissed off, or he was sulking.  Let’s keep our eyes on this situation.
  • Detroit had 7 turnover in the first quarter, but clamped down and finished the game with 13.
  • Limited minutes for Ben Wallace who looked good in his 24 minutes.  Ben scored just one point, grabbed 7 boards, with 3 steals and an assist.  How we did miss the man.
  • Ben Gordon scores 17 on 4-13 shooting with 7 boards, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots.  Great game for Ben, but when it counted late in the fourth quarter he couldn’t knock down the shot.
  • Sometimes I think Gordon is still getting his check from the Bulls, not the Pistons.
  • If this wasn’t a statement from Rodney Stuckey than I don’t know what is.  Rodney was on fire as soon as he checked into the game.  Not only was it good to see him play, he didn’t look apprehensive about anything considering the circumstances.  Stuckey scored 25 in 26 minutes for the Pistons with 3 assists, 3 steals and a turnover playing most all of his minutes at the 2 guard position.   Stucktacular!

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I feel all right,” Stuckey said of his 26 minutes. “The plan wasn’t to play all those minutes, but it was just in the heat of the game. I feel fine, and my wind felt fine. Via The Detroit Free Press

  • Detroit shot a shocking 50% from behind the long line.  Only bad thing about that was Indiana shot 53%.
  • Jerebko with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 steals.  You can count on him each game with numbers like that or better.
  • Best thing I can say about Charlie Villanueva is that he’s been a disappointment this season.
  • Nine points for Will, with 4 assist in 21 minutes.
  • What a miserable 3 quarters for Detroit, I was almost happy FSN didn’t broadcast this game in HD.  Who wants to see all that blood?
  • We just bettered ourselves in the Lottery standings!  The Pistons are tied with the Pacers for the fifth-worst record in the league.
  • Give DaJuan Summers some minutes!  Summers scores 12 points in 17 minutes on 4-7 shooting with 4 boards and a blocked shot.  Just check out his highlights.

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  • Cavs again Sunday.

A horrible performance by the Pistons in Indiana led to Detroit being pummeled by Indiana 83-107.

  • It was so bad I don’t really care that Ben Gordon, who scored 26,  may have gotten his shot back. Most of those points came in the  second half when the Pistons seemed to have waived the white flag and 13 of them came in 4th quarter garbage time.
  • Not even the Jonas Jerebko Jam can put a smile on my face.

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  • Can’t really win when your starting guards don’t have an assist on the night and you only have 10 as a team.
  • If you watch this mess you know…it’s not worth picking out the good when there was so much bad.
  • We got spanked by Indiana…deal with it.

The Pistons vs. The Pacers

The 16-31 Pistons are actually in place to start a winning streak with a win tonight in Indiana against the 17-32 Pacers.

Each team has posted just three winning streaks all season – the longest being five games – and the only one each has had since Dec. 12 was a three-game run in mid-January. They’re in a virtual tie for 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Via

Injury Report:
Rip Hamilton, who is feeling under the weather, did participate in today’s shoot-around and is a game time decision.

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Tip is at 7:00 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


The Pistons vs. The Pacers

The 15-26 Pistons are hosting their old playoff foes the 14-28 Indian Pacers tonight at The Palace.

Injury Report:

Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince and Will Bynum are all listed as questionable. No official word on their status at the moment.

Update: Tayshaun will start, Jerebko off the bench and Will Bynum is dressed.

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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


The Pistons vs The Pacers
The Pistons are in Indiana to take on the 34-45 Pacers in an important second game of a back-to-back. Detroit has three regular season games to go and the Eastern Conference playoff field has been determined. Depending on the outcome of the next games, the Pistons have a chance to finish as high as 5th place.

The Good/Bad and More

  • The Pacers are out of the Playoff picture.
  • The Pistons have lost six of its last eight away from home.
  • The Pacers are winners of four of their last five home games.
  • Detroit won the first two meetings this season over the Pacers, but lost 116-110 in overtime.
  • Keep an eye out for Michael Currys’ use of the starters.

Tip off is at 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on FSN and on NBA.TV. If you can’t watch, you can listen live on 1130 AM WDFN or catch the game through your computer at

Tayshaun Prince did not make the All Star Team again this year. I know we have been pushing for Tay to make the squad for years, but with everything that has been going on with the team, Prince really stood out when Detroit needed him.

He deserved a spot, but it truly would have been hard to deny Danny Granger with the year he’s been having.

Next year is Tay’s for sure. Right?

Oh and congrats to Chauncey, who made the team for the West. It’s going to be hard to root against him whatever team he’s on.

And the hits just keep on coming for Detroit. The Pistons are now on a three game losing streak after a 110-106 overtime loss to the Pacers.  Detroit went into Indiana having won eight straight against the Pacers, who currently have the second worst defense in the league. Despite a 30 point performance from Stuckey and the ball in their hands multiple times at the end of regulation, the Pistons came up short.

Key Points:

  • Small Ball Part II: 0-for-2
  • DNP Jason Maxiell and Kwame Brown. I know Indiana is fast but come on.
  • Another loss to a team that we should beat. As of now can we say the Pistons “should” beat anyone at this point?
  • Another fantastic night from Rodney Stuckey that gets soured by losing a game like this. A game high 30 for Stuckey who was 12-for-20 with 9 boards, 6 assists and just one turnover. Thank goodness George Blaha is so animated when Rodney is playing, it’s the best part of watching these days.

Rodney Stuckey scores 30

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  • A few Stuck HL’s.
  • Not a good night for Rip 4-for-13 from the floor for 9 points in 29 minutes.
  • Tay 4-for-12, it’s clear he is not the player he can be when he’s playing out of position.
  • Sheed put up a double-double with 17 points and 15 boards with a steal and a blocked shot. Yes great numbers but 3-for-11 from downtown (1-for-5 in OT)….Do we really need Rasheed to be taking 11 from beyond the arc? Stick to the post and witty banter Rasheed.
  • Outrebounded 48-50.
  • This lineup is messing with Dyess who had been one of the reasons we were winning since his return to the team.


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  • First overtime win for Indiana all season.
  • Iverson 23 on 9-for-19 shooting, that’s probably one of the best shooting nights he’s had percentage-wise in quite some time. Add 7 assists to that and it’s a nice line for AI. Yes he had 4 turnovers, but I’ll take a game like this over a 30% shooting night any day.
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  • Friday in Oklahoma should be interesting.